Football helmet safety is continuing to improve rapidly leaving some models in the dust while some models continue to prove there Five Star Ratings. We met with experts and researched the new and stand alone proven technologies. The lifespan of an athletes career is short and it is of the upmost importance that athletes choose the best helmet to protect themselves on the gridiron and for life after football. These our expert recommendations to keep you safe and to perform at an elite level.
Schutt F7 Football Helmet - NEW
Soft launch for 2017 and expected to be the top rated helmet of 2018 by Virginia Tech Helmet Rating System.
Top Feature: Three Dimensional Movement
(3DM) System protects against dangerous rotational impacts. Tektonic Plates move independently of the helmet shell, reacting in multiple directions to help better distribute the energy of impacts. Expected to take over the Vicis spot for football safety in both NFL and Va Tech study. Becoming very popular with professional athletes looking for the top protection.
Protection Type: Professional
Pros: Lightweight, Comfortable, Professional Grade Protection, Trusted by professional athletes/major college programs
Cons: Non stock colors take up to 3-4 weeks, Higher Price Point
Vicis Zero 1
The VICIS ZERO1 provides a wider ﬁeld of view than traditional helmets. In laboratory testing, the ZERO1 was shown to oﬀer players a 212 degree ﬁeld of view, nearly the maximum of human peripheral vision (220 degrees). Allot of research and development has gone into this model which offers new protection technology.
Top Feature: The VICIS ZERO1 provides a wider ﬁeld of view than traditional helmets.
The ZERO1 oﬀer players a 212 degree ﬁeld of view, nearly the maximum of human peripheral vision (220 degrees).
Pros: Lightweight, Comfortable, Professional Grade Protection, Five Star Protection
Cons: Price Point, Made to order, Long lead times, No distribution.
The most popular helmet in football and most trusted by professional athletes. Engineered to protect, perform and offers athletes maximum comfort.
Top Feature: Flex System, Ratchet-Loc Retention system
Flex System which reduces dangerous impacts. The helmet features a composite energy management system that has strategically placed padding that provides comfort and maximum protection. Easy to put on and stay on with Riddell's Ratchet-Loc retention system to adjust the fit on the move.
Pros: Comfortable, Professional Grade Protection, Five Star Protection, Readily available
Cons: Limited Mask Options, Custom Paint 3-4 weeks
The Riddell Speed is perfectly balanced, designed with impact absorbing patented technology to protect athletes from rotational impacts by reducing the impacts. Thousand of hours of testing has gone into the technology which has been proven and tested. Made from a durable polycarbonate shell and rated five stars in the Virginia Tech Study.
Top Feature: Perfectly balanced and protects against side impacts.
Pros: Comfortable, Pro Grade Protection, Price Point, Five Star Protection, Readily Available
Cons: Limited mask options,
Schutt Vengeance Z10
The Z10 has a smaller profile and fits closer to the athletes head and features a new helmet stabilization system for advanced safety. The Z10 features a single layer TPU that offers maximum protection while keeping the helmet lightweight.
Top Feature: Lightweight Five Star Protection
Pros: Lightweight, Pro Grade Protection, Titanium Facemask
Cons: Pump needed for custom fit
Honorable Mention: SG 2.5, Schutt AiR XP PRO VTD II, Schutt Vengeance Pro