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Troxel Adds Elite Modern Show Jumping Helmet, the 'Addicus', to Line of Show Helmets
San Diego, CA – Troxel LLC, the leading USA maker of ASTM/SEI equestrian helmets has introduced the Addicus, a modern show helmet for riders demanding a perfectly balanced, lightweight helmet made of the finest materials. The Addicus is ideal for hunters, jumpers, eventers and other performance oriented equestrians competing over fences. The Addicus is a fusion of advanced styling, high technology materials and engineering unique to the equestrian market.
Available in black and navy blue, the Addicus is covered in Pittards WR100X, advanced, all-weather suede leather. Available in hat sizes ranging from 6 5/8 to 7 3/8s, its comfortable fit is enhanced by Troxel’s patented internal Flip-Fold system allowing personalized adjustment within each head size for variations in head shape. The padded skirt and retention system provide a comfortable, secure fit, wrapping the ears and nape of the neck in soft suede and creating an elegant sweep to the rear and sides of the Addicus.
Additional comfort is provided by a ventilation and cooling system based on Venturi principles. Air flows into a top scoop vent and is circulated through the helmet, exiting through a rear vent positioned within an impact-absorbing heel. The heel artfully merges the upper and lower shells and allows for an additional rear vent positioned over the nape of the neck. This soft, high impact heel also protects the helmet during everyday bumps.
“The Addicus was developed to support the demands of high-performance, competitive riders who need a lightweight, well ventilated, comfortable and securely fitting helmet,”
stated Dr Richard Timms, CEO of Troxel. “In particular, a securely fastened retention system is critical in high-performance equestrian activities, but it’s also important that it be comfortable. The Addicus solves these dual requirements, in an elegantly styled and finished helmet.”
Dr. Timms, a former physician specializing in critical care, applauds the recent rule change passed by the United States Equestrian Federation that will mandate the use of ASTM/SEI approved helmets by everyone, juniors and seniors, competing over fences beginning December 1st, 2005. “The United States Equestrian Federation has taken a significant step in helping riders manage their risk,” Dr Timms commented.
In a press release issued by the United States Equestrian Federation, statistics showed that in 2003, USEF Hunter and Jumper competitors accounted for 55%of the Federation’s reported head injuries, and eventing accounted for 25%. According to Lexington, Kentucky neurosurgeon Dr. William Brooks, Chief Medical Officer at the Rolex Three-Day Event for the past 20 years; and former Chairman of the Safety Committee for the United States Pony Club, the vast majority of fatalities in horseback riding occur in falls with injuries to the head. “The key is the retention harness and the appropriate helmet each time and every time,” said Dr. Brooks.
The Addicus weighs 14.0 ounces and is available in sizes 6 5/8 – 7 ½ with a black or navy blue Pittards WR100X Suede finish. The Addicus will be available in April, and can be purchased from select retailers and catalogs at an MSRP of $324.99.
The Addicus is the latest addition to Troxel’s family of show helmets, which include the traditional velvet Grand Prix Classic with an MSRP of $99.99, the traditional velveteen Victory with an MSRP of $69.99 and a vented helmet, the Capriole, with an MSRP of $59.99.
For more information about the Addicus and Troxel’s family of show helmets, please visit www.troxelhelmets.com or call 1-800-288-4280.
Troxel is the world’s leading provider of ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmets for competitive, schooling and recreational riding. Established in 1898, Troxel is recognized for its innovative design and research leadership in helmetry, including award-winning helmets for United States cycling and equestrian Olympic teams. Based in San Diego, California, Troxel now dedicates its resources to equestrian helmets for English and Western markets. It has sold over two million certified helmets into the equestrian field. Troxel’s CEO, Dr Richard Timms, is a research scientist and former physician specializing in critical care. He is dedicated to developing products that address important public health and injury prevention issues. Troxel may be contacted at www.troxelhelmets.com or 1-800-288-4280.
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