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Team Wendy Releases EXFIL Ballistic SL Helmet

Monday, November 5th, 2018

New Helmet Offers a 15 Percent Weight Reduction from the Company’s First Ballistic Helmet

CLEVELAND, OH (Nov. 5, 2018) – Cleveland based Team Wendy® announced the release of its next generation ballistic helmet and the fifth helmet in its EXFIL® line today: the EXFIL Ballistic SL. The SL has a complete system weight of 2.2 lbs. and features the new low-profile EXFIL Rail 3.0, which has a built-in Picatinny rail at its front, allowing the operator more efficient use of the accessory rail.

“Functionality, protection, weight and scalability are always at the forefront when we design new products,” said Jose Rizo-Patron, CEO of Team Wendy. “Operators must be able to move quickly and safely, and their helmet should provide them a systems-based platform that is both comfortable and stable, allowing them to focus on the mission. Compatible with several new tool-free accessories, the SL is a dynamic helmet that can serve any mission, and provides the utmost protection and capabilities in the lightest package.”

The EXFIL Ballistic SL meets a ballistic rating of NIJ Level III-A (according to NIJ STD 0106.01/0108.01), along with a fragmentation V50 of 2,400 ft/s (731 m/s) against 17 grain FSP, and backface deformation below 25.4mm against 9mm FMJ RN at 1,195 ft/s (365 m/s). It also exceeds ACH blunt impact protection requirements (per AR/PD10-02, 16Dec’13) averaging below 70G across all locations and conditions, less than half the allowable 150G maximum.

The SL provides a 15 percent weight reduction over the original EXFIL Ballistic with the same unique EXFIL shell geometry. The new EXFIL Rail 3.0 accessory mounting system, which is 25 percent lighter than the previous EXFIL Rail 2.0 system, is compatible with all available EXFIL accessories and is optimized to support the new EXFIL® Ballistic Visor and EXFIL® Face Shield, recently released in Aug. 2018. The machined aluminum Wilcox® SL shroud provides a 35 percent reduction in weight from the previous Wilcox W Shroud on the original EXFIL Ballistic, while maintaining full NVG mounting capabilities and lanyard compatibility. The EXFIL Ballistic SL also utilizes the innovative, field-proven, boltless CAM FIT™ Retention System to quickly adjust to individual head shapes while providing even weight distribution.

The EXFIL Ballistic SL size one (M/L) has a shell weight of 1.51 lbs. (0.685 kg) and a complete system weight of 2.22 lbs. (1.01 kg). The SL size two (XL) has a shell weight of 1.59 lbs. (0.725 kg) and a complete system weight of 2.31 lbs. (1.06 kg). Complete system weight includes the helmet shell, accessory rails, shroud, impact liner and retention system, all of which come included in the MSRP.

The EXFIL Ballistic SL is available in four colors: black, coyote brown and ranger green that all retail at $1,395 and MultiCam®, which retails at $1,463. The SL is now available for purchase on TeamWendy.com and through authorized Team Wendy dealers.

Team Wendy Introduces 3 New Colors For M-216 Ski Search And Rescue Helmet

Friday, September 14th, 2018

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CLEVELAND, OH (Sept. 14, 2017) – Cleveland-based Team Wendy® announced the release of three additional colors of its M-216 Ski Search and Rescue (SAR) helmet today. These three new color options – MultiCam® Alpine/Gray, MultiCam® Black/Gray and Red/Gray – bring the total number of available colors of the M-216 to five.

The helmet launched in Nov. 2017 with two colors: Black/Gray and White/Gray. Its hybrid shell design is two-tone; an ABS hard front shell provides reinforcement for mounted accessories while an in-mold polycarbonate rear shell reduces weight.

“The M-216 is the only alpine-rated helmet of its kind, providing the special operations community with a platform that can be scaled up or down to meet the mission requirements,” said Jose Rizo-Patron, CEO of Team Wendy. “In the helmet’s second season, we wanted to bring additional colors to the marketplace so that professionals and everyday skiers alike have options to suit their needs.”

