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E-Suit (Environmental Suit)  
  A forcefield that encloses air and heat around the body, but does not repel objects or radiation.  

In the series by Jack McDevitt starring Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins in the 2200's, the e-suit is used for planetary exploration. We'll still be using spacesuits for a while yet.

...Hutch explained and demonstrated how the e-suits worked. "They were flexible force envelopes," she said, that molded themselves to the body, and which felt rather like a loose-fitting set of cotton clothes. The exception was the hard shell effect over the face, allowing space to breathe. ... She pointed out that the fields were no protection whatever if they fell from an embankment, walked into a sharp object, or got in the way of a laser beam.
From Chindi, by Jack McDevitt.
Published by Ace Books in 2002
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