With the NFL playoffs in full swing, you can hardly advoid conversations about the game. One thing that's constant, though, is public concern over not just personal injury, but the possibility that head injuries could be leading to the demise of football itself. Better helmet designs deserve consideration.
Seattle-based design engineer and football fan, Michael Princip, has a new helmet concept called the the Bulwark. Outwardly it's old-school in appearance, but inside its modern engineering could help reduce head and neck injuries. Unlike traditional helmets, it's made of individual shock-absorbing sections so that impacts remain as localized - and as minimized - as possible. Three shell layers also help dissipate a blow as it moves inward. Not only that, but the helmet weighs in at about a pound lighter than most other ones on the market.
Plus it looks cool. The color panels on the top layer swap out for a seamed look inspired by MacGregor and other styles of yesteryear's helmets. Internally, the padding can be adjusted for each section too, meaning that a Bulwark helmet could be personalized for individual players or positions.