Nomex, or No(to)Mex…

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Since mention about the clothespin use on the BCP.org site sparked such a lively debate, I thought I would talk about another safety oriented thing I have been doing when flying…

Along with the helmet, pretty much every time I go flying, I have been trying to wear this Nomex shirt I picked up from Gibson & Barnes.  Its basically the exact same cut as their military flight suits, but just the top.   Overall, it’s comfy and has a nice fit.

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I found the Gibson & Barnes build quality to be top notch with hefty zippers and nice stitching.  The chest pockets are nice and large and can be zipped real easy with one hand.

Pretty much all my outdoor clothing in the past has been synthetic, but I make it a point to wear only cotton (merino wool is great) and don’t wear any synthetic jackets.  Wearing a complete flight suit was a stretch for me, so this top was a good compromise.  I may order up a pair of pants, but I am still studying the geek-o-meter.

I know a lot of the more “seasoned” pilots might roll their eyes, and I suppose I get some goofy looks from others on the field, but since I am trying to push the edges (at least for my comfort level) I really just don’t care.  Safety first…

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