By 1LT Chris Post
Because it’s generally accepted that zombies don’t possess superhuman strength, full body armor likely won’t be necessary to protect yourself in the coming undead plague. Still, certain protective equipment could play a key roll in keeping you alive and free from deadly bites or blood spatter.
Serious zombie survivalists should consider stocking the specialized throat guard used by goalies in ice hockey. Given the limitations of the zombie jaw, the most likely bite locations will be a potential victim’s arms or neck.
A jacket made of a solid weave material, or something heavier like leather, would be sufficient to repel a bite attack on the the arms, but most garments are open at the throat. The soccer neck guard would provide critical protection in this area.
The neck guards come in a variety of configurations, but the best models fasten completely around the neck and also extend to provide additional protection to the clavicles. Clavicle protection is something to think about, especially since a broken clavicle will essentially immobilize the arm at that side of the body.
In the event that you find yourself in a zombie infested area and you don’t have a commercial neck guard, you can still do a few things to help yourself out. First, fasten your shirt and jacket as high up on the neck as they will go. A scarf or extra shirt tied around your neck will also provide some additional protection.
If you’re wearing a hooded sweatshirt, put the hood up and wrap the neck with duct tape. You may not look very fashionable, but you will be considerably safer.