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All of these factors make Kevlar an excellent candidate for use in outer-shell fabrics for firefighters. It can now also become a primary fiber in the engineering and manufacturing of face cloths for thermal liners. Engineering a blend that contains inherently wicking fibers as well as the Kevlar has been the primary achievement in this process. By increasing the moisture-management performance of the thermal liner, firefighters’ comfort is enhanced, as is their protection.
As mentioned above, the loss of the Nomex filament means that more options for specialized blends can now be realized and used to improve existing face cloths. This also can create new and even more innovative face cloths for the future that will be stronger, more flame resistant and possess better wicking properties. Using inherently wicking fibers means that there need not be any treatment applied to the fabric which will ultimately mean less negative impact on the environment. By combining the increased strength of Kevlar filament with the improved moisture management of inherently wicking yarns in new face cloths, better thermal liners are a certainty for coming developments in the fire service. Firefighters will be able to select from stronger, slicker and better-wicking thermal barriers.
You will be able to recognize Kevlar filament face cloths by their gold color. Dark or bright colors cannot be dyed in Kevlar filament due to the dense molecular structure and heat stability. As has always been the case, firefighters have many options in thermal liners that offer different levels of performance. Do your research and select the thermal liner that best suits your needs.