Ever the forerunner in helmet design and safety, Bauer has introduced two more models to their line for 2013.
With concussion prevention, treatment and education at an all-time high, Bauer has taken the lead in ensuring that their products will provide players with cutting edge protection against any and all head injuries.
Bauer’s new RE-AKT helmet made it’s NHL debut last season at the All-Star game and was a noticeable addition to Claude Giroux’s game when he returned from his concussion. Since last spring when the helmet was brought into the NHL, players across the league have begun to wear the helmet based on the number of modern additions that cannot be found from any other manufacturer at this time.
The main feature of the RE-AKT isn’t visible when the helmet is being worn. Rather, the Suspend-Tech Liner system with Poron XRD foam is what makes the RE-AKT so much different than anything else on the market. The Suspend-Tech Liner is a fully free-floating system that is designed to not only maintain comfort but provide maximum protection for the wearer. The design allows the shell of the helmet and the Liner to move independently upon impact to reduce any additional movement of the player’s head from both a direct impact and any sort of whiplash-type movement.
By placing the high-tech Poron XRD foam in impact specific areas the new Suspend-Tech system allows the RE-AKT to utilize leading design qualities of impact dispersal. Other features throughout the helmet provide additional comfort as memory foam is utilized in a number of locations in addition to a single, tool-free adjustment feature.
The RE-AKT helmet also passes the all-important, albeit superficial, eye-test. Bauer took design features from the perennially popular 4500 helmet to ensure that the RE-AKT kept a sleek, modern look without the additional bulk that has accompanied the design of past helmets like the 9900 and 7500.
Bauer’s other new helmet, the IMS 11.0 also benefits from a sleek, low-profile design while still utilizing cutting-edge impact management technology.
The IMS 11.0 helmet has a very sleek design that has some similarity to the newest designs from Easton while still drawing back to the heritage of Bauer’s previous helmets. Pierre-Marc Bouchard of the Minnesota Wild – who has battled concussion issues for some time – has been sporting the new IMS 11.0 already this season. As a player who wore a Cascade helmet last year, this is not much of a surprise for a player who obviously sees the safety in the Seven Technology.
With Bauer and Cascade teaming up this year, Cascade’s Seven technology is now available for use on Bauer products and the two companies quickly teamed up to utilize the technology that made the M11 helmet one of the most protective on the market and the design features that bring players back to the Bauer line time and time again.
The IMS line does include the customizable vent system that became popular on previous Cascade models and it does set the IMS line apart from other helmets in the Bauer line, with exception to the 9900.
Seven technology is a liner system that is designed to disperse direct impact away from a single point on the wearers head. Upon impact, Seven Technology immediately compresses and laterally disperses energy. Much like a shock absorber on a car compresses and extends to limit direct impact on the vehicle, Seven Technology compresses and resets within seconds to prevent energy from collisions from having a direct impact.
With a generation of players invested in the way their equipment looks on the ice and a growing emphasis focused upon on-ice safety, finding the best of both worlds is incredibly important. While there will never be a helmet that is truly “concussion-proof” the newest Bauer helmets continue to push the envelope towards that development.