The Polar Code specifically requires the thermal protection to contemplate the potential for immersion in polar waters and for it to be adequate. In order to be adequate, it needs to keep the subject alive. If a standard immersion suit is inadequate under polar conditions because rescue times may exceed performance time, what is needed for that region is a survival suit. One that can protect for more than six hours, one that keeps you floating above the water, allows you to eat, drink, perform bodily function, and sleep, one that performs as a personal habitat on land or on an ice flow.
White Glacier Arctic 10+
White Glacier’s Arctic 10+ offers a CLO factor of 4.87. It has been designed to keep you floating above the waves. The survivor can remove his hands from within the suit to eat, drink, perform first aid and bodily functions, while protected by an extendable splash tent to create a protected cockpit. Sleeping is also permitted because the survivor is warm and comfortable, protected from rain, waves or splash. Many say it is like being in a sleeping bag on a water bed.
In a life boat, on land or an ice floe, the Arctic 10+ offers excellent thermal protection when needed, and with the top part partially or totally removed, allows for free use of the hands, as well as allows for temperature regulation. It acts as a thermally-protected personal habitat.
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