Football is a rough sport and has been the focus of a lot of conversation as of late around safety.

The National Football League’s 2015 Helmet Laboratory Testing Performance Results indicate that Xenith’s EPIC helmet received the highest performance ranking of all evaluated helmets.

Xenith is a Dan Gilbert owned company that has facilities in Southwest Detroit. They make a variety of sports equipment, such as helmets, shoulder pads, and face masks.

“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 worked with the NFLPA and their biomechancial experts to research 17 helmets used in the NFL. The goal was to determine 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 the tested helmets, and the Xenith X2E Varsity also ranked among the best performing group. Both helmets feature Xenith’s Adaptive Head Protection, which is designed to minimize sudden movement of the head.

According to their website, Xenith equipment is sold across the United States and can also be found in various countries such as Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, China and Japan.

The 2015 study was, according to the NFL, the first of its kind to account for rotational velocity and rotational acceleration in measuring the performance of the helmets.

You can find detailed results on page 12 of the 2015 NFL Health and Safety Report.

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