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Safariland Adopts DuPont Kevlar XPT Technology

January 26, 2011  | 


Safariland's Second Chance Summit Series MN01 II ballistic vest. Image courtesy of DuPont.

Safariland has adopted DuPont Kevlar XPT for use in its Second Chance Summit Series body armor, DuPont has announced.

The new body armor (MN01 Type IIIA) is a thin, flexible design that features a hybrid of DuPont Kevlar advanced-fiber ballistic materials. The combination of these materials, which includes DuPont Kevlar XPT, provides enhanced ballistic performance against special threats such as FN 5.7x28mm hollow point bullets.

"We are pleased to support Safariland with complete Kevlar solutions for some of their new ballistic vests," according to William F. Weber, vice president of DuPont Protection Technologies North America. "We are working together to help protect lives."

Kevlar XPT has more bullet-stopping power and helps reduce potentially serious ballistic injuries. The DuPont-patented technology provides a 15 percent reduction in backface deformation and advanced performance in a 100 percent Kevlar solution. In addition, Kevlar XPT allows more comfortable vest designs with at least a 10 percent reduction in overall weight when compared to other commercially available technologies.

"We are proud to continue the legacy of comfortable, reliable Second Chance armor vests for the law enforcement community," added Todd Mackler, vice president of Safariland's category management for armor. "Working with DuPont has allowed us to develop a thin, flexible design that provides enhanced ballistic performance."

According to Safariland, the new body armor satisfies the requirements of the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) new Voluntary Body Armor Compliance Testing Program under NIJ Standard-0101.06 (NIJ-06). The MN01 Type IIIA also features advanced perimeter and X-stitching to reinforce the armor panels, while reducing blunt trauma.

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