In the News
May 27, 2017
Brett Williams / Mashable
Riddell, the company behind the helmets worn by around 60 percent of NFL players, will use a new 3D head-scanning process on each player who wears its new Precision Fit headgear. To be sure there are other innovations in helmet tech, but unlike just about every other helmet design on the market, which use inflatable pads that are adjusted manually by handheld air pumps, the inside of the Precision Fit models have a custom-fit liner system made of "energy managing materials" built according to the personalized scan data of each player's head.
May 26, 2017
Roosevelt Leftwich / Fox 8
It's a name that is synonymous with football. About sixty percent of the NFL and more than half of all college and high school teams use Riddell helmets made in Lorain County. At peak season, about 500 people can put together about 2,000 helmets a day at its new North Ridgeville plant. “We were able to start with a blank slate and redefine how we wanted this plant organized and how we wanted it to be laid out and that's helped tremendously," said plant general manager, Ben Marker.
May 24, 2017
Michael Fitzpatrick / North Ridgeville Press
Approximately 4,000 people – some waiting as long as 30 minutes to get inside – toured the new Riddell facility during a public open house of the football helmet maker’s new North Ridgeville home May 21. Riddell moved from Elyria into the 347,205-square-foot facility on Center Ridge Road a couple of months ago. North Ridgeville was able to woo the company in part because of a tax incentive package. The new plant, which took less than a year to complete, takes care of painting and polishing the helmets, many of which end up protecting NFL and college football players. The shell of the helmets are made in Twinsburg.
May 20, 2017
Tim Hines / Yahoo Sports
Riddell is hoping to change the safety of the game of football with their new Precision-Fit technology.
May 18, 2017
Maggie Gray / SI Now
Riddell's Thad Ide and Pat Friel joined host Maggie Gray for a segment on SI Now that went live on Thursday on SI.com. The video featured Thad walking Maggie through the Precision-Fit technology while Pat scanned the show’s producer. In addition to touching on Riddell’s five year product roadmap, Thad shared that players across all levels have never been more cognizant of what brand and model helmet they are wearing on the field. Video starts 20:57.
May 12, 2017
Morgan Moriarty / SB Nation
In a video featuring UT head athletic trainer, Anthony Pass, he shows off the Riddell helmets that the Longhorns use. The helmets are equipped with a set of sensors that record the hits taken by players during practice in terms of G-Forces, location, direction, and severity. One of the even cooler parts about the technology is that the data from the hit is then sent to a handheld sensor, which is used by the training staff.
April 20, 2017
Ido Lechner / PSFK
Sports technology has come a long way since basketball players first donned high top converse and footballs were anything but synthetic. And while we’re all infatuated with the players on the courts and fields, we rarely take into consideration all of the advancements in shoes, balls, gear, turfs, refereeing and other elements which allow our favorite athletes to ascend to the upper echelon of their game.
Consider the football helmet—perhaps the most critical protection piece for NFL players. From 2015 to 2016, rates of concussions were down only modestly, to 244 total concussions last year. How can we circumvent these regularly occurring injuries in such a contact-heavy sport? What’s missing in previous helmet editions that could bolster a decrease in these alarming concussion figures? In response to these questions, pioneering football sports tech firm Riddell has recently debuted its latest helmet technology dubbed Precision Fit, a process for creating bespoke helmets via state-of-the-art 3D-scanning techniques.
March 09, 2017
Colgate phased into the advanced world of football helmet technology with a recent visit from Riddell representatives sporting their new Precision-Fit engineering. First-year Raiders Abu Daramy, Nick Diaco, Alex Mathews and Nick Wheeler were scanned and fitted for the latest in helmet technology. The goal of the new headgear is to improve fit, stability and vision inside the helmet as well as overall player protection. The process uses 3D scanning techniques to build a completely custom-fitting helmet tailored to an individual player's head shape and size.
October 13, 2016
The Exeter school district has taken that one step further with the purchase of 145 Riddell SpeedFlex helmets, equipped with the InSite monitoring system. The district ponied up more than $55,000 last spring to equip all of its high school and junior...
August 30, 2016
With the start of the new school year comes the start of high school sports. This year in South Carolina, one school is adding Riddell InSite sensors inside football helmets registers ‘hard hits’ to the helmet, which could help detect concussions.