A Brief History of Lacrosse Helmets
Hope everyone is enjoying the off-season. Given that it is the off-season, for this week’s post I’m taking a break from those tasty lacrosse goalie tips and delving into the history of the lacrosse helmet.
At the end of the 2017 NCAA season, Cascade released their model S helmet and I think the lacrosse world joined me in saying – “wow, these things are nice”.
Lacrosse is the oldest team sport in America with evidence of versions of the game being played in the 1600’s in northeast Canada and in the US by Native American tribes like the Onondaga.
No helmets were necessary for those boys.
But it’s now the year 2017 and helmets looks like the image above. So what was the progression?
This post will outline the history of the sport’s helmets from the bare heads of the Onondaga tribe in 1600’s to the Cascade S helmets worn by the NCAA Champion Maryland Terrapins in 2017.
The No Helmet Era
Lacrosse historians know that the 1st version of our game was played by Native American to settle disputes, to toughen young warriors for combat, for recreation, and for religious purposes.
These early lacrosse players did not wear any helmets, let alone any pads.
The sport of lacrosse continued without helmets for quite some time.
Lacrosse appeared at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri and at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, England.
No player on those teams wore helmets. Although the referees wore some impressive suit / knee high sock / mustache combos.
Early versions of the game resembled women’s lacrosse of a few years ago where the speed of the game, the contact rules, and the shallow sticks didn’t justify players wearing helmets. That said, today’s women’s game is speeding up and some lightweight head protection is being introduced like the Cascade LX:
The Leather Helmet Era
The 1928 Olympics held in Amsterdam, Netherlands was the first documented use of helmets in the sport of lacrosse.
Lacrosse was downgraded to an exhibition sport at these games and featured just 3 teams representing Canada, Great Britain, and the United States.
Only the American team wore helmets as seen in the photo below.
Here’s another shot of players labeled “Annapolis lacrosse” where we see the leather protective helmets along with an impressive crowd size for a lax game.
So here we have the first lacrosse helmet, a leather contraption with no face mask designed to provide just a little more protection to the dome.
A “protective hat” might be a more appropriate name than a lacrosse helmet.
The Helmets Get a Face Mask
By the 1940’s it appears as if players were tired of getting hit in the face with the ball or checks. Whimps.
In this shot of a Naval cadet you see the primitive face mask attached to the leather helmet.
This version of the lacrosse helmet also contains ear flaps that fully cover the side of the players head and a chinstrap to keep the helmet on the head. The material of choice is still leather with a metal (likely iron) face mask.
The visor of the helmet of the helmet is still intact.
These early versions now resemble old torture devices but they served the purpose of protecting early lacrosse domes from collisions, checks, and errant shots.
The “Bucket” Helmet
Around the 1960’s a company by the name of Bacharach Raisin was the first to start producing the “bucket” lacrosse helmets.
The leather was replaced with a harder plastic exterior and a soft padded interior. The face mask was beefed up so balls wouldn’t enter.
This helmet was innovative in that it had suspension. Which served to “cradle” the skull away from the foam shell. Whereas previous helmets had leather that sat right against the head, these helmets have plastic that is away from the skull, thus providing more protection.
Straps of fabric formed a pattern inside the helmet. They absorbed and distributed the impact better, and they allowed for ventilation. It was a breakthrough from the pure leather helmets of years before.
These helmets were also well known for having strings in the back to tighten the helmet.
Anyone who is old enough to remember using these helmets as a youth will probably recall kids love of pulling on these strings to harass their teammates.
Lacrosse goalies from this era will probably recall the hard foam extension that served as the throat protector but resembled a flip-flop.
All throughout the 80’s the Bacharach Raisin dominated the lacrosse scene. All the top college programs were using this helmet.
This was my first helmet when I started playing lacrosse and I have some very fine memories of strapping on this huge, heavy beast.
Brine even got in on this style helmet producing a Bacharach style lid in the 80’s that looked like this:
Cascade Bursts on to the Scene
In the mid to late 90’s Cascade burst onto the lacrosse helmet scene with their original Cascade.
The big boxy design of the Bacharach Raisin was replaced by a sleeker shell. And boy did it look and feel good.
Even though many claim the Cascade didn’t protect as well as its predecessors, there’s no question they gave the helmet a much better look, a lighter feel, and set in motion a trend for lacrosse helmets to become just as stylish as they were protective.
College players like Syracuse’s Casey Powell instantly switched over to the newer, sleeker design of the Cascade that dominated lacrosse player’s heads in the late 90’s.
There were (and continue to be) other lacrosse helmet manufacturers but for the purposes of this post I’m going to focus on the progression of the Cascade helmet line to paint a picture of how the lacrosse helmet has advanced through the years.
After the original Cascade helmet came the Cascade C2 were the face mask and chin piece of the helmet becomes more aerodynamic.
After the Cascade C2 came the Cascade CLh3. Not a drastic change in look but you can see the visor no longer juts out beyond the face mask.
One innovative element of the CLh3 was the adjustable fit system, something Cascade called the SPRfit adjustable ratchet which allowed you to change sizes and get the helmet perfectly fitted in seconds.
Realizing that most concussions occur from ill-fitting helmets, Cascade input an adjustable strap into the back of the helmet to help achieve that snug fit for heads that may be in between sizes.
Sometime in 2010 the Gaits and UVA lacrosse thought this style of helmet would be a good idea –
It wasn’t and it quickly flopped.
Around 2009 Cascade launched the CPX helmet and the CPro:
The Cascade CPX utilized 3-D Form Foam that molds to your head and helped with protection. They also had something called the Wedge-X system to help with fit.
For the CPX, Cascade reworked the facemask to provide players with more vision. The bars are spaced further apart to give more vision while still providing enough protection.
The visor becomes more stylish and throat part extends down further to protect players necks a little more. However the shell essentially remained the same design on the exterior compared to its predecessors.
Here was the CPro which was very similar in looks and features to the CPX. All I know is CPX had a one size fits all feature while this did not. Although many preferred the fit of the CPro.
Then came the CPX-R:
With the CPX-R Cascade introduced a sleeker shell along with the tail fin. The fin according to Cascade was supposed to move the center of balance of the helmet towards the center and give it a more balanced feel.
I don’t know if that works or not but I think we can all degree – the tail fin looks dope. It gives the helmet a nice aerodynamic look and took player’s tilt game to a whole new level.
The shell also allowed for mohawk and rear decals so teams could really customize their helmets with colored visors, chins, and decals.
Next in the line of Cascade’s brand came the Cascade Pro 7:
The Cascade Pro 7 helmet was Cascade’s first attempt at fusing the lacrosse visor to the shell of the helmet for a more rigid frame and a streamlined look. This was very successful as all future lacrosse helmets would continue this trend of a solid piece for the shell and visor.
Protection and looks wise the Pro 7 was a huge jump forward from its predecessors like the Cascade CLh3.
Many people have compared the Pro7 to the CPX-R:
Cascade took a big step forward with the release of the CPV-R helmet. In addition to making the helmet look even nicer than its predecessor, there’s a lot of new functional features like a new liner system and downward sloping face mask for increased visibility and enhanced sweet looks.
The helmet continues the tail fin designed introduced with the CPX-R. This is a trend we see Cascade continue with on future designs.
Just when you thought lacrosse helmets couldn’t look any sweeter, here comes the R in 2013:
The Cascade R was also loaded with other features.
The dual SevenTech and PoronXRD liner system addresses both high and low energy impacts. A HardTail SPRfi system, coupled with custom jaw pad options created a system to provide better helmet fit. The exclusive SuperMonoTM R Shell, R-Series chin and mask created better peripheral vision and also a more rigid system for frontal impact management.
The helmet was really revolutionary when released in 2013.
Here’s a comparison of the Cascade R helmet to the CPX-R:
Lacrosse Helmets of 2017
That brings us to the helmets of today.
There’s no doubt that today’s helmets offer the best in design and function. Some say protection has gone slightly down in favor of style but there’s no doubt the helmets protect better than the bucket helmets of the 80’s and 90’s.
As alluded to in the intro of this post, a few months back Cascade released the Cascade S:
The shells of lacrosse helmets are now made of injection-molded plastic such as ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic. Some helmets are also made of the same plastics as motorcycle helmets, such as polycarbonate plastics.
