The redesigned LION Commander features the next generation CROSSTECH insert, which is fully bonded to a form-fitting thermal liner to create a 3-D combination of thermal liner and moisture barrier. The result is better flexibility, less bulk in the palm and a more than 40% improvement on the dexterity rating..
LION launched its newest model in the LION Protective Gloves line. The redesigned LION Commander features the next-generation CROSSTECH insert, which is fully bonded to a form-fitting thermal liner to create a 3-D combination of thermal liner and moisture barrier. The result is better flexibility, less bulk in the palm and a more than 40% improvement on the dexterity rating, said Hayley Fudge, LION’s director of marketing.
“The challenge with structural fire gloves is achieving that necessary balance of dexterity and optimal thermal protection for the firefighter,” Fudge said in an e-mail. “This glove provides the best of both.”
The LION Commander includes an enhanced back-of-the-hand area that now features a three-piece design, allowing for better stretch and knuckle protection while enhancing grip. Fudge said it also has modified finger crotches and thumb designs to provide better fit and performance.
Other features include KOVENEX, a flame-resistant, nonwoven fabric made from a blend of three fibers. The nonwoven, needle-punched felt is further stitch bonded with a non-melt rayon yarn to lock in the fibers to prevent thinning and to maintain the loft of the fabric. Fudge said this delivers excellent TPP and radiant heat protection while enhancing dexterity, which eases doffing and donning, especially when wet. The fiber blend also is cut-resistant, tear-resistant and very skin-friendly — unique in FR materials.
“We are just as committed to bringing design and innovation that provides the best in comfort and safety in our firefighting glove line as we are with our turnout gear, helmets and boots,” Fudge said.
The new line starts at $88. They are made in the U.S.A.