Schutt F7 FAQ:
Q: What are the Tektonic Plates on the top of the helmet?
A: Research gathered by the scientific and medical communities over the past few years has led scientists and doctors to believe that rotational forces can be a primary cause of head injuries, including concussions. The Tektonic Plates are part of the Three Dimensional Movement (3DM) System featured in the F7. The Tektonic Plates move independently of the helmet shell, thereby reducing the force of the impact and distributing the rotational energy of the impact. The Tektonic Plates feature an additional layer of TPU Cushioning – the most advanced impact absorption system on the field.
Q: Rotational forces? What are those?
A: In nearly every impact to a helmet, there is some type of off-center contact that creates a shearing or rotating reaction by the helmet. As noted above, scientific and medical research is beginning to consider rotational forces to be a primary cause of head injuries, like concussions. The F7 has been developed with several key features to better manage the energy of rotational forces.
Q: Besides the Tektonic Plates, what else in the F7 works to reduce rotational forces?
A: The Radial Diffusion System (RDS) Liner on the underside of the SUREFIT Air Liner is designed to enhance independent movement of the liner, the TPU and your head, thus reducing rotational forces. Rotational forces are measured in “rad/s” or “Radians per second” by researchers. The RDS Liner features multiple, raised nubbins in its design.
Q: What is the Helmet Stabilization System?
A: The HSS enhances performance through a better fit. A properly fitted helmet is the most important factor in a helmet performing at its best. The Helmet Stabilization System creates a more secure, locked-in feel for you inside the helmet. The expanded jaw pads create more surface contact area between your face and the helmet. This results in a snugger, more comfortable fit. The HSS gives you an unmatched confidence in the protection and fit of your helmet. The Fireman’s leather material encasing the expanded jaw pad is especially comfortable.
Q: The F7 features an all-new line of faceguards, built from titanium. Why titanium? And why those Raised Brows?
A: Titanium is the most advanced metal used in the design and engineering of face guards. It’s up to 60% lighter than traditional faceguards and just as strong. The weight of a helmet is an important factor in determining whether or not a player is going to wear the helmet. The F7 is one of the lightest premium helmets available, thanks in no small part to the titanium faceguard.
The Raised Brow design of the F7 faceguards not only make them look bad-ass, but the design helps reduce impacts on the helmet shell by deflecting more hits to the front area of the helmet. The Raised Brow adds an extra layer of energy disbursement.
Q: We’ve seen the back shelf design before on newer Schutt helmets, but what are those raised, swept-back areas on the sides of the F7?
A: Both the back shelf and the side areas of the F7 take advantage of an engineering principle called “flexural resistance.” By creating these raised sections in certain areas of the shell, flexural resistance reinforces and strengthens key locations. These raised areas increase energy disbursement. The sides of the F7 feature Temporal Wings that continue to strengthen the shell at critical locations while also creating more space on the interior of the helmet – allowing us to use more and thicker impact absorbing components on the inside.