Yes. The VICIS ZERO1 performed better than all other helmets in the 2018 NFL/NFLPA helmet performance testing, receiving the best combined score across all helmet impact locations and velocities. You can learn more here.
If your helmet or facemask color is not available in the configurator, please send a photo of the helmet to email@example.com, and we will contact you with available options to custom match.
The ZERO1 has been extensively tested by the leading biomechanics labs in North America and offers better overall performance than any football helmet ever tested under today’s leading protocols, which integrate both linear and rotational forces to determine helmet effectiveness.
There is no scientific consensus around impact thresholds and concussion. The level of impact necessary to sustain a concussion can vary by individual, and many non-impact factors may play a role. While substantial research supports the role of impact force reduction in mitigating concussion risk and severity, neither the ZERO1 nor any other helmet can claim to reduce or eliminate concussions.
Yes, the ZERO1 has been certified by SEI to meet NOCSAE standards, and all future models and iterations will have the same certification. The Center for Injury Biomechanics at Virginia Tech has performed company-sponsored tests on our helmet and the ZERO1 performs extremely well. We expect the ZERO1 to be part of VT’s testing sometime in 2017 or 2018.
The ZERO1 is similar in size and weight to new helmets from the current market leader. For example, a ZERO1 in size B with one of the most popular facemask styles is about the same weight as a similarly configured Riddell SpeedFlex®. It’s challenging to provide a specific weight because so much depends on the helmet’s size, facemask configuration, chin strap, and other options.
The ZERO1 will not be available in stores for the 2018 season. To inquire about team orders, please use our contact form and a VICIS representative will contact you.
The ZERO1 costs $950. Team pricing is also available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about options.
Our initial goal was to develop the best possible helmet for professional and major college football players. The ZERO1 helmet results from 3+ years of intense development and rigorous testing. Over $20M has been spent to design and build the ZERO1 in order to minimize the severity of head impacts. The production methods and the materials used to maximize performance are quite different than those used in traditional helmets. The ZERO1 is unlike any football helmet ever made.
If your team color is not yet available, please inform your team of your interest in the ZERO1 – It’s possible they would like to order 10 or more helmets so we can provide a custom color match. We will be adding new colors regularly, so if we don’t have your color, check back and see if it’s available later.
That’s a decision for your team. We encourage you to talk to your Coach or team administrator in advance of ordering your ZERO1 to make sure you can wear your own helmet in play.
It depends on your team. Some teams will send your ZERO1 to VICIS for annual recertification on your behalf. Other teams will give the helmet back to you after the season, in which case you will need to send it to VICIS for recertification. We’ll make it easy for you, though, sending a reminder and return shipping label so you can send your helmet back without hassle.
VICIS requires ZERO1 helmets to be reconditioned every two years.
Most ZERO1 helmet parts that may break during play (facemask attachments, chin straps, snaps) are the same as those used in other helmets. Your team should be able to address common maintenance issues with spare parts on-hand. We will provide spare parts unique to the ZERO1 as part of team orders.
We expect to release a youth helmet sometime in the next 24 months, but are not committing to a specific release date at this point.
We have one goal currently, and that’s to make a great football helmet. After we get the ZERO1 launched and widely available, we will look at other sports where our technology can provide benefit.
Sports-related head injury is an important public health issue affecting athletes of all ages. Today’s helmets resemble those worn in the 1970s, nearly 50 years ago. They don’t adequately address the problem. We are driven to better protect young athletes and have developed a 21st century helmet that offers breakthroughs in safety, style, and performance.
We’re not approaching this as a sporting goods company. We’re a sports technology company powered by scientists, neurosurgeons, and engineers. Our helmet features ideas never before included in football helmets.
From the beginning, we’ve conducted a lot of user research, talking with NFL and NCAA equipment managers, athletic trainers, and players. Feedback has been positive. They like the look of the helmet and are really excited about its safety and performance breakthroughs.
The NFL has been very supportive. They’ve provided grant funding through the Head Health Challenge program and have also supported us in other ways. They’ve visited our labs several times and are closely tracking our progress. The NFL is very focused on player safety — Nurturing and supporting breakthrough technology is a big part of that. We’ve also met with the NFLPA, the National Football Foundation, and other important stakeholders.
Among the many improvements our engineers made to the ZERO1 for the 2018 season was a significant weight reduction. The ZERO1 now weighs the same as (or is lighter than) broadly worn traditional Varsity (high school and above) helmets. We continue to guide that the ZERO1 is not a youth helmet and its use should be limited to high school play and above. However, if a player is not yet in high school but is large enough to fit properly in a Varsity (high school and above) helmet for the 2018 season, the ZERO1 may be an appropriate choice.
If the ZERO1 fits a player properly per manufacturer recommendations, and that player has used or would otherwise use a Varsity (high school and above) helmet from another manufacturer for the 2018 season, the ZERO1 may be an appropriate choice. Proper fit and sizing are essential, and should be considered when deciding if the ZERO1 is a good choice for your player.