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WildCelticRose


WildCelticRose

New Spinner, Beating the Crap out of Myself and Loving it !
Location: Tacoma, WA, USA

Total posts: 9
Posted:Hello,

I am going to be ordering an all cotton hoodie for spinning (jeans leather shoes are working fine for the bottom) but I have two fire opportunites coming up this weekend.

I'm getting a bit burned out (pun intended) on wearing a long sleeve race T-shirt and a wool hat.

I can find a tight fitting hoodie locally before tomorrow night, but I can't find anything 100% cotton.

I have found one that is 80% cotton.

I'm wonding if anyone has had any experience with a blend getting hit with a flaming poi? I'd rather not buy a hoodie and then try to burn it to test it (stores don't tend to want to take things back that you've lit on fire)


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WildCelticRose


WildCelticRose

New Spinner, Beating the Crap out of Myself and Loving it !
Location: Tacoma, WA, USA

Total posts: 9
Posted:also...

It's still getting down into the 30's here at night so I can't just braid and wet my hair.


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aston
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Posted:Not quite the same, but I have a high-cotton blend shirt I have used on occasion with no trouble. I tend not to wrap very much, and the shirt is tight (as in form-fitting), so there are no folds to catch on. It is also pretty thick, with no fuzz.

Of course, I am not saying that nothing will happen to you. Standard disclaimers still apply: take my advice under own risk etc.


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WildCelticRose


WildCelticRose

New Spinner, Beating the Crap out of Myself and Loving it !
Location: Tacoma, WA, USA

Total posts: 9
Posted:Since no one seemed to have the answer (prior to Aston's response after I'd already left work), I used the (sorta) scientific method to test the 80% cotton 20% polyester fabric for flammability.

Since I normally wear 100% cotton and have read that 100% polyester being recommended for children's sleep wear, I went ahead and purchased the hoodie (heck, it was only $20)

I went to the kitchen next to the sink so I'm have a non flammable surface and water nearby and wet a towel for smothering any flame.

The first test was on the ribbed surface on the inside of the hoodie. That surface withstood five full seconds (which is WAY longer than a flaming poi has ever been in contact with me) of direct flame from a Butane lighter (the long kind used to light BBQs) with mild discoloration.

The second test was on the inside of the body of the hoodie which is very fuzzy. I knew that this would catch easier than the smooth outside.

The fuzzy inside of the hood did not catch/hold flame until ten full seconds (I can't imagine being in contact with a flaming poi that long even in an accidental wrap)

It held a VERY small flame, did not significantly melt and there was no sign on the outside that the inside had been burned, so even if I do catch it on fire, the likelihood of it melting through to my skin is pretty darn negligible.

I think I'm going to be as safe in that as anything (and I burn with good safe people who have my back)

~L


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Brenn
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Location: Melbourne, Australia

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Posted:Provided you're due diligent to your safety whle spinning, an 80-20 blend is fine.

Always have someone spot you during a burn, and for added safety and peace of mind you can do a 'spray-down' prior to lighting up (i.e. a spray bottle of water and spraying yourself head to toe).

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