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    Default Anyone not use their suspenders on thier bunker pants?

    ok, this might be a stupid idea, but I don't know what else I can do

    Here's my problem. on my new set of turnout pants (well, an old set, but the only pair that fit me), it would appear that the suspenders are too short. the pants fit, but when it put the suspenders over my shoulders, they cause the pants to rise about 3+ inches, which causes the pantlegs to rise sometimes over my boots. it also puts the waist part about 2 inches below my nipple line when I am sitting down in the back of the engine. I spoke to my department admin, and she said the suspenders only come in one size. unfortunately, because I'm 6'3", I guess one size doesn't fit all.

    I have seen some guys (not my department) wear their pants without putting the suspenders up. To me, this causes a hazzard for something to get tangled up on. so I was wondering if anyone just removes the suspenders all together, and relies on the only the pants themselves to stay up.

    I should be getting new gear ordered soon, but until that happens, I need an alternative.
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    I know many guys that do not use the suspenders at all. Their pants fit right and stay up with the way the pants are taylored and the side straps pulled tight.
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    Suspenders DO come in more than one size. We use the padded lion suspenders and order the long size for our tall members.

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    I know plenty of guys who also don't wear the susspenders. Mostly truck guys as they won't be crawling along with a hose in water so they don't have the same issues as Engine guys.

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    Originally posted by FFFRED
    I know plenty of guys who also don't wear the susspenders. Mostly truck guys as they won't be crawling along with a hose in water so they don't have the same issues as Engine guys.

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    Have yet to meet a regular Chauffer/Driver who wore them either.
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    Suspenders DO come in more than one size. We use the padded lion suspenders and order the long size for our tall members.
    What he said. I know Lion makes them in at least short, regular, and tall sizes.

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    Originally posted by FFFRED
    Mostly truck guys as they won't be crawling along with a hose in water so they don't have the same issues as Engine guys.
    Fred, maybe i'm missing something, but what issues are you referring to?
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    Thumbs down Hate 'em

    I do not wear suspenders......I hate them!!!

    I put a belt where the harness used to be.
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    DrParasite,

    Truck guys usually aren't on their knees the whole time sloshing through water as you make the push in with the line. Most Truck guys I know like to do a combination of a duckwalk and kneeling with one knee as they search an apartment; they are climbing ladders, fire escapes, working on the roof etc. The nozzle team moves in on the fire low and thus is on their knees in a few inches of water after you've started the flow and this can pull the pants downward if they aren't securely around the hips...that is why I prefer suspenders if you are an Engine man. However I do know some Engine guys that don't wear the suspenders and the pants fit them snuggly and they can get away without them.

    It's really just each mans preference.

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    like the others have said, check with the maker of your turnouts I bet you can order a set of suspenders that will fit better. Also there are a few custom made suspenders out there with a little search you may be able to find something. Good Luck.
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    I'm 6'3" also and don't have a problem with my suspenders pulling pants up to nipple line. Tell your admin person to do some research and find a set that fits.
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    I'm a big guy too (6'2"), but have never had any problems with my Lion suspenders. I pull my pants up to the appropriate height, pull the tightening straps down, then pull the suspenders tight and that's it.

    I've always worn my suspenders, even when I've just got the pants on in rehab or whatnot.
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    I've had problems with bunker pants and suspenders until I was measured for my own set. When I first started you got what was available. Now my gear is tailored to fit. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Suspenders are an issued gear item, therefore we all wear them.

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    as FFFRED stated, if im on the engine I wear them, on the truck I prefer not too.

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    We use the padded Lion suspenders too. The first pair I got were too short (I'm 6'2) and caused similar problems to the ones you mention, so I ordered a set of the long ones and they're just fine.

    If I'm wearing full turnouts, I always have the suspenders up. I'll occasionally leave them "hanging" on a medical call when I'm just in my pants.
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    recently got some Morning Pride USAR gear .......they DO have more than one size of suspender .
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    Well as most have said you can order a pair that would fit...but for the sake of adding a new look at your problem let me submit this idea or two for you to look at. Do you know anyone who knows how to stitch...you might be able to get someone to lengthen the suspenders for you...wouldn't cost much to get a strip or two of cotton (or whatever material you choose, make sure its not a plastic) and some industrial strength thread to lengthen the suspenders. Another option (which would look nice too) would be to find a pair of old belts and have someone stitch the fastening element of the suspenders to the belts, leather suspenders. Also you can take the route of no suspenders and find an old belt to run around your waist (I tried the no suspenders deal a little while ago, the only problem was that when I tried to get them on I had to shimmy alot to get them up...with a belt all you do is leave it unfastened and when they are pulled up just tighten the belt). Lastly, you might want to take a trip to the local surplus store...there stands a chance they might have some old WW2 suspenders that are adjustable...don't go for the newer stuff unless you know its not nylon, because all the newer stuff is nylon (or what I have seen)...Hope this solves your problem

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    I don't wear suspenders, I don't like them. As stated in earlier posts, I am a truckman. My bunkers fit well and have no problems keeping them up even when wet.

    I feel that when my bunkers get wet, it adds additional weight on my shoulders. During overhaul, I don't need tired shoulders.

    BTW, I take offense to the comment that omits the fact that truckmen pull their share of line(I'm not really offended). It's a team effort, truckmen and nozzlemen. Everyone that enters had better grab a handful of hose.



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    Luike others have said...get a differetn pair of suspenders.... All manufacturers have different sizes and styles of suspenders... You simply have to ask.....
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    It probabaly doesn't help that you are as wide as you are tall
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