Coaxsher, one of the sponsors of Wildfire Today, has progressed from designing and manufacturing wildland firefighter packs and radio harnesses to wildland firefighter shirts. The new design for a shirt that they will begin shipping on February 15 has features that have not been available on other shirts.
It has several air vents in the front and around the upper arms. Each vent opening includes a Nomex zipper.
The fabric in the shirt is Tecasafe Plus 700, made by Tencate Southern Mills, Inc. and is sewn with Nomex thread. The fabric meets the specifications of NFPA-1977 and Tencate claims it is more comfortable than Nomex.
The shirt has two pockets on the front that are larger than on most shirts and it also has pockets on the upper arm that would be suitable for a cell phone and pens. There are compartments in the shoulders where optional “fire-retardant” padding can be inserted that would reduce discomfort caused by carrying chain saws or heavy packs.
Coaxsher is calling it the CX Wildland Vent Brush Shirt, and certification for NFPA-1977, 2005 specifications is pending.
The price will be $149.95, but can be pre-ordered for $119.95 until February 20.