Our Story

STUDSON was born when passion for safety intersected between gravity sports and industrial protection. After identifying there has been very little innovation since the hard hat was invented in 1919, STUDSON was founded to bring safer & more innovative head protection to the industrial athlete. The STUDSON name is derived from Ryan's two children, Stella & Hudson.

Our Mission

Save lives and reduce severity of accidents in the industrial industry, by combining the most innovative materials and progressive design to deliver the safest and most innovative head protection possible.


Ryan Barnes

Chief Executive Officer

Ryan has 20+ years of experience in the sports, outdoor and consumer product goods markets in sales, marketing, product management and business development roles for iconic brands such as K2, Salomon, The CLYMB and most recently POC. He’s an avid skier and cyclist and very passionate about head protection. At the age of 16, Ryan experienced firsthand what it meant to not have the appropriate head protection. As a competitive ski racer and before helmets were the norm or required, Ryan was on a simple training run when he had an accident that propelled him headfirst into a tree at 40 miles per hour. He was taken down the mountain taped to a headboard and believed to have lost the sight in one eye. Thanks to amazing surgeons Ryan had a complete recovery with many titanium plates reconstructing the right side of his face. He has been an advocate for head safety ever since.


Drew Chilson

Chief Product Officer

Drew brings 25+ years of experience in industrial design of head protection in the cycling and gravity sports markets with the likes of SMITH Optics, Scott Sports, Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Giro, Lazer and MIPS. Avid skier and cyclist, and world-renowned industrial designer.


Austin Dean

Sales Manager

Austin grew up ski racing and was a very successful FIS Alpine racer. He spent his senior year while attending the University of Utah, as an intern for the leading snow and cycling protection brand POC. He learned a tremendous amount of knowledge regarding technology, materials and innovation during his year internship at POC. After 4+ years of sales experience since, we are lucky to have him at STUDSON. His extensive knowledge about how our innovative products will protect industrial workers and possibly save lives will help STUDSON in our mission to disrupt the safety industry.