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Summer heat: polyester or poly/wool blend

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by phred119, May 31, 2011.

  1. phred119


    Sep 29, 2004
    South Carolina
    Our uniforms are pretty standard navy blue. Our new vendor has the option of 100% polyester, or a poly/wool blend. What works best for summer heat and humidity?
  2. OMG, growing up in the 1970s and early 1980s, I have to wonder how I ever survived wearing polyester. Good thing I never got close to an open flame while clothed.

    With a bullet resistant vest on, what the shirt is made of doesn't matter. For pants, definitely a summer weight cotton (ideally) or even a wool blend. I absolutely hate that sticky thighs feeling.

  3. JMO, but the less polyester the better. I'd take 100% wool if it were an option.


    Jun 11, 2002
    New Mexico & Michigan
    I'd take the wool blend too. Back in the day when they made uniforms out of worsted wool....they were nice.
  5. unit 900

    unit 900

    Sep 3, 2000
    Baltimore, Md
    As already stated, wool adds comfort to polyester in the heat (always allowing for the armor of course). Wool also adds cost. If you are out of pocket, virtually all the uniform shirt makers offer a poly/rayon mix. Rayon is made from cellulose so is kind of hybrid natural/synthetic. It 'breathes' better than poly and is easy care too.
  6. phred119


    Sep 29, 2004
    South Carolina
    Well, thanks for the replies, but it doesn't matter. The poly/wool blend is no longer an option. We are now required to wear 100% polyester. :crying:
  7. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

    Jun 30, 2004
    Unmarked Rustbox

    My department has pretty stringent uniform requirements. You really just need to work to change it.

    I've been at it for two years. It's all a game. Find out what agencies around you do and sell it to your admin folks.

    We went from poly class A type uniforms with restrictions on everything, to the chief approving external vest carriers (still working out the details), suspenders (going for Orca), and "soft" uniforms for patrol (cloth badge patch and name embroidered).

    You just have to want it.

    My legacy will be improving working conditions for everyone. After I'm done with uniforms (with the help of some influential co-workers), I'm moving on to making our cars suck less.
  8. phred119


    Sep 29, 2004
    South Carolina
    Yeah, we've recently been approved for suspenders and the uniform looking external vest carriers. We used to have poly/rayon, and poly/cotton blend uniforms. I'm not sure what happend to go back to the full poly ones.
  9. Might I suggest that when you need to iron, to turn the shirt or pants inside out and iron from the inside.

    From a mile away you can spot a polyester garment that's been touched up by an iron that was just a tad too hot.
  10. puckhead


    Feb 26, 2009
    That is genius!
  11. Well, that's what CT is here for. The transmitting of socially communicable things. My genius is now your genius. Pass it to someone else. :)
  12. ghstface38

    ghstface38 Five-O

    Dec 26, 2005
    Area around Memphis, TN
    I've recently started wearing the 5.11 PDU which they market as a "twill" material... I believe it's a polyester blend, just not sure of the type.

    It's very, very comfortable.
  13. G21FAN

    G21FAN Useless loser Millennium Member

    Apr 23, 1999
    Pell City, Alabama
    I prefer the Blauer Poly/cotton blend soft uniform for summer.
  14. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    Poly/cotton blend.

    They claim no fading, but we wear black (the legacy of a past chief :upeyes: ), so I don't trust anything with cotton in it.