logo for print

'Air-conditioned' vests keep cops cool

Swiss technology company Empa has developed a vest that regulates its own temperature


By PoliceOne Staff

Researchers are developing "air-conditioned" protective vests for police officers.

The heavy-duty Kevlar used in body armor tends to trap heat as it protects against bullets, but sweaty, uncomfortable officers are less likely to perform at their peak.

Swiss technology company Empa has developed a vest that regulates its own temperature using Coolpads, which were originally designed for use in medical garments, according to LiveScience

The devices are filled with water, cooling down its surroundings as it evaporates through the membrane. A tiny fan behind the pad sends air through a fabric spacer, refreshing the wearer even further.

Officers from Zurich City tested the innovation over several warm days and gave it their approval, Empa said.  

Request product info from top Tactical Apparel companies

Thank You!

Thank You!

By submitting your information, you agree to be contacted by the selected vendor(s).

Join the discussion

Thanks! You've been successfully signed up for the P1 SWAT Newsletter!

Brand focus

Sponsored content
Review: The new G-Shock Mudmaster GG1000-1A5 passes the test

Review: The new G-Shock Mudmaster GG1000-1A5 passes the test

Combining rugged design and powerful features in a single package, the Mudmaster GG1000-1A5 is one tough watch

Copyright © 2018 PoliceOne.com. All rights reserved.