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MEASURING FOR SIZE AND FIT
A great fitting helmet is essential for player comfort and protection. The ZERO1 YOUTH helmet offers two shell sizes (S/M and L) and four different thicknesses each of DLTA™ fit pods and jaw pads which will provide a custom fit and superior comfort without the use of air bladders or shims.
To find your optimal size and fit, follow the instructions below.
VICIS ZERO1 YOUTH FITTING INSTRUCTIONS
Using a standard fabric or paper tape measure, find the player’s head circumference in inches. Ensure the tape measure is positioned (1) inch above the brow line and a half (1/2) inch above the ears, and along the longest point on the back of the head.
- a. 1 inch above the brow line
- b. ½ inch above each ear
- c. Longest point on the back of the head
- Use light pressure when tightening the tape measure. The tape measure should lightly contact the head. Tightening the tape measuretoo much can result in a sizing error. If the player has thicker hair, compress the tape measure until feeling the hair ‘push back’ or create resistance to the tape measure. This will serve as a good approximate for the fit of the helmet.
Using the circumference, identify the player’s shell size in the table below. If the measurement lands between helmet sizes, size up.
ZERO1 YOUTH HELMET SIZE CHART
- HEAD CIRCUMFERENCEZERO1 YOUTH SHELL SIZE
- BELOW 19.5"N/A
- 19.5" – 22"S/M
- 22" – 23.25"L
- ABOVE 23.25"N/A
The ZERO1 YOUTH helmet will arrive with several DLTA fit pods in a variety of thicknesses. Your helmet will have a standard set of DLTA fit pods installed to get you started. Order additional DLTA pods by contacting Customer Support at email@example.com.
DLTA fit pods are available in four (4) thickness. Refer to the FIT GUIDE (located at vicis.com/fit) to determine the color and thickness of each pod. Guide the triangular snap post into the corresponding hole and press the snap post in until you hear a definitive "snap". The pods can be removed by guiding an index finger under the top edge of the triangle and releasing the pod from the helmet inner shell.
To begin creating a custom player fit, REMOVE the jaw pads (green). Use the FIT GUIDE and select a DLTA pod configuration based on head circumference and shape and adjust the DLTA fit pods following the suggested FIT GUIDE configuration.
Have the player wear the ZERO1 YOUTH helmet and pull it down over the ears to a snug, secure position. The front of the helmet should rest approximately 1” above the eyebrows. The facemask nose-bar should be in line with the widest part of the player’s nose.
If the player has a significant volume of hair, hair should be worn in the typical style. If the player wears a skull cap or headband, begin the fit process with the player wearing these items.
Check initial fit by rotating the helmet left and right, then up and down while the player holds his head still. The skin on the player’s forehead should move with the helmet but the helmet should not move independent of the head.
NOTE: If the player has a large volume of hair, you may need to press down on the top of the helmet to gently compress the hair and allow the player to be fully in the helmet.
Confirm comfort, visibility, and range of motion with the player. The helmet should be snug but not uncomfortable. Adjust the DLTA fit pods accordingly but keep in mind; the goal is a snug, secure fit.
ADJUST HELMET HEIGHT
Using two hands, press down on the helmet and confirm that the player can feel contact. Helmet height can be adjusted by replacing the top pod (green). Adjusting the two middle pods (yellow) can also fine tune helmet height. If the helmet rides too high, switch to a thinner DLTA fit pod.
ADJUST SIDE FIT
If the helmet is too loose on the sides of the head, increase the thickness of the two side DLTA pods (orange). If the player feels too much pressure in this area, use thinner side pods.
ADJUST FRONT AND BACK FIT
Check to ensure a snug, secure fit to the front and back of head by attempting to place a finger between the helmet and the back of the player head. If there is space between the player head and helmet, increase the thickness of the rear DLTA pod (blue). If the player feels pressure at the front of the helmet, switch to a thinner rear pod.
Jaw pads are another key component to a properly fitting helmet. With the helmet on the player’s head, assess the distance between the helmet and the player’s cheeks. The VICIS ZERO1 YOUTH helmet will arrive with jaw pads in a variety of thickness. The jaw pad should be snug against the player’s face, flush with the jaw, without pushing too forcefully onto the cheeks. In the event additional jaw pad thickness is necessary to ensure a snug fit, please contact Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instruct the player to hold the chin cup firmly on his chin then begin to adjust and attach the chinstrap to the helmet beginning with the upper strap. The chinstrap should be attached under the facemask, not over it. There should be no slack on any of the chinstraps. It should fit snugly and be centered on the player’s chin.
NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?
