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Yes, underwear!!

I’m new to fire and I’m worried about synthetic fabrics.

How serious do people get about going the non-synth route? I mean, everything has an elastic band…

I also know that cotton is the obvious choice, but my go-to working set up are those tight fitting slider shorts that hit mid thigh, pretty much an athletic company makes them. I haven’t run across any brands or styles that come close and I also don’t want anything shorter than mid-thigh (chaffing is pretty much a no go zone)

oh, might help a little, but I’m a lady! Although, 90% of my current slider short situation are men’s anyways.

Surely a little humorous, but I humbly request your underwear advice!
thanks

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7 Comments
  1. Bryce Nielsen
    April 20, 2016 Reply

    I used to wear boxers, and those just ride up and gird my loins. I’m moving to compression shorts this summer. I tend to think that, if you are in a situation where synthetic undergarments are being so affected by the fire as to make you extremely uncomfortable, then you probably have some other much more serious issues going on with the fire too.

  2. Sunil Ramalingam
    April 20, 2016 Reply

    Maybe the thinking has changed on this, but when I first started fighting fire almost 30 years ago we were told to avoid synthetics and stick to cotton. My instructor was seeing a nurse who worked in a burn unit and his descriptions of debriding artificial clothing from burn victims made an impression I remember today. I did a quick Google search and found this article/recommendation that’s worth looking at:

    http://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/pdfpubs/pdf08512348/pdf08512348dpi72.pdf

    Here’s something I found about debriding:

    http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/library/adult_care/ac-burndebrid_tx/

    If I went out on the line today, I’d be wearing cotton under my nomex. There are cotton boxer-briefs, and those might work for you.

  3. John
    April 21, 2016 Reply

    I wouldn’t wear athletic briefs every day on the line. Investing in some wool boxers or lady underwear is the way to go. Smartwool, ibex, minus 44 are all good.

  4. SunilR
    April 26, 2016 Reply

    Maybe the thinking has changed on this, but when I first started fighting fire almost 30 years ago we were told to avoid synthetics and stick to cotton. My instructor was seeing a nurse who worked in a burn unit and his descriptions of debriding artificial clothing from burn victims made an impression I remember today. I did a quick Google search and found this article/recommendation that’s worth looking at:

    http://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/pdfpubs/pdf08512348/pdf08512348dpi72.pdf

    Here’s something I found about debriding:

    http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/library/adult_care/ac-burndebrid_tx/

    If I went out on the line today, I’d be wearing cotton under my nomex. There are cotton boxer-briefs, and those might work for you.

  5. Ed
    May 14, 2016 Reply

    Race car nomex underware is not cheap but you could cut them to length to meet your needs.

  6. 1039
    May 14, 2016 Reply

    Well, folks. Way more people read this and did not want to share underwear secrets. Anyways, if it helps anyone out in the future I found “womens bike shorts” to be the golden search word.

    They hit mid thigh, you can buy them plain colors, they are cheap, dont ride up and most certainly keep chaffing down to a non-issue. They come 95% cotton %5 always something else. bam.. http://www.amazon.com/Spalding-Womens-Short-Black-Small/dp/B00CY7RMGM?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

    Wool undies would be great but all the brands I checked out (all mentioned above) just cover your bits and pieces and there are 40 bucks a pop

    Maybe this will help someone in the future!

  7. Brandon Levi
    June 21, 2016 Reply

    You’re wearing flame-resistant pants with a FR shirt tucked in over your underwear. In the unlikely event that you catch on fire, your outerwear should protect you for much longer than your biological systems can sustain. That said, Nomex and Tecasafe can get quite hot before degradation, so I’d stay away from anything with a low melting temperature. Go with comfort first and then select natural fibers if you can. I absolutely wear synthetic “wicking” fabrics during hot, mop-up days.

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