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AUSA – Team Wendy Unveils X2 Scalable Helmet Prototype

Monday, October 12th, 2015

I have to say that I was astounded at what I found in the Team Wendy booth.  When you first see their X2 Scalable Helmet Prototype it looks pretty much like their Exfil Ballistic but without rails.  Turns out, they’ve integrated a whole bunch of new tech into the design.


Once they removed the shell, you could start to see some serious differences. While this version was a 3D printed prototype, they are capable of making different shells for different threat levels. Beneath the shell is a carbon fiber bump helmet, that can be used alone.  If you’re following the logic, you can buy one helmet for both ballistic and bump applications.  What’s more, new shells can be crafted as threats arise and material technology improves.  Instead of purchasing new helmets, you could be purchasing new components. 


You can see the honeycomb lining with forward canted vents to help keep the air cool.


This honeycomb construction not only aids in structural strength and ventilation but also serves as a crumple zone during impacts in order to absorb impact. They are constructed of a flexible polymer using additive manufacturing technology and features a gradient in durometer. They are soft against the head and stiffer the further out they go. 


Below, you can see the bolt less retention system.  


Below is a closeup of the fixed front shroud.  


Finally, you can see their new accessory attachment system called Gear Utilization Tactical Rail (GUTR) along both sides and the rear of the helmets. It is also used to secure the ballistic shell.


While the TW-X2 is still a tech development effort, it certainly changes the realm of the possible in helmets.

Be Sure To Visit Gentex/Ops-Core At AUSA

Thursday, October 8th, 2015


DSEI – Morgan Advanced Materials / Gecko Headgear

Monday, September 21st, 2015


Morgan Advanced Materials is offering a ballistic variant (NIJ 0101.04 IIIA) of Gecko Headgear maritime helmet design. It comes in a single size with an inflatable liner which not only helps secure the helmet but also offers bouyancy. The helmet also holds certification as a mountaineering helmet. In addition to a face shield they also offer a ballistic facemask.

Gentex At Modern Day Marine

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Gentex Ops-Core MDM

DSEI – Revision Cobra+ Helmet

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Revision’s Cobra+ Helmet is their component of the UK’s Virtus armor and load carriage system which is entering service later this month. Upon leaving Afghanistan, the UK found itself with armor systems configured for maximum threats. The idea behind Virtus was to provide a modular, scalable system to meet a wider variety of threats.


Since weight on the Soldier is so important; and blast, impact and frag threats are most likely, the Cobra+ is designed for frag and weighs in at just 1050 grams (medium). Comsequently, there’s no pistol or rifle caliber protection. This Polyethylene helmet is based on Revision’s Batlskin technology with their 4-point chinstrap, dial ratchet adjustment mechanism, impact liner, minirails and front mount which accepts not only NVGs but also serves as visor lock and mandible attachment point.

The system also includes the Modular Protective Attachment System with mandible and visor blast shield which both provide frag protection. They offer about 40% of the level of the base helmet.


As I said, the Cobra+ Helmet is a component of Virtus. Below you’ll see some photos of the full system.


The Virtus Scalable Tactical Best vest comes from Source Vagabond Systems Ltd and integrates the Dynamic Weight Distribution System which accepts packs.


DSEI – Team Wendy

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Although not quite ready for prime time, the Team Wendy’s Ballistic Appliqué is tuned for rifle caliber protection (7.62×39). The two-piece construction fits the unique geometry of the EXFIL Ballistic helmet. It will soon be joined by a mandible piece as well as ear cups to offer full protection.


Additionally, TW will soon be offering left hand retention buckle versions of their chinstrap.

Be Sure To Visit Gentex & Ops-Core at the Maneuver Conference

Thursday, September 10th, 2015