A new Twaron fabric promises to reduce backface deformation by up to 30%, yet provide better comfort and flexibility that the current generation of body armor materials.
According to Teijin Aramid, the maker of the new Twaron LFT SB1 material, they are able to use four layers of fabric in various orientations to achieve the same, or greater, results than the use of stiff anti-trauma materials used in other body armor.
For all of you that have worn vests before the current crop of NIJ-certified body armor, I think that you would agree that the new stuff is far less comfortable than the old. While I understand the new standards are designed to provide a greater degree of protection for officers, it would seem little or no thought was given to balancing protection against wearability.
I recently was issued a new vest that is less comfortable than anything else I have worn during the past two decades. My “old” III-A vest is far more comfortable than the “improved” level II vest.
Teijin Aramid will be at the 2012 SHOT Show, and I look forward to seeing the new materials. I hope that we will see more comfortable body armor in the near future.