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THE VICIS ZERO1 IS A HIGHLY-ENGINEERED FOOTBALL HELMET DESIGNED TO REDUCE IMPACT FORCES. IT IS THE CULMINATION OF A 3-YEAR, $20M RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EFFORT SHAPED BY SOME OF THE WORLD’S LEADING ATHLETES, ENGINEERS, AND NEUROSURGEONS.

The ZERO1’s multiple layers work together to slow impact forces. The helmet features a soft outer shell and an underlying layer of columns designed to mitigate collisions from multiple directions.

The ZERO1 delivers breakthroughs in safety based on current, state of the art testing protocols. It also elevates performance, featuring the industry’s widest field of peripheral view and low aerodynamic drag. Our tagline is Protect the Athlete/Elevate the Game® – and that’s what we’ve done with the ZERO1.

NOTE: The ZERO1 was designed for use by elite athletes and is recommended for players weighing over 150 lbs. We expect to serve smaller, lighter athletes with future helmet models designed for their size and level of play.

A HELMET’S FOREMOST JOB
IS PROTECTION

VICIS engineers and neurosurgeons have developed a multilayered, highly-engineered helmet design that mitigates linear and rotational impact forces.

THE LODE SHELL®

Absorbs impact load by locally deforming, like a car bumper. Automotive safety engineers have used local deformation to protect people for decades. We’re the first to bring this proven innovation to football helmets.

VICIS RFLX®

Employs a highly-engineered columnar structure that moves omni-directionally to reduce linear and rotational forces. The columnar geometry used in our RFLX layer is based on principles first described by Leonhard Euler, a Swiss physicist in the 1700s.

The LODE Shell and RFLX layer work together to reduce impact forces, leveraging well established engineering principles and materials long-used in stringent aerospace and automotive applications. Tested to withstand multiple seasons of play, the VICIS ZERO1 delivers 21st century innovation built on bedrock scientific principles.

THE ARCH SHELL®

The AXIS Fit System determines the relationship between head length and breadth measurements (commonly called an “aspect ratio”) for a player and facilitates selection of an appropriately sized ARCH Shell. There are 3 different ARCH shells available, providing outstanding fit and additional protection.

THE FORM LINER®

The FORM Liner is designed to work in unison with the ARCH Shell. Constructed of special foams and waterproof textiles, the FORM Liner conforms to the player’s unique head topography and distributes pressure uniformly around the head. There are 4 different FORM Liners available to enable unparalleled comfort and precise fit.

HOW IT WORKS

The ZERO1’s multiple layers work together to slow impact forces. The helmet features a soft outer shell and an underlying layer of columns designed to mitigate collisions from multiple directions.

The ZERO1 reduces head impact severity better than any helmet on the market based on an algorithm developed for professional football to assess helmet performance. This calculation incorporates both linear (straight-ahead) and rotational forces, while others only consider linear impact performance. Supporting test results were generated by one of the leading biomechanics laboratories in North America.

ON-FIELD TESTIMONIALS

What do actual pro and college players think about the ZERO1?

COMFORT AND FIT

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We used a data-driven approach to optimize fit. Below, helmet pressure maps illustrate the ZERO1's superior fit and comfort vs. a leading competitor.

One of VICIS’ founders is a neurosurgeon and some of the world’s preeminent neurosurgeons serve on the VICIS Council, our scientific advisory board. We have a deep understanding of head shape and anatomy. We have incorporated feedback from these neurosurgeons and scores of elite football equipment managers to develop the VICIS AXIS Fit System®.

The VICIS AXIS Fit System incorporates head length and breadth measurements to determine a player’s optimal helmet size. The ZERO1 offers 300 different sizing combinations, eliminating the need for shims and air bladders, and taking comfort and safety to a new level.

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Blue = Low Pressure

Red = High Pressure

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Head surface pressure observed with a VICIS ZERO1 compared to a leading competitor during a 5.5 meter/second impact to the front of the helmet.

FIELD OF VIEW (FOV)

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The VICIS ZERO1 provides a wider field of view than traditional helmets. In laboratory testing, the ZERO1 was shown to offer players a 212 degree field of view, nearly the maximum of human peripheral vision (220 degrees). This is nearly 5 degrees more than the next best traditional helmet and 13 degrees more than another popular traditional helmet(1). The sooner you see, the sooner you can react.

(1) Based on VICIS RDI Lab Testing

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Because we designed the ZERO1 from scratch, we examined every part of the helmet and manufacturing process, looking for improvement opportunities. Our facemasks are argon-welded, resulting in a cleaner weld. Our jaw pads are engineered for easy removal in the event of an emergency. Every detail matters, even those you cannot see.

Every VICIS facemask is constructed from high grade titanium, selected for its strength and weight properties. Traditional competitors weld their masks in the presence of room air, which contains oxygen. Oxygen is detrimental to titanium. We bathe our welds in Argon gas to purge room air that may be present. You can see the difference in our welds.

VICIS ARGON

Oxygenated

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Traditional competitors use Velcro® or snap attachments to secure their jaw pads. In an emergency situation calling for helmet removal, the effort to release these pads could place rotational pressure on the head. Our neurosurgeon advisors suggested we design our jaw pads differently, allowing them to be removed with minimal rotational pressure. As a result, VICIS jaw pads attach to the ZERO1 using cored titanium retention studs that can be fully released, allowing the pads to be removed with straight and smooth motion.

NOTE: The ZERO1 is designed for football players at the High School level and above. If you are under 150 lbs. and/or will not play at the High School level or above next season, please contact us at info@vicis.co to be notified of future helmet releases. The ZERO1 is not currently available for purchase online.

VICIS FOUNDATION

The VICIS Foundation intends to donate ZERO1 helmets and other protective equipment to players and programs who may not otherwise have the means to benefit from this technology. More information will follow in coming weeks.

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