Iowa to experiment with new Riddell 360 helmet in 2012

Iowa Helmet

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There’s no such thing as too much safety when it comes to football helmets. Helmet manufacturers work tirelessly on developing the latest technologies to prevent concussions and all forms of head trauma, and Riddell’s newest helmet, The Riddell 360, might be the best yet. One Big Ten team, Iowa, already has invested in the state-of-the-art lid that received a 5-star rating in Virginia Tech’s latest helmet protection study. See a picture of Iowa’s Riddell 360 helmet in this post.

Riddell expects many Hawkeyes to sport the helmet this season, but it also says some players from other Big Ten schools will try it out. Oklahoma, Kansas State, Arkansas, Florida State, Florida and the University of Miami have made investments in the 360, as well.

[More info: View the Riddell's PDF on its new 360 helmet]

What makes the helmet so great?

“The Riddell 360 is the next evolution of Riddell’s state-of-the-art helmet technology,” the company said. “Years of data collection and analysis informed the Riddell 360’s technology, including the use of energy managing materials and a facemask attachment system that disperses the energy of frontal impacts.”

From the picture above, the helmet has a sleek look, one the players should enjoy, both from a comfort and protection standpoint.

As great as the helmet is, Riddell stresses concussions are still a part of the game.

“It is important to remember that no helmet can prevent a concussion,” the manufacturer said.

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brandon on 8/20/2012 @ 6:04pm EDT Said:

BREAKING NEWS. This helmet has been worn for 2 years now…

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 8/21/2012 @ 2:01pm EDT Said:

    Brandon – That’s not the case. Here’s what Riddell told me in response to your comment: “Some players tested the 360 at the end of last year, but the helmet the poster is probably talking about is the Riddell Revolution Speed, which has a very similar design and has been used by teams for a few years now.”

Scott brady on 9/17/2012 @ 9:00am EDT Said:

Well I am not sure about this comment, every kid on the sophomore team that has purchased a 360 has gotten a concussion, 3 on the freshmen team. These are the kids that have played at least one game. This is a school with 5000 students with the best of everything for there football program, there have been no actually clinical study’s on the 360. I am not sure how the safety claims are supported. By the way this program has 200 kids on the team, only about 30 360 have been purchased, the rest of the helment are older ridells. No issues with concussions

Matthew on 11/7/2012 @ 10:54pm EDT Said:

To the previous comment, the reason that the kids with the 360’s are getting concussions is because they’re actually playing. The others with older helmets aren’t getting them Duse they don’t play and they are now not confident with their older model helmet. The 360 is a state of the art helmet that is very good and I have used it this previous season and I’m a heavy hitting senior linebacker. People who say these don’t work have never used them.

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