Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, August 17, 2012
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.