Xenith, which recently moved into a new headquarters and manufacturing facility to Detroit, said its Epic helmet received the highest performance ranking of all helmets evaluated in the 2015 Helmet Laboratory Testing Performance Results released by by the National Football League.

“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, in collaboration with the NFLPA, through their respective appointed biomechanical experts, coordinated extensive laboratory research on 17 helmets used in the NFL to test 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 tested helmets and the Xenith X2E Varsity also placed among the top tier of the best performing group.

The NFL added that “importantly, this study is the first of its kind to account for rotational velocity and rotational acceleration in measuring the performance of the helmets.”

Both the Xenith EPIC and the Xenith X2E Varsity feature Xenith’s Adaptive Head Protection, which is designed to minimize sudden movement of the head. In an effort to help equipment managers and players make informed decisions with regards to their helmet choice, the NFL has distributed the research results to all 32 NFL teams. The results can also be found on page 12 of the 2015 NFL Health and Safety Report.