October 26th, 2010
03:41 PM ET

'Blast boxers' aim to curb 'life-changing' wounds

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.

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  1. David

    They should make something like this to cover the entirety of the person.. Sort of like the under armour thermal gear.. cold gear, i believe they call it, on their site.. it at least gives soldiers a chance should they be near any smaller explosions..

    October 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herman C

      And a helmet with a visor and an ostrich plume!

      October 26, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      "They should make something like this to cover the entirety of the person.. " Well you're in luck because they sure do! It's called peace. Best armor of all. Gives the soldiers a 100% chance of survival.

      October 26, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Wow Jack, consider therapy.

      October 27, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • CB

      Not a bad idea, and it has been tried...the problem is weight and breathability. It adds a lot of weight to what the soldier must carry - and that only increases with sweat, weather, etc. The body also needs to be able to vent properly so you don't overheat. They can't get those points to match up in a way that will work. What good is a bullet-proof soldier if they keep dropping from heat exhaustion... You're still thinking in the right direction though =)

      October 27, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • RQ

      @CB Nice to see a pleasant and well thought out response on these forums for once. Look @Jack for the opposite.

      October 27, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Frankly I think they should improve the blast shielding on the bottom of the APCs and other vehicles. That way the troops wouldn't need armored boxers! Unfortunately, we are still dealing with the Rumsfeld policy of using the "Army we have, not the Army we want" when it comes to military procurements. Also, the Pentagon is still trying to fight this war based on Dessert Storm, just like the British High Command tried to fight WWI based on the Crimean and Boer wars. Military leaders are always most prepared to fight the last war, not the next war.

      October 27, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • JasonB

      Jack, no need to single out Muslims here. Truth is, there are many Americans that don't comprehend world peace. Take for instance, George W. Bush, who invaded Iraq without reason or provocation. And it's stupid of you to single out Obama and accuse him of taking away our defenses. Are you suggesting we stay in Iraq and Afghanistan forever? As a matter of fact, Obama increased troops in the latter. We're never going to have world peace as long as we have bigots like you, writing disparagingly against entire ethnic and/or religious groups. On a personal note, I would like to express my sympathy for you. It must be tough knowing you were born in the wrong period of human history. Think of it. If you were born 200 years ago, you could have had an entire plantation of people following your orders. Bigot!

      October 27, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • pete

      Mmmmm......'Dessert Storm'.....that'll win over hearts and minds!

      October 27, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • SPF

      This is all BS and propaganda! If they did not want people to die, they would stop fighting wars with people. We have crafts that are capable of traveling at speeds deemed science fiction, what makes you think that we could not use machines to replace humans? Population control is the key to a successful war . Government funding Governments to eliminate citizens. So, to say the least.... our Gov and other Governments are doing minimum only to encourage more recruits. Think about it... If you knew a good chance existed that you would live without your "Man Tools" would you fight? Like I said... BS Propaganda. They could careless about your Sack or your life.

      October 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. agathokles

    "Lightweight mesh compromises the rest of the garments." Ummmm.... I think you meant "comprises."

    October 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • kite005

      Maybe they really did mean compromises. 🙂 Nah.

      October 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldguy

      while meanings are different, either word works in context.

      October 26, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldguy

      ...except, what about the s on the word garments...

      October 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldguy

      ...except, the whole comprises its parts Not the other way around, right?...

      October 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaet

      Parts comprise a whole; a whole is comprised of its parts.

      October 27, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • gramarian

      Actually Jeat, it you look up the definition of "comprise" it is "to be made up of". So the whole comprises its parts as the previous poster indicated.

      October 27, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. S.Colbert

    Whenever a rodside bomb goes off, drop bombs from the sky in a ten mile radius of the blast, to make the area nice and levelled so you can have a good look around. Why have all these bombs if you won't use them?

    October 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kite005

    I actually want to see the invisibility fabric/material that bends light.

    October 26, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • citylightz

      If it is invisible how would you see it?

