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High performance knits for combat shirts Print
Monday, 30 November 2015

Knaresborough - PPSS Group has launched the world’s first slash resistant combat shirt made out of 100% Cut-Tex PRO, the high performance knitted fabric for the protective wear sector.

Cut-Tex PRO is described as a combination of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene and other technical fibres produced on special, high-density knitting machines.

Up to now, the technology has mainly found applications in the glove sector. However, following a number of well-documented edged weapon related assaults on homeland security professionals in many countries around the globe, UK-based PPSS Group have launched the slash resistant combat shirt.

UBAC (Under Body Armour Combat) shirts are usually being manufactured using a range of specialist materials, including lightweight, moisture wicking and breathable fabric, and are usually worn alongside the very latest in body armour systems, assault clothing and webbing.

PPSS Group’s UBAC shirt is different. It is offering comfortable and truly exceptional cut protection around the arm area, side of torso, neck and throat area, protecting four key arteries from laceration, subsequent rapid blood loss and potential subsequent death.

Even whilst wearing the most modern type of bullet or stab resistant vests, the areas harbouring the extremely vulnerable radial artery, brachial artery, carotid artery, as well as axillary artery will remain exposed and vulnerable.

Robert Kaiser, CEO of PPSS Group and the man behind Cut-Tex PRO is keen to make clear why this product has been designed: “We are on the receiving end of several incident reports and rather graphic images, highlighting some of the most severe cut and slash injuries I have seen in my professional career.

“The fact that most of these professionals wear an ultra-modern body armour has not made any difference to the severity of these injuries.”

He continued: “Body armour can offer effective ballistic or edged weapon protection, but they do not provide any protection to the key arteries, and we know that the cutting or slashing of any of these arteries can lead to rapid blood loss and death within an extremely short period of time. The chance of survival in many cases can be zero.

“If you are a homeland security professional wearing a body armour then you have either established a certain risk or you are at least aware of a certain risk. I don't believe that risk is limited to the torso only.”

This new slash resistant UBAC shirt is ideal for law enforcement professionals, SWAT teams, prison and security officers, as well as civil enforcement officers operating within a higher risk environment.

It features include two upper arm pockets (for small notepad and pens) with Velcro for rank patches, blood patches or other attachments, as well as thumb loops to keep the sleeves in place.

All slash resistant garments made by PPSS Group are being manufactured in the EU in an ISO 9001:2015 quality controlled environment with the fabric tested against all key European, American and International fabric standards.

Recent changes within health and safety regulation and the potential legal consequences of not complying with these strict guidelines have recently led to an increasing demand for such type of PPE from homeland security agencies around the world.