April 15, 2014 //
Advancement in body armor technology is being made every day. Scientists are constantly trying to develop armor that is lighter in weight and stronger to offer more protection for a wearer. It is important to note that at the moment, scientists have developed an ultrathin material that provides maximum protection with less bulkiness. For years, polyethylene was used to create products ranging from lunch boxes to garbage bags. It has proven itself to be a very durable material, however not until recently have scientists used it in making body armor.
Today, polyethylene fibers are used to create a dense material capable of stopping a bullet. The material allowed the scientists to create an ultrathin vest, allowing greater concealability and maneuverability than other protective gear. The body armor that is made using the polyethylene actually absorbs the impact of the projectile to stop it from penetrating the material. This type of body armor offers protection from handguns, larger weapons, and even from shrapnel that comes from grenades and other explosives. The material is designed to be 15 times as strong as steel and 40% stronger than any other material used to make body armor, offering the wearer better protection and greater comfort than non-polyethylene based body armor products.
The new ultra-thin body armor opens up a world of possibilities to both law enforcement agencies and civilians alike. Being able to wear the lightweight, ultra-thin body armor, such as the products offered by SafeGuard Body Armor, offers a discrete threat protection solution. In a WROL situation, for example, the ability to blend in and for your superior protection to go undetected would be invaluable. Also, polyethylene body armor products are more breathable than the other products on the market. Good air circulation results in greater comfort.
Modern polyethylene body armor is a bit more expensive than the other forms of body armor on the market. However, considering the level of protection offered paired with the superior concealability and comfort, investing in a piece of kit like this can easily be justified.