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Hatch Introduces State-of-the-Art TLS™ Tactical Knee Pad with 60% More Blunt Force Protection

January 01, 2006
Temecula, CA

Hatch has developed a completely new product for the professional user, the TLS™ Tactical Kneepad, offering an exclusive triple-layer knee protection system and additional protective and comfort features not available in one product until now. This system provides up to 60% more protection against blunt force trauma than traditional foam knee pads. It starts with a PVC shell sewn on to a Cordura® nylon shell, and features Neoprene to allow stretch and hold the kneepad in place more effectively. It is followed by a ¼” section of Skydex®, an outstanding shock-absorbing material, a layer of EVA foam and covered with another layer of foam and a soft tricot liner.

The new TLS™ system features designed-in air space between the various layers for greater protection and provides outstanding shock absorption. In comparative Peak G test results, this design significantly outperformed other foam products. Additional design features combine with the triple-layer system to produce a knee pad for the rigors of tough police / tactical situations. The PVC shell, sewn directly to the Cordura® nylon body eliminates the collection of debris between the two components. Key to comfort and the most requested design feature are the Spandex closure straps that extend three inches (3”) above the top of the PVC shell creating a nine inch (9”) distance between the upper and lower straps. This relocates the points of contact to the lower thigh and the upper calf to increase comfort and freedom of movement. Adjustable Rapid Deployment Clips make these deep well knee pads fast and easy to don and doff.

Hatch Centurion™ TLS™ Tactical Kneepads are offered in black and OD with an MSRP of $63.50. Available January, 2006.

About Hatch®

Hatch® is a part of the Armor Holdings Products Group and is a leading supplier of high quality gloves and other protective gear, serving the law enforcement, corrections, military, homeland defense and commercial markets. Its brands include Friskmaster™ cut-resistant gloves, Operator™ Tactical Gloves, Centurion™ and ExoTech™ disturbance control gear and B.O.S.S. tactical eyewear.

About Armor Holdings

Armor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AH) is a diversified manufacturer of branded products for the military, law enforcement and personnel safety markets. Additional information about the Company can be found at

Hatch AHPG Contact:

Hope Bianchi Sjursen
Project Manager, AHPG
Tel: +1 951 676 5621 X100

Armor Holdings Products Group Contact:

Lucy Reep
Director, Marketing Communications
Tel: +1 904 741 1750

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