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At Macho, we believe one injury is one too many. And, while martial arts is a safe sport, injury does occur. By choosing your gear carefully, you can minimize your risk of injury. Macho gear is safe, comfortable and designed for optimal performance. We can prove it. We test our gear at independent labs and at our own facility. As a member of the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM), we helped develop a standard specification for all martial arts headgear (Designation F-2397-04). From impact protection to performance, Macho proves to be superior.
Below are simplified descriptions of some of the tests defined in the ASTM criteria for testing martial arts headgear. Find out how your gear stacks up. Call Macho for more information or ask other manufacturers if their gear has been tested in accordance with the ASTM standards.
[ STRIKING TEST ] Martial Arts sparring includes kicks and strikes that could impact the head. The striking test mimics the power of these strikes and determines how much energy the gear absorbs to reduce the impact.
In 2003, Macho used this testing methodology to evaluate its newest product, the Macho XP which features patent-pending impact-dispersing trauma plates. The XP headgear proved to provide the most protection of all headgear tested.



[ FALLING TEST ] Falling creates the most serious injuries. Whether you are a world champion or a beginner, you can lose your balance. This test assesses the typical impact you would feel when falling on the back of your head.
In 1997, Macho was the first manufacturer to use the drop anvil (falling test) to test its gear against the competition. Macho gear proved to be the safest.



[ EAR PRESSURE RELEASE ] The ear pressure release test checks to make sure the headgear design enables air to flow around the ear to protect the eardrums from rupturing. Macho introduced the patented ear-release canal design in 1984. A Macho innovation that has now become an industry standard.
[ RETENTION ] It is extremely important to wear securely fitting headgear that does not shift during sparring. If your headgear spins around your head, critical areas could be exposed and injured. Most headgear features an elastic strap that stretches out and could allow your headgear to shift.
To resolve this issue, Macho has just introduced XP, Warrior and Dyna heads with chin pads that secure the gear to your head and prevents unnecessary shifting while sparring.



[ VISION ] Maximum peripheral vision is a safety and performance issue. When you choose your headgear, make sure nothing obstructs your view. You should have a minimum unobstructed view of 105 degrees.
This will assist you in your sparring and help you move out of the way of an oncoming strike.



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