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Mike Lantry, 1972
This is the helmet that I consider to be the "basic" football helmet that we're all come to know so well.Riddell markets it to the NFL, College and High School teams. It features an exclusive Polycarbonate shell. It has an inflatable liner with two outside inflation points: back-neck-side and crown. Tried and True.
Introduced in 2002, the Riddell Revolution was the first major football helmet innovation in 25 years. Since that time, more than half a million youth, high school, college and pro players have made the switch. Today, research shows that players wearing the Riddell Revolution are 31% less likely to suffer a concussion when compared to traditional football helmets. For athletes who had never suffered a previous concussion, wearing the Riddell Revolution decreased their relative risk of concussion by 41%. It's considered to be "Top of the line" for NFL, College and High School. It contains (standard) Z-Pads, extended Tru-Curve shell and Isolater Faceguard System (it can be upgraded to inflatable Z-pads).
Based on the Revolution (see above) the Revolution IQ contains Concussion Reduction Technology.
Designed for performance with Revolution Technology built-in. The ‘Revo’ Speed comes with a new shell design, and a comfortable anti-microbial over liner. It features a new face mask system designed from the ground up to optimize sightlines. Attaching the cage is Riddell's exclusive Quick Release Face Guard System for rapid and easy access to the player.
Revolution IQ H.I.T.S.
I thought the following was really cool. I'd love to see the data: For the first time in history, every player can now monitor the number and severity of impacts received during game and practices, thanks to Riddell's patented Head Impact Telemetry System (HITS). On-board electronics record every impact, allowing players to upload and evaluate each occurrence on their home computers. ‘HITS’ also provides the guidance necessary to understand and address a suspect impact if it is detected. MX Encoder: MX Encoders are sensors built into every HITS helmet to automatically record impacts.
Considering the amount of heat related injuries (and some unfortunate deaths), this is promising technology, too: The H.O.T. (Heat Observation Technology) System is an early warning detection system for heat stroke and other heat related injuries. The system uses a sensor placed inside a player’s football helmet to monitor the player’s body temperature. That data is wirelessly transmitted to a PDA on the sideline where it can be monitored in real-time by a certified athletic trainer or other sideline personnel. When a player’s temperature spikes and doesn’t come back down, an audible and visual alert is sounded, with the intention of getting that player off the field before a serious, perhaps fatal, injury occurs.
The Schutt ION 4D is unlike any helmet that’s ever been designed before. The styling of the shell includes the Schutt Energy Wedge faceguard attachment system. The faceguard is integrated right into the shell and is stronger and more durable than classic faceguards. The ION 4D also features TPU cushioning eliminating any break-in period. The Schutt ION 4D comes with a two-piece SUREFIT inflatable air liner system. It’s made from an anti-microbial material to resist the growth of mold, mildew, fungus and other bacteria. Energy Wedge: Exclusive to the Schutt ION 4D, it acts as a shock absorber for the helmet, absorbing up to 15% more force from frontal impacts to the faceguard. The Schutt ION 4D features a wide panoramic view. Chin straps can be attached to the Schutt ION 4D in a variety of manners, including Schutt Short ‘N Long or 4-Point High. Schutt recommends, however, mounting the chin strap through the ION 4D Energy Wedge faceguard, as this gives sideline-to-sideline field of vision and also eliminates a high contact area on the helmet shell and prolongs helmet life.
The Schutt AiR XP is a traditional shell helmet with that familiar, spherical shape. It contains a unique combination of tradition with state-of-the technology. It has a two-piece SUREFIT inflatable air liner system treated with an anti-microbial to resist the growth of mold, mildew, fungus and other bacteria. Additionally, it has six large ventilation holes in the crown maximize air flow.
First introduced in 2003, it provides better impact absorption (compared to traditional foam padding), better heat management and better hygienics. It's highly resistant to mold, mildew, fungus and bacteria, while providing a barrier against MRSA and staph concerns. It has a two-piece SUREFIT inflatable air liner system treated with an anti-microbial to resist the growth of mold, mildew, fungus and other bacteria. Dart-shaped large ventilation holes in the crown maximize air flow.
I consider this to be Schutt's version of Riddell's VSR4. Compare the pictures. The give away (in identification) is the slot (Schutt) behind the circular, raised ear hole. Riddell's helmet does not have this. Additionally, the Schutt has vent holes in the helmet crown. The Air Advantage is 12% lighter than the Pro-Air II, but still maintains the same durability. This helmet features a unique air liner system, which distributes the force of an impact then immediately returns to its original shape. That same liner system makes it easy to get a custom fit for each player. Component parts of this helmet are interchangeable. Large ventilation holes on the crown allow air to circulate in the helmet. The Air Advantage also features a third chinstrap snap location – for players who don’t fit or don’t like the standard setup. Single inflatable air liner is designed for optimum fit (color coded for easier identification of sizes). The liner is treated with an anti-microbial agent to resist the growth of mold, mildew, fungus and other bacteria. Six large ventilation holes in the crown maximize air flow.
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I think it should all be fine now. I just deleted the MS Word embedded material.
What happened to Bike? Are they still around?
bought out by adams
Great and unique diary.
That's interesting stuff, I haven't seen it on here before, either.
Here's the thing about the brain damage and football though - a lot of the damage allegedly comes from the fact that the skull stops very suddenly, but the brain, which is basically "floating" in the brain fluid, doesn't stop immediately. It's basically being thrown around inside the skull. This becomes especially dangerous when the head turns and accelerates/decelerates sideways, as it causes the brain to "twist" inside the skull.
There's a good article in GQ on the topic in this month's edition. Obviously it's not a scientific journal, but it does a good job of outlining the current research etc.
Thanks for the help FA. As for Bike, I did not find anything about them supplying helmets. Their site is under construction but it looks like they just supply shoulder pads and pants.
If you're wondering;
Tate wears a Schutt DNA Pro+
Moundros: Riddell Revo Speed
Minor: Schutt AiR Advantage
Yeah, copy/paste from MS Word isn't very good. If anything, you can use Windows Live Writer or another HTML program and get the basics done. I use WLW for all my non-forum topics. Works really well.
That HOT System looks pretty sweet. But anything with wings works for me
This should be stickied somewhere.
Bronco648, thanks for the research.
The HOT and ION are some interesting technologies. Anything
that will prevent hyperthermia and concussions is good for
One thing I've noticed this year is the number of guys getting
their helmets popped off. Just about every NCAA game I've watched. I saw at least 4 in the ND game. That
must about tear your ears off if they're tightly fitted.
FWIW, according to my friends that played football in HS told me that the helmets are very uncomfortable and they rarely fully strapped their helmets.
i personally have used three of those helmets (the basic one, the Revo, and the Shutt DNA)and would say the DNA is the best of them all. It's so much lighter and i never had a problem with it coming off my head.
It's good to finally see some real improvements in helmet technology over the last few years and I think the result of it is going to be far fewer players experiencing debilitating mental issues later in life.
The key, I believe, is not so much in making sure a player doesn't get their head caved in (nearly any helmet would do that), but in making sure everything inside their head stays where it is relative to everything else.
We can repair blown ACL's and seperated shoulders, but we can't fix a brain.
Same problem the military is dealing with. The improved armor (personal and vehicle) can prevent gash wounds, but the blunt force trama caused when the brain impacts the skull is a major problem.
FA: I should have known better than to copy and paste from Word. In the future, I'll use NotePad so none of that formatting exists in the first place.
BIKE bought out by Adams USA, thanks meals69.
I, too, have noticed a lot of helmets popping off of heads. I wonder how long it will be before we have an issue where a head injury is sustained (like in the movie 'Lukas') because of this. Schutt seems to attempt to address the issue by providing different chin strap attachment points for comfort & security.
Blaze: as we saw yesterday, even the best helmet cannot prevent some injuries: Tebow wears a Riddell Revo IQ and still was concussed. If he hadn't hit his head on his teammate's knee/thigh, he probably would have been OK (and hopefully, he is).
I still like the look of the classic, but I'm not the one on the field. Gotta protect the players or they'll have oatmeal brains in their latter years.