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Chicago Protective Apparel Sizing Info and Charts

Chicago Protective (CPA) manufactures a variety of items including gloves, uniforms and protective suits. Whereas uniforms are normally sized be worn instead of regular casual clothing, CPA protective suits are actually made oversize, with an assumption that regular work clothing is to be worn underneath. Thus, if you are getting a uniform-style coverall, shirt, pants, or another similar item - the fit should be similar to your regular clothes. However, if you are getting an arc flash suit or aluminized clothing (or another clothing type that is normally worn for extra protection on top of the standard work clothes), then the clothing will be made oversize, so if your normal chest size is 50”, then get a jacket corresponding to chest size 50, don’t bump it up a size to make up for the clothing underneath unless you wear extraordinarily thick clothes or many layers.

Guide to measuring for proper fit: - Waist - keep tape snug, not too tight - Chest - measure around the broadest part with tape up under arms - Inseam - Crotch to top of shoe (not boot) insde of leg - Coat Length - from base of collar at back of neck to desired length

CPA Jackets, Coats and Coveralls - Chest Sizes

  • Small - 36”-38”
  • Medium - 40”-42”
  • Large - 44”-46”
  • XL - 48”-50”
  • 2XL - 52”-54”
  • 3XL - 56”-58”
  • 4XL - 60”-62”
  • 5XL - 64”-66”

Safety jackets, coats and coveralls are available in 2 general types of patterns - to be worn instead of regular clothing or over it. Thus, items like arc flash suits and aluminized clothing are made to be extra-roomy considering that they are worn on top of regular garments, whereas uniform-style coveralls and jackets are not made to fit over another set of pants or a thick shirt.

For figuring garment length on items that are intended to be worn over regular clothes, it is reasonable to assume that “Regular” length jackets, coats and coveralls are made for individuals that are 5‘8” to 6‘2” tall. Whereas “Long” (or “Tall”) garments are required for people 6‘1” to 6‘6” tall (yes, there is some overlap). Coverall length dimensions are the most highly affected by variations in the height of the wearer - somebody with a long body simply cannot fit into a coverall if it is too short since the distance from crotch to shoulders is limited. With that in mind, please note that certain people that are around 6’ or even slightly shorter may in some cases require a “Tall” coverall if their body is considerably longer than the average for their height.

Jackets, coveralls and coats made for use instead of regular work clothes fit slightly differently - you should be ok when you get “Regular” length if you are between 5‘8” and 6‘0” or “Long” length if you are 6‘1” to 6‘4”.

CPA Pants - Waist Sizes

  • Small - 28”-30”
  • Medium - 32”-34”
  • Large - 36”-38”
  • XL - 40”-42”
  • 2XL - 44”-46”
  • 3XL - 48”-50”
  • 4XL - 52”-54”
  • 5XL - 56”-58”

Standard inseam on uniform-style pants (that are made to replace regular pants) from Chicago Protective is 32”, though longer inseam pants can be made to order

Standard inseam on Overpants (that are worn over regular pants) from Chicago Protective is approximately 30”, but the distance from waist to crotch is slightly longer than on uniform-style pants. Overpants are normally available in 2 lengths - “Regular” and “Long” (or “Tall”, which is the same for CPA garments) - “Regular” is made to fit people that are between 5‘8” and 6‘2” tall, whereas “Long” garments would be required for somebody approximately 6‘1” to 6‘6” tall.

CPA Gloves - Guidelines for Measuring and Sizes

In order to determine appropriate glove size, the palm’s circumference needs to be measured. To do this, a cloth tape measure can be used, or even a plain piece of string which can be measured with a ruler. The resultant measurement, in inches, will be the size needed - and if the measurement is not a whole number, round it up to the nearest whole number. This measurement is an approximation, and can vary depending on hand and finger shape. The best fitting glove might be a half or full size bigger or smaller than the hand measurement. Also, do not forget to account for any glove liners that may be worn together with the CPA gloves, and allow extra room.