Different from traditional ski helmets, the M-216 incorporates mounting capabilities not previously available to operators in any ski or snow rated helmet. Utilizing features originally developed for the military and tactical community, the helmet provides side accessory rails for mounting a variety of lights and cameras, and a glass-reinforced polycarbonate shroud for attaching headlamps and cameras. A machined aluminum Wilcox® shroud insert is available by request for mounting night vision and thermal optics devices. Every helmet includes a Princeton Tec® task light (choice of Switch-MPLS or Switch-Rail) that seamlessly integrates with the accessory rail. The helmet has also been optimized for comfort and stability featuring a Boa® Fit System for precise fit adjustment and single-handed quick release, and an under-the-chin retention system with a Fidlock® magnetic buckle for one-handed operation even while wearing gloves.

The protection offered by the M-216 Ski SAR helmet is highlighted by meeting ASTM F2040-11 for recreational snow sports and BS EN 1077:2007 Class B for alpine skiing and snowboarding.

Black/Gray, Red/Gray and White/Gray retail at $328.95 while MultiCam Alpine/Gray and MultiCam Black/Gray retail at $340.95. All five colors are available for sale on TeamWendy.com and through authorized Team Wendy distributors; and will be available on Amazon Prime in the coming weeks. The three new color options are available for pre-sale with fulfillment in October.

Team Wendy Exfil Rail 3.0 Is Host For New Tool-Free Accessories

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Introducing EXFIL® Ballistic Ear Covers, EXFIL® Ballistic Visor and EXFIL® Face Shield

CLEVELAND, OH (August 29, 2018) – Cleveland-based Team Wendy® announced the launch of three new accessories today, all of which are compatible with the new EXFIL Rail 3.0 system: EXFIL Ballistic Ear Covers, the EXFIL Ballistic Visor and the EXFIL Face Shield. These new products allow the user to quickly and easily interchange mission-essential headborne equipment on one platform.

“We are constantly challenging ourselves to produce products that are not only protective and light-weight, but also scalable for the mission requirement,” said Jose Rizo-Patron, CEO of Team Wendy. “The EXFIL Rail 3.0 allows the operator more efficient use of the accessory rail, while the ear covers, visor and face shield provide additional protection without impeding functionality of the shroud; and they do so all within a single helmet, eliminating the need to carry different helmets for different missions.”

EXFIL Ballistic Ear Covers provide scalable ballistic protection, increasing the total coverage area of a high-cut ballistic helmet by 21.1 in2 (136 cm2). An EXFIL Ballistic helmet with attached ear covers offers comparable or greater ballistic coverage area (size one: 180 in2, size two: 191.8 in2) when compared to the standard issued U.S. Military helmet – the ACH (Advanced Combat Helmet) or MICH 2000 (size large: 178.8 in2). Composed of a proprietary composite mix with a carbon fiber frame, the ear covers meet NIJ Level III-A (according to NIJ STD 0106.01/0108.01) and weigh only 0.38 lbs. (172 g) for the set. The EXFIL Ballistic Ear Covers attach easily and tool-free to both the EXFIL Rail 2.0 and the new EXFIL Rail 3.0. A set retails at $399.95 and is one-size-fits-all.


The EXFIL Ballistic Visor provides low-profile, lightweight ballistic eye protection that attaches tool-free to the built-in picatinny rail at the front of the EXFIL Rail 3.0 system. It can be easily adjusted into three preset positions (down, up and stowed) and features a polycarbonate lens produced by Eye Safety Systems, a subsidiary of Oakley, Inc. With a generous coverage area of 28.9 in2 (186.1 cm2), the operator can still comfortably and effectively shoulder his/her weapon with proper sight alignment while wearing the visor. The EXFIL Ballistic Visor exceeds the impact, fragmentation and optical requirements of Military Combat Eye Protection (MCEP) in accordance with MIL-PRF-32432(GL), 09 Jan 2013 and retails for $290.


