Blast boxers cost $86 and protect important soldier parts, their maker says.
Military officials in a number of European countries are testing “blast boxers,” armored underwear that protect the groin from shrapnel, according to the garments' manufacturer.
BCB International, a Cardiff, Wales-based manufacturer of military and survival products, says the shorts could help reduce “life-changing” injuries to the genitalia and colon - the type caused by roadside bombs in Afghanistan.
The “blast boxers” can stop a projectile moving at 230 meters per second (about the speed of a small handgun bullet), according to the company’s website. Besides protecting the genitals, the shorts also are designed to protect the femoral artery, which, if punctured, can cause rapid blood loss and a quick death.
The protective zones of the boxers are made from Aramid fabric, the same kind of fabric sold under the trade name Kevlar. Lightweight mesh compromises the rest of the garments.
BCB says the boxers have been worn on a 10-mile run “without causing undue discomfort,” but it recommends wearing them over other underwear.
The “blast boxers” sells for about $86 each on the company’s website.
“All soldiers asked whom have recently returned from Afghanistan, confirmed that had the Blast Boxers been available for them, despite the added burden, they would have all, to a man, worn them,” the company says on its website.
Cool idea. I've got a pair of motorcycle jeans lined with aramid. It's good stuff. I'd trust it to stop road rash, but I'm not sure how well it would do against shrapnel. It's got to be better than nothing though.
My hmm-hmms bring all the boys to the yard.
Sounds like a mo!
I like this idea- Save the hmm-hmms and the who-who's!
A dinner at Taco Bell and I could blast a hole right out the back of them. No sweat.
I wonder who volunteered to test these...
Chuck Norris, of course.
I like how it emphasizes "life-changing". Ain't that the truth!
Gotta protect the junk.
And who did the live tests of these garments? Are his hmm-hmms still remotely round? If you sit on a balloon, there's no puncturing going on, but the balloon still doesn't fare well...
I want a pair... seems like a wise investment
Dave I partially agree with Jack. Don't get me wrong, I would love for peace to be the answer but that will never happen with them. They have been taught that we're the enemy and to kill us. And to JoSchmo, there are a lot of women that have protected our country RIGHT ALONG with the men, some have died to help keep you safe. If your not out there protecting our country with some of those Women and men, maybe your the one who truely needs to be in the kitchen, JUST SAYIN!!!
and your otta be in skool. just sayin'
Actually Pooch, with your spelling skills it seems you are the one that should be in school.
In Iraq, surgeons amputate the genitals of an average of two US soldiers each day. So I would imagine a pair of such briefs would be a welcome gift from home. However, they would extremely uncomfortable in Iraq's heat.
I don't know the stats for ostomy bags installed.
I like the idea of protective Underwear! Protect the Pingas! You deserve a PROMOTION!
Every man needs a pair of these pups when taking the plunge into marriage...
Finally something for the doodads and not just all about the ta-tas.
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