PLAY WITH HART® (High Acceleration Reduction Technology)
First developed for the military, Unequal was adapted for sports in our acclaimed line of protective supplemental headgear. Serious protection followed for the body. Today, there are 100 patents on this powerful technology.
Unequal is an ultra-light, ultra-thin composite of proprietary materials that absorbs, disperses and dissipates impact energy away from the body differently and better than popular foam and plastic of equal weight and thickness.
UNEQUAL HART® PROTECTORS
From an organization responsible for setting national athletic equipment standards regarding their latest proposed new standard for chest protectors:
“…an unprecedented breakthrough… will significantly reduce if not eliminate the risk of commotio cordis."
Studies show that up until now traditional, commercially available heart and chest protectors on average have been ineffective in preventing commotio cordis. By re-engineering our patented technology we have been able to create a line of heart and chest protectors that perform at a level no other chest protector has matched.
What is Commotio Cordis?
• A cardiac concussion
• Most common in youth baseball
• Also occurs in lacrosse, soccer, football, hockey, martial arts
• A ball, stick or hand strikes the chest at just the wrong place, time and velocity, causing the heart and breathing to stop
• The blow to the chest does not have to be a heavy or high speed impact, but rather the timing is the key component in triggering the event
• Youth athletes most at risk because of still-maturing chest wall
• Generally fewer than 50% survive
(Unequal Products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease.)
Made with various combinations of ImpacShield®, TriDur™aramid fabric, Accelleron® and Airilon®:
IMPACSHIELD® - Blocks & redirects initial impact energy
A multilayer, semi-rigid, patented polymer that both blocks and redirects a portion of impact energy.
TRIDUR™ - Absorbs and disperses 2nd generation impact energy
Patented TriDur™ is a proprietary composite of coated aramid fabric that is 5X stronger than steel.
ACCELLERON® - Dissipates much of remaining impact energy
A proprietary closed cell, high-density foam that does not bottom out or flatten over time.
AIRILON® - Form-fitting comfort
A proprietary closed cell, low-density foam that provides form fitting comfort that athletes love.
Any player in any sport can sustain a head injury with even the very best head protection. Unequal pads cannot prevent concussions or eliminate the risk of serious head or neck injuries. Scientists have not reached agreement on how the results of impact absorption tests relate to concussions. No conclusions about a reduction of risk or severity of concussive injury should be drawn from impact absorption tests. Independent third party ISO17025 accredited lab tests of Unequal supplemental head pads and body pads (collectively referred to as “Unequal Products”), showed a reduction of the Severity Index and G-Force in most cases. Results may vary depending on: helmet or pad type & style; sport / activity; contact surface; temperature; impact levels; linear & angular forces; helmet or pad manufacturer; and user’s health. No helmet or pad, including Unequal Products, can prevent serious head, brain, body and/or neck injuries including paralysis or death a person might incur while participating in activities, games, or sports. Contact with a person, object, surface, or projectile can result in severe head, body or neck injuries, paralysis or death to You and possible injury to your opponent. This contact may result in concussion- brain injury or severe bodily injury, which no helmet or body pad can prevent. Symptoms include: loss of consciousness or memory, confusion, bruising, redness, dizziness, headache, nausea, pain, soreness, discoloration, numbness or tingling. If You have these symptoms, immediately stop playing and report them to your coach, trainer, and/or parents. Do not play or return to the activity, sport, game, or practice until all symptoms are gone and You have received medical clearance. Ignoring this WARNING may lead to another and more serious or fatal injury. Unequal Products are not bullet proof, bullet resistant, stab resistant, or stab proof. Remember helmets and body pads do have limitations. They are your second line of defense. Obey the Rules and Code of Conduct of your particular sport, game or activity. Being careful and responsible is your first priority. Use common sense and practice safe sports.
FDA: Unequal Products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease.
Release and Waiver of Claims Agreement: In regards to use of any Unequal Products, I, the purchaser of and the User of the Unequal Products (collectively referred to as “You”) represent that one or both of You are over the age of eighteen (18), and that You have read and understood the entire WARNING and will act accordingly. Further, You hereby agree to the fullest extent permitted by law as follows: (1) You acknowledge and represent the Unequal Products are unknown how it will perform or protect, and is not implied or expressly warranted to protect You from any degree of contact or impact; (2) You acknowledge that sports involve certain risks, dangers and hazards which can result in serious personal injury and death, as such, You hereby freely agree to assume and accept any and all known risk of injury; (3) You waive any and all claims that You might have or may have in the future against Unequal Technologies Company, its associates and affiliates (collectively referred to as “Unequal”); (4) You release Unequal from any and all liability for any loss, damage, injury, or expense that You may suffer, or that your next of kin may suffer, as a result of using any of the Unequal Products due to any cause whatsoever, including negligence, and/or a breach of contract regarding the manufacture, installation, performance, use, or adjustment of any Unequal Products. In the event that any provision of this Release is determined to be invalid, unenforceable or unlawful, such invalidity, unenforceability or unlawfulness shall not affect any other provisions of this Release, and the Release shall be construed as if the challenged provision had never been contained herein.