The facemasks, on the other hand, are made of strong, lightweight metals like titanium. The inside of the shell is lined with a polypropylene or other foam padding.
The Cascade S features something called the vision bar which essentially means they’ve made the top bar players look through flatter to improve vision.
As a goalie, I just hope they’ve tested it enough to ensure a 100 MPH rocket won’t be able to fit through that flattened bar.
The shell and interior padding was enhanced to create wider holes to really improve air flow throughout the helmet as well as reduce its weight.
Here’s Greg from ECD comparing the Cascade S to its predecessor:
The design allows for some serious helmet tilt, which is the angled downwards effect perhaps best exhibited by the Ohio Machine’s Jake Bernhardt:
Here are the current helmets from today’s top lacrosse helmet manufacturers:
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STX Stallion 600
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Warrior Evo Helmet
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I hope you enjoyed that brief history of the lacrosse helmet.
Interesting to see how the game has evolved from its primitive days into the game today that requires full head protection and also requires looking good while protecting.
Of course the modern lacrosse player needs that dome protected but he also needs some serious TILT.
I chose to focus a lot on the Cascade brand in this post but companies like STX, Warrior, and others have also produced some great and innovative helmets over the years. Cascade just happens to be my favorite and the industry standard, in my opinion.
Will be interesting to see where lacrosse helmets go in the future this of this game.
Until next time! Coach Damon
Any key elements I missed on the history of the lacrosse helmet? Also, I’m not a lacrosse helmet historian so if I screwed up some details please let me know so I can fix.
Best Lacrosse Helmets for Safety (Men & Women)
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Being an extremely rough game the game of lacrosse requires players to be protected at all different levels of play. One of the most important pieces of protection players need is a helmet.
The best lacrosse helmets provide complete protection for a players head, allowing them to focus on the game rather than on if they are going to get hurt.
As we all know full contact is allowed in the game of lacrosse, so having the best lacrosse helmets will keep you safe and protect you from the most serious of injuries.
Why do I need a Good Lacrosse Helmet?
You need to have a good lacrosse helmet because they are required for men’s and youth boy’s games as these games are full contact.
A good lacrosse helmet is needed because they will protect your head, face, and neck from injuries during the course of the game.
One of the most basic reasons as to why you need a good lacrosse helmet is because they are required in men’s and youth boy’s leagues.
Women’s and girl’s only youth leagues do not require helmets during gameplay because of the different rules and regulations they follow.
The only players in a women’s or girl’s only league that require helmets are the goalie, all other players simply wear goggles.
Men’s lacrosse is a full-contact sport, players check each other with sticks and there are some pretty hard and fast shots made during the course of the game.
Read: Best Lacrosse Sticks
Women’s lacrosse is not a full-contact sport, in fact, no contact among players is allowed. As men do have contact with other players the rules and regulations for required equipment are different.
Helmets are required in men’s play because a good helmet will protect the head, neck, and face from injuries during the course of the game.
Goalies need an added piece of equipment called a throat protector.
Comparison Table: Best Lacrosse Helmets
Here is a quick comparison of the top lacrosse helmets in the market today
How to Buy the Best Lacrosse Helmets?
The most important things to keep in mind when buying the best lacrosse helmets include – safety, fit, style, level of protection it offers, and the individual components of the helmet which are padding, plastic shell, facemask, visor, chin bar, and chin straps.
As the best lacrosse helmets are going to provide you or your favorite lacrosse player with some much-needed protection.
Before you head out and purchase the most expensive helmet, thinking it is the best helmet, there are few things that you want to look out for.
As lacrosse becomes more popular the more players you will see on the field. As new players enter the game of lacrosse current players will notice that players are not only getting bigger, they are getting faster and more competitive.
The more competitive this full-contact sport becomes the higher the increase for injuries. If you want to play this full-contact sport you need to have the best lacrosse helmet, as well as the safest helmet.
As with all full contact sports, there is always the risk of a concussion. The risk for a concussion goes up the more you play, as well as the higher level of play.
Purchasing an inferior or second rate helmet will also increase the risk of head injuries. In order to play the game, you need to protect your head for the long term.
Goalies also need to protect their throat.
To make sure you have an approved helmet you want to look for one that has the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment on it.
This committee is known for assessing how well any lacrosse helmet will stand up during a rough game.
The committee puts each helmet they endorse through a large range of tests to prove that it can withstand whatever you are going to put it through.
Getting a helmet that fits properly is necessary if you want the helmet to do its job as intended.
Not all helmets are going to fit everybody the same because everybody’s heads are shaped a little bit different.
While all helmets with a seal of approval meet safety regulations that don’t mean they will all fit the same. Always try on a few different helmets to find the one with the right fit.
Helmets come in different shapes and sizes, but they should all come with padding to provide comfort.
The right tilt is important; the wrong tilt not only exposes you to risk of injuries but also shows you have no idea what you are doing.
The right fit is important because if the helmet is worn to high you expose your neck to injury, but too low and you can’t see what is going on during the game.
To get the most out of your helmet always wear it how it is intended to be worn. Read the manufacturer’s manual and follow their recommendations for adjusting your straps.
If you have to look up or down to see straight ahead your helmet doesn’t fit properly.
How many styles your lacrosse helmet can have will depend on the level of play. The high school has the strictest regulations when it comes to style.
The high school has regulations for color uniformity and facemask colors. With this in mind, chances are your high school has already taken care of picking out your helmet for you, you just need to worry about the proper fit.
Otherwise, you want to find a helmet that fits and is comfortable to wear with a design style that you like. That can be hard, as you have to consider the design style along with all of the other basic requirements.
What Components to Look for in the Best Lacrosse Helmets
The best lacrosse helmets are designed to protect your face, neck, and head from injury on the field.
These helmets are designed to offer full cranial protection and in order to do so, they feature a complete shell around your head along with a full facemask.
These helmets, when worn correctly, are designed to reduce the risk of head and spinal injuries as they are meant to protect you from hard shots and high checks.
When looking for the best lacrosse helmets there are six features that you want to look for.
The best lacrosse helmets will feature thick internal padding. The padding lines the shell of the helmet and is an impact-absorbing foam that disperses impact energy to protect your head from various injuries.
You want a hard plastic shell. The best lacrosse helmets are made from a single piece of impact-resistant polycarbonate or lightweight plastic.
The shell is designed to protect your head from injury without holding you back due to any extra weight. Your higher end helmets offer ventilation holes and use technologies to provide a more comfortable feel when worn.
The visor’s main purpose is to keep the sun out of your eyes without impeding your vision. The best helmets integrate the visor with the shell for a rigid protection system.
The best lacrosse helmets feature metal facemasks that are made from lightweight metal with plenty of strength, such as steel or tungsten.
The facemask offers a grid-iron pattern to provide full facial protection without affecting vision. Your higher end helmets offer a wide facemask for a better field of vision.
These help keep the chin bar and the helmet in place while you are running around the field. They also play an important role in how well the helmet fits as they are able to improve the fit.
The chin bar is integrated into the shell and protects the chin without getting in the way of communication or ventilation. The chin bar is either injection molded or filled with fiberglass to offer increased durability. The chin bar handles impact energy from frontal hits.
Something else to keep in mind when it comes to picking out the best lacrosse helmet is the brand of the helmet.
Many people think that brand names don’t really matter, but in all honesty, they are very important. Cheap, no name helmets can sometimes mean inferior protection, less comfort, and durability issues.
Buying a name brand helmet can be expensive, but that extra cost just might end up saving your life one day.
Always look closely at the helmet you are considering, check it out to see what kind of reputation it has and always check the quality of the materials used.
Types of Helmets
There are four main types of lacrosse helmets for the game of lacrosse.
Players can choose from a youth helmet designed for kids between 6 to 12 years of age, box helmets that can only be worn for box lacrosse games, a women’s goalie helmet, and a men’s lacrosse helmet.
Here is a closer look at the four types of lacrosse helmets.
This type of helmet is for your younger players usually between the ages of 6 to 12 years old.
The great thing about youth lacrosse helmets is they are cheaper than men’s helmets and are designed to offer you the same protection.
Youth lacrosse helmets are great for beginners and at the cheaper price, they aren’t a waste of money if your kid decides they no longer want to play.
