“We are delighted to officially introduce the SpeedFlex as the next step in Riddell’s rich history of football innovation,” said Dan Armament, president of Riddell. “With this helmet, we have sought to improve player protection while delivering tangible benefits to the athlete. We believe these new features will quickly become design standards for Riddell and raise the bar for football helmet performance. and protection technologies in the industry.”
A DESIGN ROOTED IN RESEARCH
SpeedFlex benefits from an extensive design history based on over 2 million data points captured from Riddell’s leading impact monitoring technologies. Information gathered from the systems indicated where and how Riddell engineers incorporated flexibility into the shell and face shield. He also guided the strategic combination of composite energy materials used throughout the helmet.
This scientific data combined with years of dedicated research, repeated field testing and extensive player feedback has resulted in unique features such as the new chinstrap system and inner liner that conforms to the shape of the player’s head to greater comfort.
“At Riddell, we base our helmet innovations and advancements on science and research,” said Thad Ide, Senior Vice President of Research and Product Development of Riddell and Division Head of BRG Sports Advanced Concepts. “We don’t just stop at the information we find in research. We incorporate direct feedback from the playing field so that athletes have the best possible experience with the product.”
MODERN AESTHETICS MEETS ENGINEERING EVOLUTION
Riddell understands gamers’ desire to look and feel confident when strapping on a helmet. Modern aesthetic modifications combined with Riddell’s extensive engineering capabilities and deep knowledge of the game results in a helmet that not only offers a bold new look, but offers the protective benefits to match.
Other unique features of the SpeedFlex and other Riddell helmets include:
THE FLEX SYSTEM
Flexibility built into the helmet shell, facemask and facemask attachment system reduces the transfer of impact force to the athlete
RATCHET-LOC RETENTION SYSTEM
A new ratchet-style chinstrap attachment system developed based on feedback from elite players and designed for easy and efficient adjustments that can keep up with the faster pace of the game and offers a new way to help ensure a fit suitable for every game.
CUSTOMIZED FIVE-POINT INFLATION
Five air inflation zones (crown, back/side, occipital lock, jaw pads) for a custom fit
Cool, aggressive and streamlined shell design with fully integrated components and innovations for optimal athlete performance and cutting-edge protection
HIGH STRENGTH SPRING STAINLESS STEEL FACE MASK
Thinner and lighter, the high performance face mask improves sight lines and on-court vision for the athlete
COMPOSITE ENERGY MANAGEMENT
Strategic combination of cushioning materials inside the helmet absorb impact energy and retain their position and focus over long periods of play
QUICK RELEASE ALL POINTS
Face mask removal has never been easier or faster
Patented Side Impact Protection is research-based mandible protection that helps reduce side impact forces. The technological feature consists of side shell extensions combined with side liner systems
TRU-CURVE LINER SYSTEM
New inner liner that conforms to the shape of the player’s head and adapts to the contours of the helmet shell (crown, back/side, occipital lock, face frame) for improved comfort and fit
Cradles the head for a secure, custom fit
LINER ATTACHMENT SYSTEM
Removable padding system designed for easy use when changing pads
The SpeedFlex is also the first helmet built from the ground up with Riddell’s InSite Impact Response System – the company’s latest leading impact monitoring technology – in mind. InSite is designed for all levels of the game and is a unique technology that integrates seamlessly into the helmet liner. It then monitors and alerts line staff when a player suffers a significant impact during a game or practice. InSite is available this football season and is also compatible with the Riddell Speed helmet.
AN EYE ON THE FUTURE
Riddell has evolved with the game of football, having innovated to meet the protective equipment needs of players for over 80 years. SpeedFlex is the latest innovation that demonstrates Riddell’s commitment to creating smarter performance and protection technologies that deliver tangible results.
The SpeedFlex is widely available in September and can currently be seen on today’s top college and NFL players. As the game of football evolves, it is important that equipment technology exceeds the needs of today’s players. The SpeedFlex is another example of how Riddell is pushing the game forward with advanced helmet designs and developments that benefit all levels of the sport.
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Founded in 1929, Riddell is a leading designer and developer of protective sports equipment and a recognized leader in helmet technology and innovation. One of BRG Sports’ best-known brands, Riddell is the premier manufacturer of football helmets, shoulder pads and refurbishment services (cleaning, repairing, painting and recertifying existing equipment). For more information visit our website at http://www.riddell.comlike Riddell’s Facebook page or follow Riddell on Twitter @RiddellSports.