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(io9)   Somebody creates a "real" Batsuit. And it's pretty awesome   ( divider line
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2014-02-25 09:55:52 AM  
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Guaranteed for the life of the user.
2014-02-25 10:23:53 AM  
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cgraves67: I don't know...

If I were looking for a 'real' batsuit, I go to the people who make actual combat equipment for the military, not "...a LOTR and Hobbit armor specialist".

I *do* make actual combat equipment for the military. This thing is just a combat training suit for the crowd that's made it out of their mom's basement and into the local mall dojo. Military/police training is mostly done in Red Suits, and I'm guessing that will continue as those are relatively inexpensive and a lot more forgiving on the fit. This kit looks like it's pretty substantially customized to the user.

There is constantly work going on to make combat armor that is more anatomically shaped, lighter, more effective and more mobile. The technical challenge is splitting armor along the functional bits of the human body so as to allow movement. Given how those junctions also often contain some super delicate anatomy, it's a difficult problem to solve - notice how this suit totally forgoes even attempting to protect the proximal medial thigh area (i.e. left and right of his nut sack). Not only does an injury here impair mobility severely, it also leaves the femoral artery vulnerable (a common combat injury).

If anyone remembers from a few years back, when parents were literally buying their sons "better" body armor when they deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan, there was a hubbub about something called Dragon Skin armor. It was basically a bunch of hexagon shaped ceramic disks held together in an overlapping mesh and the Army ordered it all off the battlefield, causing a minor outrage. Turns out, while the Dragon Skin marketing material was fantastically effective, what they didn't tell you was that once an area was hit (thus busting the ceramic hexagon bits in that area), a full quarter of the face of Dragon Skin became as effective as a sheet of paper for the *next* round/shrapnel behind it.

Both large and small outfits have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into building better armor. These guys aren't it.
2014-02-25 06:39:53 PM  
1 vote:
That's not Batman. That's Night Thrasher.

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...the skateboarding crime fighter.  Ugh.
2014-02-25 11:07:37 AM  
1 vote:
I think people are mistaking the purpose of this armor.  Despite the io9 headline, this stuff is about creating better pads for full combat martial arts.  The idea is to create a protective garment that will allow people to smack each other with staffs, batons, full strength kicks, etc.

In other words, this is better SPORT gear, not intended for military or police (or batman) purposes.  It's not for beating up thugs, it's for beating up your buddy with a waster using full strength blows and not breaking him or her.

And from THAT perspective, it also looks like it has a few problems.
-The gorget piece looks like it's not high enough to protect the throat from a shot glancing up from the chest.  Though I can't tell if the helmet locks into the breast plate, if it does then that would solve the issue.
-It looks like they haven't solved the issue with the pauldrons restricting you from lifting your arms above your shoulders.
-Big gap between the pauldron and the breastplate
-There is no protection for the front of the hips, and let me personally assure you that it SUCKS to take a shot in the hip flexors.  Get some Cuisses or at least tassets.
-The leg armor is supported by a pretty skinny looking waist belt, I bet that'll dig in like a mofo.  You want a nice wide belt to support the weight on your hips.  Or, even better, have it secure to the torso piece and support the weight with your shoulders.
-All those cool looking ridges and armor sections on the breastplate have got to go.  You want blows to glance off, not stick in a crack.

It does look a lot more flexible and comfortable than a steel kit, I'll give them full credit for that.  And most of the problems I listed above also existed in the armor I wore.  And it certainly looks like it'll be more pleasant to ride a horse wearing that stuff (with the possible exception of the cup, that might suck a lot on a saddle).
2014-02-25 10:26:19 AM  
1 vote:
Poor guy in TF Comments fighting a losing battle against the headline

The suit isn't intended as self defense street-wear, it's specifically for armed combat sports.

The suit isn't intended as self defense street-wear, it's specifically designed for armed combat sports competition.

The UWM armor is specifically designed for armed combat sports competition, using relatively safe weapon simulators. It's not intended for any form of real-life self defense or close-combat.

No - referring to the UWM suits as "Batman's perfect Batsuit" was a choice by Meredith Woerner in posting on io9. It has nothing to do with the official promotion for the suits.

The object isn't to become part of "MMA proper", it's to start a new armed combat sport league, comparable to MMA in that it's open to all styles
2014-02-25 10:22:05 AM  
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cgraves67: I don't know...

If I were looking for a 'real' batsuit, I go to the people who make actual combat equipment for the military, not "...a LOTR and Hobbit armor specialist".

I wouldn't.  The military is only interested in acquiring inexpensive, mass producible armor that will protect a soldier's vital areas 90% of the time and little else.  It's not going to spend the hundreds of thousands of dollars required to create fully articulate suites of armor that would have to be tailor fit to each individual solder.
2014-02-25 10:20:48 AM  
1 vote:
I was sad to learn that it's not a suit made of bats.
2014-02-25 10:01:45 AM  
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meh.  Wake me when he makes an IRL Iron Man suit.

/Hurtibise is crazy in the best way.
2014-02-25 09:59:12 AM  
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Shakin_Haitian: If I see the phrase, "and it's pretty awesome," one more time, I will murder all of you.

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2014-02-25 09:51:55 AM  
1 vote:
Can it stop bullets? Casue if it can't, it's useless
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