Because nothing ruins a day quite like a piece of shrapnel firing into your groin, a British company has created Kevlar boxers to protect troops from improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Called Blast Boxers, the black and yellow shorts have Kevlar sewn in to protect a soldier’s genitals and femoral artery. Sold for $86, BCB International unveiled the Blast Boxers at the Association of the U.S. Army’s convention in Washington D.C. last week.
Soldiers rarely wear the groin protector that hangs down from their body armor, saying it provides little protection. However, BCB International is betting that soldiers will feel more secure with the Kevlar hugging up right against their family jewels. A severed femoral artery on the battlefield is typically a fatal blow, which too many soldiers have learned over the past 10 years.
The company claims the mesh in the boxers allows the soldier to stay cool, but Outside The Wire’s staff remains skeptical. We’ll contact BCB International for a test pair to see if they are worth the investment.