No helmet can prevent head, brain, or neck injuries, including paralysis or death, a player may receive while participating in football. The player should keep his head up. Do not use this helmet to butt, ram, or spear an opposing player. These actions are in violation of football rules and such use can result in severe head or neck injuries, paralysis, or death to the player and possible injury to the opposing player. Contact in football may result in CONCUSSION AND OTHER SERIOUS BRAIN INJURIES, which no helmet can prevent. Symptoms include: loss of consciousness (even briefly), inability to recall events prior to or after contact, dizziness, headache, nausea, and/or confusion. If the player has any such symptoms, immediately stop playing and report them to your coach, trainer, and parents. Do not return to play until all symptoms are resolved and you have received medical clearance to return to play from a doctor. ENGAGING IN ANY FURTHER CONTACT PRIOR TO THE RESOLUTION OF ALL SUCH SYMPTOMS AND THE RECEIPT OF MEDICAL CLEARANCE MAY LEAD TO ANOTHER CONCUSSION AND OTHER SERIOUS BRAIN INJURIES.
This helmet must be properly fit to the wearer’s head in accordance with the manufacturer’s fitting instructions. The fit of the helmet and the presence of all pads (front pad, six (6) DLTA™ pods, and jaw pads), should be checked each time before play. Never wear a helmet that does not fit according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Do not alter the exterior or interior materials to install sensors or communication devices. This may damage the structural integrity of the helmet and compromise the player’s use of the ZERO1 YOUTH helmet.
This helmet can be damaged by contact with common substances (e.g., certain solvents, cleaners, and hair treatments). This damage may not be visible to the user and may alter the helmet performance. A list of approved cleaning agents can be located at vicis.com/product-care.
DO NOT PAINT OR REPAINT THE VICIS ZERO1 YOUTH HELMET
The ZERO1 YOUTH helmet has a unique outer shell which requires a specific, VICIS approved paint system. Use of non-approved VICIS paint systems may affect helmet safety and performance. Do NOT use a helmet that has been modified, altered, or painted with a non-VICIS approved paint system. Please contact VICIS Support at email@example.com if you have questions or need to arrange for repainting or painting repair.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
Do not apply strong cleaners or solvents to the helmet, as this may cause damage to the helmet components. Do not machine wash or submerge DLTA pods or jaw pads in a washing solution or washing machine. Do not attempt to dry DLTA pods in a heated drier. Doing so can damage the integrity of the DLTA pod exterior and seal. Use VICIS recommended cleaning agents to wipe DLTA fit pods and jaw pads. Allow to air dry. If any warning labels detach during cleaning, handling, play, or any other reason, the label must be replaced. Please contact Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org for replacement labels.
RECONDITIONING AND RECERTIFICATION
To ensure the ZERO1 YOUTH maintains its high levels of player performance and protection, reconditioning and recertification is required every two (2) years from the first season of play. The VICIS Reconditioning and Recertification Program (VICIS R2) includes inspection, cleaning, maintenance, NOCSAE testing and recertification, polishing the outer shell (if applicable), and parts replacement and repainting if requested. Please contact VICIS at R2@vicis.com to begin the reconditioning and recertification process.
VICIS warrants the ZERO1 YOUTH outer shell, RFLX layer, and inner shell to be free from defects in materials and workmanship, not including normal wear and tear, for a period of two (2) years from the date of shipment. Attachment hardware, jaw pads, and DLTA fit pods are warranted to be free from defects in materials and manufacturing, not including normal wear and tear, for a period of one (1) year. To make a warranty claim, contact VICIS and request a warranty authorization form, including original proof of purchase and place and dates of reconditioning. Helmets covered under warranty should be returned fully intact. VICIS will inspect the helmet to determine if defects fall within warranty, and will determine if repair or replacement is warranted.
To begin a warranty claim please call our customer support team at 1 844 842 4701, or email email@example.com.
WARRANTY MAY BE VOIDED IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OCCURS:
• The helmet has had repairs or alterations which modify the helmet in any way, including, but not limited to, removing warning labels, altering any material to make room for sensors or communication devices, drilling holes in the helmet, painting the helmet, and/or using unauthorized cleaning agents.
• Any replacement parts not approved by and/or purchased from VICIS were added to the helmet.
• The helmet was reconditioned by anyone other than an authorized VICIS reconditioning facility.
• The helmet was not reconditioned per manufacturers recommendation and an authorized VICIS reconditioning facility.
• The helmet was repainted by anyone other than an authorized VICIS reconditioning facility.
MAXIMUM LIFE OF HELMET
The maximum life of the ZERO1 YOUTH helmet is ten (10) years with required reconditioning and recertification at an authorized VICIS reconditioning facility. The helmet may need to be replaced sooner depending on the frequency and intensity of use.
VICIS customer support representatives are available to answer questions Monday through Friday 8:30AM - 5PM PST via telephone at 1 844 842 4701, or anytime by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOTBALL COACHES, EQUIPMENT MANAGERS, TRAINERS, PARENTS
- Check helmet fit in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
- Inspect the outer shell for cracks. Do not use a helmet with a cracked shell.
- Examine all mounting screws, snaps, and Velcro for breakage, distortion, or looseness. Replace components as needed.
- Replace facemasks if bare metal is showing, or if facemask has splayed (widened), or been deformed in any manner.
- Inspect internal pads and liners. Ensure all DLTA fit pods are securely attached. Replace any parts which may have become damaged such as jaw pads, chin straps, front pad or DLTA pods.
