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How to Stay Cool Under Body Armor for Military, SOF and Law Enforcement

Heat casualties are a critical problem for body armor users. The military has been trying to solve the problem of cooling soldiers efficiently for several decades. The insulating properties of protective body armor increase the risk of dehydration, heat stroke, and performance loss for those who wear it, as their bodies cannot offload the heat trapped by the armor. Typical cooling mechanisms require power or add significant weight to operator kit, making them ineffective and impractical. Thus the US military spends hundreds of millions of dollars in hydration bladders and bottled water to replenish and rehydrate operators in the field after they have already begun to experience dehydration. However, coupled with the extreme temperatures of modern conflict areas, rehydration is insufficient. Operators working...

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