AirOn X1
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AirOn X1


An American Football Shoulder Pad, which, differently from conventional ones, is made entirely out of textiles. High mobility, low weight and all-round protection thanks to a core of hard air cushions.

Project occasion

Textile Konstruktionen | semester project | FHNW HGK Basel

Techniques & procedure

sketching | mock-ups | model making (manually) | photography

About This Project

After some research on the existing models, I soon found out that all are difficult to put on and take off, they mainly consist of plastic and metal, and allow little movement around the shoulder area. Airon X1 has a lighter weight being up to three times lighter than conventional shoulder pads. Additionally it offers all-round protection and good ventilation. It can be packaged to a small volume, offers high mobility and great comfort thanks to the air cushions made of TPU-coated nylon welded with the ultrasonic welding machine. The air pads are simply inflated by a small pump and put into the compartments of the net jacket. Because they are easy to remove, the net outlet sleeve can be washed seperately. The shoulder pad can be comfortably attached because of the jacket construction and can be closed with large, strong Velcro fasteners. The velcro fasteners are flat, so no pressure points are created.