Benchmark FR Creates The First Hawaiian FR Shirt

Contact:John O'Sullivan
Phone: 714-360-0663
Email:  john@benchmarkfr.com

Every Day is Aloha FRiday

 Flame resistant Hawaiian shirts deliver safety and fun. 

Santa Ana, California, June 25, 2018– Workers stuck in hot, heavy and boring flame and arc flash resistant clothing have something to smile about. The typical array of standard FR clothing doesn’t allow for much creative expression. However, Santa Ana-based Benchmark FR offers a tropical solution for your FR wardrobe. They’ve created protective clothing that is comfortable, innovative and highly functional while exceeding industry standards for arc flash and flash fire resistance standards. Introducing their newest product -- the first flame resistant Hawaiian shirt. 

Aloha FRiday began as an April Fool’s Day prank when the marketing director posted a picture of a Hawaiian shirt on the company’s social media account. Instead of laughing at the post they began receiving requests to purchase the tropical shirt. The demand was an ‘A-Ha!’ moment for marketing director Mark Wright. “We started thinking this could be a real opportunity,” according to Wright.

Safety is paramount in respect to FR clothing, and Benchmark FR had to ensure they could meet safety requirements prior to developing the Aloha FRiday shirt. Flame resistant clothing must protect against industrial flash fires and electric arcs that can generate temperatures approaching 14,000 degrees Fahrenheit, there were multiple variables to consider prior to moving forward with production.

Keeping the design creative and functional was paramount. The result is a single-layer, long-sleeved shirt that is NFPA 2112 compliant and are Arc Level/HRC 2 rated. The lightweight moisture wicking materials ensure comfort and the design guarantees you’ll stand out in the field.  

The process from concept to final product happened in less than six weeks, according to O’Sullivan.  “Our customers were impressed that we listened to them and created the shirt so quickly. Being the manufacturer allows us to be innovative.”

As with all Benchmark FR clothing, each shirt has an individualized serial number for tracking and includes one-year free repair warranty, even if the damage is caused by the wearer.

“We take pride in doing things differently,” said O’Sullivan. “We’re a U.S. company with American made products.”

When developing a new product, we hold ourselves to three tenets:

  1. Provide proper protection for our valued customers.
  2. Create comfortable FR clothing.
  3. Offer a product that exceeds industry and customer standards.

Founded in 2002 by an engineer and a fashion designer, Benchmark FR is flame and arc flash resistant clothing manufacturer that believes flame and arc flash resistant clothing can be protective, comfortable, interesting and most products proudly made in the U.S.A. Learn more online.   

For more information about this product, please contact John O’Sullivan at (714) 360-0663 or by email at john@benchmarkfr.com.

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Benchmark FR Fit Guide
Step:1

Measure Your Body

Chest

From a standing position, measure the circumference of your upper body at the fullest part of your chest, typically just under the arm pit.

Sleeve

Bend your elbow as shown. Start at the center back of your neck and measure across the shoulder, around the elbow and to your wrist.

Waist

Measure around your natural waist where your pants sit most comfortably. Alternatively, you can look at the tag in the pants you are wearing.

Inseam

Remove your shoes and measure from your crotch to your ankle.

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Step:2

COMPARE YOUR BODY MEASUREMENTS TO SIZE CHART

Step:3

FIND YOUR SIZE

Men's Pants & Jeans [ Work Fit]

Size W30 W32 W34 W36 W38 W40 W42 W44 W46 W48
Measured Waist, Inches 30-31 1/2 32-33 1/2 34-35 1/2 36-37 1/2 38-39 1/2 40-41 1/2 42-43 1/2 44-45 1/2 46-47 1/2 48-49 1/2
Pant Waist Circumference, Inches 31 1/2 33 1/2 35 1/2 37 1/2 39 1/2 41 1/2 43 1/2 45 1/2 47 1/2 49 1/2
Pant Low Hip Circumference, Inches 41 43 45 47 49 51 53 1/2 55 57 59
Inseam Length All pants are hemmed to length. Specify inseam length or X-Short (28"), Short (30"), Regular(32"), Long (34"), X-Long (36").

