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Who are we?

We are a wild bunch of former pro snowboarders, freeskiers, skaters, BMXers, MTBers and all-round thrill seekers, who just happen to be science-minded perfectionists: wefre all about creating the best protection possible.

Ever wondered why we make protective gear?

Back in 1988, we simply couldnft find protective gear that measured up to our high expectations ? so we decided to make our own. With years of riding already behind us, we knew exactly what we wanted to make. And, with years of field-testing ahead of usc we couldnft wait to get started!

Today, TSG remains privately owned and operated, and we are more dedicated than ever to making the best protective gear in the world. Gear that constantly raises the bar in terms of style, comfort, design, technology - and, above all, safety.

Certified Protection

Your body and your brain are the two most valuable assets you have, so we invest in the best design, materials and construction technologies possible to protect them. So when youfre putting your body on the line, youfll do so knowing your protective gear is 100% team tested and lab certified.

Award-Winning Fit

From helmets to ankle pads and everything in between, a snug, low profile fit is absolutely key to both comfort and safety. Itfs at the core of our philosophy, and is what makes us the best: take our award-winning FlexTech system ? the first ever helmet that literally embraces every individual head shape with its flexible foam segments.

Lightweight

Our ultimate goal is to create protective gear that is so comfortable, so light, that youfll forget youfre wearing it. Which is why we developed the lightest halfshell helmet series for adults and kids on the market.

Design

At TSG, we believe that when something is beautifully designed, it will not only work beautifully ? it will look great too. Our products are designed for both functionality and style, which is why we work with our team riders and artists to deliver the widest range of colours and designs available.

Back in 1988, we started TSG for one reason ? to continuously create the best gear for riders by riders. Today, as we begin to branch out into goggles and MTB apparel, nothing has changed. Wefre as passionate as ever about creating the perfect gear for our riding experience - and for yours.

TSG - progressive protection gear for riders by riders

The people behind TSG care and show this by supporting several non-profit care projects that provide humanitarian help for kids by using skateboarding or biking as medium. Learn more

HISTORY

THE PASSION

The skateboarder’s elements are the street’s solid tar, the obstacle’s rigid concrete and the skatepark’s compressed wood. Everybody not landing his skate trick correctly comes down to earth on a tough way. Till the end of the eighties vert and street skaters mostly protected themselves by tinkering together some provisory pads and by using funny helmets that weren’t intended for skateboarding. This self-made protection certainly didn’t do so well. Titus Dittmann, passionate skater and owner of Germany’s most influential skateboard distribution, saw the need and founded in 1988 the protection gear brand TSG. The company’s objective was to develop quality pads that protect from injuries without restricting any movement while skating. During the next years TSG invested a lot of time and budget into the development, design and testing of protective gear that fulfills the different requirements of the skate sport. The investment was worthwhile, the skateboard scene showed respect and enthusiasm. This was enough motivation to continue and finally spend time on designing protection for the most precious part of the body: TSG wanted to develop a helmet to keep the head safe. Considering the skateboarder’s very individual style perception this definitely was quite a bold venture. Despite the big challenge, TSG sat together with some well-known vert skaters and finally did succeed in building a stable helmet, whose look was instantly accepted by the scene.

 

BIG, WIDE WORLD

The request for the skate helmet grew and TSG gained more and more publicity outside the German borders. The quality and design also convinced many American skaters that attended European contests, what finally encouraged TSG to look for a way to distribute their safety products in the USA.

In 1996 the company agreed with the Californian firm NHS to distribute TSG products under license in the states. This big step got skateboard heroes like Rune Glifberg, Buster Halterman, Mike Valley and Tony Hawk into the team.

 

QUALITY PROOF

In December 9th, 1999 Tony Hawk tested the quality of a TSG helmet very fussy, when he landed upright on his head during a loop attempt for the shooting for a Disney commercial. The film crew already expected him to be in coma, but Tony was all right. He thanked his sponsor by signing this helmet and sending it to TSG in Germany. The company’s high quality standards thus got confirmed. TSG also was the first company that passed the high requirements of the American Consumer Product Safety Commission and got CPSC certified. All products are vigorously tested under the harshest conditions by their team riders. The product performance is officially confirmed and certified by an authorized lab. Each TSG protective product meets European Community directives for personal protective clothing and is in full compliance with directive 89 / 686 /CEE.

 

SKATE COOPS

Soon after Tony Hawk and Mike Vallely got their own pro signature models featuring their own graphic designs and TSG started cooperating with skateboard brands and produced company logo helmets with unique graphics of Santa Cruz, Alien Workshop, Zero, Foundation, Element, Flip and Toy Machine to name a few.

The helmet and safety pads line grows and an innovative collection of skateboard backpacks were added to the program.

 

NEW BUIZ

Bmx riders liked the style of TSG and soon started wearing the skateboard protection too.

In winter 1999 TSG enters the snowboard market by producing helmets specifically for skaters on the snow. Built with skate roots, those snowboard helmets created a totally new look in the lame winter sport safety business. Couple years later pro snowboarders like Gian Simmen and Iouri Podladtchikov join the team and the snow collection includes back protectors, lower body protection and snowboard backpacks.

 

SWISS LEAD

In 2004 the Swiss Ruedi Herger joins TSG as product and brand manager. His management led to a strengthened branding and an increased extension of the product portfolio. Before pushing TSG, Ruedi Herger was responsible for team management and R&D of the snowboard brand Santa Cruz for more than ten years. He significantly took active part in expanding the brand globally and conducting Gian Simmen to his Olympic gold medal in 1998.

 

Ruedi saw the potential for the growing freeride/dirt bike market, launched a mountain bike pad collection and started sponsoring mtb dirt riders. All pads are developed in close cooperation with the team riders and tested till they fulfill their demands. Some of the best mtb dirt riders today wear TSG.

 

In October 2005 Ruedi Herger and partner buy out the brand from the original owner and relocate the company’s headquarter and design lab to Zurich, Switzerland. The new company is called TSG International AG and is distributed globally. The TSG pro team consists of international skate, bmx, mtb, snowboard, ski and wake team riders.

TSG founder Titus back in the days
Tony Hawk print advert 1998
left: Ryan Nyquist print advert 1998, right: Mike Vallely print advert 1998
Signed Tony Hawk helmet
Toy Machine and Habitat Compay Logo skate helmets
First TSG snowboard helmet 1999