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To improve the manufacture of flexible body armor against spike and knife threats in urban and military conflicts, Dariush Firouzi et al. investigate the ability of nylon coatings to increase the performance and penetration resistance of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fabric. Nylon-coated fabric samples demonstrate more puncture resistance compared to neat UHMWPE fabric, with no loss of flexibility and a reduced total thickness requirement, affording the same level of stab resistance. Results indicate that nylon-coated fabric could increase the maneuverability and mobility of security clothing, while serving as a cost effective, thin, and flexible alternative to comparable body armor systems. DOI: 10.1002/app.40350