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Meet Dan Shapiro of Opti-Cool Headgear in Davie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dan Shapiro.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
When our son was diagnosed with a severe bleeding disorder in 2008 at 10 months of age, it was recommended to us by his doctors that a helmet would be necessary to protect his head from injury. With this recommendation, they could not tell us where we could find a protective helmet that would be sufficient for his needs. In our search, we had a very hard time finding a lightweight helmet that would protect, provide comfort, and fit him properly.

Faced with this new challenge, we knew there had to be an easier solution to find a lightweight helmet that was able to adequately protect his head. In 2012 we created Opti-Cool Headgear© to engineer versatile soft protective helmets for multiple uses and with great characteristics such as extreme comfort, lightweight, moisture-wicking material, quality chin guard, stylish design, customizable, and most of all, excellent protection.

Today, our helmets have now evolved and can be used for a variety of uses. They can be used for medical purposes, noncontact sports, children learning to crawl or walk, and for many other purposes. Additionally, we have also developed a helmet that can allow for custom wrapped cold packs to be placed anywhere inside the helmet. This optional cold pack design can provide relief from headaches/Migraines, allow for multiple cold packs to be placed on the head without falling off, and can be used during and after strenuous activity to keep the head cool.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Yes, It has been a pretty smooth road thus far. Because of the type of product and newness to the market, we had a learning curve to overcome. We want to make the best and most versatile helmets available.

Please tell us about Opti-Cool Headgear.
We specialize in creating soft protective helmets for a variety of purposes. We have set out to make an extremely versatile product.

We are known for the types of products we make and our creativity in helmet design.

I am most proud that we are able to help others like my son, and possibly make a difference in someone else’s life.

We are different from others in the types of products we create. We are one of the only companies available that makes soft protective helmets for multiple uses. Our cooling helmet is the only one of its kind today.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would not do anything different. I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish. The struggle and hard work is what makes us who we are.


  • Opti-Cool Headgear Soft Protective Helmet – $59.95
  • Opti-Cool Headgear Soft Protective Cooling Helmet – $79.95

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1 Comment

  1. Matt

    July 11, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    I like this color and looks like lots of ventilation , good because I over heat quickly and easily in hot weather . Will it hold cold packs ?

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