DIRECT Armor integration:
the future of ballistic protection

develop your thinnest, lightest, and most effective armor with darkmatter Variable Composite Technology

armor stops the bullet
not the risk of injury

Serious injury can still occur after ballistic armor has done its job—that’s when DARKMATTER® matters most.

DARKMATTER Direct Armor Integration bonds our variable composite technology directly to armor plates, combining the kinetic energy and back face deformation (BFD) protection of our Energy Dispersal Pads with the shot-stopping power of ballistic armor in a single, unified product.

the darkmatter difference

DARKMATTER addresses three critical issues encountered with body-worn armor systems:

kinetic energy transfer

DARKMATTER disperses the kinetic energy transferred from nearly all forms of dangerous impact-ballistic, blunt force, vehicular, and more.

back face deformation

DARKMATTER reduces BFD more effectively than any other material on the market—empowering the development of thinner and lighter ballistic armor.

fitment & comfort

DARKMATTER ensures fitment between armor and wearer—independent of gender, size, or body type—significantly increasing effectiveness and comfort.

darkmatter Material featuresbenefits

  • Reduces dangerous energy transfer and back face deformation (BFD) more effectively than any material on the market
  • Maintains resiliency in multi-hit scenarios
  • Improves fitment and comfort of body-worn armor for all genders, sizes, and body types
  • Composite layering system allows for the integration of next-generation technologies and materials
  • Configurable for all armor sizes and cuts
  • Manufactured in the USA at our VOSB-certified partner facility

proven science, proven results

Third-Party testing has proven DARKMATTER to provide the best protection of any ballistic trauma product on the market.

kinetic energy impact force reduction testing

Kinetic energy transfer testing was conducted to measure the external load impact to the body both with and without DARKMATTER material. Pressure values were captured with medical-grade fluid pressure monitoring systems in a controlled setting under expert oversight.

back face deformation mitigation testing

Back face deformation testing was conducted at an independent facility in accordance with NIJ 0101.06 testing standards. Comparative testing was conducted relative to both standalone ballistic armor as well as armor paired with commonly used ballistic trauma pads. 

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In thorough testing at our facility, DARKMATTER proved to significantly reduce BFD when compared to standalone armor plates and armor paired with other trauma pad materials. It also did not pulverize during multi-hit impacts like traditional rate dependent or EPE foams currently used in the industry.

Scott Stover

Principal, Energetic Solutions


add Next-generation energy optimization to your products with darkmatter

When you partner with DARKMATTER, the potential to maximize energy is endless. The same material designed for warfighters and law enforcement is ready to revolutionize sporting goods, footwear, outdoors and industrial gear.

Contact us today to create your next generation of products with DARKMATTER.

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