When we are talking about understanding the force generated by an impact, we use g-force. One g is the force of gravity. You are feeling it right now. But the faster you are going when you hit an immovable object, like the ground, it results in forces many times the pull of gravity.
Scientists have studied the relationship between G forces generated by impact and how bad that is for your brain. What’s surprising is how easy it is to reach levels that just aren’t good. That’s what the chart above is all about.
Hitting your head is something to avoid. We know that intuitively. But we insist on doing things that move our heads at high speeds (because they are usually more fun than just standing still.) The problem is when your
head suddenly comes to a stop because it hits something. What you may not realize is that your brain keeps moving at the speed it was traveling, so it smashes into the inside of your skull. Ouchy. The harder your brain hits the inside of your skull the worse it is for you.
Put the breaks on your head so your brain doesn’t hit the inside of your skull so hard.That is exactly what HIP-TEC strives to do with everything we make. In independent testing, HIP-TEC equipped helmets significantly reduced the g’s felt by the headform compared to other helmets on the market. In fact, HIP-TEC reduced the forces by 65% in some tests. Wow. Your brain will thank you–because it will still be able to put two words together.
A fall from as low as 17 inches can result in your brain feeling the force of 100 g’s-the level most scientists agree that is likely to cause concussion. In a laboratory test* drop from 1.7 feet, HIP-TEC equipped helmets registered just 45% of the g’s felt by non HIP-TEC equipped helmets. Some impacts did not even cross the register threshold of 30 g’s. We like that.
Falling from less than three feet doesn’t sound like much, but it can feel similar to getting crushed by a 250 pound linebacker. This level of impact can generate 170 g’s worth of force-which puts you squarely in the concussive range.The HIP-TEC equipped helmet lowers the impact to well below that recognized threshold. In laboraty test drops* from 2.5 feet, HIP-TEC equipped helmets registered just 45% of the g’s felt by non HIP-TEC equipped helmets.
We don’t recommend taking a blow from what the industry calls the “big drop” level, as you can’t rely on any equipment to protect you fully. But the big drop simulation tests* show that a HIP-TEC equipped helmet only registers 48% of the g’s compared to a non-HIP-TEC equipped helmet. Reducing the g’s to your head from potentially life threatening levels to something more moderate is a good thing. We want you to keep pushing sport and not be forced to the sidelines with a life-changing injury.