These helmets are designed for box lacrosse players. Box helmets are designed to meet the faster and more aggressive version of the traditional lacrosse game.
Box players simply purchase a hockey helmet and add a box lacrosse facemask to it for better vision. The better vision allows them to play better in the tighter spaces.
Women’s helmets, also called headgear, are similar to men’s lacrosse helmets but have a few subtle differences.
Women’s helmets do not offer a full face mask and the shell is not a solid single piece. Women’s helmets do not offer a chin bar but do feature adjustable straps to help with sizing.
This is your most common type of lacrosse helmet. A men’s helmet offers a hard plastic shell with thick inner padding.
The helmet comes with a full facemask, chin straps, and a chin bar to offer excellent protection. The best lacrosse helmets fully protect the face, neck, and head from potential injuries during a game.
Here we will answer the five most common questions about lacrosse helmets.
1. Why do I need a Lacrosse Helmet?
As lacrosse is a full-contact sport and players deal with a lot of impacts pads and helmets are necessary to keep players safe. A lacrosse helmet keeps the head, neck, and face safe from injuries and abrasions. The helmet not only protects players from other players but sticks and balls too.
2. How is my Lacrosse Helmet supposed to Fit?
A properly fitting lacrosse helmet will be comfortable but snug. The helmet should not move around on your head as you move around and provides good visibility. If you are looking up or down to see straight ahead you need to find a different helmet as yours doesn’t fit.
3. How do you fit a Lacrosse Helmet?
When fitting your lacrosse helmet put your forehead in first and tuck your ears in; the helmet should fit comfortably. A knob at the back of the helmet can be used to adjust the helmet for a snug fit. Chin strap should be adjusted to where the helmet is snug, but you can still talk and open your mouth without the helmet moving.
Helmets visor should sit low over the eyes and the helmet should be tilted so you are looking through the top bars of the facemask. A properly fitting helmet sits square on the head with the front of the helmet about an inch above the eyebrows.
4. What is Tilt and does it Affect the Safety of the Helmet?
Tilt is the way the helmet looks sitting on the head. You don’t want too high or too low of tilt because the tilt does affect the safety of the helmet. The helmet needs the proper tilt to help with chin protection and aid in visibility.
5. Do I have to wear a Lacrosse Helmet when I play?
The short answer to this question is yes. All male players at all playing levels are required by rules and regulations to wear a lacrosse helmet. Women and girls have different rules and regulations and typically wear only goggles to protect their eyes. Goalies in women’s lacrosse are required to wear a helmet.
Concussions are one of the most common injuries faced by lacrosse players: an accidental shot to the head is all it takes and then the damage is done.
This is why rules about lacrosse helmets are so strict and why you should consider investing in the best one available.
The helmets mentioned in this list are all extremely popular as well as very well-recommended, giving you the sturdiest protection and minimizing your chances of injury.
Reviews of the Best Lacrosse Helmets
Here are the reviews of the Best Lacrosse Helmets available in the Market
Cascade LX Women’s Lacrosse Headgear
Kicking off this list is Cascade’s LX helmet for women.
Its design uses advanced protection technology that consists of a flexible outer shell for impact-resistance, giving a complete protection to the back, sides, and front of the head.
A heavy-duty steel mask is integrated into this design for durable facial protection.
Cascade’s exclusive Poron XRD technology is used to manufacture a helmet that disperses linear force at the point of impact.
It also has an integrated goggle system that gives a one-piece feel so as to not any additional pressure to the face.
The facemask is ergonomically designed to minimize blind spots and optimize your field of vision. It is a one-size-fits-all helmet that comes with many possible modifications to make sure it fits you perfectly.
It has a rear adjustable strap to fit your measurements, 3 interchangeable cheek pads so that it sits correctly on your face, and dual rear slots to fit different hair lengths.
There are also strategically placed vents to provide airflow and cooling to key areas of your head.
Cascade’s video on this bit of Headgear can be watched here
- Adjustable strap
- Interchangeable cheek pads
- Dual rear slots ensure a good fit
- Poron XRD technology
- Minimizes blind spots
- Lightweight and flexible
- Can’t wear glasses under it
- Can cause headaches
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CASCADE CS Junior Lacrosse Helmet
This helmet is made for youth players who are younger than 12 years. Because of this, it is made to be as lightweight as possible for children’s heads.
It features a super-light single piece shell, chin, and visor design to make it less bulky and less fatiguing.
It has Cascade’s FitSwitch technology that consists of temple-mounded switches which control the lateral width of the liner.
This not only gives a great fit but also lets the helmet grow with your child, which makes this a long-term investment.
The full-pivot system used in this helmet lets the rear third of the liner pivot to grasp the head, giving a secure fit that remains easily adjustable with the pull-tab.
The black facemask that is part of this helmet is designed to improve vision on the field.
- Secure fit
- Grows with your child
- Single-piece construction
- Facemask designed to improve vision
- Children over 10 years could possibly face issues with the size
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CASCADE R Helmet
The Cascade R Helmet is one of the more expensive helmets by Cascade although the price is justified by the amount of research and innovation that went into its making.
It uses Cascade’s SevenTechnology liner system which is meant to attenuate and minimize energy transfer from direct impacts.
This liner system is integrated with PoronXRD Foam which is a pliable material for comfort and energy absorption.
These two technologies successfully manage high energy and low energy impacts respectively.
This liner and padding are enclosed in the SuperMono R Shell, which has a one-piece construction with added ventilation.
This shell is meant to provide a rigid system to manage frontal impacts. It also has a visor for new sight lines for better vision and a chin that provides rigidity to the jaw and ears.
As for its fit, it uses 3 customizable jaw pads for a 360-degree contour fit that adjusts itself to your face shape perfectly.
The shell design is also meant to move the balance point of the helmet closer to the center of your head. This makes it easier to balance and gives it a lighter feeling.
- Integrated liner and padding
- Shapes itself to your head
- Rigid yet comfortable head
- Impeccably balanced for a lighter feel
- Chin and ear protection
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STX Lacrosse Stallion 500 Helmet
This helmet is from STX’s popular Stallion 500 line of protective lacrosse gear for men and reflects the research-intensive design of the rest of the gear.
It is made of revolutionary new material, D3O, that is soft and flexible in its natural state but locks into a rigid structure under pressure from impacts. This offers protection and impact dissipation simultaneously.
The outer construction of the helmet is an ABS shell that has impact modifiers to give it further durability and strength to resist any hits.
It is lined with a Surfeit Air Liner that also has an air pump. This lets you inflate and adjust the liner so that the helmet better conforms to the shape of your head.
Finally, this helmet uses adjustable EVA jaw pads for fit along with TPU cushioning to protect the area from impacts.
You can check out STX’s video Explaining the Technology that went in the making of this Helmet here:
- Revolutionary D3O material
- Inflatable liner for better fit
- Jaw pads for protection and fit
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Cascade CPX-R Helmet
The Cascade CPX-R Helmet is designed for dependable and durable impact management and protection game after game.
It uses Cascade’s trademarked SevenTechnology which is a liner system designed to attenuate impact.
On impact, it compresses and laterally displaces energy to effectively ward off high energy impacts. This technology is housed in the HDPE shell that is characteristic of Cascade’s R series of helmets.
It has venting to keep you cool, counterbalance for a better feel, and chine lines. It also uses the visor, mask, and chin components of the X Series for a tight, lightweight fit.
The design also features the SPRfit Hardtail that makes the entire helmet extremely adjustable, with special components in the back letting it fit your head as closely as possible.
- SPRfit system guarantees the perfect fit
- SevenTechnology for impact dissipation
- Very comfortable
- Hardwearing and durable
- Highly complimented for its aesthetics and look
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Cascade CPV-R Lacrosse Helmet
The CPV-R helmet by Cascade is designed for protection provided with supreme comfort.
The comfort comes through the SPRfit adjustable ratchet system that lets you make micro-adjustments for the most precise and easy-to-achieve fit.
It features an EPP liner system, the first of its kind in the R Series helmets, for better protection that is housed inside a sturdy R Series Shell.
The shell features FreeFlow vents to keep you cool and ventilated.
The Chevron Mask in front gives you heightened downward vision through a slight V shape in the latitude bars, letting you see ground balls with clarity.
