ANTI EXPOSURE SUITS
Anti-exposure suits, or survival suits, are a must for pilots and passengers flying over marine environments. Designed to replace multiple garments used to protect aircrew from individual operational hazards, the integrated suits offer protection from fire and its radiant heat, cold exposure, cold water immersion, and drowning.
Due to its lifesaving abilities, the survival suit also goes by the name anti-exposure suit, and immersion suit.
Our suits are both durable and flame-resistant. In addition, comfort is a top goal for all the anti-exposure suits we carry. We know you will need enhanced mobility while wearing our survival suits. Even after being significantly marred by fire or puncture, our anti-exposure suits maintain their flotation and hypothermia protection.
Each survival suit is custom-tailored. This includes measurements of chest size, hip, sitting inseam, sleeve length, and neck size. Following our simple measuring instructions we are able to reproduce a fully customized survival suit.
Our anti-exposure suits are made for flotation and hypothermia protection when every second counts. That’s why our survival suits are designed for use in commercial operations. Survival suits are the ideal ship abandonment suit for workboats, transport vessels, drilling rigs, supply ships, steamships, and commercial fishermen. Our anti-exposure suits are also suitable for the sailing community. Each suit is meticulously crafted and pressure-tested upon completion.
Aviation Survival Suit
Our aviation survival suit or flight suit is a constant wear, hypothermia protective garment designed specifically for use by pilots and passengers flying over water in light aircraft, float planes, helicopters, long range patrol aircraft and even high performance jets. This unique product combines protection against all of the following hazards: fire and its radiant heat, cold exposure, cold water immersion and drowning. As a result, the aviation survival suit replaces multiple garment layers normally worn by aircrew for protection from individual operational hazards.
Tug closures at the wrist and ankles enhance the in-water hypothermia protective performance by minimizing cold water flushing. Even after being significantly marred by fire or puncture, the suit still offers very good flotation and hypothermia protection. This fault tolerance is in stark contrast to the vulnerability of aviation dry suits to relatively minor degrees of damage.
The durable anti-static, flame resistant aramid fabric provides external protection for the inherently buoyant, flame resistant, thermally protective integral wetsuit. An inner layer of aramid fabric provides further flame resistant protection and comfort, and completes the survival suit’s three layers of protection. Rugged leather panels are integrated into high wear areas of the knees and seat for increased resistance to abrasion, petroleum, fuel oils and soiling.
To ensure that survival suits function as intended, each type requires regular maintenance. Frequent use can stress material seams, wear through waterproof membranes, stretch seals, and allow suits to be perforated or torn. Without inspection, these types of damage may go unnoticed, and cause serious degradation of the thermal protection offered by the survival suit.
An anti-exposure suit’s buoyancy stops the wearer from sinking and keeps them floating face up. Being watertight helps to keep them dry even after the whole body is immersed in water. The wetness from cold water results in body heat loss and is the greatest cause of death at sea due to hypothermia together with sinking.
Immersion suit is waterproof and thus shields the wearer from cold water-body contact. Furthermore, it is also insulated to offer protection from extreme external temperatures such as during a fire.
The nature of immersion suits predisposes them to infrequent use and haphazard storage conditions. Anti-exposure suits may be exposed to many extreme temperature cycles throughout their storage life, suits may be exposed to petroleum products, and may also be exposed to salt water, causing corrosion, or salt deposits that can make the zipper inoperable if inspections are not conducted regularly.
As with life jackets, immersion suits should be assigned to individuals' needs. Too small can cause discomfort, while survival suits that are too large may be worse than no suit at all because with too much material, the suit can ride up over your head in the water, trapping you in a neoprene sack with a big opening at the top.