Why All The Different Pant Fabric Weights?
By Jeff Barnes, US Uniforms General Manager, April 2nd 2012
Recently I was asked why some uniform suppliers sell a Winter Weight Pant that is only 8.5 oz. when other suppliers sell a 13 oz. Winter Weight Pant. Additionally, why do some suppliers sell a 9 oz. “Summer Weight Pant” when other companies sell a “Summer Weight Pant” that is 5 oz.?
The question was also posed that “I thought USPS only had two Letter Carrier pant fabric weights that are authorized, why are there 4 weights being promoted by suppliers”?
As with any good question, there is a good answer……..
Fabric weights can be measured in two different ways. A fabric mill, manufacturer or a vendor can chose to measure fabric weight per linear yard or they can measure it per square yard. The method that a company choses to use to measure the weight of their fabric, will determine the published “weight” of the fabric. Some industries chose a standard measurement method that all suppliers operate by. The Postal Uniform industry has not developed an industry standard. Therefore, it is up to each individual supplier to choose the method that they prefer.
The US Uniforms 8.5 oz. Winter Weight Pant is measured per square yard. Other suppliers 13 oz. Winter Weight Pant is measured per linear yard. However, they are the same material. In fact, there are only a handful of fabric mills that manufacture the Letter Carrier pant fabric. All suppliers purchase fabric from one of these 3-4 approved fabric mills. The only difference in the fabric is the metric used by the uniform supplier to measure the weight of the fabric.
The US Uniforms 5 oz. “Summer Weight Pant” is measured per square yard. Other suppliers 9 oz. “Summer Weight Pant” is measured per linear yard. Again, this is the identical fabric made by the same fabric mills. It is simply a different metric used to measure the weight of the fabric.
In a nutshell, 8.5 oz. per square yard weight is equal to 13 oz. per linear yard weight.
5 oz. per square yard weight is equal to 9 oz. per linear yard weight.
We would love to see an industry standard measurement metric adopted by USPS. This would eliminate the confusion amongst us all. In the meantime, we will all have to live with this explanation and educate our coworkers and customers.
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