Since medieval times, armor has protected warriors from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune—at a heavy price. A full suit of armor weighed approximately 60 pounds. Today’s soldiers don’t have it much better, carrying an average of 90 pounds of gear. Conventional modern-day body armor is heavy, in part because fabrics are coated with chemical-resistant, water-repellent, and fire-retardant substances that add weight and block breathability and flexibility.
Anything that lightens the load is an advantage, and the G Tech Vest, developed jointly by P2i, Oxfordshire, U.K., and Global Armour, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, fits the bill. The G Tech Vest uses Global Armour’s proprietary lightweight armor material and a lighter fabric exterior, and P2i’s liquid-repellent nanotechnology coating reduces weight and preserves the fabric’s natural airflow and drape. The coating lasts as long as the garment because of direct molecular bonds to the fabric surface.