All about Kevlar!
Kevlar is a key component in many of our protective vests. As one of the oldest cut gear companies around, we have over two decades worth of experience and testing which have lead to the selection of what we believe to be the most effective Kevlar variants for puncture resistance to boar tusks.
- We only utilize 100% American Made Kevlar directly from the manufacturer. The Kevlar we put into our gear comes from the exact same production line as the Kevlar going straight to the US military. Each roll of Kevlar is tested and certified by the manufacturer and comes with the same product certification sheet that is required for use on military and police gear. While some companies will source their Kevlar from cheap middle- men or Chinese Kevlar copies, we only purchase 100% American made directly from the world's leading textile manufacturer located just a short drive from our own manufacturing facility.
- Water Resistant Coating is used on ALL of our Kevlar and is absolutely vital for use in hog dog vests. With dogs constantly in and out of water, running a vest that does not have water repellent Kevlar is a true hindrance to a dog. Water resistant coating not only prevents water absorption, but it also prevents the added weight that comes along with it. It also drastically extends that longevity of the Kevlar. Non-coated Kevlar that is exposed to water and then dried, will deteriorate rapidly and lose substantial protective capabilities. To top it off, numerous studies have shown that this coating can substantially increase the puncture resistance of Kevlar. DO NOT PURCHASE NON-COATED KEVLAR VESTS. We can not emphasize this enough. Even if you do not purchase from us, please make sure any vest your purchase utilizes coated Kevlar.
- We exclusively use 3000 Denier Kevlar (3000D). Denier rating is the measure of thickness of the individual threads that constitute fabrics and textiles. High denier count equals thick and strong fabric while a low count means that the fabric is going to be soft and sheer. 3000D is the highest denier count Kevlar currently available.
- We DO NOT use "Correctional" Kevlar in hog dog vests. Using "Correctional" Kevlar is a popular sales pitch utilized by some cut gear companies, but in reality this type of kevlar is extremely ineffective for hog dog vests. The sales pitch goes that "Correctional" Kevlar is utilized in prison guard vests and thus it must be good. In some cases this is true, but what they fail to mention, is that prison guard vests are using 15, 20, and even up to 30 layers of Correctional Kevlar. Correctional kevlar is incredibly thin and in order to be effective it must be used in extremely high layer numbers. One of the most popular "Correctional" Kevlars used by other cut gear companies is style 779. Style 779 is a 200 Denier fabric and is almost completely useless with any less than 5-10 layers. There are no cut gear companies making 10 layer kevlar vests; Much less the 15-20 layers that would be needed to be effective with this correctional Kevlar. Don't fall for this sales pitch! Since most cut gear utilizes 1-3 layers of Kevlar, it is vitally important to use the highest denier and highest protection level on a per layer basis. This has been determined from years of testing and consulting with some of the top textile specialists in the country. This is once again why we only utilize 3000 Denier American Made Coated Kevlar.
As hog hunters ourselves, we know that each and every piece of gear we manufacture could end up on one of our own personal dogs. We keep this in mind every day and will never compromise materials or manufacturing techniques. Our goal is always to make gear that meets the highest standards and holds true to our long-standing reputation as the toughest in the business.