Doug Schnitzspahn

Single-Impact Styrofoam

The Pro-Tec Mirage went into production in 1985 as a replacement for leather “hair net” helmets.

Safety Firsts

From lowly styrofoam to the bulletproof thermoplastics of America’s next armed conflict, the breakthrough designs that have helped keep our brains safe inside our noggins.

Zorbium

Unlike single-impact Styrofoam, Zorbium, a proprietary multi-impact open-cell foam, absorbs the shock and bounces back, making it perfect for sports like halfpipe skiing and skateboarding.

The O-Brace

After his brother, Lucas, was killed in 1998 when his helmet slid back and exposed his temple, Nick Turner started the Whitewater Research and Safety Institute.

Multi-Impact Protection System

Thanks to a floating polypropylene liner that’s held in place by a pin that shatters on impact, the 2010 POC Receptor Backcountry MIPS’s outer and inner shells move independently.

Black Diamond Epic 45 Pack

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Black Diamond Epic 45 pack.

JanSport Versteeg Pack

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the JanSport Versteeg pack.

Eagle Creek Adero 55 Pack

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Eagle Creek Adero 55 pack.

Deuter ACT Zero 50+15 Pack

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Deuter ACT Zero 50+15 pack.

OutThere AS-1 Pack

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the OutThere AS-1 pack.

Osprey Hornet 32 Pack

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Osprey Hornet 32 pack.

Gregory Z40 Pack

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Gregory Z40 pack.

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