Product Review: FireMelon USA

FireMelon USA recently sent over a few items to be featured in a Product Review by The “Model City” Firefighter. I was pretty stoked to have found that I received a Leather Glove Keeper and a Radio Strap System from them, as these are items that I use everyday on the job and I knew I could get some use out of them.

Fire-Melon-Logo-768x165The Company

FireMelon USA is a firefighter owned and operated company out of Austin, Texas. They manufacture products made from real bunker gear fabrics and a variety of items made from leather. They make everything in Austin Texas USA using as much locally sourced materials as possible, which allows them to keep prices low and cut out the “middle man.”

The company is owned by Shane Highsmith, a US Navy Veteran and a firefighter.

Leather Glove Keeper

firemelonreview (3)The first item that I was asked to review was the Leather Glove Keeper.

The FireMelon USA Leather Glove Keeper is cut from 8oz. of leather and features fire resistant Velcro as a closure device and attaches to your bunkers with a Nickel-Plated trigger snap.

Over the past few weeks, I have worn and used the item on multiple occasions. It is fully adjustable for gloves up to 13″ in diameter, and there were no issues quickly wrapping it around my structural gloves. The Velcro held up great and I had no issues with it not holding my gloves, no matter the scenario. The trigger snap allows you to attach it to your bunker coat (as I did) or bunker pants.

firemelonreview (4)The items is available in Black, Dark Brown, or Dark Red, and can be customized with 8 Letters/ Numbers in either Block or Western font.

Click here to purchase the Leather Glove Keeper from FireMelon USA (link)

Pros

  • Durable nickel-plated trigger snap to attach to bunker gear
  • Can be customized
  • Made in the USA
  • Very affordable ($14.95-$19.95)

Radio Strap System

The next item I was asked to review was the Radio Strap System by FireMelon USA.

firemelonreview (2)I wear a radio strap on-duty every shift, and I am a big component of them. I think there are a number of benefits to wearing a strap, as long it is worn properly.

The FireMelon USA Classic FDNYstyle Radio Strap System is made from English Bridle or Latigo Leather, which comes from one of the last leather tanneries in the USA. They cut the straps 1-1/4″ wide for a more comfortable fit. The adjustable buckle on the front allows the strap to fit most people. The Radio Cases are designed to specifically fit your radio, and the system also includes an Anti-Sway strap. The strap I have been wearing was even customized on the back of the strap with my last name (as seen in the photo).

The strap can be customized by the following choices:

  • Emboss the strap with Celtic Knot, Flame, or Basket Weave pattern.
  • Or add up to 12 Letters/ Numbers stamped on the strap in Victorian, Western, or Script font

I found the strap to ride a little higher than I am used to, but they do offer a Long strap that is recommended for someone taller than 6’1″. Likely, this would be resolved with the longer strap. I love the text of my last name stamped on the back of the strap, as it is personal, yet not too loud and colorful. The strap also came with an attachment point for the label mic that can be moved or used to keep the mic wire attached to the strap. As I don my bunker gear, I unstrap the label mic and drape it outside the neck closure of my coat, and I found this very easy to unclip from the attachment points on the strap. Our radios at the FD are the Motorola APX600 XE, which have the extra tall batteries. I did find that the snapped piece of elastic that holds the radio in the case to be a bit short, but it was still able to snap by running it over the side of the radio. It still held the radio in place just fine, and I had no issues of it moving at all.

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Click here to purchase the Radio Strap System from FireMelon USA (link)

Pros

  • Durable
  • Very functional with multiple attachment points for the label mic
  • Custom name stamping on the back of the strap.
  • Made in the USA
  • 1 1/4″ wide, as I prefer a wide strap

Cons

  • Small issue with the elastic strap reaching over the top of the radio, but I was still able to attach the snap to secure the radio in place.

*Be sure to order a Long strap if you are taller than 6’1″.

Click here to view other FireMelon USA reviews by The Fire Critic and IronFiremen.com

Contact FireMelon USA

Website: http://www.firemelonusa.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FireMelonUSA/

Phone: 512-836-0146

email: weborders@thefirecenter.com
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