LITCHFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the latest ratings from the Virginia Tech STAR Rating System, the Vengeance VTD II scored .180 – the lowest score ever measured in the five-year history of the STAR system.
“Along with the best testing helmet, we also have the third and fourth ranked helmets, as well,” said Robert Erb, President/CEO of Schutt Sports. “That’s three of the top four, best testing helmets in the history of the STAR Rating System. Whether you’re looking for stars or for other proven impact absorption technologies, Schutt is leading the advancement of football helmets.”
Besides the Vengeance VTD II, the other Schutt helmets rated 5-stars by the STAR Rating System are the original Vengeance VTD and the AiR XP Pro VTD.
The defining technology in all of the varsity helmets made by Schutt Sports is the thermoplastic urethane (TPU) cushioning used to absorb and disperse impact energy. A key performance advantage of the TPU Cushioning is its “tuneability.” Schutt can custom engineer the TPU cushions to varying thicknesses and resistance levels, allowing Schutt to “tune” the helmet for specific impact absorption characteristics
“An independent testing lab has proven TPU Cushioning absorbs more impact across a wider variety of temperatures than any other helmet on the field,” said Erb. “Our ability to tune the TPU also allows us to reduce costs in our manufacturing – savings that we strive to pass along to our customers.”
Based upon information published by the STAR system, the top-rated Vengeance VTD II will cost less than the majority of other 5-star rated helmets.
According to the Virginia Tech STAR website, “Although all helmets currently being sold satisfy minimum safety requirements specified by standards organizations, not all helmets are created equal. Two helmets that pass the same standard may offer different levels of impact protection. Prior to the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings, consumers had no way of knowing which helmets were better than others. Given that helmets are a safety product, this information should be available to consumers.”
While questions remain about the Virginia Tech STAR ratings protocols, Schutt Sports remains committed to providing its customers with the products and performance they demand. Whether that’s three of the top four, 5-star rated helmets or the high-level performance of our inline helmet models, Schutt Sports continues to lead the advancement of football helmet technology.
You can view the latest Virginia Tech STAR helmet ratings at: http://www.beam.vt.edu/helmet/helmets_football.php
About Schutt Sports
Schutt Sports, the 2015 winner of two Manufacturing Leadership Awards, is one of the leading manufacturers of protective equipment in the world, including football helmets, shoulder pads, protective apparel and padding, and much more. 36% of the players in the NFL choose to wear Schutt helmets, including 50% of the skill position players in the league. Schutt Sports is the only major helmet manufacturer to advance beyond traditional foam padding, instead using TPU (thermoplastic urethane) Cushioning, which has been proven to absorb more impact across a wider variety of temperatures than any other helmet system on the field. Schutt Sports is also the Official Base Supplier to Major League Baseball and is the largest domestic maker of batters helmets in the USA.