OMG!!! Globe Gear Rocks!!
My department was awarded the FEMA Grant in 2004 we purchased new gear for all activer firefighters from globe, and this gear literally rocks.
WE got the Globe Extreme Milennium gear which is top of the line from them now.
The tp is extremely high, flexability and motabilty in this gear is awesome.
I have had this set since april and love it i have fought several structure fires in this stuff and several nasty car accidents and holds up well. Also, this gear is completely waterproof from this inside not like the stuff from janesville that has the water proofer sewn into the material of the outershell, my gear dries from completly wet or after a wash in about 1 - 4 hours. This gear maintains a 700lb rip strength meaing that it takes 700lbs to rip the fabric so this is very durable stuff.
I would recommend you contact your globe dealer and see if they can get you a copy of the "Mineral Wells" spec which is the dealer in our areas home department for full details.
All of our firefighters in our department are very pleased with the globe gear, and we will probably never vary away from it for a long long long time, also it has a 10 year no questions asked warranty for repairs or replacement, that if you working a good fire and get a sleeve ripped off or something really nasty done to it in the line of duty its replaced free of charge. The only option that we didn't have was the dragonhide knee savers installed because they where released to the dealers as an option like a month after we ordered them.
It took about 90 days for our department to receive the 16 sets we ordered and another 12 on back order for future members.
This gear is very lite weight and it breathes to keep the firefighter cool in the summer and warm in the winter, I really like it compared to the Innotex and Chieftan, and FireDex that I have had in the past, oh and i forgot i use janesville on a department while i was in college, and I will put globe up against all 4 of them on any day.
Only downfall to globe is the expense, we spent rougthly 1300-1400 per suit just coat,pants, and suspenders for each firefighter but discounts where given for the quantaties that we ordered. But, now our department sees that it was money well spent.
Hope this helps.
Chris Underwood BOVFD-3021
Three quarter length coats
Does anyone still wear three quarter length turnout coats? If so what is the general feeling as to the pros versus the cons?