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. Duc_848

    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.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shrike

    My hmm-hmms bring all the boys to the yard.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • dude

      Sounds like a mo!

      October 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jennifer

    I like this idea- Save the hmm-hmms and the who-who's!

    October 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. YumYumYum

    A dinner at Taco Bell and I could blast a hole right out the back of them. No sweat.

    October 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. blue

    I wonder who volunteered to test these...

    October 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Chuck Norris, of course.

      October 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. autom

    I like how it emphasizes "life-changing". Ain't that the truth!

    October 26, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. heh

    Gotta protect the junk.

    October 26, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nunya

    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...

    October 26, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Insurance

    I want a pair... seems like a wise investment

    October 26, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. justmyopinion

    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!!!

    October 27, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • pooch

      and your otta be in skool. just sayin'

      October 27, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Actually Pooch, with your spelling skills it seems you are the one that should be in school.

      October 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Roedy Green

    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.

    October 27, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dr. Ivo Robotnik

    I like the idea of protective Underwear! Protect the Pingas! You deserve a PROMOTION!

    October 27, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. number6

    DHDT protection?

    October 27, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Oblamea

    Every man needs a pair of these pups when taking the plunge into marriage...

    October 27, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    Finally something for the doodads and not just all about the ta-tas.

    October 27, 2010 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
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