Exoskel Group is a Made in the USA company producing a special shin guard that doubles as a stability and climbing aid. The teeth, buckles, and stirrup design are tested to hold up to 1,000 pounds of weight. Exoskel lists the following product advantages to a military or police operator:
- RAPIDLY ASCEND urban obstacles
- STABILIZER : firing / brace position on uneven ground
- Shin PROTECTOR
- Close Quarter BATTLE TOOL
- Perpetrator RESTRAINT
- Injury PREVENTION
The Exoskel has a fire resistance rating of Self Extinguishing Fire Resistance UL94 V-0 (UL 94 V-0 Vertical Burn; Burning stops within 10 seconds, NO flaming drips are allowed). The foam backing absorbs shock. Each Exoskel guard weighs 1.1 pounds.
At $400.00 a pair with drybag (or $350.00 with military or police discount) these seem pricey. But, hey, quality costs! Exoskel lists a boatload of registered patents, designs, and trademarks, so I will be curious to see if there will be cheaper knock offs of this cool product. Exoskel makes similar products for firefighters and hunters/outdoorsmen.