The EXFIL Face Shield enables law enforcement officers and military personnel to carry just one helmet, eliminating the need to carry both a standard issue ballistic helmet and a dedicated riot helmet. Like the EXFIL Ballistic Visor, the EXFIL Face Shield is low profile, lightweight and attaches in the same manner to the front section of the EXFIL Rail 3.0. The face shield is similarly adjustable into three positions (down, up and stowed), allowing the wearer to fully utilize the Wilcox W shroud for headlamps, cameras, night vision or thermal imaging devices while also running the face shield. The EXFIL Face Shield meets the requirements of EN166 and retails at $279.95.


The EXFIL Ballistic Visor and EXFIL Face Shield both come standard with a flexible upper flange that prevents debris and liquid from seeping into the wearer’s eyes from the brim of the helmet.

The EXFIL Ballistic Visor and EXFIL Face Shield come in two sizes (size one and size two), which should correspond with the operator’s EXFIL Ballistic helmet size. The EXFIL Rail 3.0 Retrofit Kit, EXFIL Ballistic Ear Covers, EXFIL Ballistic Visor and EXFIL Face Shield are each available in three colors: Black, Coyote Brown and Ranger Green.

Customers who already own an EXFIL Ballistic with the Rail 2.0 system can purchase an EXFIL Rail 3.0 Retrofit Kit for $34.95 to make the EXFIL Ballistic Visor or EXFIL Face Shield compatible. New buyers of the EXFIL Ballistic will be able to select their preferred rail at time of purchase.

The EXFIL Rail 3.0 Retrofit Kit, EXFIL Ballistic Ear Covers and EXFIL Ballistic Visor are now available for purchase on TeamWendy.com and through authorized Team Wendy dealers. The EXFIL Face Shield is currently available for pre-sale; orders received will start shipping in October.

Team Wendy Riding for the Cure

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Yesterday morning, Team Wendy took an early ride in Cleveland in preparation for this Saturday’s ride in support of Cancer research where they’ll be seen sporting these Evil Knievel uniforms.


The team looks forward to participating in Velosano for the 4th year in a row. Team Wendy’s goal this year is to donate/raise over $25,000 which would bring their four year total to over $70,000.

Please take a minute to look over their team page and consider donating to this most important cause!


SOFIC 18 – Team Wendy M-216 Ski SAR Helmet

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Although the M-216 Ski Search and Rescue Helmet was released last November, Team Wendy is looking at some color options for the future.


They dipped one helmet in MultiCam Alpine and the other in Black (the lighting at the show makes the colors seem off), to see which one SOFIC-goers prefer. What do you think?

SHOT Show 18 – Team Wendy

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Team Wendy is showing their new Exfil Ballistic SL. It provides NIJ level IIIA protection, providing less than 25mm back face deformation for 124 gr 9mm FMJ @1195 FPS in a package that weighs 2.2 lbs.

Additionally, it integrates the new Wilcox SL Shroud and updated SL rail which allows visor attachment. The visor utilized a lens by ESS meeting full MCEP requirements. Look for a full face riot shield later this year.

Team Wendy – M-216 SKI SAR Helmet Update

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Team Wendy prepares M-216 SKI SAR helmets for shipment against pre-orders and they continue to track towards a mid-November web and distributor launch.

Visit www.teamwendy.com/adventure for additional information on the M-216.

AUSA 17 – EXFIL Ballistic SL from Team Wendy

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

We showed you this helmet yesterday in conjunction with the release of the Ballistic Ears and Visor. It’s completely new and called the EXFIL Ballistic SL. It weighs 2.22 (size 1) or 2.31 (size 2) complete with shell, rails, retention and impact liner.


It also introduces the SL Rail which is 25% lighter than the standard EXFIL Rail and will accept the Ballistic Visor.


One way to tell the SL from previous versions of the EXFIL Ballistic Helmet is by the Wilcox SL Shroud (at the top of the dual image). It offers a 35% weight reduction over the the previous W Shroud. Manufactured from an aluminum insert and glass filled Polymer body, it is compatible with retractable lanyard systems.

It’s certified to NIJ IIIA. The 9mm backface signature is <25.4mm @ 1195 ft/sec. Frag performance is 17 gr v50 >/= 2400 ft/sec.