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  • FIA 8856-2000
  • Internal seams 
  • Suede palms with additional strategically placed sued patches
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  • Sizes 8 - 12
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SFI & FIA are reknowned sport racing safety certification councils. They operate differently yet their mission is the same. To maximize driver safety with current technology, science, tests, rules and minimum standards. Regarding fire retardancy standards, the SFI and the FIA both use TPP (Thermal Protective Performance) to correlate their fire ratings.

SFI 3.2A Spec is used for fire-retardant apparel. FIA will uses a code starting with 8856 followed by a date, which refers to the year the homologation was introduced. The most common current is 8856-2000. However we do know that the FIA is updating this standard.

To reach a TPP rating the material is subject to both a direct flame and a radiant heat measure. The thread and any cuffs also have to be tested.

For ease of understanding the TPP results are translated into seconds. That is seconds the fabrics prohibits the body from receiving a second degree burn.

SFI Rating TPP ValueTime to 2nd Degree Burn3.

2A/1 - 3 Seconds (TPP 6)

3.2A/3 - 7 Seconds (TPP 14)

3.2A/5 - 10 Seconds (TPP1 9)

3.2A/10 - 19 Seconds(TPP 38)

3.2A/15 - 30 Seconds (TPP 60)

3.2A/20 - 40 Seconds (TPP 80)

The radiant heat portion of the spec is significant because the majority of racer burns are caused by heat transfer rather than direct flame. Insulation is the best way to prevent this kind of burn. Using multiple layers of fabric helps keep the heat source away from the skin longer because each layer creates air gaps that have to heat up. The extra seconds gained with each layer are precious to a driver trying to escape from a burning car. (SFI Foundation)

How manufacturers achieved these TPP depends on the fabric, the construction and the numbers of layers used. A maufacturer has to submit samples of the fabrics as they will be used in the manufacturing process. Aramid suits’ fabrics are woven with fire-resistant threads such as Nomex (DuPont patented.) These are very expensive threads so companies weave the fabric with other organic materials such as cotton. However, the suit will not be so fire retardant so manufacturers have to add layers to achieve their desired TPP standard. This is why the less expensive gloves are heavier. In auto racing less (weight) often means more (money.)

Other things to consider:

Keep your glove clean and do not wear while repairing your car. Grease, fuel, oils, fluids, and their fumes will soak into the fabric creating a conduit for fire, support the flames and lead to a combusible situation. We recommend using Molecule products to maintain and prolong the life of your gloves.

All gloves pass the minimum TPP standard - the better brands surpass them. You are not just paying for that recognized logo.

Patches and similar should have a fire-retardant backing and be attached used Nomes thread.

Always follow the manufacturers instructions for the proper maintenance of your gloves. In addition we recommend you do not leave your gloves in the sun. UV rays are harmful to all aramid fabrics, plus damaging to the color.