These components of the R Series are combined with the V Series visor and chin which can accommodate a wide range of head sizes.
- An improved vision for ground balls
- SPRfit system for adjustability and fit
- One-of-a-kind EPP liner for protection
- Needs some assembly, doesn’t come completely customized
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Cascade Lacrosse CSR Youth Helmet
This helmet is a variation on the Youth CS Helmet mentioned above and is designed for elite level players at the under 12 level.
It has a highly pliable PoronXRD Foam liner to provide protection along with a memory foam side-fit that gives a supremely comfortable lateral fit.
It is also engineered with a Gen 3 EPP liner that is meant to specifically address the most common collisions that take place at the under 12 levels.
This is only the second helmet in the R Series to have this liner (the CPV-R detailed above was the first).
All these safety features are housed in a Futurestar Mono R body that is a one-piece shell and visor size appropriately for youth players.
Its rigidity makes it particularly good for taking on frontal impacts. The mask has a 3-bar design to give improved vision to smaller faces.
The entire helmet comes with an upgraded pivot system designed for the anatomy of young players. The rear third of the EPP liner is designed to grasp your head for a secure fit.
- EPP liner for protection and fit
- Memory foam sides for comfort
- Poron XRD Foam Liner
- Futurestar Mono R body to take on impacts
- Specially designed for youth players’ anatomy
- Has to be assembled and customized on its own
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Head injuries need to be taken seriously by all players and minimizing the chances of accidental impacts is a central element of lacrosse safety, regardless of gender.
Keeping this in mind, this list has something for everyone: youth players, men, and women are all likely to find a good fit for themselves here.
Here is the list of best lacrosse helmets again for you. Check out the specs, reviews, price and offers at Amazon –
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The best lacrosse helmet is between you and an injury that ends your career.
You need to get these Lacrosse helmets right.
Lacrosse is a very difficult sport that requires protection at all stages. Having a helmet is important because it protects against head injuries and helps you stay focused on the game without worrying.
Besides, having a full contact holder can cause serious injury, so you always need the right helmet. At the end, We’ve put together this shopping guide to get you through everything you need to know when buying the best helmet.
The Top Best Lacrosse Helmets For Sale in 2020
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The price of these helmets may vary due to different sizes. If you think these helmets are not suitable for you. In this case we have categorized the helmets and its different customizers to make it look cool. All these helmets are available on Amazon.
The Best Cascade Lacrosse Helmets
Cascade helmets are popular among lacrosse players. Cascade lacrosse is made my lacrosse helmets since 1980 and it is legal in MLL since 2000 officially. These lacrosse helmets are just similar to Warrior helmets. It’s classy and loos better every
#1. Cascade R Matte Helmet Chrome Mask
If you want to purchase flagship helmets. This matte Cascade R lacrosse helmet gives you a real warrior strength and view as well.
While watching MLL match you must have noticed this masterpiece over those experienced players. Cascade R Matte has been developed after the R&D of Cascade Helmets.
The skin present over the bottom of this lacrosse helmet gives a really nice view of matte color.
Special design lets you feel the very little amount of impact after the ball hits this helmet. 360 cover keeps your full head safe and keeps you extra protected.
Everyone loved this helmet since after it’s release.
This helmet can be customized by the user itself. Due to it’s lightweight everyone has given a high rating and good review to this Cascade R Matte helmet.
- Matte color
- Easily customized
#2. Cascade CS Lacrosse Helmet:
This is a difficult product to find on the Internet because it actually skipped the cascade and used models like CPV-R instead.
You can get them at a very cheap Coast because technology is a bit outdated.
At the time, it looked like a helmet, so it could still protect your head.
The technology is that protective gear which is constantly improving, but in reality, there is always a level of basic safety.
The helmet can still have that capacity to deal with any outcome you encounter in a lacrosse game this Make this helmet a valid option.
The shell is of a beautiful standard ABS shell. It is just like previous helmets, but it still meets or exceeds all the criteria for MLL, college, and high school lacrosse.
Your head is fine. In terms of fit and comfort, it has a full pivot tail and an adjustable switch similar to the Cascade Cask Genesis CS Caskay.
This means you can find your feet faster than we say in the product description.
Of course, this helmet is not the best on this list. But if you are looking for quality on a budget, you should think about it. What we are saying is check out the size guide and make sure if it doesn’t suit you you can return it.
- Good level of protection
- Reasonably comfortable
- Affordable pricing
- Obsolete design
- One color option
#3. Cascade CPV-R Lacrosse Helmet with Black Face Mask
(Choose Your Shell Color)
The Lacrosse Cascade CPV-R helmet is our third helmet.
This is the third built by Cascade. It’s one of the biggest and best brands in the industry, and it’s no accident that players of all levels, from kids to pros, wear this helmet.
The most popular of the mid-range helmets is the CPV-R.
It’s not as good as the Cascade CPX-R helmets, but it cost $ 60 less than that. But don’t be fooled by the fact that this isn’t a high-quality helmet.
This helmet was developed for players of all ages and sizes (13 years and older) and therefore utilizes a mechanism similar to very expensive models.
The first is the security level. The EPP coating resists multiple effects and gradually returns to its original shape.
This is one of the main differences between this armor and professional armor – the time it takes to recover for the next shot.
But this can save your head. this is the most important. The outer surface of the helmet looks like an ABS casing. This reduces resistance and keeps your head cold.
One of the main reasons we like it so much is that it has an SPR setting similar to the Cascade CPX-R.
The fact that it is holding your head in his arms will make you relax and help you perform better on the field.
In short, this helmet is the perfect compromise between your first helmet and professional armor. However, if you have extra money, we can go straight to CPX-R.
- Lightweight and comfortable.
- View from top to bottom
- Only ideal for new players
The Best STX Lacrosse Helmets
#1. STX Lacrosse Stallion 500 Helmet:
We know that you must include at least one helmet from other than Cascade, which so you can consider STX 500 STX Lacrosse Stallion 500 Helmet.
We chose this as a high-quality product due to its safety level.
This is among one of the most protective helmets. This Cascade CPX-R Helmet does not look stylish or elegant, but if you are interested in the safety of your head, this cover is for you.
It has a standard ABS shell which is more resistant to variations. The helmet is filled with plastic with small impact modifiers that affect your head.
This is similar to Cascade’s technology investment system but is considered more efficient. Besides, it also has a patented TPU pillow system, which provides extra protection and absorbs more of the impact.
On top of this is the EVA steering pad that allows you to adjust the placement of the helmet and ensure it gives you a good embrace.
Also, the combination of both investments makes it comfortable.
This helmet has the combination of comfort liner and SureFit airliner which covers a large portion of your head and is fully adjustable to match the shape of your head.
Sure, this helmet cascade is no different than the CPX-R, but it’s safer.
- Higher security.
- Reasonably comfortable.
- Cascade is cheaper than CPX-R.
- This helmet cannot be set as lids.
The Best Warrior Lacrosse Helmets
Warrior might not have gained such popularity as compared to other Lacrosse helmets. But, Warrior lacrosse helmets are one of the impressive helmet gear with solid designs. If you are purchasing this helmet you find different color variants online.
#1. Warrior Tii Helmet
Warrior Tii Helmet is only available in one size. You will not find any color variant of this helmet. This helmet is only available in black color. Its design is shell-visor.
The helmet is very lightweight due to the lightweight mask. Some suggest that that Warrior Tii Helmet is one of the lightest helmets available in the market.
Warrior Tii Helmet has an aggressive facemask design. Due to the large vent hole, you will find it very comfortable over your head also it gives sleek and sightlines.
This helmet is meest and has all NOCSAE standards. It’s worth what you are paying for. If you really love lightweight helmets in the black color you should give a try.
- Larger vent holes
- Unique Design
- No color options
- One size
#2. Warrior Krown PX2 Helmet for Box Lacrosse Black Large
This helmet comes without mask you have paired it with facemask and then you are ready to go. This helmet lets you customize your helmet.
Warrior Krown PX2 gives you a traditional view. It fits nicely over your head and gives protection to your head.
Warrior Krown PX2 is lightweight and you can adjust this helmet yourself easily. This is one of the comfortable lacrosse helmets present in the market. You may find a few color variants for this helmet.
