The MTEK FLUX helmet system
Bonowi introduces the FLUX helmet , the latest in tactical head protection. This is the tangible result of a multi-year design and development effort to create an advanced, modular helmet system. The word FLUX is an acronym for Future, Lightweight, Undercut, eXpandable and is derived from latin fluxus, meaning “flow”. Every aspect of the FLUX has a very specific and deliberate purpose while maintaining design continuity- everything “flowing” together. On the surface it may appear to be a standard helmet, however once underneath, you’ll see it is like none other.
The MTEK Flux helmet system follows the natural shape of the head
The first thing you notice when putting on the FLUX is how it wraps around your head. One might argue that the outer shell geometry is one of the most significant factors in a helmet’s design. That is because all other features must follow, in some form or another, this main “reference body”. The FLUX helmet is specifically designed to follow the natural shape of your head, so it results in increased comfort and stability, even when you wind up wearing it for hours on end or with multiple accessories attached. This goes a long way to actively reduce mental and physical fatigue, especially when you don’t have time for either. Hundreds of variations and revisions went in to the FLUX shell design, because to make a better helmet, it all starts with a better helmet shell.
The edge profile of the FLUX shell is designed to be fully compatible with all of your favorite communications headsets, goggles, eyewear, and respirators. The rear profile allows for proper clearance when you’re wearing a ballistic vest and does not restrict movement even when lying in the prone position.
The FLUX shell was designed to closely follow your head and has a noticeable undercut to the outer shell. This deviates from the traditional designs that have a tendency to “flare out” at the base of the shell. While this draft is beneficial for manufacturing, it’s not very consistent from a human factors standpoint.
The bottom of the FLUX shell extends further downwards and recurves into center. This lowers the rear mounting position of the retention system, and allows the suspension system to further cradle your head. This significantly adds to the overall stability of the helmet, especially when wearing large NOD’s or other mounted accessories.
State of the art materials and processing technology are used to manufacture each and every FLUX helmet. This is done in the pursuit of providing you the highest performing helmet system available today. For example, additional carbon fiber has been added to further increase the shell rigidity and impact performance of the FLUX Carbon. For the FLUX Ballistic, only next generation polyethylene fibers are used, which gives it unparalleled ballistic protection. All of these things cost more than the alternatives. . Performance has it’s price and we’re unashamed. You don’t settle for good enough and neither do we. The best of what’s available goes into every FLUX helmet, whether it’s carbon or ballistic
One shell, multiple helmets
If you choose to expand the protective area of your FLUX helmet shell, we’ve got you covered. The FLUX system has multiple variations of ancillary side covers that give you several different helmet styles for the price and convenience of one. These covers attach seamlessly underneath the side rail mounts, allowing for maximum accessory space or “rail estate”. The covers were designed to overlap the shell edge providing you increased protection should a fragment or slug impact anywhere along the seam. The covers, as well as the mandible and visor system, will be available after the release of the FLUX Ballistic helmet. Like the FLUX shell, all ancillary components will be offered in impact (carbon fiber) and ballistic levels of protection.
100% Boltless shell
There are no drilled holes or inserts through the FLUX helmet to weaken the underlying ballistic material. Polymer fasteners replace all the heavy bolts, screws and other steel mounting hardware. Fastener strikes and secondary spalling are no longer an issue. Lightweight retaining structures are bonded directly to the outer shell to allow for accessory rail and shroud removal. The end result is a safer, lighter-weight helmet.
High tensile strength structural adhesive permanently bonds the polymer retaining structures to the outer shell. Maximum surface area between surfaces yield exceptional bond strength and has outstanding performance throughout a wide environmental range.
The suspension and retention are attached to the shell independently of any exterior fasteners. If your mission requires absolute minimum weight this unique feature allows you to strip the FLUX without needing to sacrifice ballistic or impact protection.
Thermoplastic anti-rotation inserts provide you the option to remove your accessory rail if servicing or maintenance is required. Should the total applied force to the accessory rail exceed safety limits, the fasteners will fail, allowing the rail to break away from your helmet shell preventing neck or head injury.
Wilcox L4 Shroud
The L4 represents what some would call the “gold standard” of shroud design. It has a low profile, anti-snag geometry and features an anodized 6061 insert that accepts all of your optical devices and cameras. This rock-solid mount is precision manufactured by Wilcox Industries in their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
The FLUX bolt-less configuration is maintained even with the Wilcox L4 shroud. It is connected to the front support structure with lightweight, anodized 6061 screws secured with nylon washers to keep the cover stable and under proper tension. The three t‑nuts represent the highest “volumetric mass density” of any fasteners contained in the FLUX helmet (basically, they’re the heaviest fastener of the helmet). Their combined weight is a little more than four US one dollar bills (4.73g).
High strength polymers are used extensively throughout the FLUX- in fact 68% of the FLUX Carbon helmet, and 96% of the FLUX Ballistic consists of some type of polymer. As you can see below, the FLUX system contains a very low amount of metal. Actually, when comparing total weight, less than 2% of either helmet consists of ferrous or non-ferrous metal. This equates to substantial weight savings making it one of the strongest, lightest-weight helmets available today.
Carbon in %
Ballistic in %
FLUX Accessory Rails
Low profile helmet rails provide the FLUX helmet with an endless array of potential accessories and attachments. The rails utilize the proprietary Magpul® M‑LOK slots found on your favorite black rifle. There are multiple tie-down points available when routing cables over or around the helmet. The O2 clip port is compatible with most existing center release buckles. The stable 3‑point mounting system provides a rigid, adaptable platform for mounting a variety of accessories and devices.
These rails, like the rest of the FLUX helmet, have been designed for maximum performance. They’re molded from a semi-crystalline aromatic polyamide resin that ensures moisture and chemical resistance over a wide range of temperatures and environments. Reinforcing ribs have been applied to all major stress points to further part rigidity and decrease flex. All unnecessary material has been removed from the rails and spacer to keep weight to an absolute minimum.
Fluxliner Suspension, Cam-Lock Retention
The Fluxliner™ gives the FLUX helmet a soft, tailored fit and superior stability that your old helmet was missing. It’s manufactured using a proprietary rate-sensitive foam that has excellent impact performance. In addition to the impact liner, each FLUX helmet includes two sets of multi-thickness comfort pads that allow you to manage the interior layout to get that perfect, custom fit. Cam-Lock retention with Inverseclip® make for a hassle free installation and sizing. The back retention mounting points have been lowered to the bottom extent of the shell for maximum four-point stability. This design feature allows for the elimination of the nape strap, resulting in a simplified, lightweight retention.
Made from a proprietary viscoelastic foam, the impact liner is designed to provide maximum impact protection while promoting airflow through both carbon and ballistic versions of the FLUX helmet.
The comfort pads are repositionable and allows you to custom fit the Fluxliner to the exact topology of your head. Each FLUX ships standard with two sets of comfort pad sizes ensuring a precise fit.
Maximum helmet stability is ensured by using a four-point retention. Cam-Lock sliders allow you to quickly adjust the tension, even while wearing the helmet. Chin cup is lined with suede leather for incredible comfort.
Featuring the Inverseclip®
With the Inverseclip® from HelmetComp you can quickly and easily remove the harness from the FLUX helmet shell. It consists of a two part design comprising of the wedge clip and the base, both manufactured from high-performance, engineering grade polymer. The retention system (webbing) is connected to the wedge clip, and the base is bonded to the interior of the helmet shell using the same high performance adhesive found in the outer shell retaining structures.