“While outer shell damage is not ideal, the ZERO2 helmet did its job of protecting Patrick Mahomes during a head-to-head impact in unprecedented cold temperatures.”

“Our confidence in the superior performance of our helmet designs has never been greater,” the manufacturing company VICIS said in a statement.

On Saturday, quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ helmet cracked during the Chiefs’ 26-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins
Mahomes said it “was a first” for him when speaking to reporters after the game
In a statement, the helmet’s manufacturer VICIS explained how the “extreme conditions” were “bound to test” the equipment’s limits.

When a piece of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ helmet cracked during the team’s wildcard win over the Miami Dolphins, the safety equipment “did its job,” said manufacturing company VICIS.

The company addressed Mahomes’ cracked helmet in a statement on X (formerly Twitter), explaining how the “extreme conditions” during the record-cold game were “bound to test the limits of even the highest performing products” in safety equipment.

“At VICIS, athlete safety is our top priority,” the company began in the statement. “While outer shell damage is not ideal, the ZERO2 helmet did its job of protecting Patrick Mahomes during a head-to-head impact in unprecedented cold temperatures.”

According to VICIS, the “exclusive multi-layer technology” in Mahomes’ helmet model “utilizes a deformable outer shell, RFLX impact absorption layer, followed by a stiff inner shell” to protect the quarterback’s head.

“This design approach is similar to the crumple zone of modern cars, effectively absorbing and dispersing impact forces at the point of contact,” VICIS explained in their statement.

“This technology, which has earned the top ratings of the NFL Performance Testing rankings and sits atop the Virginia Tech ratings, has been adopted by several athletes across the NFL, NCAA, and throughout high school and youth football.”

The company concluded their statement writing, “Our confidence in the superior performance of our helmet designs has never been greater.”