Your head is safe under this optimal multilayered foam and plastic helmet. What you are waiting for purchase Warrior Krown right away and start enjoying your game.
Youth Lacrosse Helmets
#1. CASCADE CS Junior Lacrosse Helmet
We have included this helmet if you buy it for your children. There is a point where you do not want to borrow an old helmet and they need their protection.
Admittedly, they are not interested in their protection tools.
It is up to you to decide what they want. The Cascade CS Junior Lacrosse helmet is one of the best youth helmets in our opinion.
Made by the same company that makes our best choice, this helmet has advanced technology and amazing design.
Before proceeding with the features and benefits, it should be noted that this coverage is only suitable for children under 12 years of age.
Of course, at Youth Lacrosse Field, you don’t need a high level of protection. It is highly doubtful that a washer will hit 100 miles in an hour.
But it is good to know that if they do, they will be safe. This helmet can provide this level of protection.
It has a strong ABS shell that can withstand severe consequences.
But it is very light.
This is important for junior helmets, as they can cause neck problems when wearing helmets.
It is also a very simple helmet. Children can be prepared and adapted without the help of your trainer or trainer.
This sense of independence helps them build their trust. One of our favorite features is the CS Fit System, and we think it’s yours.
It is designed to allow the player to grow a helmet, so it does not need to be changed every year.
This will save you money and justify your initial investment of over $ 100. CASCADE CS Junior Lacrosse Helmet is not cheap, but when it comes to head care, safety matters.
- Very heavy
- Allowing children to grow up
- Excellent peripheral appearance
- For young players
- Available in only a few color options
#2. CASCADE CPX-R Helmet
Our best choice in this review is the Cascade CPX-R helmet. It as the best lacrosse helmet our list. As an inflatable helmet, this was an easy choice because it is highly respected in the game.
The R-line of helmets is the most protective, high quality and expensive of the waterfalls. It is one of the most widely used helmets, especially in the university lacrosse and MLL sector.
The first and most important thing is to protect your head well. If you have a puddle dump in your head at speeds of 100 mph, you should know that you are safe. Use the Cascade CPX-R helmet.
It is equipped with new technologies to protect you. First, there is a suction technology investment system. According to him, this is a ”
revolutionary mechanism for mitigating the effects” that deals with the immediate effect of energy on your helmet.
So when you hit your head, then the energy will move from your head.
This means that the helmet is immediately ready for the next impact. It is coated with PORN XRD foam, which immediately repeats its shape – like a layer of memory foam – after impact.
On the front of the helmet, there is a new, improved mask that improves peripheral vision so you can see what’s going on in the corner of your eye.
All this invites you to make the most comfortable and protective helmet you can find.
It is one of the most beautiful helmets on the market. He looks worse than everyone else, mainly because of the way he squids all the squid and leans forward.
The color we chose is white with a chrome mask, but it’s personal. Enter the product name on Google and you’ll see hundreds of different headphones with custom group colors.
The last thing you need to do is adjust the helmet.
This is an ideal size for everyone, so if you don’t have a very large or small head, it should fit well. Thanks to Cascade’s SPR Fit system, three jaws can be replaced to make them hospitable.
All you have head is a tightening system. Behind the cover and Velcro. Not to mention the adjustable interior and strap.
How to Choose a Best Lacrosse Helmet?
Reviews – You can learn a lot about the product from customer reviews. The first thing to do when you find our buying guide is to read a review.
The reason behind that is you can see how the product is in the case, the lacrosse helmet – stays on it. It makes more sense than reading product descriptions. If they see something we don’t see, we will look for other experts.
Brand – The brand is important in terms of sports equipment such as lacrosse helmets. Most big brands have R&D teams in technology. It is important that you buy from a trusted brand.
Because the helmet is for your safety purposes and you can’t take risks of your safety. Not only do we select the best brand products, but we also look for unknown brands and what they offer.
Price– It is one of the most important factors because everyone’s economic condition is not the same. If you are a professional lacrosse player, the budget for your helmet maybe hundreds of dollars.
On the other hand, if you play sports or buy helmets for kids, you don’t want to spend that much money. So we try to provide products at all prices. Find our premium products and our best value for money at both ends of the price range
Features to Consider When Buying a Lacrosse Helmet
Material – Material on your lacrosse helmet is a must. You don’t need anything that can’t protect your head, you don’t want something heavy that doesn’t go down fast. Most modern lacrosse helmets have plastic molds similar to ABS’s, and some have plastic helmets similar to motorcycle helmets. Inside the helmet, you use soft material for the comfort of your head.
Mask – The only thing hidden in your lacrosse helmet is a ball or a stick. This is why it is so important. They are always made of metal and provide enough space for them to be visible from the outside. If the amount of metal is too much in your helmet then your vision may get obscured. Some of the product is designed to give you a better look.
Chin – It is important to attach the lacrosse helmet to your head to prevent injury. If it is too loose, it can cause you serious injury. Chin Protector is the key to complete agility. Once your helmet is installed, you should adjust the ram belt until the helmet is installed.
Lining – The lining is the material inside the helmet. Lining can be made from different materials, but there are certain things you should look out for in your lining: comfort, moisture capacity, and shock absorption. The material should be solid and comfortable, so you will stay solid and control the humidity during training or competition. Helmets that were sold earlier there lining were just for your comfort but now it provides you with extra protection for your head.
Weight -The weight of your helmet is one of the most important factors you should look for while purchasing the product. If it is too heavy, it can harden the game and cause serious injury to the throat.
Of course, if you are more willing to spend money, your helmet will be lighter. But some cheap helmets are still lighter.
Safety -One of the reasons you should buy a lacrosse helmet is safety, so it is wrong to say that this is important. All lacrosse helmets have basic protection, but some are safer than others. you should invest some money and buy a high-quality lacrosse helmet. If you are concerned about safety. They are also equipped with safety equipment that improves shock absorption.
Comfort -When playing lacrosse, the last thing you want is anxiety. This will prevent you from playing and will affect your performance. To make sure your head is comfortable in the game to go for a high-quality lining helmet.
When you play lacrosse at school, you may have received an old smelly helmet that has been used thousands of times. No wonder you came to buy this item. We have checked the best lacrosse helmets on the Internet and narrowed it down to our top pick.
Best Customizers for your Lacrosse Helmet (Stickers, Folding, Holes)
What’s better than getting a headband that can be customized according to your needs? This is nothing else. Customizing helps you add the features you are looking for, allowing you to focus more.
Lacrosse Helmet Visors
Usually, you can’t get a lame helmet with a cornice, so you need to install your own. The brakes on your helmet keep you cool. But are they legal? See our full post about attractive lenses that give you the rules and valuable information on how to install it.
Recommended Read: Best Lacrosse Visors
We recommend a quick tip, the Oakley lacrosse visor, with a few tweaks to install on your curved helmet. Also, keep in mind that NOCSAE does not allow you to look bright, it is against the rules!
Lacrosse Helmet Decals
Depending on the colors of your team, decal decals can make sense to you. You can buy lacrosse decals of any color the helmet offers, which will enhance your style.
You can buy a classic sticker for your loose helmet or you can buy the most traditional Mohawk lacrosse lever decals and a sticker that fits in the back.
Finally, you can place lacquer helmet stickers anywhere, and the cascade looks like thin helmet decals!
Lacrosse Helmet Wraps
Curly helmet wraps are a sticky style that can be placed on your loose helmet. Like lacrosse helmet decals, if your rock is a lacrosse helmet during your game, it depends on the team you play. In most tournaments, everything runs smoothly. Be fully aware that your lecture or group lacrosse allows you to apply a specific helmet for lacrosse. Contact your trainer to find out if your team is using lactose helmet wrap or where to buy them. You can check out headwraps.com to see what they pack!
Box Lacrosse Helmets
Lacrosse box players use a variety of helmets to meet the demands of fast and aggressive games. These people buy a hockey helmet and put on a grippy facemask to get a better look.
These players work in tight spaces and must be prepared to catch passes in a lot of motion.
They have an advantage over someone who can wear a flat-screen helmet as they have the added vision of seeing these foods on a multi-faceted side. We recommend the Lacrosse Gate Helmet Face Mask, then spread it on the Hockey Helmet!
