East Hanover, NJ – January 2015 XTECH Protective Equipment announced a new licensing partnership with XRD® EXTREME IMPACT PROTECTION. XTECH incorporates XRD Extreme Impact Protection foam in its hand-cut, custom-fit, shoulder pads, providing optimal safety and performance.

“We are excited that XTECH is using our cutting-edge protective technology to create a superior athlete-focused shoulder pad design and look forward expanding our relationship as more players realize this unique safety product,” says XRD® Extreme Impact Protection general manager Brian Larabee. XRD® Protection Technology, is a multi-purpose foam uniquely designed for wearable impact protection. It is thin, flexible, soft to the touch and comfortable when worn, but firms upon impact to form a protective shell around the wearer. The molecular structure of XRD Technology is engineered to provide consistent performance and impact absorption even after repeated impacts and long-term use.

In 2013 XTECH Pads set out to develop the best protective equipment on the market. The company has incorporated feedback from customers who used XTECH gear during the 2013 and 2014 seasons to maximize protectiveness and usability. All-Pro NFL Defensive Lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is one such customer. “After playing in XTECH Pads I realized these guys are on to something,” says Wilkerson. “I’ve never felt safer or more comfortable in games and at practice. These pads are light weight, flexible and don’t absorb water. And I get a lot more arm rotation and mobility.” Wilkerson was so impressed with the product that he signed on as XTECH’s new brand ambassador. To date twenty-one professional football teams and 52 collegiate programs suit up in XTECH pads.

“Signing XRD and Wilkerson are significant company milestones,” says XTECH Protective Equipment President Peter Coluccini. “We are working with the best foam manufacturer in the protective gear industry and are represented by one of the best defensive linemen in all of professional football.”

XTECH is an All-American brand. “We are proud to say that every facet of our production process–from design to mold, from supply components to assembly–is one hundred percent Made in the USA,” Coluccini adds. XTECH Pads aims to become the sport’s go-to provider at the professional and college levels and plans to expand into the burgeoning youth market with top-quality protective gear.

The XTECH Pads team also includes renowned trauma surgeon Dr. Maurizio Miglietta. The former director of the NYU School of Medicine and the Bellevue Trauma Center will serve as XTECH’s medical director. “Safety is paramount in professional and youth sports,” says Miglietta. “At XTECH we have created the next generation of protective gear. We test our products assiduously to ensure the highest standard of safety for our customers.”

The company’s designers and partners—industry leaders in the field of plastics and foam safety gear—use cutting edge technology to design pads which enhance performance while optimizing safety. That’s how XTECH Pads can provide unmatched protection while being lightweight, breathable, flexible, water-resistant and comfortable for players from the pee-wees to the pros.