Textile based products that serve a technically challenging function. These products possess a non-traditional market function.

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Globe ATHLETIX™ Turnout Gear

Globe Mfg. Co. Pittsfield, NH ,

Firefighter turnout gear, like outerwear in general, is cut larger than the body to accommodate movement and layers under the gear. Typically we add about 10 inches in oversize to a jacket. In addition, we add length and fullness where the body bends so that firefighters won’t be restricted when they move. But this approach makes turnout gear bulky.

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This is a new category for 2016. There are no projects at this time. New entries will be listed October 2016.


Protective/Functional Apparel

Recreational/Extreme Sports Products

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