Hard Head Veterans Micro Lattice Pads: Shock Absorbers For Your Lid

Hard Head Veterans is showcasing their Micro Lattice Pads – which look to be an excellent and affordable upgrade for tactical or ballistic helmets.  Developed in association with Carbon, using their Digital Light Synthesis manufacturing process, the Micro Lattice assembly is a purpose-built energy-absorbing structure intended to mitigate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other head injuries.

Hard Head Veterans new Micro Lattice Pad laid out.
The new Micro Lattice Pad assembly with great energy-absorbing capabilities.

This substantially improves the protective capabilities of the typical ballistic helmet (few of which provide as much impact to blast as they do shrapnel and projectiles). 

Hard Head Veterans new Micro Lattice assembly installed in a helmet.
The new Micro Lattice assembly is both easy to install and increases the level of protection (not NIJ rating; blast and concussion).

The Micro Lattice Pads average single-digit deformation numbers when tested to 1400 fps with 9mm projectiles on our ATE ballistic helmet. Regardless of whether they are at -60 degrees or 160 degrees they still perform the same.

Hard Head Veterans new Micro Lattice Pad laid out.
Here’s a close-up of the new Micro Lattice Pad showing the new assembly of the padding.

This cannot be said for standard foam pads.

HHV Micro Lattice Helmet Pads

  • Up to a 66% decrease in ballistic transient deformation over standard foam pads
  • Up to a 21.70% decrease in blunt impact accelerations over standard foam pads
  • Lattice construction allows unrestricted airflow keeping helmets an average of 14 degrees cooler
  • Pads do not absorb sweat or water making them quick drying, positively buoyant, and easily washable.
  • Comfort lattice conforms evenly to the user’s head
  • Available in 1” and ¾” sizes

Shock Absorption

The Carbon DLS process enables lattice structures that absorb and dissipate energy through the precise tuning of strut thickness and cell size.

Hard Head Veterans new Micro Lattice Pad with the installation struts.
The new Micro Lattice Pads with their new struts help make installation a breeze.

This lattice structure facilitates the absorption and dissipation of energy by aligning internal damping struts against the directions of impact. With over 28,000 individual struts, the lattice is built so each strut is specially tuned at every point on the helmet. Increases or decreases in the stiffness of the lattice structure are enabled through precise adjustments to the thickness of each strut, allowing the lattice to absorb and disperse energy from various impacts.

Hard Head Veterans with their new Micro Lattice Pads installed in a helmet.
Here are the Micro Lattice Pads installed in a helmet; you can see the breadth of coverage.

The Micro Lattice Helmet Pads are compatible with the following helmets, among others: ACH, MICH, LWH, ECH, Crye Precision, Ops-Core, MTEK, Revision/Galvion, Gentex, Team Wendy, United Shield, and most others that utilize Velcro attachment.

Hard Head Veterans new Micro Lattice Pads being modeled on a human.
The new Micro Lattice Pads assembly wraps around your lid perfectly for an amazing, comfortable fit and the best energy-absorbing formation.

You can find documentation of the ballistic testing online here: cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1099/2326/files/TR-PR146641-DFT1_9mm_V0_167474_1.pdf?v=1645982835.

Hard Head Veterans Micro Lattice Padding cut to show how it fits on a person.
The new Micro Lattice Pads are a perfect fit for anyone and give an amazing amount of protection for your lid.

You can find the Micro Lattice Helmet Pad system on the Hard Head Veterans website:


Hard Head Veterans promotion patch on a helmet.
To find more things about Hard Head Veterans and their products, go take a look at their website!
Brock Trautman is the senior news anchor for The Mag Life, the official publication of GunMag Warehouse. He's also a cartoon, so...don't get butt-hurt about anything he says. He's not making subjective judgments on things, or reviewing anything - he's just passing along the news.

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