by , on December 3, 2015

Arc-Flash Rated Protection AND Breathability in New Gore Rainwear Fabric

There’s almost nothing worse than that cold, clammy feeling you get when you put on your damp rain suit before responding to the next downed wire…or knowing that you will be quickly drenched in sweat under your rainwear because it’s warm and pouring down rain. GORE® brings a new AR breathable to the market promising better protection, high visibility and better breathability and durability.

GORE® PYRAD® fabric enables you to work longer without being distracted by uncomfortable cold or wet conditions. From the inventors of the GORE-TEX® products you’ve relied upon for years, this new fabric delivers the best combination of broad protection, comfort, and durability for arc-flash rated, foul-weather applications.

GORE® PYRAD® fabric delivers protection beyond the minimum ASTM F1891 requirements with revolutionary self-extinguishing properties that enable the fabric to maintain its physical integrity even after it’s been directly exposed to an arc or flame. Rainwear made with this fabric also meets the requirements for ANSI 107 high visibility, so you don’t have to wear an additional vest while responding to service calls in high-traffic areas.

Line technicians that participated in extended wear trials found that GORE® PYRAD® fabric delivered durable waterproof, windproof and breathable protection, similar to the well-known GORE-TEX® fabric. Those working in cool conditions felt that the gear kept them warm, while those working in warm weather remained cooler and more comfortable. This is due to the fabric’s lightweight and highly breathable construction that helps decrease sweat buildup. And, because it dries to the touch quickly, GORE® PYRAD® fabric reduces that uncomfortable clammy feeling from reusing damp foul weather gear multiple times during a shift.

For more information, visit GORETEX AR Rainwear or call 800.431.GORE (4673)

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Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

2 Comments on "GORE-TEX Offers New AR ASTM F1891 Rainwear That’s Breathable"

Tracy Foard - 8 December 2015 Reply

Hi Hugh, what is the arc rating of this new fabric ? Thank you Tracy

Hugh Hoagland
Hugh Hoagland - 9 December 2015 Reply

They do. It is on the website listed above.

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