D3O: The Right Blend of Comfort and Protection

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Bill VanMullekom, Executive Vice President, D3O US & David Jackson, US Defense Program Manager
With extensive expertise in defense and law enforcement operations, David Jackson, U.S. Program Manager for Defense at D3O, emphasizes how some personal protective equipment comes at the cost of comfort and flexibility. Most defense and law enforcement personnel regularly risk their lives so they can save others. This has led to a pressing need for improved protective gear that is also comfortable and flexible, enabling user task focus and agility. Enter D3O.

D3O provides high-performing protective products and tactical gear for the defense and law enforcement industry, which are tested and trusted in some of the world’s harshest environments. The company’s product range includes stateof-the-art ballistic helmet suspension pads and limb protection to combat blunt force trauma injuries, along with footwear products to reduce fatigue and the risk of injury. “D3O solutions are optimized to reduce impact across multiple sectors, including Contact Sports, Motorsports, Consumer Electronics, Industrial Personal Protection, and Defense. We listen to the voice of our customers and manufacturers and use our patented technologies to engineer solutions that offer world class protection and comfort, making a difference in the moments that matter,” states Bill VanMullekom, Executive Vice President at D3O.

D3O is committed to addressing the everevolving threats emerging in the defense and law enforcement industries. Whether for military operators outside the wire or law enforcement officers addressing domestic disturbances, D3O solutions can be easily integrated into all types of protective gear. Soft and flexible rate-sensitive materials are the foundation for all of D3O’s protective gear, developed by the company’s expert team of materials scientists and engineers.
These materials absorb and dissipate the energy from an impact, reducing the force transmitted to wearers’ bodies.

For operators, every millisecond matters, so D3O designs its precision products to maximize performance and wearer mobility. Advanced tactical gear powered by D3O’srevolutionary materials includes ballistic helmet suspension pads, armor trauma layers, limb protection, and footwear products. D3O’s market leading TRUST NimbusTM and TRUST Stealth ballistic helmet suspension pads dramatically reduce energy transfer to the wearer during blunt impact events, reduce operator injury risk and therefore improve the ability to safely execute operations in high-threat environments. D3O hard and soft armor trauma inserts minimizes the threat’s backface signature while reducing weight, increasing survivability and mobility. D3O’s kneepad solutions are optimized to maximize both maneuverability and impact protectionfor soldiers and specialist units who repeatedly kneel down on uneven surfaces. D3O’s defense footwear offering includes midsoles and insoles, which reduce shock impact from running or from carrying heavy loads, reducing both lower leg fatigue and cumulative joint damage risk. These components help operators remain mobile for extended periods of time and reduce the occurrence of cumulative trauma disorders such as plantar fasciitis. “Our head to toe protection system reduces injuries while increasing comfort and flexibility in every operation. We know that in the defense and law enforcement sectors, these marginal gains can save lives,” adds Jackson.

Featuring a strong Defense product range, D3O continues to make its mark on the industry. The company leverages insights gained from other sectors to help enhance its designs and evolve its products to improve user protection, performance, and comfort and flexibility to better protect those who protect us. “Our mission is to protect, and we listen to our clients and meet their needs in protecting everything that is important to them,” concludes Jackson.

Company
D3O

Headquarters
Blacksburg, VA

Management
Bill VanMullekom, Executive Vice President, D3O US & David Jackson, US Defense Program Manager

Description
D3O’s market leading TRUST NimbusTM and TRUST Stealth™ ballistic helmet suspension pads dramatically reduceenergytransfer to the wearer during blunt impact events, reduce operator injury risk and therefore improve the ability to safely executeoperations in high-threat environments. D3Ohard and soft armor trauma inserts minimizes the threat’s backface signature while reducing weight, increasing survivability and mobility.D3O’s kneepad solutions areoptimizedtomaximize both maneuverabilityand impact protectionfor soldiers and specialist units who repeatedly kneel down on uneven surfaces.

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