A name recognized for innovation in team sports equipment and apparel, Russell Athletic is proud to introduce a new football shoulder pad system imagined, engineered and designed in conjunction with elite Division I equipment managers, training staffs and kinesiology labs.
Leaning on the expertise of automotive and aerospace engineers, experts in designing strong, yet lightweight materials built to manage energy in high speed collisions, Russell Athletic developed a revolutionary padding system and exoskeleton to outperform the competition.
At the core of the CarbonTek™ shoulder pad system are two revolutionary materials: The OS Technology foam compression vest and the 100% carbon fiber exoskeleton. Both combine to provide a unique advantage allowing the athlete to perform at the highest level.
The inner compression vest is made of automotive grade foam which performs 20% better than standard EVA foam and can be used without the exoskeleton for non-contact days. The design holds the padding close to the body for maximum range of motion, features odor management technology, and is machine washable.
The lightweight exoskeleton is now stronger, constructed with 10 layers of 100% Aerospace grade carbon fiber. When combined with the OST Vest, on average the force felt was reduced by 63% verse comparable pads.
The CarbonTek™ exoskeleton uses a military grade buckle system specifically designed for a solid and secure fit with no unnecessary bulk making the shoulder pads perform better, longer, without slowing you down.
The entire exoskeleton is now one cohesive piece allowing for complete coverage. The pad still remains 10% lighter than comparable pads.
The front exoskeleton is narrower and molded to fit the athlete’s body allowing for better range of motion.
The OS Technology Compression Vest comes in +2”, +4” and +6” extended length for full rib protection.
As a long time head football coach, I have seen football shoulder pads transform over the years. I am a big believer in staying ahead of the curve and doing anything I can to make sure my players have the best shoulder pads possible. Russell Athletic has been a great partner in helping take care of my players and going the extra mile to make sure everyone is comfortable with their protective shoulder pad. Russell’s new OS Technology used in the new CarbonTek™ shoulder pads and other products takes football science to a whole new level. It gives me the confidence to look a recruit in the eye and tell him that I am doing everything I can keep him safe.
The pads were amazing. I separated my shoulder and conveniently your staff came through with the pads the very next day. I was able to have them for the following game and wore them for the next 4 games. I played quarterback but my main duties were running the football so the pads came in handy. I never had a problem the rest of the season and was able to play without a fear of further injury.
The Russell Athletic CarbonTek™ Shoulder Pad System has revolutionized the way we protect our student-athletes at Auburn. It is light weight and allows excellent shoulder mobility without giving up shoulder protection. The under padding stays in place and moves with the shoulder giving constant protection without interfering with performance. The pad is anti-microbial and easily laundered. In the event of injury, the system can be left in place and X-rays obtained allowing good anatomical viewing.
I grew up using the average football shoulder pad from the age of 5 until I played in college. I always wondered why there wasn’t a better product. After using the CarbonTek™ shoulder pad I realized that this was the product I was looking for. The light weight of the pad that forms to your body and allows you to move fluidly without restriction is what makes this product second to none.
The Russell Athletic CarbonTek™ shoulder pad system provided excellent protection to our student-athletes this past season, and proved to be efficient in mobility and force absorption with our injured athletes. The two-part system was both comfortable and flexible and did not impede our athlete’s performance.
The CarbonTek™ pad is the best out there. I felt like I wasn’t wearing anything because it’s form fitting and really lightweight. But it didn’t keep me from feeling protected as I was able to take many punishing hits.