Shock Doctor, Inc., announced its entry into the base layer protective category with its new ShockSkin line. Products include padded impact shirts and shorts for contact sports, including football, basketball, lacrosse and hockey.

Available for shipping in spring 2010, ShockSkin is a patented, lightweight base layer protection system that contours with an athlete’s body, for maximum comfort and coverage.

Unlike other leading brands, ShockSkin uses a system of integrated fabric and free-floating foam that moves naturally with the body and allows full range of motion. Individual pieces of protective foam are encapsulated within the ShockSkin fabric with high-frequency welded seams, providing contour ability over shoulders, ribs, thighs, hips and other complex zones. The welded seams are threadless, therefore reducing weight while adding strength, durability and flexibility. This feature completely eliminates the irritation of stitched seams, found in the impact zones of all other products in the category. Other base layer foams are glued to fabric. ShockSkin’s glueless application ensures breathability and elasticity, while offering a greener solution.

Ventilation is integrated into ShockSkin’s multi-density padding, which further lightens the garment and helps transfer moisture away from the body to keep athletes cool. ShockSkin Impact Shorts include Shock Doctor’s patented best fit XFit System and a cup pocket, a feature that most of the competition lacks.

“Fearless athletes demand comfortable, lightweight impact gear that allows them to move easily,” said Jay Turkbas, senior vice president of product development for Shock Doctor. “ShockSkin meets these expectations as the only fully integrated, protective base layer system that contours to the body, like a second skin. Its truly superior design offers the highest quality protection and performance on the market, without compromising comfort.”

In addition to a full line of patented, technologically-advanced mouthguards, Shock Doctor offers a comprehensive line of innovative performance protection products, including core protective gear for hockey, football, baseball, soccer, martial arts and boxing; lacrosse and motorsports equipment; and a full line of Power Dry Gear Bag Systems.