Mechanix Glove, Carbon X Level 10
Mechanix Wear Carbon X Level 10 Glove
When Mechanix Wear needed a fire proof (FR) rated glove to protect the fuel guys going over the wall during a NASCAR® pit stop, no construction material was to be ruled out. First and foremost flame protection was addressed. Dexterity was an issue as many of the functions required during a 17 second flurry of pit stop activity called for the ability to pick up or handle intricate tools. The final piece to the FR construction puzzle was the ability to tailor the materials to produce a line of gloves for specific tasks, concerns and ratings.
It would have been easy to use NOMEX, everyone else does… and that’s why we didn’t. We wanted something better. Something lighter, something with more fire resistance and and something that protects to a greater degree. Stage entrance CarbonX®. CarbonX starts life as a fiber called oxidized polyacrylonitrile, or O-PAN for short. The magic of this fiber lies in the processes to make it flame retardant. The O-PAN is exposed to a nearly 400 F degree heat and in a two-step process where the fibers are pre-charred. (The O-PAN by itself is not strong enough to be woven into a useable fabric alone so additional fibers are introduced in the manufacturing process.) Ballistic and additional oxidized fibers are then added to create a material that is able to withstand a 2000 F blowtorch flame 20 times longer than a comparable material. When our gloves are exposed to high heat, the woven CarbonX material chars again, from the outside in, and in the process, expands and smothers the oxygen needed to sustain fire. You want more? CarbonX retains it woven strength even after being exposed to the said flame and increasing temperature. In 480 F heat the CarboxX retains 100% of its strength. This means it will not melt or drip or leave you unprotected even during an arc flash or splash from a molten metal. Still not convinced… CarbonX has been tested and surpasses the Vertical Flame Test, Thermal Protective Performance Test (TPP), the Instrumented Test for ARC Flash and Certification from the SFI Foundation Inc. Mechanix Wear products featuring CarbonX are designed to give you the best chance to remove yourself from a dangerous situation with the least amount of harm.
** Meets or exceeds SFI 3.3/5 specifications. ARC 41.8
** Three top layers of fire retardant CarbonX® shield the hand.
** Genuine leather palm layered with CarbonX®.
** Accordion style knuckle with high-density foam impact protection.
** Genuine leather reinforcement panels in high wear areas.
** Extended cuff protects the wrist and lower arm.
** Hook and loop closure provides a secure fit.