Men's Button Up Shirts [Work Fit]

Size S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Measured Chest, Inches 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60 62-64
Shirt Chest Circumference, Inches 45 47 49 51 1/2 55 59 63 67
Shirt Sleeve Length, Inches 33 1/2 34 1/2 35 35 3/4 35 3/4 35 3/4 35 3/4 35 3/4
Shirt Back Length, Inches 29 30 31 31 1/2 32 33 33 1/2 33 3/4
Tall Shirt Sleeve Length, Inches     36 1/2 37 1/4 37 1/4      
Tall Shirt Back Length, Inches     32 32 1/2 33      

Men's 2nd Skin Shirt [Base Layer Fit]

Size S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Measured Chest, Inches 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60 62-64
Shirt Chest Circumference, Inches 41 1/2 43 1/2 45 1/2 48 51 1/2 55 1/2 59 1/2 63 1/2
Shirt Sleeve Length, Inches 33 3/4 34 1/8 35 1/8 35 3/2 35 3/8 35 3/8 35 3/4 35 3/8
Shirt Back Length, Inches 28 29 30 31 31 31 3/4 31 3/4 32 1/2

Men's Sweatshirts [Work Fit]

Size S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Measured Chest, Inches 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60 62-64
Sweatshirt Chest Circumference, Inches 44 46 48 50 54 58 62 64
Sweatshirt Sleeve Length, Inches 34 3/4 35 1/2 36 1/4 37 37 37 37 37
Sweatshirt Back Length, Inches 28 29 29 1/2 30 30 1/4 31 1/2 32 3/2 33

Men's Jackets [Outerwear Fit]

Size S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Measured Chest, Inches 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60 62-64
Jacket Chest Circumference, Inches 48 50 52 54 3/4 58 1/2 62 1/2 66 1/2 70 1/2
Jacket Sleeve Length, Inches 33 1/4 33 1/2 35 35 3/4 35 7/8 35 7/8 36 3/8 36 3/8
*Jacket Back Length, Inches 28 1/4 28 1/4 28 3/4 28 3/4 29 1/4 29 1/4 29 3/4 29 3/4

*Shows Insulated Bomber Jacket (6008FR) length. Add 2" for Insulated Parka (6015FR) Length.

Our Fit Defined

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Outerwear Fit

Can be worn over a base layer, work shirt or combination of both and still provides room for movement.

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Work Fit

Designed to be worn over a base layer or t-shirt. Has extra room around arm pit and chest for ease of mobility. Extra body length ensures shirt stays tucked in.

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Base Layer Fit

Fits like a comfortable t-shirt. Sits closer to the body but is not snug like athletic wear. Extra body length ensures shirt stays tucked in.

Extras:

CUSTOM SIZES & TIPS

If you have a need for custom fitting FR we can help make code compliant and custom clothing to fit.

The easiest way to make your custom size is for you to send us a “like” garment which we measure, create a custom pattern and then manufacture your custom fit FR. By a “like” garment we mean if you want a button up shirt send us your favorite non-FR button up shirt. Within a week we will send back your garment after taking its specifications. A few weeks later three sets of your soon to be favorite FR clothing will arrive at your door!

MEASURING YOUR T-SHIRT-SIZE

In most cases, your t-shirt size will directly correspond to the size of Benchmark FR shirt or outwear you normally wear.

ALREADY WEARING ANOTHER FR BRAND?

We can help! If you are currently wearing another FR brand we can easily determine what Benchmark FR size will fit closest to your garment. Most FR brands vary in fit and sizing may not be consistant between brands. Problem Solved; just tell us what brand and size you are wearing and we can tell you the Benchmark FR size that corresponds directly to that brand. Please call (888) 360-0663.