Michael Vick is the NFL's fastest and most explosive quarterback. He's also the most injury prone. This season, he's going to try wearing something new to protect himself: a kevlar EXO Skeleton vest made by Unequal Technologies. It's armor for football.
Vick told CSN Philly that his new kevlar vest will cover a larger area:
"To give me more protection, just to see what comes out of it. It's going to be custom-fitted and fitted to protect all across my sternum, all across my ribs. I think it'll be a better fit... You can barely feel them. The way we get them fitted, the type of material that they have nowadays can withstand a lot of impact. It's just that the last one wasn't protecting me in a certain area, so we're going to try to cover up all areas."
The creator of the kevlar EXO Skeleton is going even further. Rob Vito, CEO of Unequal Technologies, told ESPN.com that he "guarantees [Vick] will not get hurt". So what's so special about this Kevlar vest?
Unequal Technologies uses military-grade composite material that has DuPont Kevlar in its vest. For the vest, the rib protectors weigh approximately three ounces but Unequal also makes cushion to help protect against concussions too.
According to Wired, The DuPon Kevlar is "sandwiched between two layers of proprietary elastomers" and combines to look like something that was cut from old tires but the Kevlar fibers actually stretch on impact (like a tackle) to disperse the shock. Kevlar is really good at spreading force around and "directing energy away from the point of impact". So the idea is that since direct impact is spread across the Kevlar, there's less chance of injury. I guess we'll find out if it works for Vick soon enough, the football season starts next week. [Unequal Technologies via Wired, CSN Philly, ESPN, Image Credit: AP]