- Routinely inspect hardware and tighten loose screws.
- Read instructions provided by manufacturer for care and maintenance procedures. Always follow these instructions. Use only manufacturer’s approved parts when replacements are needed.
- Do not repaint or use touch up paint on the ZERO1 YOUTH helmet. Doing so can adversely affect the performance and protection of the helmet.
- Only cleaning agents and decal removal agents and processes approved by the manufacturer are to be used on the helmet. Use of unauthorized agents could permanently damage the helmet exterior shell and affect the performance and durability of the helmet. Use of unauthorized agents will void the warranty.
PLAYERS: IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO INSPECT YOUR HELMET PRIOR TO USE AS FOLLOWS:
- Ensure all the DLTA pods and jaw pads are securely in place and in compliance with the manufacturer’s fitting instructions.
- Check facemask hardware and ensure the facemask is tightly secured to the
- If any of the inspections indicate a need for repair or replacement, notify your coach, equipment manager, trainer, or parent immediately. This is your responsibility. NEVER WEAR A DAMAGED HELMET OR ONE WHICH IS NOT CUSTOM FIT TO YOUR HEAD.
- Be sure the helmet is snug and secure with the chinstrap fully attached and taut.
MEASURING FOR SIZE AND FIT
A great fitting helmet is essential for player comfort and protection. The ZERO1 offers three helmet sizes paired with a choice of FORM Liners, ridge pads, and jaw pads that deliver a custom fit and superior comfort without the need for air bladders and shims.
- 1. Using a standard paper or fabric tape measure, find your head circumference in inches.
- 2. Ensure the tape measure touches the following points on the athlete’s head while measuring:
NOTE: For those with thicker hair, compress the tape measure until feeling the hair ‘push back’ or create slight resistance to the tape measure. This will serve as a good approximation for the fit of the helmet.
- a. 1-inch above the brow line
- b. ½ inch above each ear
- c. Longest point on the back of the head
- 3. Find your circumference and matching shell size in the table below:
CIRCUMFERENCE ZERO1 SHELL SIZE
- BELOW 21”N/A
- 21” – 22 ½”A
- 22 ½” – 23 ¾”B
- 23 ¾” – 24 ¾”C
- ABOVE 24 ¾”N/A
If the measurement lands between helmet sizes, always move to the next size up.
THE FITTING PROCESS
ATTACH FORM LINERS TO ARCH SHELL
Attach the thinnest FORM Liners to the ARCH Shell by aligning snaps and then snapping into place.
BEGIN FITTING PROCESS
Have the player put the ZERO1 on and pull it down to a secured position.
CHECK INITIAL FIT
Check initial fit by rotating the helmet left and right, then up and down, while the player holds their head still. If initial fit is too loose, replace the necessary FORM Liners (Front/Back and/or Side) with thicker padding until satisfied. The forehead skin should move with the direction of the helmet. The helmet should be snug, but not uncomfortable.
ADJUST HELMET HEIGHT
For most players the helmet should sit approximately 1” above the eyebrows. If the helmet sits too low, replace the ridge pad with a thicker pad. Adjust the ridge pad until satisfied with helmet height.
ADD JAW PADS
With the ZERO1 still on, hold up the jaw pads to find the approximate thickness. Locate the two retention studs, and install the lower facemask T-nut before installing the jaw pads (if the facemask is already installed, the T-nut is already in place). Align the jaw pad holes with the retention studs. Apply pressure to the jaw pad until it clicks firmly into place. Have the player put the helmet back on. Confirm the fit and comfort are unchanged. Jaw pads should be snug, but not uncomfortable.
Have the player center and hold cup on their chin. Estimate the strap length by aligning the strap to each snap location. Starting with the bottom straps, move the buckle along the chinstrap until you have the appropriate length so the chinstrap has minimal slack. Attach the snaps and check for fit. Next, adjust the top straps. If the facemask is already attached to the helmet, remove the buckle from the strap and guide the strap between the facemask and the helmet. Then, reattach the buckle. Estimate the strap length by aligning the strap to each snap location. Move the buckle along the strap until you have the appropriate length so the strap has minimal slack. Attach the snaps and check for fit. For added security, the top straps can be permanently affixed to the helmet. The chincup should be snug, but not uncomfortable.
Select a facemask model according to player position and preference. Align mask clips with holes in helmet shell, and fasten securely with hardware provided.
CHECK FINAL FIT
Confirm comfort, visibility, and range of motion with player. Make any adjustments necessary and check for fit:
- 1. The skin of the forehead should move with the helmet in all directions when the facemask is moved up and down and side to side.
- 2. The helmet’s front ridge should sit approximately 1” above the player’s eyebrows.
- 3. Pressing down on top of the helmet, the player should feel pressure only on the crown of the head, not the brow or back of the head.
REPLACEMENT AND SIZING PARTS: ALL PARTS FOR THE ZERO1 MUST BE ORDERED DIRECTLY FROM VICIS. USING ANY OTHER PARTS MAY BE HAZARDOUS.
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