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A Walk Inside an EOD Bomb Suit

When you're wearing this piece of 70-pound gear, merely taking a step is a challenge in itself. Imagine trying to defuse an explosive.

It’s heavy. It’s hot inside. It’s clumsy to wear. But when you’re a member of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit, it’s what will save your life—and potentially countless others. It’s the bomb suit (formally the EOD 9 bomb suit), a scientifically brilliant but physically awkward piece of gear made of layers of foam, plastic and Kevlar that weighs about 70 pounds and that can protect a Soldier from close-range impact.  

What’s it like to move around in that thing? While reporting on his feature on EOD training, GX Field Editor Paul Padgett (pictured above) was allowed to climb inside one. And, lucky him, the members of California’s 217th EOD Company thought it would be a good idea to put him through some tasks so he could get a full picture of the stamina, conditioning and dexterity needed to operate in the suit. See the video below to get a glimpse of what Paul experienced.