      Sunglasses and some bandages perhaps?

      October 26, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • FromChicago

      If their uniform is invisible then they will keep on loosing it..."how the h3ll did u loose ur uniform soldier?" "i donno sir, i went to take shower and now i cannot find it..

      also, anybody can shoot them and say "I didn't know that he was standing there" 🙂

      October 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Herman C

    If an AK-47 round hits the guy's hmm-hmm at 2300fps, it may not blow a hole through the
    hmm-hmm, but you'll be able to pour it out and drink it after you get back to Kabul medivac.

    So there's that.

    October 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldguy

      all they found were his hmm-hmms

      October 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • FromChicago

      if someone is shooting at me with AK 47, the last thing that I would be worried about is my balls, I haven't heard anybody covering their crotch when someone shoots at them, most of the people duck...u r funny dude..

      i think they will have to change dialogues in the movies now they say "don't shoot me in the face, i wan't open coffin funeral"" then they will say "dont shoot me in the crotch, i was nude funeral :)....

      smart..i hope u dont run for vice president in the next election...

      October 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wyo Dutch

    Here we are in the 21st century.... using billion-dollar aircraft... million dollar missiles... unmanned drones... satellites.... armored vehicles... All arrayed against an "enemy" who has nothing but a rough wool shirt and a rifle... Yet, that volunteer is fighting us to a standstill. Restores my faith in the vitality of the Second Amendment... should the day come when we have to take the Declaration of Independence at it's literal meaning.

    October 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I thought all the members of the Hutaree were arrested? What are you doing out on the internet?

      October 26, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      That is what happens when politicians make decisions that should be made by military personnel. HISTORY well supports that conclusion.

      October 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whoopy

      YEah, this is an article about EUROPEAN MILITARY RESEARCH. Nice job hillbillie.

      October 27, 2010 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. joenyc

    If it were made all black it would look like and Imperial Stormtrooper's Underarmor.

    October 26, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CommandO

    If they went commando.....

    October 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SFC Retired

    To a man? Did any women try them? We may not have "hmm-hmm" but a femoral artery has no gender...

    October 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Joe, what are you talking about?

      October 27, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. ldpresso

    Crotch protection is indeed a groin concern.

    October 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Schmo

      Awesome. Hats off to ye sir!

      October 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • AgentFrank

      Pretty ballsy idea !

      October 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emrys

      kudos. you'll find a bonus of 250 quatloos in your next pay envelope.

      October 26, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Yeah, but Obumble and crew will just sack that idea. We all know they are nuts and don't care about our forces over there. We'll see a big argument over it because of the vas defrens between the left and the right. However, if they are only $89 a pair I'm sure Uncle Sam could get a volume discount.

      Still, kudos to the guy that came up with these. He must have been sitting around one day thinking and URETHRA! He got this idea. Still, if he wants the ultimate package he needs to find away to keep the impact force from scrambling the eggs. Penetration is one thing, but the equivalent of a 2×4 at 100 MPH is still not good for the jewels.

      October 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michelle

    Save the peni$e$!!!

    October 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • heymichelle

      Yeah save 'em!!... Can I hide mine with you?

      October 27, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Andy

    Now make a shirt like this that protects the sides under traditional bullet resistant vests.

    – A

    October 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      I don't know. If any male in the military had the choice of protecting his organs or his crotch, it'd still be a pretty tough call to make.

      October 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rudedog

    I am happy there is such a device to help our troops but I fear some higher ups may go to war more quickly if we have our troops very well protected.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      No, Rudedog, I think even the higher ups are getting tired of war. There will never ever be peace in the world, so, we must always be prepared for war.

      October 27, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. DYBO

    In WWII they sat on their helmets, in Nam we sat on flak vests, this sounds like a good deal at a bargain price for both men and woman- one cut to the femoral artery and you bleed out quick.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robbie

    Still. A bullet to the nuts has got to hurt like hell.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
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