Albion ‘NXT’ cricket helmet

Made by Albion Hat and Cap Co in Alexandria, New South Wales, 2007.

This latest version of the Albion cricket helmet has a unique articulated shell that can be finely adjusted for a more personalised fit. The new design is more streamlined and comfortable to wear than previous helmets. A fabric covered panel allows for better airflow while allowing the emblem to be embroidered on the front of the helmet, retaining historical references to the ‘Baggy Green’ cricket cap. The helmet received an Australian International Design Award and the Powerhouse Museum Selecti...

Summary

Object No.

2009/4/1

Physical Description

Protective cricket helmet with green plastic (polypropylene) and fabric shell with visor. The helmet has a grey titanium wire face guard and a black chin strap.

Marks

Maker's name and logo on back and sides of helmet.

Dimensions

Height

300 mm

Width

223 mm

Depth

280 mm

Production

Notes

Helmet designed by Design + Industry and Albion Hat and Cap Co Pty Ltd, 2007. The helmet was made by Albion Hat and Cap Co Pty Ltd, Alexandria, New South Wales, Australia in 2007.

This helmet has an articulated shell which adjusts to the shape of the head to provide a personalised fit. The unique head adjustment mechanism draws the rear shells together for a superior fit and retention. The mechanism is operated from inside the helmet with a tuning key. The same key is used to adjust the position of the grille. If the key is lost a coin can be used.

The face grille is made from titanium wire for weight reduction and enhanced strength. The design has been refined to follow the contours of the jaw line, reducing the overall size and thus allowing greater head movement, which improves player stance and line of sight. The grille adjustment fasteners are located internally for safety and aesthetics, creating a streamlined dynamic look.

The ventilation system is incorporated into the mechanical assembly to increase the airflow. The fabric-covered front branding panel provides for the air intake directly on the player's forehead, drawing in cool air in from the front and exhausting the hot air out the back.

'Cooltech' comfort pads allow the players to adjust the padding to get an exact fit. Super absorbent frontal pads made from 'Quick Wik' towelling draw the moisture away from the player's forehead so players stay dry during play.

Reference
2008 Australian International Design Awards entry, 'Albion NXT International Test Series Cricket Helmet' http://www.designawards.com.au/application_detail.jsp?status=8&applicationID=3584

Made

Albion Hat and Cap Co 2007

History

Notes

This helmet was displayed in the 2008 Australian International Design Awards exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum from July 2008 - July 2009.

The Albion NXT cricket helmet received an Australian International Design Award and the Powerhouse Museum Selection in 2008. In 2008 the AIDA received 159 entries. The judging panel recommended 60 of these products as finalists and of these, 18 products for an Australian International Design Award. The products receiving the Australian International Design Award were announced at a gala dinner and awards ceremony on 30th May at the Australian Technology Park, Redfern. In 2008 the Australian Design Awards program was opened up to internationally designed products on the market in Australia, and became known as the Australian International Design Awards.

The 2008 AIDA judges commented on the Albion NXT cricket helmet: 'A great looking, superbly detailed helmet with extreme protection, taking test cricket into the next generation.' (2008 Australian International Design Awards Yearbook)

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Design + Industry, 2009

Acquisition Date

14 January 2009

Cite this Object

Harvard

Albion 'NXT' cricket helmet 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 13 November 2018, <https://ma.as/390364>

Wikipedia

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