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Made exclusively for SportsProtective by Crash Pads, Inc., the Vigilante Air Protective Jacket for men meets the need for hard shell upper body armor that's lightweight, not cumbersome, and easy to take on and off. It's low-profile design and unique integrated thumb-hole makes wearing it under a jacket or hoodie easy. Or wear it alone as a protective jacket. Hot-weather riding or racing is not a problem due to great ventilation. And did we mention its price?
The Vigilante line of body armor and padded shorts is the result of a collaboration between XSports Protective and Crash Pads Inc. The Vigilante line is distinguished from other body armor and padded shorts by its design and construction. A lot of body armor makes you feel like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man (or woman), with pads that bend or crush when you move or pads that are so puffy you can’t put your arm down. Not only is that uncomfortable, it inhibits your full range of motion. We wanted low-profile, high-performance body armor that would enhance mobility, not hinder it. Enter Crash Pads, who designed the Vigilante line of body armor and padded shorts with human kinetics in mind. Think of your body as being divided into different zones—shoulders, elbows, ribs, spine. Vigilante padded shorts and body armor use a concept we call zone padding. The pads are shaped, cut, and placed to protect your major muscle groups, with the most vulnerable areas given extra protection. So if you fall--and chances are you will--you're protected. The unique shape and placement of the pads give you a full range of motion and freedom of movement without pads that bend and contort.
Much of the Vigilante body armor uses D3 fabric, a three-dimensional, impact-resistant, padded fabric. D3 is breathable, lightweight, durable, and washable. D3 fabric won’t delaminate (i.e., split into layers) and doesn’t have the problems with dryness, yellowing, weight, moisture retention, or flakiness that you often find with foam. The D3 fabric offers a level of protection while also putting a thin layer of air between your body and the padding to help absorb impact.
You might have noticed the soft molded polymer shoulder and elbow pads. Those aren’t just there for show. They allow maximum joint movement and are the first of multiple layers of protection for these vulnerable areas. Directly below the molded polymer shoulder cap is a 1/2-inch layer of closed cell foam that rests on top of the light D3 fabric. The elbows feature 1/2-inch closed cell foam along the interior and are topped off with the same molded polymer cap. The shoulder and elbow pads are made from ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), a polyolefin resin that has zero toxic ingredients. This resin is used for mouth guards in football and other sports because it absorbs and disperses impact and shock. It’s also used for items that can’t fail at very low temperatures, like ice bags and frozen food pouches. So we have a soft, impact-absorbing resin that performs well in very cold temperatures. Sounds like something you want on your ski body armor, doesn’t it?
We’ve taken the same care with the back of the Vigilante body armor. The spinal pads are wider than your backbone to disperse shock to the sides. Start with a layer of D3 padded fabric, which keeps the thicker padding off your back. On top of that add a layer of 1/8 foam, a thin, flexible layer of 3M plastic, and a flame-bonded, abrasion-resistant, articulated outer layer and you have quadruple-density spine protection. Put all these components together—the design, the pad placement, the materials--all together, and you have the Vigilante body armor. The Vigilante line might not look like any body armor you’ve seen before. Frankly, that’s the idea.
We at SportsProtective want our customers to be safe no matter what activity they're doing, but we also want them to be comfortable. Our goal was to create a line of padded shorts and body armor that would be low profile, lightweight, comfortable, allow a full range of movement, and still protect you where it counts. And we wanted it all at a price point that wouldn't be prohibitive. That's a tall order.
Fortunately, we found the ideal partners in the folks at Crash Pads. Through this collaboration, XSports and Crash Pads jointly developed the Vigilante line of padded shorts and body armor. We noticed that most padded shorts and body armor has a tendency to awkwardly bend and contort when you move. That's uncomfortable and inhibits your range of motion. Using human anatomy and kinesiology as our basis, we created very specific pad shapes and configurations that match how your body moves. We’ve deliberately given the Vigilante line a minimalist design. They’re nice to look at, but body armor and padded shorts aren’t meant to be looked at. They’re meant to be worn. Let’s face it—body armor won’t work if you don’t wear it. Vigilante body armor and padded shorts are designed to protect your body, to maximize mobility, and to be so comfortable that you forget you’re wearing it.
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