Choosing the right lacrosse helmet will determine which style is best for you and what type of style you are looking for.
Most lacrosse helmets on the market will protect your head as much as possible. Make sure you don’t buy an old Easton lacrosse helmet.
Unfortunately, you can’t even buy a Brine lacrosse helmet or a Riddell lacrosse helmet.
Finally, the best thing is that you can try old lacrosse helmets or used lacrosse helmets.
Try a friend’s lax helmet to stay healthy or go to a luxury store and look for different products before you eat.
You can find out if the best lacrosse helmet is cheap or not. All of these helmets protect your head, but differences in fit and style can affect how you play.
Do The Right Thing: Easton Recalls Lacrosse Helmets
By now you’ve probably heard about the voluntary Easton Raptor Lacrosse Helmet recall. However, you might not know the full story, why it’s happening, or even who initiated recall. Since day one, Easton has hit the market hard, saying it wants to be a serious player in the lacrosse world, so we think it’s worth getting the full story here.
Easton’s Raptor lacrosse helmet was officially unveiled at the Big City Classic, almost one full year ago. I got to try one on, and it was definitely more impressive than I had thought it might be. Light, comfortable, able to be custom fit; it was something different – a great first effort on a new lacrosse helmet.
Many people said the helmet had a very “Halo” look to it, but I’m still not sure that is always a negative comment. When Cascade’s first lacrosse helmets came out as Sports Helmets, people said similar disparaging things, and look where they are now.
The Easton helmets at the Big City Classic last year.
As Easton officially released its first helmet and the year went on, more and more Raptors began popping up on lacrosse fields all over the country. A few travel teams and college lacrosse teams began rocking them, and individual players here and there purchased the helmets from local retailers. Everything seemed to be fine, and it was always fun to spot a Raptor on the field – something new, something different.
Then the first break in the plastic chin piece was discovered. The helmet had been worn by a goalie and the damage had occurred as a result of a shot. The goalie in question wasn’t hurt, but Easton found out about the helmet failure immediately. How did they find out? The goalie happened to be the son of Doug Appleton, General Manager of Easton Lacrosse.
So the engineers at Easton began testing helmets, and they found that the chin pieces were indeed breaking upon impact from shots 50mph or faster. The helmets were still passed by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) and were deemed safe for use, but Easton decided to pull their helmets back via a voluntary recall regardless of that fact.
As it turns out, the chin pieces were designed correctly, but manufactured incorrectly by a subcontractor in China. Corners were cut by this entity, as can often happen with international manufacturing and a lack of direct oversight, and this resulted in the chin pieces being weaker than intended. This manufacturing oversight could have affected just a batch of Raptor helmets, or it could have affected all of them, and still, they passed NOCSAE.
Yet Easton still initiated a voluntary recall.
We must applaud Easton for that. When it comes to helmets, perfection is the only option. Good enough is simply never good enough in this department, and this definitely seems like the attitude Easton has about the this case. We love to see a company doing the right thing.
While Easton only ended up receiving six reports of Raptor helmet failure, the company’s recall efforts confirm Easton really is in it for the long haul. Doug and the Easton team are clearly taking every step possible to right the ship.
About 10 of the college, high school and elite teams who were wearing Easton Raptor helmets will get new helmets for the season (or Summer in the case of elite teams) with corrected chin pieces. As for individual purchasers, Easton recommends that they return the helmet for a refund. It’s not a mandatory recall – players can still wear Raptor Helmets if they so choose – but Easton would rather that people err on the side of safety, as that is priority number one.
In the end, Easton just barely missed with the Raptor lacrosse helmet, and instead of trying to sweep it under the rug, the company announced it to the world. Easton will undoubtedly take a financial hit here, but to me that only means that they are truly investing in lacrosse with a long-term and dedicated approach. Success in this industry never comes overnight, and we commend Easton on the way it has handled this situation.
Putting customers’ safety first, putting the game first, and keeping sights set on the long-term. That’s a recall move we can get behind.
Today, a full Media Statement was released, and it can be found below. The Press Release from the CPSC or on the Consumer Product Safety Commission can be found on their website.
Raptor Lacrosse Helmet Media Statement from Easton:
The safety and protection of our consumers is Easton Sports’ number one concern. We recently received six reports that the chin bar in the Raptor lacrosse helmet cracked or broke upon ball impact, including one laceration injury. After investigating the issue with our source base, Easton learned that the original material specifications for the chin bar were not correctly followed. We exercised an abundance of caution and elected to conduct a voluntary recall of the Raptor lacrosse helmet in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The Raptor lacrosse helmet meets safety standards set forth by the National Operating Committee on the Safety of Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). However, after Easton’s subsequent investigation and testing confirmed that a chin bar may break, we notified retailers and asked them to stop selling the helmet. Easton is offering a full refund to all consumers who purchased the Raptor helmet.
Consumers may contact [email protected] or (877) 279-8545 for more information or to request a full refund.
Easton is committed to the game of lacrosse and will launch a new lacrosse helmet later this year with improved technology and innovation.
Cascade Maverik Solidifies #1 Position in NCAA Division 1 College Lacrosse
LIVERPOOL, N.Y., Feb. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Cascade Maverik Lacrosse, the industry leaders in head protection and lacrosse equipment, announced today that they renewed long-term partnerships with Penn State University, University of Michigan, Villanova University and Fairfield University men’s lacrosse teams. The recent signings make Cascade the helmet of choice for more than 70 percent of the Division 1 landscape. The recent agreements maintain Maverik as the #1 hard goods supplier on the Division 1 men’s lacrosse field. Penn State, Michigan, Villanova and Fairfield will all wear Cascade helmets and be outfitted in Maverik protective equipment along with its complete line of heads and handles for the program’s upcoming 2019 season.
“We are proud of our partnership with Cascade and Maverik Lacrosse due to the quality of our relationship and the quality of their product,” remarked Penn State Head Coach Jeff Tambroni.
Each school will wear the newest elite Cascade helmet, the S, customized in its colorways. The S incorporates several new, game-changing helmet technologies, including a new Tri-liner™ impact management system that is integrated with the shell, new Xflo™ ventilation that more than doubles the breathability of previous helmet models and a new Vision Bar™ facemask that ensure the ball is never out of sight. The S is the safest helmet Cascade has ever made.
“You can’t fake authenticity and there is a reason why Cascade is trusted by more teams in NCAA D1 men’s lacrosse and why Maverik has elevated itself to the #1 brand in lacrosse equipment,” stated Kevin Simmons Sports Marketing Manager for Cascade Maverik Lacrosse, “We believe our partnerships are key and directly correlate to our partners’ success on the field, which is then passed on to our end customers through our continual improvement process.”
All four programs will wear Maverik’s best in class impact protection — the Rome line. The Rome line delivers Maverik’s full package of innovation and functionality, offering maximum protection and breathability, outstanding fit and the best materials, for world class player performance. Highlighted by the new E-Form™ technology, which allows the Rome line to deliver maximum impact dispersion in a body heat activated, custom contoured fit. Complemented by a full line of heads featuring the latest Optik 2.0 and Havok heads, Maverik is on a tireless mission to offer players high performance product that helps them play their best.
In talking on the agreement, Villanova head coach Mike Corrado commented, “My favorite part of working with Cascade and Maverik is their commitment to offering the most technologically advanced equipment. They also stand behind their product. I know that we are equipped in the safest equipment in the market.”
Learn more about the gear of champions at maveriklacrosse.com and cascadelacrosse.com.
ABOUT CASCADE MAVERIK LACROSSE, LLC
Based in Liverpool, NY., Cascade Maverik is comprised of two brands, Maverik and Cascade. Cascade’s “passion to protect” has helped it become the #1 manufacturer of lacrosse head and eye protection for male and female athletes at all levels of the sport. Since 1986, Cascade prides itself on building and delivering high performance game-changing headgear, manufactured in the USA. Maverik, founded in 2005 by All-World professional lacrosse players, is a leading lacrosse manufacturer of heads, shafts, complete sticks, a complete line of protective gear, and accessories. For more information, please visit www.cascadelacrosse.com or www.MaverikLacrosse.com.
