A New Way Police Officers Can (Literally) Lighten Their Load
February 07, 2017
That includes the tactical vest.
Like the U.S. military, the law enforcement field is transitioning to lighter weight material to ease the overall load that officers must carry. Honeywell has worked extensively with manufacturers serving these sectors, and Honeywell scientists recently introduced a new fabric designed to meet this challenge.
|The new Centurion fabric is a composite
material that's both high-strength
When used in tactical vests, Centurion can reduce the vest's weight by up to 40 percent. Because of the fabric's strength and durability, it can be laser-cut according to user preference, resulting in slits along the vests that take the place of the traditional heavier straps that have to be sewn in. The vest is not only lighter and more comfortable for officers to wear, but also faster and easier for manufacturers to produce. Thanks to Spectra fiber, they are also resistant to cuts, abrasion and water, making them ideal for many tough environments.
Attendees at the recent National Shooting Sport Foundation's SHOT Show noted that Centurion was a breakthrough material. "The considerations for this particular material are endless," wrote Lindsey J. Bertomen, a reporter for PoliceOne, a news outlet for law enforcement.
|A law enforcement tactical vest made with Centurion.|
“Centurion represents the next evolution of lightweight law enforcement equipment, removing several pounds from the more than 20 pounds that an officer can typically wear while on patrol,” said Lori Wagner, armor marketing manager for Honeywell Packaging and Composites. “Honeywell's armor technology not only provides life-saving materials, but also produces industry-leading, high-performance, lightweight fabric like Centurion, designed to help those who protect us.”