That vest is packed with a network of golf-ball-sized, rubbery-foam bubbles, and it’s noticeably heavier than the carbon-fiber shell that slips over it. Combined with the carbon-fiber exoskeleton, the compression vest is designed to disperse impact throughout the torso, supposedly making big hits feel less sharp at the point of impact. It’s also designed to be used for base protection without the exoskeleton during non-contact drills.
These pads are geared toward pros and NCAA Division I players (no youth sizes are available), where the highest-end models from Riddell, Rawlings, and Schutt go for around $200 to $300. These CarbonTek pads may be lighter, but they’ll leave you lighter in the wallet too. It’ll cost $500 for the two-piece system, and they’re available now.
Source: wired.com BY TIM MOYNIHAN