When it comes to staying cool and dry in body armor....not all "mesh" is created equal!
So recently it was brought to my attention that some body armor companies have started to incorporate a type of mesh material into their carriers. The purpose of this being to allow for additional airflow while wearing the body armor. And this makes sense because there is typically ZERO ventilation or airflow between your body armor and your base layer while wearing body armor. This is why almost anyone who wears body armor has experienced peeling a sweat-soaked t-shirt (or compression shirt) off their body following their shift. Wearing body armor simply does not allow for any airflow. And working for 8, 10 or even 12 hours with a sweat-soaked base layer could lead to a host of problems including, but not limited to, heat rash, skin infections and even staph infections. And as many of you know, when gone untreated, staph infections could ultimately lead to death. The following is from "WebMD"....
Staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to flesh-eating infections. The difference between all these is the strength of the infection, how deep it goes, how fast it spreads, and how treatable it is with antibiotics. The antibiotic-resistant infections are more common in North America, because of our overuse of antibiotics.
So it's clear that getting airflow in between your body armor and base layer is HIGHLY important! Not only could it prevent dangerous skin conditions....it also keeps you cooler, drier and more focused. And since sweat is what makes you cold in the winter time while out in the elements, solid airflow that keeps you drier is critical in the cooler months too.
That being said, we recently received a few emails from people asking about this new mesh that a couple of body armor companies are incorporating into their carriers. The main question was, "how does their mesh compare to the Maxx-Dri Ultra Comfort Vest mesh?"
At first I thought I'd go into a narrative about the structural and scientific differences between "their mesh" and our Maxx-Dri mesh (many of you know that I am a secret science nerd). But I decided to do something MUCH simpler! I created a little experiment right in my kitchen using a piece of lined notepad paper and a hair dryer. Yes....I was forced to use a PINK hairdryer. And NO....it's not mine!
What I did was simply secure the notepad paper from a fixed object and aimed the hair dryer at it. The hair dryer's airflow first went through "their mesh" and then through our Maxx-Dri mesh. And the result? Well you can watch the video and see for yourself.
When it comes to staying cooler, drier and safer there is no question....the MORE airflow the BETTER!! That precisely why The Maxx-Dri Ultra Comfort Vest has gone viral across the globe among those who wear body armor. The Maxx-Dri vest gives you MAXIMUM airflow and allows for MAXIMUM breathability. The Maxx-Dri vest also has cushioning properties which actually makes your body armor FEEL lighter while being worn.
So if you are tired of sweat-soaked base layers, peeling your shirt off at the end of your shift, foul smelling body armor, constantly washing your body armor carrier, and dangerous skin rashes/infections....consider the product that was invented by a full time police officer to take care of his fellow officers across the country and around the world! Get yourself a Maxx-Dri Vest and STOP DREADING WEARING YOUR BODY ARMOR!
- Suresh Madhavan