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BSN SPORTS Introduces GEAR PRO-TEC® RAZOR™: Cutting Edge Player Protection And Game-Changing Lightweight Performance

Friday, Apr 24, 2015

BSN SPORTS, the nation's largest distributor of sporting goods to schools and leagues, unveiled GEAR PRO-TEC® RAZOR - their newest innovation in football protective equipment. RAZOR shoulder pads boast a cutting edge design featuring a lightweight frame, comfort ventilation plus moisture management technology, dynamic range of motion, and advanced impact dispersion properties. Pushing the limits of shoulder pad design, every detail is focused on elite player performance.

BSN SPORTS' Executive Vice President, Kurt Hagen elaborated, "RAZOR highlights three key components that set us apart and make this product one of the most advanced in the market: greater mobility, lightweight design and superior protection. They talked, we listened... we're giving players, coaches and parents what they want in a premium shoulder pad."  Taking it to the next level, RAZOR completes the player's "System of Dress", giving athletes that extra edge by leveraging today's high performance fabrics used in base layer apparel and modern football jersey styles.

More than a decade after the revolutionary Z-Cool® shoulder pads were introduced, evolution has continued with GEAR PRO-TEC's new RAZOR shoulder pads. In a collaborative global effort, BSN SPORTS joined forces with developers and manufacturers to further enhance and expand on the GEAR PRO-TEC brand mission: Provide the best athletes with the best shoulder pads and protective equipment they demand.

With a strong history of shoulder pads leading the industry in player protection, the goal was to combine science, materials, comfort, range of motion, and impact dispersion technology without compromising the lightweight design. Hagen went on to say, "The design team's collaborative effort was highly inspired by protective gear already in place for sports such as: hockey, lacrosse, and motocross. Ultimately, we developed three skill-type models with position specific features, all with an average pad weight under 5 lbs."

Design elements of the RAZOR shoulder pad include:

Injection Molded Components - arches, epaulets, caps, buckles - with impact modifiers providing reinforced strength and structural integrity
SAS-TEC Visco Elastic Foam - lightweight impact zone protection
Dynamic R.O.M. Hinged Arches – provides greater flexibility
PAD-LOC Buckle System - an Industry First
Compressed Hex Foam – channeled and ventilated for comfort and cooling
Patented Z-Cool design perforated inner arch (#7,168,104)
Moisture wicking anti-microbial fabrics
Wrap around snubbers prevent epaulet deflection

Visit for more information, RAZOR video and GEAR PRO-TEC product line comparisons.

RAZOR shoulder pads are available now for pre-order. Due to anticipated strong demand, football teams and coaches are encouraged to contact their local BSN SPORTS Sales Professional.

About BSN SPORTS, A Varsity Sport Brand: Dallas-based BSN SPORTS is the leading marketer, manufacturer and distributor of sporting goods apparel and equipment. A division of Varsity Brands, BSN SPORTS markets and distributes its products to institutional and team sports customers in colleges and universities, middle and high schools, and recreational programs throughout the United States via catalog, e-commerce, and direct sales. Focused on providing game changing solutions through local partnerships, multi-brand selection and one-stop shopping for equipment and uniforms, BSN SPORTS' more than 1200 employees have been helping elevate participation in team sports since 1972. For more information about BSN SPORTS or Varsity Brands, please visit or

About Varsity Brands: with a mission to inspire achievement and create memorable experiences for young people, Varsity Brands elevates the student experience, promotes participation and celebrates achievement through three unique but interrelated businesses: Herff Jones, A Varsity Achievement Brand; BSN SPORTS, a Varsity Sport Brand; and Varsity Spirit.  Together, these assets promote personal, school and community pride through their customizable products and programs to elementary and middle schools, high schools, and colleges and universities, as well as church organizations, professional and collegiate sports teams and corporations.  With over 4600 dedicated employee-owners and independent representatives, Varsity Brands reaches its individual and institutional customers each year via catalog, telesales, e-commerce sites and direct sales channels.

For additional information contact:

Amber Pizano
Director of Marketing

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