ArcWear™ ArcLite Air™ 1700 Series Protective Outerwear Data

  Made in USA


Specific Material Data

Fabric DuPont™ Nomex® Kevlar®
Chemical / Moisture Barrier Composite film with CCT™ Technology
Finished Fabric Weight 159gsm / 4.7oz
Colours Fluorescent Lime Yellow (FLY)
  Fluorescent Orange (FO)
Seam Construction Dielectrically Welded
Reflective Trim 3M™ 8712 Scotchlite™ Reflective Material
Electric Arc ASTM F1891 Fluorescent Yellow ATPV 9.6 cal/cm2, Fluorescent Orange ATPV 8.3 cal/cm2
NFPA 70E Fluorescent Yellow and Fluorescent Orange PPE CAT 2
Flash Fire ASTM F2733 23.8% Total Body Burn
High Visibility ANSI 107 Fluorescent Yellow 1700 Series ANSI Type R, Class 3











Electric Arc Resistance

ASTM F1891 Standard Specification for Arc and Flame Resistant Rainwear


This specification establishes applicable test methods, minimum physical and thermal performance requirements, suggested sizing and recommended purchasing information for rainwear for use by workers who may be exposed to the thermal hazards of momentary electric arcs and open flames. The objective of this specification is to prescribe fit, function and performance criteria for rainwear that meets a minimum level of thermal and physical performance when exposed to a laboratory-simulated electric arc or flame exposure.

Key Definitions

  • Arc Rating: a term used to indicate the protection level of a garment. With rainwear, it is invariably equal to the ATPV. 

  • Arc Thermal Performance Value (ATPV): the incident energy on a material that results in sufficient heat transfer through the material for a 50% probability of the onset of a second-degree burn injury.

  • Calorie: is the energy required to raise one gram of water one degree C.

  • Design Test: one made on a sample treated as representative of an individual product, which is not intended to be re-done unless components of the material change.

  • Energy Break-open Threshold (Ebt): the amount of energy needed to cause the material to break-open.

  • Heat Attenuation Factor (HAF): the percent of arc flash heat energy blocked by the material.

Performance Requirements

  • Material must be flame retardant (ASTM D6413), self-extinguish < 2 seconds, < 6” char length.

  • Must determine Arc Rating (ASTM F1959) – report results, no minimum required.

  • Must determine Heat Attenuation Factor (ASTM F1959) – report results, no minimum required.

  • Must determine Energy Break-open Threshold (ASTM F1959) – report results, minimum of 5 cal/cm2.

  • Must not melt, drip or ignite at twice arc rating.

Flash Fire Resistance

NFPA 2112 Standard on Flame Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire, and

ASTM F2733 Standard Specification for Flame Resistant Rainwear for Protection Against Flame Hazards


This specification establishes test methods, minimum physical and thermal performance criteria, a suggested sizing guide and suggested purchasing information for rainwear for use by workers who are potentially exposed to industrial hydrocarbon fires or other petrochemical fire hazards.

Performance Requirements

Requirements must be met initially as manufactured as well as after five cleanings.

Tear Resistance

Material must have a trapezoidal tear resistance of 6 lbs (2.72 kg) in the warp direction and 6 lbs (2.72 kg) in the fill direction.

Markings and Reflective Materials

These materials attached to the rainwear must be permanent and must not degrade the performance of the rainwear.

Flame Resistance

Rainwear material must be flame resistant and must not melt and drip when tested in accordance with ASTM D6413 and must exhibit no more than a 2 second afterflame time and less than 6 inch char length.

Thermal Protection

Rainwear must be tested in accordance with ASTM F1930, a design test, after 1 washing and 1 drying. Testing parameters are set at a heat flux of 84 ± 2kW/m2 (2.0 ± 0.05 cal/cm2) and an exposure time of 3 ± 0.1 seconds. The following information is determined.

  • The average predicted total area body burn injury for the three specimens tested must be equal to or less than 40%.

  • Material response characteristics must be reported for all exposures. Characteristics are: afterflame time, energy break-open, charring, melting, dripping, garment ignition, embrittlement and shrinkage.

Rainwear Construction

Must utilise materials, stitching, tapes, coatings, fasteners and closure materials that minimise heat conduction for the construction of compliant FR rainwear. Fasteners and closures used, for example, zippers, snaps, buttons etc. that are made of metal, must be covered with a layer of rainwear material on the inside of the garment such that these items of construction will not contact undergarments or the skin.

  • Structural seam integrity: seams must not exhibit a seam failure that creates a seam opening of greater than 51 mm (2 inches).

  • Closure function: closures must function (fully open) after the simulated fire exposure. Closures that do not fully open do not meet the performance requirements of this specification. All closures that do not fully open must be reported.

Labeling Requirements

  • Manufacturer Label: states size, catalogue number, manufacturer's name and notation of conformance to ASTM F2733 and the label is permanently affixed in each rainwear item.

  • Statement of Conformance: the statement of conformance to this specification must be, "This rainwear meets or exceeds requirements for ASTM F2733 Standard Specification for Flame Resistant Rainwear for Fire Hazards."

  • Care Label: states instructions for cleaning and care and must be readable throughout the life of the garment.

  • Packaging Label: states name of manufacturer, size, material, catalogue number, date code and ASTM designation.

Leak Resistance ASTM F1891

Material must withstand water pressure of 30 psig without leaking. The seams of the rainwear must not exhibit any evidence of leakage when exposed to water at 3 psig for two (2) minutes.