Vista Outdoor has been granted a patent for an impact attenuating helmet design that includes an outer liner, an inner liner, and securing attachments with slack elements allowing rotational movement between the liners. The design also features cavities to store the slack elements. GlobalData’s report on Vista Outdoor gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Vista Outdoor, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Vista Outdoor's grant share as of January 2024 was 76%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Impact attenuating helmet with inner and outer liners moving relative

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Vista Outdoor Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11882893B2) discloses an impact attenuating helmet designed with innovative features to enhance safety. The helmet comprises an outer liner with an inner mating surface, an inner liner positioned under the outer liner with an outer mating surface, and securing attachments connecting the two liners. These attachments include slack elements that allow rotational movement between the liners, with a cavity in either liner to store the slack element. Additionally, a slip plane is positioned between the mating surfaces of the liners to further enhance impact attenuation.

Furthermore, the patent details a method for constructing the impact attenuating helmet, involving securing the outer and inner liners together using securing attachments with slack elements. These slack elements, in the form of cords, are stored in cavities within the liners and can be extended to a predetermined length to allow rotational movement between the liners. The method also includes forming a direct interface between the liners and a slip plane, ensuring optimal impact attenuation. Overall, the patented design aims to provide improved safety by allowing controlled rotational movement between the helmet's inner and outer liners, enhancing impact absorption and reducing the risk of head injuries.

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