Sports helmet

CAFC
  • US 8,938,818 B2
  • Filed: 03/15/2013
  • Issued: 01/27/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/01/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A football helmet comprising:

  • a plastic shell configured to receive a head of a wearer of the helmet, the shell having;

    a front region,a crown region,a rear region,two side regions wherein each side region has an ear flap with an ear opening,a lower edge surface extending generally from one of the ear flaps and along the rear region to the other of the ear flaps,an inner shell wall surface,an outer shell wall surface,an offset band extending around the rear region and above the lower edge surface, the offset band includingan offset band wall having an inner band surface offset from the inner shell wall surface, and an outer band surface offset from the outer shell wall surface, anda pair of angled transition walls, extending between the offset band wall and the rear region;

    a raised central band integrally formed as part of the shell and extending across the crown region to the rear region, the raised central band having a width defined by a pair of opposed sidewalls,a first plurality of vent openings residing outside of the raised central band and aligned along a first side of the raised central band, anda second plurality of vent openings residing outside of the raised central band and aligned along a second side of the raised central band;

    a face guard secured to the shell by a face guard connector; and

    a chin strap assembly that releasably secures the helmet to the wearer.

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