After years of research and testing, Detroit-based athletic equipment manufacturer Xenith has released its Element position-specific football shoulder pad line.
Retailing for $249, the Element comes in three models: Lineman, Hybrid, and Skill. Players at the IMG Academy in Florida will be the first equipped with the new shoulder pads. They will be available at Dick’s Sporting Goods this summer.
“At Xenith, we know superior fit and feel is the path to providing the best protective gear in sport,” says Ryan Sullivan, CEO at Xenith. “Element shoulder pads are designed to maximize range of motion and mobility, another effective and comfortable solution to on-the-field protection.”
All three models of the Element shoulder pad feature contoured front plates designed to maximize range of motion and mobility, removable deltoid and clavicle pads to provide adaptable protection and all-day comfort, a neoprene neck roll, and anti-microbial foam and removable padding to make cleaning and maintenance simple for players, parents. and equipment managers.
“Every player has a unique playing style and body type,” says Grant Goulet, vice president of product innovation at Xenith. “To enable their best performance, we designed the Element shoulder pads for superior feel and protection, while not compromising on range of motion and on-field agility.”
The Lineman shoulder pad is designed for the offensive and defensive lines and equipped with a long, contoured chest plate to allow a full range of motion for optimal arm and hand positioning, while maintaining protection.
The Hybrid is designed for linebackers, tight ends, running backs, and defensive ends. Hybrid pads provide all-purpose protection for a balance of movement and coverage.
The Skill shoulder pad is designed for wide receivers, defensive backs, running backs, quarterbacks, and kickers. Skill pads prioritize speed with a short chest plate and integrated backplate to enhance range of motion.
Xenith operates an assembly line, research labs, and other activities at Renaissance Global Logistics at Fort and Clark streets in southwest Detroit.