Our company Nutshellz® began with an idea that was planted in our owner (Jeremiah Raber)’s head after he watched his favorite fighter Matt Hughes loose a UFC rematch to George St Pierre in 2006. In that fight George landed a series of inside leg kicks that “accidently” rode up and hit Matt in the junk. Of course Matt was given time to recover but when the round was restarted Matt was not the same man. George came out and threw another inside leg kick, Matt instinctually dropped his hands thinking another nut shot was coming but ended up getting dropped by a flurry of punches to the head and the fight stopped by the ref. Having practiced the art of Muay Thai Jeremiah was well aware of the problems that standard cups offered. First off most groin protectors were too wide at the base which caused pinching and rubbing with normal movement. Every boy/man that has ever worn a cup will tell you how uncomfortable they are and how they rub and pinch. Second, all the other cups available are made from injection molded plastics that are cheap and inferior. If you Google protective cup recall you can read about one of the largest sport gear manufacturers being forced into a product recall because their cups shattered upon impact – not exactly what you need in a protective cup. So when a company that makes other types of sports gear decides that they are going to make a protective cup their goal is always profit first. The designers of the company draw it up and the bean counters do projections, and when those projections come back, the management teams start asking questions like “how much more profit will we make if we make the cup walls 1/16th inch thinner? How much cheaper if we have this made in Malaysia or China? What if we substitute this material for that and ultimately, compromises are made and you end up with a cup made of plastic and other materials that are simply not sturdy enough to resist the type of impacts that most athletes and LEOs have to face. Our goal at Nutshellz® has always been to provide the ultimate in groin protection for adult and youth males participating any in any high impact endeavor.
On March 14th, 2016 catcher for the Baltimore Orioles, Caleb Joseph was hit by a foul tipped baseball that shattered his cup requiring him to undergo emergency surgery. Caleb ended up losing a testicle and suffered PTSD from the injury; he even contemplated never getting back behind the plate to catch another game. Nutshellz® reached out and made Caleb aware of the technology that we used in the production of our cups and how Nutshellz® could have prevented his injury. Caleb is back behind home plate and forever a Nutshellz® wearer.
Fast forward to May 5, 2018 Yadier Molina was hit by a baseball, foul tipped and traveling at a speed of 103 mph. Much like Caleb Josephs incident, his cup failed him and an emergency surgery followed, the Cardinals would lose their star catcher for a month long recovery. Concerned for their catcher’s safety, the Cardinal's purchased Nutshellz®. A few weeks later, Wednesday May 23rd, Cardinals catcher Francisco Pena was hit by a foul tip but the result was a much different outcome. Pena was interviewed by Fox Sports Midwest and was quoted saying "I was wearing the new Kevlar cup, it stunned me but it wasn't bad at all, I was Ok." The word is out with the professionals, our cups are now worn by the Cardinals, Orioles, Phillies, Nationals, Indians, Yankees, Rangers, Rays, Padres, Brewers, Angels, and the Giants and in Hockey the Montreal Canadians stars Shea Weber and Carey Price. Even the University of North Carolina purchased after one of their catchers required surgery from a baseball to the testicles.
If you are a parent of a son who plays high level baseball, then the recent Launch of the Nutshellz Level 1Youth model will work perfectly as a Baseball cup and will give you peace of mind when your boy is behind the plate making plays. The Nutshellz Level 1 Youth model will perform flawlessly if your sons sport is Hockey too, Nutshellz makes the perfect Hockey cup strong enough to protect your boy from a 110 mph slap shot. Lastly if your son plays lacrosse then The Nutshellz Level 1 Youth model makes a perfect Lacrosse cup that will allow your son to run the field comfortably all while having ballistic level protection between his legs.
Just a quick re-cap, our cups are made with materials of the highest quality and strength like Dyneema®, Kevlar®, carbon-fiber, ultra high molecular weight polyethylene and aero-space epoxies, among others, and all work together to make the best cup in the market. Imagine being protected by an item that is made from similar materials as those used in fighter jets and body armor. Ballistic tests have confirmed that even a 9mm bullet can’t penetrate our level 2 groin protector.
We know that Nutshellz can take the fastest baseball thrown at it, but that’s not where our work ends. We have incorporated a unique design to ensure that Nutshellz can be worn comfortably. Most athletes and law enforcement professionals know that cups can seriously affect their performance and restrict their movements, but we took every precaution to develop a product that surpasses its predecessors in every aspect. Nutshellz rests comfortably between the inner thigh area thanks to its narrowly tapered edge. This design feature allows you to move freely without pinching and rubbing you raw and cover you from blows to the front and under the body.
Our efforts have paid off and we can now offer you a product that has reached the highest levels of strength, durability, comfort, and professional use. With Nutshellz, your performance won’t be impaired and your cup won’t fail you.
Nutshellz Level 3 Over Armor System
Nutshellz Over Armor came into existence after noticing a deficiency in what police SWAT teams and military personnel were using to protect their groin in high threat scenarios. The old practice consisted of a Kevlar® flap that hung from the bottom of the rifle plate carrier. The Kevlar® was inadequate and was not capable of stopping rifle fire like the plate carrier it was attached to. The two levels of protection were mismatched and the flap was due for an improvement.
Our team developed a much needed advancement - the new patent pending Over Armor contoured rifle plate offers the same stopping power as the rifle plates worn on the chest. This is the first ever groin plate system that is contoured and anatomical. Unlike hanging flaps, our system pivots on the Nutshellz cup that is worn under the operators pants. This simple but unique progression allowed us to leap far past what was previously offered. Ballistic tested at Chesapeake Ballistic Testing Labs, our Over Armor System has been show in a modified NIJ 0101.06 Level III Test to perform to that spec with acceptable backface deformity.
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