Testing:

International, independent, legal certification

Get your brain in gear

Using recognised, international standard methods of independent, rigorous, reality-based laboratory testing, Rezon Halos® is the most efficient sports equipment of its type.

Halos® is the first and only CE PPE approved sports protective of its type, having secured Category II PPE certification and being able to use the CE mark legally. It is illegal to place any protective headwear on sale in the UK and Europe without appropriate CE certification.

Extreme Head-to-Ground Testing

Based on UK independent lab testing at Sheffield Hallam University, the Rezon Halos® product lowers the peak linear acceleration of the head by an average of 41% on each extreme head-to-ground impact, and peak rotational acceleration of the head by an average of 27% on each extreme head-to-ground impact. Acceleration is linearly related to force.

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This claim is based on the product being tested at the internationally renowned Centre of Excellence for Sports Engineering and Research. This testing was to simulate an extreme head-to-ground impact scenario.

  • A freely suspended head form was held at a consistent orientation prior to being dropped from 98.9cm on to ridged plane inclined at 45 degrees. The plane was covered with EVA foam to provide a compliant layer which increases frictional contact forces and initiates a greater rate of rotation. Essentially, this was designed to induce the maximum amount of rotational impact possible.
  • The inside of the head forms a triaxial accelerometer and triaxial rate gyro which collected impact data synchronously at 100 Khz downloaded after each impact. A high-speed video camera, oriented perpendicular to the plane of impact, was used to capture impact conditions at 2000 frames per second. To establish the base condition, the naked head form was dropped onto the inclined surface. The impact was repeated 12 times for each test condition to allow consistency to be assessed. The head form was then fitted with Halos® with impacts recorded.
Peak linear acceleration
(g)
Peak rotational acceleration
(rad/s2)
Impact duration
(Ms)
AverageStandard DeviationAverageStandard DeviationAverageStandard Deviation
Naked Head133.73.44,798.4241.814.10.2
Rezon Halos®79.33.53,510.2128.817.40.2

Head-to-Head Testing

Based on US, independent lab testing at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), the Rezon Halos® product lowered the peak linear acceleration of the head up to 64% on each head-to-head impact, and lowers the peak rotational acceleration of the head up to 61% on each head-to-head impact. Acceleration is linearly related to force.

This claim is based on the product being tested at Virginia Tech to simulate a head-to-head impact scenario.

  • Virginia Tech provides ratings that allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing helmets and protective headgear on products that lower head acceleration and reduce concussion risk. The ratings and test results are based on more than ten years of research on head impacts in sports and are independent of any influence from manufacturers. The ratings identify which protective headgear best reduce concussion risk, with five stars representing the best available.
  • Halos® underwent the Soccer Star test methodology, with head-to-head impacts tests conducted on the side and back of the head from across three different velocities (2, 3, 4 m/s).
  • Halos® achieved a five-star rating, 0.26 score. This is qualified as reducing the risk of concussion by 74% when wearing Rezon Halos® based on the Virginia Tech methodology.
Virginia Tech - 5 star Helmet Rating

Below details the peak linear and rotational acceleration reduction achieved by Halos® based on impacts to the back and side of the head and different velocities.

Head impact areaSpeed
(m/s)
Reduced peak linear acceleration achieved by Halos®Reduced peak rotational acceleration achieved by Halos®
Back264%61%
Back350%49%
Back437%36%
Side260%61%
Side349%46%
Side435%40%

Legal Certification

All head protection must be tested and certified as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation – PPE Directive (EU) 2016/425 before being legally sold in the UK and Europe. PPE legislation is a completely separate piece of legislation from, and should not be confused, with the Medical Devices Directive. Head protection cannot be legally tested or classified as a medical device, as it does not provide a therapeutic benefit.

Head protection falls into either Category II (independent testing and certification) or Category III (independent testing and certification, plus ongoing surveillance of production quality). It is illegal to place any protective headwear on the UK and European product market for sale without certification. Any person or organisation that claims that protective headwear is Category I PPE or a medical device is incorrect.

For Category II and III products, independent European notified bodies provide EEC Certification to show that the manufacturer’s products have complied with the PPE Legislation, and that manufacturers may put their CE mark on a product. The independent European notified body will ensure testing covers all of the essential requirements of the PPE legislation. A manufacturer of a protective headwear can only place a CE mark on the product and/or packaging if the product has been tested and certified by an independent European notified body.

Halos® is the first and only legally approved sports protective of its type in the UK and Europe, having secured Category II PPE certification from Italcert Notified body No.0426, and is legally approved to use the CE mark.

Halos® is also UKCA marked, which in accordance with British Government measures, permits a product already covered by a valid EU type-examination certificate.

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Season-long durability

Rezon wanted to find out how Halos® would perform after a season of wearing. How would the fabrics wear? Would the stitching stay intact? Most importantly, how would the Rotection® technology fare after being used three times a week in training and matches, with regular machine washing to keep Halos® looking and feeling fresh? Would Halos® still offer satisfactory, reliable protection?

To obtain the answers, two samples were submitted to the respected independent test house, SATRA, for testing to the original CE certification criteria. The first sample was a Halos® which had been used by a rugby player for a season of matches and training, during which it had received multiple impacts c.1500 sub-concussive impacts and had been washed monthly. The second was a Halos® which was laundered 40 times.

Both samples came through the testing process with full marks. After a season of laundering, the first sample Halos® retained its ability to reduce impact, and the characteristics to reduce concussive and sub-concussive brain injury, with plenty of safety margin. After 40 washes, the second sample Halos® was unfaded, demonstrated no shrinkage, no seam breakdown, no detachment of layers, no fraying, no shape distortion, no loss of elasticity, no loss of colourfastness, no loss of silicone gripping, and no fading of the labelling.

These independent tests prove Rezon’s design, choice of materials and manufacturing methods are your guarantee of a robust product that lives up to the claims made.

Setting the Standard

Rezon is a member of The British Safety Industry Federation. This is the UK Trade Association for the Safety Industry and a major independent voice for UK safety. BSIF work closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Trading Standards. BSIF are the lead association for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation.

To help give assurances on PPE and Safety Equipment, BSIF audit members under the ‘Registered Safety Supplier Scheme’. Through this scheme a strict set of protocols are set for members so they can prove alignment with their regulatory/legislative requirements. The scheme seeks to improve the quality of product and the capability of suppliers in the safety/PPE market. Rezon is a registered safety supplier.

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