The prevalence of IED`s in Afghanistan is causing a high number of “life ‐ changing” injuries to the lower body.

Common injuries include loss of vision and blast injuries to the groin, which can result in perforated bowels ruptured colons and or loss of genitalia. For all soldiers such injuries are “life‐changing”. They are extremely difficult to live with psychologically.

Within the periphery of a blast, peritoneal and femoral artery injuries can be quickly fatal without immediate advanced surgical intervention. A puncture to the femoral artery can cause exsanguination (bleeding out rapidly, causing death). High up the leg, tourniquets are difficult to attach in the field. Small particles of dirt and debris are usually septic and cause severe infections often difficult to treat, even with antibiotics. There is always a fine balance between the level of protection and burden (weight, thermal and increased bulk burdens) versus compromising comfort.


Following trials and ballistic tests, BCB have designed the Blast Boxer using a special, comfortable Aramid fabric, positioned around crucial zones of the groin. A fire retardant, light, open structure mesh is used on the rest of the garment to help offset the weight and thermal load of the ballistic material.

Recently, on a 10 mile run the Blast Boxers did not cause undue discomfort. Trials are also being conducted by various defence forces.

Though the boxers cannot completely protect against blast, the double layered version retailing at under $90.00, will offer considerable ballistic protection against high velocity, low mass threats such as those caused by IED detonations. Though they can be washed, the blast boxers are more hygienic if worn over one’s normal underwear.

All soldiers asked, who have recently returned from Afghanistan, confirmed that if the Blast Boxers had been available to them, they would have all worn them despite the slight increase of added burden.


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