BCB Blast Boxers IED Bomb Protection Shorts
Designed for wearing over underwear and beneath trousers
Significantly reduces the fragment damage from IED'S
Soft and comfortable to wear
Small to XX Large
The prevalence of IED's in Afghanistan is causing a high number of "life - changing" injuries to the lower body, these include blinding and blast injuries to the groin, which can result in a ruptured colon or loss of genitalia. For all soldiers such injuries are "life-changing" and they are extremely difficult to live with psychologically.
Within the periphery of a blast, perennial and femoral artery injuries can be fatal without immediate specialist medical help. A puncture to the femoral artery can bleed out rapidly leading to death. High up the leg, tourniquets are difficult to attach in the field.
There is always a fine balance between the level of protection and burden (weight, thermal and increased bulk burdens) and without comprising comfort.
Following trails and ballistic tests, BCB have designed the Blast Boxer using a special comfortable Aramid fabric, positioned around crucial zones of the groin. Light open structure mesh is used on the rest of the garment to help offset the weight and thermal load of the ballistic material.
On a 10 mile run the Blast Boxers did not cause undue discomfort. The blast boxers are currently being trialled with a number of European ministries of defence.
Though the boxers cannot completely protect against blast, they will offer ballistic protection of 230 meters per second in the standard NIJ V50 ballistic test.
Though they can be washed, the blast boxers are more hygienic if worn over ones normal underwear.
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 worn them.