STX, the Baltimore-based lacrosse equipment maker, has created its first lacrosse helmet in a partnership with Schutt Sports and plans to start selling the Stallion 500 design in stores today.
"We looked at the helmet market and saw a glaring need for both competition and innovation," Jim Benton, STX director of product management, said in the company's announcement.
The helmet is designed for elite lacrosse players and uses Schutt's trademarked Thermoplastic Urethan Cushioning system, which is based on materials that the U.S. military uses for fighter pilot and paratrooper helmets. It targets areas in the front and crown of the helmet for protection, the companies said. STX also is introducing a Stallion 100 helmet for youth players.
The Baltimore company, known for inventing the modern lacrosse stick, has branched out into other products and sports in recent months, including ice hockey and men's field hockey.
Schutt makes football helmets and faceguards, worn by half the skill position players in the NFL.
The manufacturer says it has moved beyond traditional foam padding to offer better protection and designed helmets to withstand extreme temperatures of lacrosse. The helmets also offer multiple sizes, an inflatable liner that contours to players' heads and an adjustable jaw pad in different sizes.
"It's like no other helmet I've ever worn," said Kyle Harrison, a player with Major League Lacrosse team the Ohio Machine, adding it feels secure and comfortable.
The companies said the helmet exceeded safety standards set by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment.