The following is a summary of
the features that are unique to the Bull Tough riding head gear .
1. The face guard is
designed so the bottom bar of the guard does not protrude below the chin so that
a rider can obtain the chin tuck position without the bottom of the face guard
striking your vest in the sternum area . I understand that you can't ride bulls
with your chin up .
2. As opposed to the
helmets used for playing hockey , Bull Tough has a hard shell and adjustable
chin strap attached underneath the face guard that would allow the force of a
blow to be distributed across the whole helmet. The hockey helmet foam chin rest
is connected directly to the front of the wire face protector .The hockey chin
rest would allow full impact from a blow to be absorbed directly through the
bottom jaw causing a break or fracture to one of the targeted areas of
protection . Should the head length be miscalculated for the Bull Tough face
guard , the hard shell chin strap has about 3/4 "of adjustment. A direct
blow to the wire face protector of a hockey helmet could result with a broken
bottom jaw or the impact causing TMJ, or Temporal Mandible Joint stress.
When sleeping you may grind your teeth until smooth mouthed.
3. The shell of a head
gear is made of a rigid plastic material and has been proven to deflect hooves ,
horns , and chute gates from the front , sides , top , and rear of the head
opposed to the false sense of protection other means would offer .
4. The face guard is
designed with the cowboy in mind . It is connected to the shell with heavy duty
sports snaps and straps so if the guard were hooked underneath with a horn or
dew claw the guard should break away with excessive force . In the event of a
hang-up it should not become dislodged .
5. The face guard is
constructed from light weight titanium the strongest , lightest weight material
being made available in the world( ex . space shuttle and all aircraft parts ) .
The face guard is designed so that the pressure from a bulls hoof should allow
material to give enough to keep from breaking under stress from weight , a horn
, or poll of a head.
6. The entire face guard
frame is now constructed of 3/16" titanium and designed containing side braces
for maximum impact pressure . The face guard is certifiably welded .
7. The face guard is
stabilized in the temple region by two stainless steel brackets , one on either
side @ the top . The brackets should not allow the face guard to be driven into
the safe zone . The brackets designed for playing hockey are made from a plastic
8. Bull Tough has been
certified by the safety committee of Rodeo Australia by the means of rigorous
field/arena testing .
9. Bull Tough is the
utmost and foremost riding head gear being made available designed for the sport
.The Bull Tough face guard has been designed to meet a national safety standard
however , hockey helmets are designed to pass their standard . Is there a price
comparison between a functional and dysfunctional piece of equipment ? How much
is your head worth ? You get what you pay for . Trust your face to titanium .
10. Recently Dr. Mark
Brandenberg a brain trauma specialist @ St. Francis hospital in Tulsa in
conjunction with the state of Oklahoma found in a retrospective
study on Bull Tough in specific that when worn properly can reduce head injury
by 50% .
FOR ROUGH STOCK
Bull Tough Head Gear allows for the chin tuck
position required in all rough stock riding events. Rodeo head gear is
feasible for rough stock riding if it is designed correctly. Bull
Tough head gear was designed with the cowboy in mind by a 12 year veteran
bull rider with a PRCA Champion history .
The head hear is light weight and designed to
allow you to hold the chin tuck position without distraction of the bottom
bar beating up against your sternum every jump as the other makeshift head
gear allows. The weight of the Bull Tough is a little over 2 lbs. .
To adapt to the added weight of the head gear go to the practice pen
and get on not one, but several bulls. Practice makes perfect.
The affects of the added weight can also be lessened by using a
football neck roll. This retracts the added weight of the head
gear from permitting your neck to roll back. Bull Tough would
strongly recommend buying one that allows the chin tuck position
when worn. Bull Tough also recommends the use of a "WIPPS"
double bite mouth piece jaw joint protector used by PBR Champion,
The head gear is designed with a hard shell chin
guard lined with a padded material for comfort. By adjusting the
straps of the chin guard you provide for the snug fit of your head hear.
The head gear attaches to the face guard with straps that have heavy
duty sport snaps that should breakaway if a hoof or horn catches in
the face guard. In the event of hang-up the face guard should
The bottom bar of the face guard is formed to
the contour of your chin allowing the ever so important chin tuck.
The shell portion of the head gear is not bull
proof it is Bull Tough. The shell would aid in deflecting the poll of
a head, a hoof , a horn, the fence, or a chute gate from smashing your head.
The product is designed to reduce the possibility of serious head injury, it
is not full proof.
The shell is adjustable so as to fit any head
size. Your hat size will be sufficient measurement for determining which
size shell you need.
To determine the length you need from your face
guard I will need your head length. This can be calculated by standing
facing a wall and measuring from the top of your head (as if to measure your
height), then marking where the bottom of your chin is on the wall.
The distance in between gives your head length. Take the measurement
three times and calculate the average.
The head gear is available in either a black or a white shell.
I was the National Intercollegiate Southern Region
Reserve bull rider and a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association bull riding
champion where I was fortunate to fill my PRCA permit at the first sanctioned
rodeo event . I sustained several head injuries, four to be exact, two
minor and two serious. The last injury mentally and physically disabled my
body drawing me to the end of my career, but by having faith and bull try I have
been able to overcome those handicaps.
From my perspective I can say that no matter how
good you ride it is so easy to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Many injuries will be prevented by wearing the vest in conjunction with
Protective head gear now uniquely designed for rough stock riding.
(A man rides as good as his equipment.)
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