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SHOT Show 2014: Are You Ready for Ballistic Underwear?

January 16, 2014  | 

U.S. Armor's new Armour Wear protects the genitals and femoral arteries of the wearer with armor packages from IIA to IIIA. (Photo: Mark W. Clark)
U.S. Armor's new Armour Wear protects the genitals and femoral arteries of the wearer with armor packages from IIA to IIIA. (Photo: Mark W. Clark)

U.S. Armor may take the prize for the most head-turning single item at this year’s SHOT Show.

The company is marketing a new line of ballistic underwear for both men and women.

Armour Wear is the brainchild of inventor Robert Scott who has licensed the product to U.S. Armor. Scott says the idea for ballistic briefs occurred to him when he took his son to the store to buy football pads. Two years later and after $250,000 of investment, he holds two patents on the contruction and design of ballistic underwear.

The underwear protects both the entire pelvic area as well as the wearer’s femoral arteries. It is made of NIJ-certified ballistic armor packages and sewn in multiple panels for breathability and heat dissipation. The moisture-wicking material features anti-odor technology.

Roberts says a key component of the design is a soft cup to protect the genitals without the chafing associated with athletic cups. “The soft cup makes it comfortable to wear all day,” he says.

U.S. Armor’s new Armor Wear is expected to be available in late April in IIA, II, and IIIA protection packages. List price is $350 for three pairs. The underwear is machine washable once the ballistic panels have been removed.



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Donutplz @ 1/16/2014 12:12 PM

It might have ballistic capabilities in that it can stop a bullet but what about the blunt force trauma that can still blow out your arteries and or crushing the penis and or testicles. Does it address that?

Wojo @ 1/21/2014 9:22 AM

I strongly believe that this is a great idea and has its uses in LE. I somewhat agree with you donutplz, but think that the positives outweigh the negatives. I don't think these would be for everyone, but there are officers out there that would want to wear them for their protection, especially if they're working in gang, drug and high crime areas. Of course not everyone will fit into these comfortably due to their size and fitness level. The ones that are in great shape and are fitness nuts would have no problem wearing these and being comfortable. I would also think that officers working UC could get some great use out of these.

Robert @ 1/28/2014 11:24 AM

These are great points. Yes there is BF trauma just like with any vest in the market. It will hurt taking a round in this region. It will probably hurt alot! I must say though I would choose stopping bullet penetration and dealing with BF trauma then I would having a bullet go thru.

frank @ 3/20/2014 2:16 PM

Better check patent infringement on #6453791.

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