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U.S. General Services Administration Approves D3O Defense Products

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Government Employees Can Now Purchase D3O TRUST Products Through GSA Advantage
D3O, the world’s leading impact protection company, is proud to announce that D3O products are now available through Schedule 84 contract by the General Services Administration (GSA), via D3O partner TSSi. GSA has approved three D3O® TRUST (Trauma Reduction Unrivaled Shock Technology) solutions to be sold through its online shopping and ordering system, GSA Advantage. The products — D3O TRUST LP2 Knee, TRUST Nimbus, and TRUST Stealth Helmet Pad Systems — were developed specifically for harsh environments, such as those faced by defense and law enforcement professionals.

“We are pleased to expand our work with the U.S. Department of Defense through TSSi’s Schedule 84 agreement with the GSA,” said Bill VanMullekom, Executive Vice President, D3O US LLC. “D3O is committed to supporting the U.S. defense sector by engineering our impact protection solutions to exceed protection requirements and provide extreme comfort, keeping defense professionals as safe and agile as possible. We look forward to growing our reach in the U.S. market by working with TSSi to seamlessly share D3O TRUST products with more government agencies through GSA Advantage.”

For more than 40 years, TSSi has been providing the highest quality equipment and solutions for military, law enforcement, and disaster response professionals worldwide. In holding a Schedule 84 contract, GSA recognizes TSSi as a preferred vendor that is fully authorized to conduct business directly with government, military, and law enforcement agencies. Valid for 23 years, the contract enables federal, state, and local government entities to easily and conveniently purchase D3O TRUST products amongst others at pre-negotiated terms and conditions.

Bill Strang, President and CEO at TSSi added, “D3O is pioneering protection in defense and law enforcement applications and we are immensely proud to provide a top-tier distribution network for its products. Availability on GSA Advantage is the ultimate stamp of approval in facilitating government employee access to products deemed fit for purpose.”

D3O TRUST solutions for defense, law enforcement, and tactical gear are tested and trusted in some of the world’s harshest environments. Available in seven and nine pad configurations, the TRUST Nimbus and TRUST Stealth helmet pad systems are designed to comfortably fit the wearer’s head shape while providing high-performance deceleration under blunt impact. TRUST Nimbus is the most recent and lightweight helmet pad system from D3O, also exceeding the required level of protection at 10ft/sec by 50% in a polyethylene shell and 39% in an aramid shell.

The TRUST LP2 Knee is a unique modular component system that offers knee impact protection and comfort for defense and tactical applications. Compared to competing knee protection solutions, the D3O TRUST LP2 Knee delivers a 50% reduction in transmitted force for superior impact protection, while being 50% thinner for improved mobility and comfort in demanding environments.

For more information, please visit www.D3O.com.

Kryptek Knee Pad

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

As Kryptek works on their new tactical line, they’ve introduced some new technologies from several materials suppliers. For example, this bi-component kneepad which was developed under a cooperation between Vibram and D3O. Vibram is now working as D3O’s Berry partner to manufacture their shock absorbing foams here in the US.

Here, you can see how the Vibram kneecap is applied to the trouser. The D3O pad is placed in a pocket in the knee of the trouser.

Here is the reverse of the two knee pad components.



British based D3O expands US footprint with Berry compliant manufacturing capabilities

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
  • UK based impact protection company enters into long-term strategic partnerships with Vibram, Schutt Sports to produce helmet pads for US warfighters
  • UK company establishes US legal entity D3O LLC headquarters in Detroit
  • Monday 3rd October 2016: Detroit, USA:

    D3O, the UK-based impact protection company, enters into long-term strategic partnerships with Schutt Sports, a leader in the sports helmet and protective accessories market, and Vibram USA, a well-established supplier of boot outsoles and midsoles for the US Department of Defense, to provide Berry-compliant production of the D3O® TRUST helmet pads for combat helmets as the company expands its capabilities and distribution in North America.

    D3O uses unique patented and proprietary technologies to make rate-sensitive, soft, flexible and distinctive orange-colored materials with high shock absorbing properties that are used in a wide range of impact protection products. The technology addresses a range of markets including electronics, sports, industrial workwear, motorcycle and military protection. In its raw form, the technology is soft when handled slowly but stiffens immediately when hit, making it an ideal component in high impact applications like protective base layers in football, baseball and skiing and strengthening athletic gear like tennis rackets and soccer balls. The patented technology is already used by customers including sports brands Schutt Sports and Under Armour, and in non-sports applications like industrial workwear and defense.

