Detroit-Based Xenith’s EPIC Helmet Tops Performance Testing Coordinated By The NFL

August 26, 2015

- NFL distributes poster to all teams announcing results -

DETROIT, August 26, 2015 – In conjunction with the National Football League’s release of the 2015 Helmet Laboratory Testing Performance Results (also pictured below), Xenith, which recently moved its headquarters and innovative manufacturing facility to Detroit, is proud to announce the Xenith EPIC helmet received the highest performance ranking of all evaluated helmets.
“We’re thrilled that the NFL and the NFL Players Association have promoted additional testing to continue driving player safety education and we fully support comprehensive laboratory testing,” said Joe Esposito, Xenith CEO. “Xenith’s mission is to design, manufacture and supply the most technologically advanced helmets possible. We passionately believe that every athlete, on every level of play from youth and high school to college and pro, should be wearing the best protection available. For Xenith to be named the number one helmet in a report published by the NFL will only make us more determined to lead by example." 
The NFL, in collaboration with the NFLPA, through their respective appointed biomechanical experts, coordinated extensive laboratory research on 17 helmets used in the NFL to test which helmets best reduced head impact severity. According to the NFL, “the relative performance of helmets was evaluated under laboratory conditions that simulated open-field collisions in the NFL.” The Xenith EPIC received the highest rating of all tested helmets and the Xenith X2E Varsity also placed among the top tier of the best performing group.

The NFL added that “importantly, this study is the first of its kind to account for rotational velocity and rotational acceleration in measuring the performance of the helmets.” Both the Xenith EPIC and the Xenith X2E Varsity feature Xenith’s Adaptive Head Protection®, which is designed to minimize sudden movement of the head. In an effort to help equipment managers and players make informed decisions with regards to their helmet choice, the NFL has distributed the research results to all 32 NFL teams. The results can also be found on page 12 of the 2015 NFL Health and Safety Report

About Xenith


Xenith, the recognized industry leader in helmet technology, is the only manufacturer to exclusively produce Five-Star helmets under the widely accepted Virginia Tech rating system. Featuring Adaptive Head Protection®, a system of patented technologies designed to provide superior fit and to help minimize sudden movement of the head during impact, Xenith excels in helmet testing procedures. Most recently, the Xenith EPIC helmet received the highest performance rating of all helmets in a study coordinated by the National Football League & the NFL Players Association. Xenith helmets are equipped with patented Shock Absorbers that strategically collapse by venting air providing the optimal response to a wide range of impacts. Xenith incorporates the same shock absorbing technology in not only helmets, but also their XFlexion Shoulder Pads. Hundreds of thousands of players at all levels, including youth, high school, major college and the NFL wear Xenith equipment. Xenith’s headquarters and manufacturing facility are proudly located in Detroit, Michigan, and staffed with a dedicated and passionate team that strive for excellence. The 66,000 ft2 production facility is operated in a partnership with Lear Corporation, known for operational excellence, and houses an impact testing laboratory, custom paint booth, showroom, and warehouse space. Xenith is on field across the United States and can also be found in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, China and Japan. Xenith is part of the Fathead family of companies. For more information, visit Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.