What Should Be Considered When Buying a Hockey Helmet?

Hockey Helmets

  • The areas to consider when choosing a helmet are protection, comfort and fit.
  • You should always look for equipment that feels comfortable.
  • Although most helmets are lined with a protective foam, some do feel better than others. (Dual Density, EPP + Comfort Foam "Expanded Polypropylene",  Triple density with EPP, FXPP foam "Fused Expanded Polypropylene Liners")
  • The helmet should be adjusted to fit snug to prevent any shifting and maximize protection. (New style helmets will have flaps on the side to adjust the helmet. Older style helmets will need a screw driver and loosen the helmet.)
  • Make sure the chinstrap is adjusted so it gently makes contact under the chin when fastened.
  • It is recommended that the player wear CSA and HECC certified helmets.
  • All CSA and HECC certified helmets have a sticker indicating their certification.
  • Open your helmet to it's largest setting and on the head so that the rim is one finger width above the eyebrow.
  • Gradually begin to downsize the the helmet until a comfortably snug fit is achieved.

HELMET SIZING

Selecting the right helmet can sometimes be difficult because there is few noticeable performance enhancements associated with helmets. A helmet does not add speed to your skating or strength to your slap shot. However, the correct fit will make the difference between a contact sport and a possible injury. A properly sized helmet provides crucial protection against one of the most dangerous hockey injuries: a head injury.
When shopping for a helmet, a good fit is far more important than color or style. Fit is the most important factoring because there is a direct correlation between a properly sized helmet and safety. You can determine your helmet size by measuring the circumference of your head about ½ - 1” above your eyebrow. This measurement also correlates to your hat size. Please note this is an approximation and sizing will vary slightly among manufacturers.

HELMET FITTING

Make sure the helmet fits snugly on the head. Depending on the size and shape of your head, some brands and styles fit better than others. A properly fitting helmet sits flat on the head and is about ½ inch above your eyebrows, without tilting forward or back. Adjust the chin strap so that it fits firmly under the chin. You want the helmet to fit snug enough so that it doesn’t shift, but not to the point of where it feels uncomfortable. If you feel pressure or pinching, the helmet is too small. Please note that most helmets today feature tool-free clips that allow quick and easy adjustments that not only ensure a custom fit, but also allow room to grow.
Remember to make sure the helmet fits properly and provides the comfort and protection the player needs. The extra few dollars is well worth it. If your helmet becomes dented or cracked, replace it immediately. It is also important to maintain the HECC stickers on the helmet. In the event that you would need to replace the helmet, the warranty would be void if the stickers were removed.
 

For more information on how to size helmets and to ensure the proper fit of your hockey helmet please feel free to contact our customer service at 1.800.828.7496. Please Note: Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.