Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Things you should know about Female Body Armor

Men and women have been at war for centuries up until now and have used different armors to protect themselves from the attacks and gunshots. From the ancient animal skin armors down to metal and now ballistic materials, there have been so many designs and forms that man can used throughout time. For someone who is new to this field, there are so many things that we need to know about this female body armor. And some of these things, you can read below.

Body armors are made with the manly physique in mind; therefore there are no original female body armor but just a tweaked armor from the usual body armor used by soldiers and policemen. This may mean lesser comfort and fit because as much as we deny, these original armors are made from the built of a man, and not of a woman.

In order to fit women’s needs in terms of body armor, manufacturers and suppliers just cut and stitch the material to form and create bust cups. This is also the reason why there are different standards when checking the male and female models even if they are made of exactly the same materials and type of the ballistic layers.

There are advancements being made by the Army and the different manufacturers of the female body armor. They “mold” the bust cups into the material, negating the need to cut and stitch and create the bust cups.

Aside from the female body armor, there are also armor which we call “unisex” vests wherein there is altering of the outside dimension of the panel, for example, enlarging the arm hole openings to cater to different builds and body types. But this unisex vest provides uneasiness to some of our female soldiers, according to a survey conducted in the army.

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