One of many most secure helmets in soccer simply bought extra reasonably priced. In an try to make sure that socioeconomics will not be a figuring out issue with regards to soccer gamers’ security, VICIS has introduced the worth discount of its ZERO1 Helmet. The worth adjustment will kick into impact for the 2018/2019 season, and whereas the helmet remains to be fairly pricy at $950, that represents a $600 discount. The hope, the Seattle-based firm says, is to make the helmet accessible to a variety of athletes. Crew pricing will even be accessible, which can knock down the price even additional.
“Our founding objective at VICIS was to make use of our experience in engineering and drugs to guard as many athletes as doable,” stated Dave Marver, VICIS CEO and co-founder. “Lowering the worth of the ZERO1 is the subsequent step in that effort as we proceed to innovate in soccer and different sports activities and work passionately to carry these protecting applied sciences to market.”
The $950 price ticket should be properly value it. The ZERO1 made its debut final 12 months, and ranked first within the 2017 NFL/NFLPA Helmet Laboratory Efficiency Testing. Plenty of gamers all through the NFL donned the helmet, together with Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks, and Alex Smith of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. Lately, the Notre Dame soccer group introduced that it might be offering its total group with ZERO1 helmets in 2018.
One of many key differentiating elements of the ZERO1 is the helmet’s “reflex layer,” situated proper beneath the laborious outdoors layer. Within the case of an impression, the handfuls of columns discovered on this layer bend, compress, and transfer, which helps soak up a lot of the incoming drive. VICIS additionally boasts an Axis Fit System, which cradles the participant’s head as tightly as doable for an nearly customized match. And eventually, the ZERO1 has a Type Liner layer fabricated from distinctive foam, which works alongside arch shells to distribute stress evenly throughout the top.
All of those technological improvements have made the ZERO1 one of the widespread and broadly wanted helmets out there, and now, demand has made it doable for VICIS to cut back price. Along with the brand new worth, the corporate can also be providing financing choices to make the helmet extra reasonably priced nonetheless.
Helmets ordered by March 30 can be delivered by July 31. That stated, VICIS warns that portions are fairly restricted, so of us excited about securing a helmet ought to make strikes sooner slightly than later.