FR Made In The USA

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Made in the U.S.A. It is getting harder for companies to make that claim anymore. Companies are always looking for ways to improve their bottom line. From a pure business perspective, it makes sense to produce goods at the lowest price possible and to sell them at a profit. Take a look at the label of your FR clothing. More than likely it was made in Honduras, Vietnam, Mexico or some other country where the labor is cheaper.

Benchmark FR believes that Made in the USA is still important. That is why we are one of the only FR manufacturers that can boast the claim American Made. We make 80% of our products in Santa Ana, California.

Why Do We Do It?

We Are The Manufacturer

Unlike many FR providers, we manufacture all our products. We develop the materials, design the patterns and sew the garments. We don’t buy from other companies and sew our label in. If the label reads, Benchmark FR, it was made by us.

Quality Control

Since the company was founded in 2002, we’ve never had a recall of any of our products. When your production facility is half a world away, it makes it a lot more difficult to control the quality of the fabrics and the work performed.

We are so zealous about the quality of our products that we were the first FR company to develop a comprehensive tracking program. Each Benchmark FR garment has its own serial number and is scanned once it is shipped. We know everything there is to know about the quality of the garment you receive. If there ever were a problem, can know exactly which garments would be affected, which would allow us to correct the issue.

Repairs

For our shirts, jackets, pants and coveralls, we have a one-year free repair warranty. If the garment becomes worn, torn, ripped or frayed, even if it is your fault, we will repair the garment free of charge. It would be very difficult to do this if we had to send each garment to another country to make this happen.

Safety & Comfort

There probably isn’t a company out there that doesn’t say they don’t care about their customers. It wouldn’t be very good for business but when you are bound to shareholders, their primary concern is profit. Historically, we have set the industry bar creating innovative fabrics and designs that keep workers safe and comfortable. One of our newest products, our Silver Bullet FR rated Shirt is 9 cal/cm2 rated, weighs only 5.1 ounces and provides incredible moisture wicking. Why did we go to all the trouble? We know that when you are comfortable, you are more productive and less inclined to make mistakes. (What is the arc flash issue with moisture. Ask John).

We also make sure that all our products are safe to wear against the skin. If you are getting rashes and neck growths in area where FR clothing touches your skin, there might be a reason.

Financially, it would probably make more sense to make our products somewhere else and make more money. If we used cheaper materials and only met the minimum standards for FR protection, we could probably make more money. Then again, we’ve never gone with conventional wisdom at the expense of those who wear our products.

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.