Physical Therapy in Thousand Oaks for Lacrosse
Welcome to Bartley Physical Therapy’s guide for selecting lacrosse equipment. We recommend a few general considerations when selecting your equipment in order to stay comfortable and minimize injury while playing lacrosse. Due to men’s lacrosse being considered a contact sport, where body and stick checking are allowed and are part of the game tactics, men have different mandatory equipment requirements for play. Women’s lacrosse on the other hand, is considered non-contact; contact between players is only incidental. For this reason, women are not required to wear equipment such as helmets or chest pads, which are required in the men’s game.
Helmet: A helmet is a mandatory piece of equipment for men’s lacrosse, but is only mandatory for the goalie in women’s lacrosse. The lacrosse helmet is made of hard plastic and is required to have a metal facemask as well as a chin strap for regulation play. The inside of the helmet is lined with pads that, as in any sport, help to disperse the force of a blow as well as create a comfortable fit for the head. Some helmets have a removable lining that can be taken out to wash. A well-fitted chin strap will be the final factor in securing the helmet adequately on the head. A goalie’s helmet is fitted with a throat protector. It is extremely important to buy a good quality helmet as this is the only protection you will have if the ball, a stick or another player contacts your head, and it may be the difference between a bump to the head and a serious concussion. Consulting with a good sports sales rep that is familiar with lacrosse helmets is essential when purchasing a helmet. Most importantly, ensure that the helmet you choose fits comfortably and snug, and does not move around as you move your head. If your helmet gets damaged in any way, including damage to the inner padding, replace it immediately as it will no longer provide adequate protection according to the manufacturers design and specifications.
Eye Protection: Eye protection is probably the most important piece of equipment required for women’s lacrosse. Men are required to wear a helmet with a face mask that protects the eyes, but as women’s lacrosse is a comparatively non-contact sport, helmets are not required but eye protection is. The eye protection used in women’s lacrosse looks more like a small cage around the eyes rather than simple glasses or goggles. There are several nationally approved brands of eye protection so checking with your national lacrosse association is a good starting point when choosing your eye protection. A highly trained sports equipment salesperson can be invaluable for advice when purchasing your eye protection. Whichever eye protection you choose, ensure that it feels comfortable and fits snugly at the back of your head and on your cheek bones. Your peripheral vision should not be obstructed by your eye protection. Although it is not recommended to wear your eye protection over your prescription glasses if it can be avoided, a few brands of eye protection are designed for this so if you must wear them over your glasses, be sure to confirm that they are designed to be worn this way before purchasing.
Mouth Guard: Mouth guards are designed to absorb some of the impact from blows to the jaw and teeth and are mandatory in any competitive play. Not only do mouth guards protect your teeth and jaw, but they also help to protect against a more severe concussion as they absorb some of the shock forced through your skull when your head is hit. It is mandatory that the mouth guard in lacrosse is visible at all times, so choosing a clear mouth guard is not advisable. Standard mouth guards are available in most sporting stores, but they tend to be bulky and do no provide good protection due to their inability to mold to individual teeth configurations. A do-it-yourself moldable plastic mouth guard is also generally available in sporting stores and is a better alternative to the standard mouth guard. These types of guards are made from a soft moldable plastic that can be melted in hot water and then placed in the mouth so that they mold to the individual shape of the teeth. These moldable guards can still feel bulky and therefore may interfere with breathing, however, they are recommended above the standard guard. If you are an avid lacrosse player, it would be worthy to get a custom-fitted mouth guard to provide maximum protection. Custom-fitted guards are made by a dental professional and molded from a special shock absorbing material. Custom mouth guards mold exactly to the individual player’s mouth anatomy and therefore provide maximum protection.
Protective Pads: Shoulder pads and arm/elbow pads are mandatory for men’s lacrosse. Chest/rib padding is optional but many players choose to wear them depending on the position they play. Again, due to women’s lacrosse not being considered a contact sport, women are not required to wear any pads, except for the goalie who must wear a chest protector and has the option of wearing other padding as well. When fitting any padding, be sure it fits snugly and allows you to move as freely as you can while still protecting the intended area. Shoulder pads are meant to protect both the shoulders and the upper chest, so ensure they are fit well around these areas. Arm/elbow pads should extend down to meet the gloves in order to provide maximum protection and should be able to be tightened enough so that they don’t slip down the arm while playing. As with all equipment, if you can bring your stick and try a few practice shots in the shop while trying out different padding, it will provide you will valuable information you can factor in when finally deciding to purchase.
Gloves: Gloves are mandatory in men’s lacrosse, but not in women’s lacrosse. However, in order to protect the hands and wrists from the common contusions, lacerations, and fractures, gloves are also highly recommended for women. Lacrosse gloves have heavy padding on the top of the fingers and across the wrists mainly to protect the hands and wrist from contact with other player’s sticks. Most gloves are made with a nylon and leather outer shell and a combined leather and mesh palm. As with any glove, the better the fit, the less chance of wrist and elbow strain injuries due to over-gripping in order to keep the glove in place. Comfort is of utmost importance, so trying a variety of different gloves until you find one that feels snug and comfortable is best. If you are able to bring your lacrosse stick with you to try out with potential gloves, this would be wise to ensure you can adequately grip the handle. It is also wise to purchase gloves that provide good ventilation as excess sweat inside the glove can make it hard to grip and be uncomfortable for the length of a game. As new gloves can be somewhat stiff when first purchased, you should try to practice as often as possible with the new gloves and wear them in. This again will allow you to grip your stick more efficiently without over-gripping. As with any piece of equipment, once the gloves begin to wear out and show signs of the palm wearing through, it is time for a new pair as they are no longer providing the protection they were built to provide and will also be adding to the potential of strain injuries.
Jockstrap & Cup/Athletic Supporter: This is an extremely important piece of equipment for males in any contact sport and lacrosse is no exception. The jock or athletic support provides solid protection to the genitalia which in turn reduces the number and severity of injuries incurred due to impact to this area. It should be well fitted and feel comfortable when running and squatting. If possible, try your supporter with whichever underwear you normally use to play in to ensure they fit comfortably together.
Cleats: As in many sports metal cleats are forbidden so be sure to purchase shoes with plastic cleats. There are special lacrosse shoe designs, but if you are not an avid player or are just beginning, other sporting shoes with cleats, such as those used for soccer will suffice, or a regular athletic shoe is also allowed. Most lacrosse is played on natural surfaces so a longer cleat is advisable in order to deal with a potential muddy or wet field. Artificial turf is becoming more popular, however, and a shorter cleat is best for this surface. If you are playing indoor lacrosse, depending on whether the indoor surface is covered with turf or not will dictate whether you need cleated shoes or not. Regular court shoes for indoors, such as those made for basketball, will suffice if there is no turf. Both low-cut and high-top varieties of lacrosse cleats are available. Comfort should be the biggest deciding factor, however, if you have had a history of ankle sprains, high-tops do provide extra support for the ankle so would be the recommended choice.
Socks: Blisters are common in any sport, but you can avoid them by both choosing the correct shoes (see above) as well as the correct socks. Blisters are caused by repetitive friction, heat, and moisture, so minimizing these factors will decrease your chance of developing them. Choose a sock that is form fitting (not tube socks) and one that is made with a breathable and moisture-wicking material. Ensure the sock fits very well as any slipping will cause excess friction. Some lacrosse players choose to wear two pairs of socks so any friction that does occur happens between the two layers of socks rather than against the skin. Lastly, ensure any hotspot (area that feels like a blister is starting) is tended to IMMEDIATELY. Avoiding blisters is much easier than treating them once they occur.
Stick: The traditional lacrosse stick was made of wood, but with modern technology the stick shaft of most men’s sticks is now made with a metal handle of a lightweight material such as aluminum, graphite, or titanium. Some women’s sticks are still constructed of wood. The handle can be either round or square and your choice depends on comfort. Because the shaft is hollow the butt end of the stick is covered with either tape or a rubber plug. A plastic mold creates the head of the stick. The head of the racket is strung with nylon or leather strings to create a pocket where the ball is carried. Interestingly, the pocket for a men’s stick can be strung with either nylon mesh or leather, but according to regulation, women’s sticks are only allowed to be strung with leather. The regulation dimensions of both the men’s and ladies’ stick lengths and pocket depths are strictly set so as not to allow an unfair advantage in lever arm or the ability to trap the ball, however, there is some variability within these regulations so you can choose a stick length or pocket depth that matches your style of play. For instance, a deeper pocket will allow more ball control and a shallower pocket will allow a quicker release. Women’s pockets are shallower than mens, which makes it harder to throw at a higher velocity, and a goalie’s stick pocket is larger than any of the other players. Choosing a length for your stick will nearly entirely depend on the position you play; defenders typically choose longer sticks for more reach, and attackers choose shorter sticks for more maneuverability. Midfielders will choose something in between. If you are new to the sport, it is wise to choose a stick in the mid range of all specifications until you get a feel for the ability to handle the stick and know your own style of play.
