LightningX Fire Fighting Suit


The Lightning X Bunker Suit uses the outer shell material (60% Kevlar®/39% Nomex/1% Anti-static). This material has been tested to EN 469:2020 for Ageing, Dimensional Changing, Washing, Heat Protection, Tensile Strength and Tear Strength.

Refer to our report on the downloadable data sheet

This latest edition EN 469:2020 supersedes EN 469:2005.

Test Report# 4113402/E dated 22/08/2002

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The Design

• The suit consists of a tunic and trousers.
• Each garment consists of a composite of an outer shell, moisture barrier, and thermal barrier.
• The suits are available in 8 sizes labeled: X Small / Small / Medium / Large / XLarge / 2 XLarge / 3 XLarge / 4 XLarge
• The garment shall have no metal clips or rivets.

Material Composition

• 240 gsm – Nomex® Rip-stop Fibre composition: 60% Kevlar®/39% Nomex/1% Carbon – meets BS.EN 469:2005/2020 and EN 533:1997 Level 3
• Ask for Ricotest report – N4113402?E
• Black in colour
• The fabric shall withstand at least 3000 cycles @ (200N x 200N) on the Taber Abrasion Machine without the material holing (90% of material weight retained).
• Only yarns guaranteed by the manufacturer to 360° C and SABS shall be used.
• Yarns to be of same colour as outer material
• All raw edges and seams shall be over locked by using at least five (5) strands of yarn.

The Moisture Barrier

is a Flame Rite inherent FR laminated to a FR/PTFE/HYDROPHILIC membrane that goes beyond EN469 requirements for moisture barriers – Porelle P9FR/PTFE1.

Thermally stable – tested at 180°C

Fire resistance – limited flame spread (FR options)

Dimensionally stable after wash

Waterproof – meeting level 2 requirements

Breathable – meeting level 2 requirements for water-vapour resistance (Ret)

Thermal Barrier


The fabric shall be:

• Flame Resistant
• Heat resistant
• Thermal resistant
• Strength & Tearing Resistant


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Sizing Chart

XSMALL 87 107 50 XSMALL 80 95 90 71
SMALL 97 117 52 SMALL 90 105 100 73
MEDIUM 108 128 55 MEDIUM 100 115 110 75
LARGE 118 138 57 LARGE 110 125 120 77
XLARGE 128 148 59 XLARGE 120 135 130 80
XX LARGE 139 158 60 XX LARGE 130 145 140 80
XXXLARGE 149 168 60 XXXLARGE 140 155 150 80

Wash and Care

Temperature and duration of washing and drying cycles:

  • Fabrics made from 100% Nomex® brand fibre can be washed up to 95 degrees
  • It is adequate to wash Nomex® garments at 60 degrees C. Using a higher temperature may not bring any benefit, and indeed may simply contribute to overall energy consumption. In addition, extended periods of physical agitation can cause fabric shrinkage, because the individual yams and fibres can become interlocked.
  • The garment manufacturer may recommend washing at 40-60 degrees C due to other accessories such as reflective stripes, moisture membranes, etc.
  • The washing cycle need not exceed 1 hour.
  • Always include a rinse cycle that adequately removes residual soaps and
  • At the end of the wash cycle, the alkaline pH environment is neutralized by addition of a dilute acid such as acetic acid.
  • Drying can be done in either a tumble drier or a tunnel
  • For tumble drying, outlet temperatures from the drum can be set up to The important factor in drying is not to over-dry. It is better to give the garments a shorter drying cycle and remove them while still slightly damp (up to 10% humidity by weight), than to remove them bone-dry. Again, this is because excessive agitation can cause localized damage such as abrasion and, in extreme cases, garment shrinkage.
  • For tunnel finishing, air temperature should be set at 155C with an operating time of minimum 4 The load is considered to be dry when the load temperature (ie garment surface temperature) is 135-140C.

pH of soaps and detergents:

  • Avoid pH lower than 2 or higher than
  • The Nomex(R) brand fibre itself is resistant to all but the strongest acids and bases, with the rate of physical degradation being a function of concentration, temperature and duration of exposure to that extreme acidic or basic environment.
  • N01mally, avoidance of low pH agents is not an
  • High pH agents (range 10-12) may have an impact on the color of the garment, depending on the temperature/duration of exposure in this environment.
  • Nomex® garments should never be subjected to strong oxidizing agents such as peroxides, hypochlorites or other chlorine-based bleaches. These can harm the physical strength of the Nomex® gaiments

Detergents and soaps

 Some detergents and soaps that are currently used with Nomex® are listed below. Others may be equally suitable; a small scale test is recommended at the launderer’s facility.


Fabri-Care 2000 (Diversey, UK) Fabri-Care 3000 (Diversey, UK) Derval Rent (Kreussler, Germany)

Usona liquid (Henkel-Ecolab, Germany) Citrosqueeze (Albag, Belgium)


Ariel colour liquid

Vizir colour liquid (Procter & Gamble)

,Mir colour liquid


Fabri-Care liquid (Diversey, UK) E840 Citrus Gel (Prochem, UK)

A217 Ultrapac renovate (Prochem, UK) Derval PRE (Kreussler, Germany)


Saprit protect (Henkel-Ecolab, Germany) Hydrob FC (Kreussler, Germany)

N.B. The above guidelines supplement those stated in the Nomex@ Wash and Care brochure, and reflect our knowledge of current commercial pract,ic•e, as ·well as the contents of ISO FDIS 15797 for industrial laundering. In addition, it is recommended that each washing facility carry out a small scale test when starting to work with NOMEX® garments.

NOMEX® is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company