    The new Berry manufacturing agreement with Schutt and Vibram, each bringing expertise in the integration of impact protection technology into hard goods like helmet and individual accessories, will further enhance the company’s capabilities to deliver high performance impact protection and shock absorbing solutions to both US warfighters and our US partners alike.

    Schutt Sports is one of the leading manufacturers of protective equipment worldwide and a long-standing D3O partner with an innovative range of helmets for Baseball, Football and Lacrosse featuring D3O® technology. This further collaboration to develop Berry compliant helmet liners for soldiers strengthens both companies’ position to deliver unmatched innovation and reduce the risk of impact-related injuries for athletes and soldiers alike. Schutt Sports, based in Illinois, has three manufacturing facilities including Salem, Litchfield and Easton, Pennsylvania, providing jobs for a total of 600 employees.

    Vibram USA, located in North Brookfield MA with 325 employees is the long-trusted innovator and supplier of outsoles and midsoles for a wide variety of boot and shoe applications across the military and commercial sectors.

    The three companies will work together to manufacture the D3O® TRUST helmet pads. The liner system has been shown to provide a combination of industry-leading impact deceleration, a key factor in reducing exposure to traumatic brain injuries, combined with enhanced comfort. The D3O® TRUST seven-pad system has been adopted by leading helmet manufacturers 3M Ceradyne and Morgan, as well as several other specialty suppliers to the Law Enforcement / Tactical market in both the US and Europe.

    Robert Erb, CEO Schutt Sports comments;
    “We’re one of the world’s leading manufacturers of protective sports equipment and there’s a reason we use D3O in many of our products: their materials and technology are world class. We’re excited about helping them bring that technology and protection to one of our country’s most important groups of people – the men and women who serve in the military and place their lives on the line every day.”

    Mike Gionfriddo, CEO Vibram USA comments;
    “Developing the D3O relationship has allowed Vibram to increase new opportunities with performance products utilizing D3O’s advanced shock absorbing materials.  After celebrating 100 years of operations, Vibram continues to focus on innovation and product development as the foundation for future growth.”

    Bill VanMullekom, SVP D3O LLC says;
    “The collaboration with notable industry experts, Schutt Sports and Vibram, further strengthens D3O’s product offering and manufacturing capabilities and marks our ongoing commitment to providing the most advanced impact protection solutions to the US defense market.”

    D3O is a portfolio company of the U.S. growth capital firm Beringea. Over 90% of the company’s revenues are export, with 60% of sales in the US, for which the company received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade in 2014. The establishment of a US Legal Entity, D3O LLC, which is headquartered in Detroit, underscores its continued growth in the US, a long-term commitment to servicing the US DoD space and providing world-beating protection to warfighters.

    The company has expanded its portfolio of materials from one formulation in 2010 to over 25 materials today. Most recently, D3O® technology has been used to develop a range of performance sports insoles with partner brand ENERTOR, worn and endorsed by Usain Bolt, offering 44% shock absorption to reduce injury when running.

    D3O also announced a long-term strategic partnership with DuPont to co-develop a new material which will target the industrial, workwear and electronics’ markets. The material, D3O® powered by DuPontTM Hytrel®, incorporates both smart and durable material properties and further expands D3O® thermoplastics capabilities.


    D3O TRUST Helmet Pad System Integrated into 3M Combat Ballistic Helmets

    Friday, February 19th, 2016

    D3O partner 3M™, has launched the 3M™ Combat Ballistic Helmets and 3M™ Combat High Cut Ballistic Helmets featuring D3O® technology. Using D3O® advanced materials, the new helmet range is designed to provide a high level of protection against both ballistic penetration and fragmentation.

    3M™ Combat Ballistic Helmets and 3M™ Combat High Cut Ballistic Helmets are manufactured by Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M™ company. 3M™ strive to set the standard for confidence and trust in protective gear by providing rugged and reliable equipment, utilising the best materials and production processes from around the world. Today, thousands of 3M protection solutions are within the Department of Defence and Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and across US State and local agencies.

