bright orange, it's squishy, it stretches like taffy — and
it is unlike any body armor you've ever seen. Defense
Specialist Allison Barrie gives an up-close look at a new
orange goo, developed by D30, which is the key to
ultra-lightweight body armor that can deliver incredible
bright orange, it’s squishy, it stretches like taffy — and it
is unlike any body armor you’ve ever seen.
you were attacked with a baseball bat and you were wearing this
bright orange goop under your clothes, then your attacker might as
well have swung a toothpick at you — the goop will take the hit for
you and absorb the strike.
concocted this remarkable, soft, stretchy, flexible, orange material
that absorbs shock. Incorporated into their TRUST line of armor,
there is a wide range available from helmets, chest, back and
knuckle armor through to elbow, knee and foot protection. Orange
goo-fortified options can shield you head to toe against blunt force
the raw material looks, and feels, like very orange Silly Putty. But
this advanced material is the key to ultra-lightweight body armor
that feels like you are wearing regular apparel.
orange goo is so powerful it only requires a thin layer to deliver
force trauma to the abdomen can be dangerous. A swing of a tire iron
at your belly could lead to possible abdominal organ contusions and
ruptures — D3O armor can absorb that sort of strike and reduce
serious blow to the head could mean concussion or even death. D3O
helmet liners absorb the impact, take the beating for you, and
reduce these serious risks.
does it work?
TRUST armor is soft and flexible until it gets struck. At impact,
the goo stiffens, providing a shield to absorb the attack.
result? The amount of force transmitted to your body is greatly
reduced and a wearer will not feel the blow — or at least
experience a significantly reduced impact. Once the blow is
absorbed, the goo-infused apparel goes back to its soft, flexible,
is it made of?
D3O secret sauce is proprietary and highly sophisticated, employing
advanced polymer chemistry. On the most simplistic level, molecules
move about freely in the soft material. When hit, the molecules
lock, absorbing and dispersing the energy from the impact. The
molecules then return to moving freely and the material becomes
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could the orange goo protect U.S. police?
year, law enforcement and military members are assaulted and
subjected to blunt force in the line of duty.
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on foot, catching criminals, physical dispute intervention, public
disorder incidents, traffic stops, searches and suspects who resist
capture are just a few of the many ways police officers can end up
suffering a blunt force trauma injury.
who serve our nation deserve every possible protection —and they
need protection that won’t hinder their ability to do their job.
They need light protection that doesn’t slow them down or inhibit
ultra lightweight ballistic bump helmet (3M)
bright orange goo helps achieve both protection and unrestricted
movement at the same time. Unlike traditional heavy, clunky, hot,
awkward-fitting armor, the TRUST armor is a comfortable armor to
wear because it bends, stretches and breathes with smart air flow
designs — while still providing a high degree of protection
from the sort of blunt force trauma that commonly occurs.
scenarios will require maximum ballistic protection, but in other
scenarios with a different threat assessment, the conventional heavy
armor may not be necessary and a lighter, less restrictive armor
could be a better solution.
‘James Bond’ Factor
mere millimeters of thickness can provide serious protection, it
also means G3O is a great choice for undercover or covert type work.
It can be worn under regular clothes, and deliver low profile, if
not invisible, protection.
uses this armor?
far, elite military teams like U.S. Special Forces have been
leveraging D3O for body protection.
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such as France and Great Britain have been exploring its potential
in military and policing applications.
D3O orange goo can be integrated into gloves to discreetly provide
enhanced protection. There are several options available for
different protection levels and task.
dexterity is vital in defense and law enforcement for weapon
handling, of course, but also many, many other tasks. Fit and
flexibility are key factors to maintain dexterity, so the G1 has
multiple flex points incorporated and thin and light protection
research suggests that when fingers are hit with blunt force, the
innovative orange material provides a whopping 50 percent better
reduction in the amount of force that reaches the fingers than other
protective gloves available on the market.
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futuristic looking TRUST Vest armor worn beneath a regular shirt
will basically be unnoticeable.
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practice, this means if you’re wearing a vest protecting your
stomach, the orange goo inside the vest will absorb a punch, a
thrown brick — even the impact of a tire iron swung at you.
TRUST Vest meets the British HOSDB Blunt Trauma Protector standard
and incorporates flame resistant fabric.
you have a helmet with these astonishing orange goo liners, then you
could have a chair smashed over your head and the goo will absorb
the blow for you.
has created TRUST helmet pads for many military and law enforcement
helmet development programs like the U.S. Army’s Enhanced Combat
seven-component TRUST helmet liner system weighs 13.65 grams and
includes a 14-millimeter thick trap pad.
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on company research, the Helmet Liner System provides 33 percent
more protection than the level required for the U.S. Army Advanced
Combat Helmet tests at 10ft/sec.
Ceradyne’s new military Ultra-Light Weight Ballistic and Bump
Helmet, with advanced protection against ballistic penetration and
fragmentation as well as blunt force trauma, incorporates D3O’s
Baseball and Beyond
are countless other military and law enforcement applications for
this remarkable innovation, such as better protection above the foot
from a blow and better shock absorption below to reduce fatigue and
bright orange goo could also be used to reduce impact injury in
vehicles and to protect mission electronics from impact and
D3O first launched, it immediately caught the interest of top
Hollywood stuntmen, who recognized it could provide much-needed
relief from their regular beatings at work.
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like the D3O liner integration into Schutt’s sports helmets, have
helped to make access to this remarkable innovation more available
football, lacrosse and baseball players can benefit from this
advanced trauma protection too. The amazing goo is also now
available in protective apparel for other high impact popular sports
like motorcycle racing, mountain biking and snowboarding.