From the ebay auction that ended February 14th and failed to meet the reserve bid of $35,000
Troy Hurtubise is world renowned for his Ursus Series of bear suits as well as such breakthrough innovations as Firepaste, LIMBC, AngelLight and many more. Troy Hurtubises latest innovation required 1800 hours and 150,000.00 dollars and is the first of its kind in the world–The Trojan. The first full-body exoskeleton ballistic suit of armor. The Trojan was specifically built for coalition troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan to combat the dreaded IED’s as well as for police across the world manning the front lines of riot control.
Specific stats on the Trojan are as follows:
90% flexibility, 95% body coverage. The Trojan allows the wearer to drive vehicles, run full-tilt, climb stairs and conduct dive roll manoeuvers. The Trojan weighs a mere 30 pounds without the Trojan shield. The Trojan incorporates 16 different electronic functions and prototypes impregnated into its exoskeleton. Some of the Trojans key features are a laser tracking system, 5 L.E.D. light spectrums, a voice recorder, a voice activated pedometer, a digital electronic compass, built in compartments for salt tablets and morphine pills, a digital thermometer, a built in intake cooling fan which runs on solar power, a throwing and knife, a medical emergency light transponder and much more.
Though the armor built specifically for the Trojan, named Shadow Armor, in not present throughout the suit, it is being sold with the suit for the buyer to reproduce at will. The Armor is a level three light/hard armor that weighs a mere 26 ounces per square foot and is a mere 2/8 of an inch thick. The successful bidder will own full rights to the formula, a sample piece, layering system and materials used. The successful bidder will have exclusive rights to the “Shadow Armor” alone, but Mr. Troy Hurtubise will retain the right to reproduce the exoskeleton of the Trojan suit itself. Meaning, if Troy Hurtubise wishes to make further Trojan suits in the future, he may do so. Mr. Troy Hurtubise will not, however, have the right to reproduce the armor called Shadow Armor or reproduce the formula bought by the successful bidder. Mr. Troy Hurtubise will have to invent an altogether new armor. The level three light/hard shadow armor being sold with the Trojan suit is capable of stopping cold repeated fire at point blank range all handguns, shotguns, grenade shrapnel and pipe bomb shrapnel. Also knife proof. Trojan exoskeleton made from high impact plastic. For riot control purposes, the Trojan shield is the first defensive/offensive shield. The Trojan shield incorporates its own light source and defensive spray system and, using the “Shadow Armor”, can be made bullet proof. The full weight of the Trojan shield with ballistic capabilities is 10 pounds. Another unique feature of the suit – a first of its kind in the world–is a left and right hip magnetic holster system for twin 9 mm handguns.
Very Important–***DUE TO LIABILITY QUESTIONS—THE TROJAN SUIT, ARMOR AND SHIELD ARE BEING SOLD AS MEMORABILLIA AND COSTUME PARAPHERNALIA ONLY. MR TROY HURTUBISE ACCEPTS NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR INJURIES INCURRED USING THE TROJAN SUIT, SHIELD OR ARMOR FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN A COSTUME SETTING.
Question & Answer
Q: I checked youtube for the footage of the Shadow Armor testing. I searched under both Shadow Armor and Hurtubise and could not find it. Could you post the link. Thanks.
Q: Just a thought. I think someone with better skills than I have should take the picture of you without the helmet and superimpose Stephen Colbert’s head on it, and post it to the Stephen Colbert Wikipaedia listing with a bold caption stating something like “Our fearless leader, Stephen Colbert, selflessly speading truthiness among the masses while attired in the Trojan Armor designed by Troy Hurtubise” with a link to the EBay auction and a challenge to others to take the image and place it in imaginative locales, etc. ie: on Capitol hill, as a giant beside the pyramids, among US troops in Iraq, or as the Colossus of Rhodes. They could also have a caption competition. Please post this and see what talent is out there (and maybe get some attention from the Report …. if they run with it, it would be terrific).
A: OK. Thanks for the interest.
Q: Dear Mr. Hurtubise- What steps are you taking to make sure that this technology doesn’t fall into the wrong hands?
A: The internet and E-Bay are not discriminatory by nationality. I have no control over who can bid (or who they are in reality). Even if I was contacted directly by a US Military person, it is doubtful that I could be certain that they were truly who they said they were. In any case, I have never had any interest from them on the product and I have no alternative but to put my faith in EBay and hope for the best outcome. I am getting a lot of people asking if Steven Colbert on the Comedy channel has been in contact with me. I am told that he probably has a great audience for this. Since several people are mentioning his name in e-mails, and none for any of the other talk shows, can anyone help to get him in touch with me?
Q: Hi Troy, I remember reading about your suit in the newspaper not too long ago. I have to give you kudos for making a suit like this. It is truly fantasy becoming reality. It is a bit shocking to see you sell this on ebay. Was it not your original intent to sell to North American Military ? Because I do remember that you were “doing this for the boys”. This would have been perfect for the military as their equipment is outdated, in my opinion. Anyways, good luck with the auction. Hope the military will one day look in your direction for your future inventions.
A: I am getting a lot of messages similar to this. Thank you all for your good wishes. I too hope that the “good guys” will at least “return the call” and allow me to demonstrate so they can make a decision based upon the actual innovation. I can’t channel the product to the best end user unless they show some interest.
Q: Sir, why are you selling this item?
A: It is a matter of necessity, not desire.
Q: Holy crap that thing looks totally bad*ss! That thing is perfect for riot cops and prison guards. The intimidation factor alone…
A: I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the market able to act most swiftly to bring this to the market. Hopefully not specifically to an oppressive country.
Q: what caliber weapons does this protect against? and at what velocities. thank you! also, does this come with the patent rights?
A: The level III Shadow Armor tested “cold-stopped” the following: 12 gauge pump shotgun with 1.5 oz sabat slug at 4.5 ft, and a 9mm, a 357 mag, and a magnum 44 handgun @ 6 ft ***ALL USING THE SAME 12″x12″, 26 oz, .25″ THICK, MOULDABLE SAMPLE***. The sample was shot by a certified sharpshooter at a certified range … see YouTube for footage.
Q: I hope you consulted a lawyer before offering rights along with the suit. Seems to me the suit alone would attract alot of interest and THEN you could sell off your armor PATENT seperately…
A: patents are only as good as the depths of your pockets. if you can’t afford to defend it, it is just making it easy to copy. if i had the deep pockets behind me it would be the way to go.
Q: Dear Mr. Hurtubise, I wish you luck in the sale. I hope that someone will recognize the great amount of effort and thought that went into the Trojan. Now more than ever the world needs ideas like yours. Graham
A: Thank you and all the others who are expressing encouragement and good wishes for me and my family.
Q: What are Troy’s Measurements? Will this suit fit most people?
A: a fit 5’8″ and 160 lbs. Should fit any person not too far away from that.