    With weight starting at just 2lbs to provide improved comfort and mobility, it is the hidden tech core, which gives these helmets the edge. A collaboration with D3O, the ground-breaking impact protection and shock absorption specialists, the helmets are integrated with the D3O® TRUST helmet pad system that absorbs energy upon impact.

    For more information on 3M helmet solutions, please visit:


    3M Company Approves D3O As Certified Vendor For Supply Of TRUST Helmet Pad System

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

    3M Company has made an announcement regarding the approval of D3O as a certified vendor for the supply of their TRUST 10ft/sec Helmet Pad System into the 3M Combat Helmet Product Line. The full release can be read below:

    3M Company, the manufacturer of PELTOR Branded Products, has the following product update for the 3M COMBAT HELMET PRODUCT.

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    As part of 3M’s continuous product improvements, 3M has approved D3O as a certified vendor for the supply of their TRUST 10ft/sec Helmet Pad System for immediate implementation into the 3M Combat Helmet Product Line for Law Enforcement (which was part of the MaxPro Armor line, acquired during the 3M acquisition of Ceradyne).

    The 3M Combat Helmet, in combination with the D3O TRUST pads/configuration, has been tested and evaluated for blunt impact protection: in accordance w/ ECH Helmet Standard: GL-PD-09-04. The results show that less than 150 Gs Force are transmitted to the head at the specified locations and under the specified environmental conditions. This result meets the performance criteria set forth in the standard.

    With this new performance, the 3M Combat Helmet sets itself apart from competition by providing an affordable helmet with 3 Levels of Protection: Blunt Impact (as stated above), Ballistic in accordance with NIJ Level IIIA (NIJ 0101.06) and Ballistic Fragmentation, tested in accordance w/ MIL-STD-662 and STANAG 2920. This make the 3M Combat Helmet a great choice a great choice for Law Enforcement Agencies looking for a Helmet to fulfill a multi-purpose role from active shooter to riot/crowd control.

    In support of our “system approach” to our Helmet/Hearing protection solution, 3M has completed Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) testing for the 3M COMBAT Helmet w/ the 3M PELTOR COMTAC ARC Configuration headset. In accordance with ANSI S3.19-1974, the system has an NRR of 22db. This testing (in correlation with product testing to ANSI S12.42-2010) demonstrates that the headset and helmet – as a system – is a rated hearing protector that protects an operator from hazardous sounds associated with weapons fire.


    Line Of Fire – Honeywell / D3O Level III Armor Product Brief

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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    ELITE Product brief


    AUSA – D3O Introduces Internal Knee Pad System

    Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

    D3O has introduced a new two-piece, integrated knee pad system. The outer shell is a hard plastic, protecting the knee from hard knocks and sharp objects. It also features a flat spot to make taking a knee a little more natural. Leveraging D3O’s Trauma Reduction and Unrivalled Shock Technology (TRUST) technology, the insert is made from two different 3D0 high performance materials for comfort and shock mitigation. The LITE foam offers cushioning and the D3O XT absorbs shock, particularly over the knee cap.

    The pads can be worn in three ways. The insert alone inside a kneepad slot. The two components together inside a kneepad slot. Or, the insert inside the slot and the outer shell on the exterior of the slot. The four slotted circles you see at the edges are the tops of tabs that line up with slots on the insert. You twist them to lock them in place in order to keep the two pieces together.


    Available soon in the US through Tactical Distributors, it can be integrated into many existing trousers by wearing just the insert piece or the two components together, inside a kneepad flap. Additionally, new pants can be manufactured to accept the D3O pad system by sewing 14 small sized buttonholes in order to accommodate the interface. This will allow users to wear the hard shell outsert on the outside of the knee in order to protect the fabric as well as the knee and the holes offer custom fit.


    AUSA – D3O

    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

    D3O is a British form that specializes in solutions for impact protection. Specifically, they developed shock absorbing materials as well as engineered applications for those materials. At AUSA they exhibited several products that are part of their Trauma Reduction Unrivaled Shock Technology line.


    These knee pads incorporate an external hard shell and offer both comfort for wear as well as shock mitigation.


    The TRUSt Helmet Pads utilize D3O’s new Decell material that exceeds the current ACH standard by 33%. It is a 7-piece design that will work with most helmets that accept Velcro-in pads. It comes packed in a mesh bag that is interestingly, intended for retail sales.