Ball: The lacrosse ball is a standard ball made of rubber and is made to specific requirements. Color, however, may vary and can be white, yellow, or orange.
Hydration Gear: Keeping hydrated during any activity will help you stay alert while training or competing, may help to prevent muscle cramps and will help your post-training or competition recovery. Lacrosse is no exception. If you use your own drink bottles rather than drinking from communal bottles you can easily monitor your fluid consumption and also avoid transmission of bacteria. We recommend that you drink about 350-450 mL before arriving at a game (ref: http://www.epysa.org/pdf/Heat_Hydration_Guidelines.pdf), and 250mL (1 cup) of water or sports drink every 20 minutes during the game (ref: http://www.ausport.gov.au/sportscoachmag/nutrition2/pre-event_nutrition) and for one hour after the game. Your fluid requirements will vary, of course, depending on the environmental conditions and your body size.
The 10 Best Lacrosse Helmets to Buy in 2021
Your head is a pretty important part of your body, all things considered. Decades of research and millions of dollars have gone into creating the best protective devices for our heads. Helmets have been custom-tailored to exact specifications for just about every sport known to man. Lacrosse is no exception to this rule.
For lacrosse players, finding the right helmet isn’t an option, it’s an obligation. There’s nothing worse than suffering through an entire game with an ill-fitting helmet that either cuts off circulation, wobbles around on your head, or fails to protect you in your time of need.
We have put together this buyer’s guide along with our list of the top 10 lacrosse helmets to help you find the perfect lacrosse helmet for your needs.
Features to Consider in Good Lacrosse Helmets
A full-contact, high-speed sport, lacrosse is not for the weak of will or for those who shy away from conflict. Having the proper protective gear is essential for ensuring the safety of everyone on the field. Finding a safe lacrosse helmet is simple, but finding the best helmet for you can be a more involved process.
NOCSAE Safety Standards
Any reputable dealer will only carry lacrosse helmets that have met safety standards outlined by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). You will find the NOCSAE sticker located on helmets or packaging for helmets that have been tested and proven to be effective.
Fitting Your Helmet
Finding the right fit is the next step for ensuring that the helmet in question will work for your needs. A lacrosse helmet should be snug but not so tight as to be uncomfortable for prolonged use. The fit should feel like it’s firmly grasping your head and the helmet should not slide around on your head once the chin strap is in place.
Facemask and Style
The next thing to be on the lookout for is a facemask style that protects you but also provides you with excellent visibility. Some people have different preferences for where the crossbars are located in terms of impacting their view. The order of importance for finding a helmet is as follows: a helmet that has been tested appropriately, one that fits well, and one that is your preferred style.
The lacrosse helmet is arguably the most important piece of protective gear on the field at any time. This is why finding the right lacrosse helmet for you is so important. Here are our top picks for lacrosse helmets in 2021.
Top 10 Best Lacrosse Helmets 2021
1. Cascade CPX-R Helmet
Why we like it: The Cascade CPX-R Helmet is the gold standard of lacrosse helmets for players the world over. This helmet provides great safety and comfort with a price to match its performance.
Featuring Seven Technology, the Cascade CPX-R Helmet provides impact absorption which helps to manage energy transfer and reduce the damage caused by direct impacts. The clean design features a wide viewing angle thanks to the oversized facemask which offers protection and visibility at the same time.
The helmet is outfitted with a buckled, cross-face chinstrap setup that allows for secure adjustments to the fit to be made with ease. There are also adequately-sized ventilation ports to help keep you cool during intense lacrosse matches. The ventilation system is created to provide maximal airflow without negatively impacting the structural integrity of the helmet.
This helmet is a no-frills offering that refuses to sacrifice performance for cost or style. While the helmet is fairly attractive, it’s designed with performance as the foremost factor in mind. This helmet is the standard by which other lacrosse helmets are compared an is an easy recommendation for most lacrosse athletes. That doesn’t mean this helmet is perfect for you, but it’s a great place to start.
- This helmet is manufactured by one of the most respected lacrosse helmet manufacturers in the world and is built to keep you safe.
- The Cascade CPX-R Helmet is designed to protect your head from all types of potential impacts during play.
- This helmet boasts the Seven Technology liner system that provides ground-breaking impact attenuation.
- Due to the quality of this helmet, it’s certainly not the lowest cost option on the market.
- It isn’t the most stylish helmet on the market, but it gets the job done exceedingly well.
2. Cascade S Lacrosse Helmet
Why we like it: It’s no accident that Cascade helmets take up so many spots on this list. The only thing that kept the Cascade S Lacrosse Helmet from the top of this list is its cost.
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This helmet is as good as it gets within a reasonable price range for lacrosse helmets. It features Cascade Tri-Liner protective technology that can absorb impacts from any direction during play. The Cascade S Lacrosse Helmet is also equipped with Gen4 EPP that is designed to protect specifically against impacts towards the front of the helmet and facemask.
Sporting a chrome facemask, the Cascade S Lacrosse Helmet provides the utmost in protection, comfort, and style. Possibly the greatest lacrosse helmet ever made, this is an easy purchase if the added cost isn’t a deal-breaker for you.
The Cascade CPX-R Helmet edged out the Cascade S Lacrosse Helmet by a narrow margin and primarily due to the fact that the Cascade S is the most expensive item on our list. While nearly $100 more expensive than the number one spot, this helmet provides unparalleled protection with a stylish flair.
- One of the best lacrosse helmets ever made, the Cascade S provides incredible protection.
- Dominate the field in style with the eye-catching look of this helmet.
- This helmet takes advantage of years of R&D to provide you with optimal head and face protection that won’t slow you down.
- The only problem with the Cascade S is the fact that it’s considerably more expensive than the number 1 item on our list and that’s what earned it the number 2 spot.
3. Cascade CPV-R Lacrosse Helmet
Why we like it: The Cascade CPV-R is the less fancy but more affordable brother of the CPX-R. While it may not be quite as comfortable, this helmet still gets the job done and does so at a considerably lower cost.
While the Cascade CPV-R might not boast all of the features of its more costly brother products, it still provides great security for your noggin during play. The facemask is designed to provide protection while also offering good visibility. It may not offer quite as much of a wide viewing angle as the items above, but it’s still a quality offering that won’t negatively impact your play.
The CPV-R comes in a large variety of sizes and colors which should make it easy for you to find the right fit and a color that complements your personality or your team’s. Its practical design focuses on providing the essentials for safe play while reducing the cost to pass the savings down to you, the customer.
The R-Series Shell features FreeFlow venting to help keep you cool in the heat of action without sacrificing safety. All of Cascade’s R-Series helmets have been tested for their effectiveness in the absorption of impacts to the face and skull. This helmet will keep you safe throughout your career as long as you practice proper maintenance skills.
- An affordable Cascade helmet that doesn’t sacrifice its ability to keep you safe during play, the Cascade CPV-R is a great budget option.
- Multiple sizing and color options allow you to customize the fit and style to best meet your needs and preferences.
- This helmet is less expensive than other Cascade helmets because it doesn’t offer the same level of protection or style.
4. Cascade LX Women’s Lacrosse Headgear
Why we like it: While lacrosse helmets are generally not required for women’s play due to rule variations from men’s lacrosse, there is still potential for cranial injury to occur and the Cascade LX offers great protection and comfort.
Women’s Lacrosse Helmet
Female lacrosse helmets are typically not mandatory; however, goggles are required. For many lacrosse players, goggles can be uncomfortable. The Cascade LX Women’s Lacrosse Headgear provides security for the head while also offering goggle-like eye protection that meets the safety requirements without the discomfort of standard goggles.
Despite the fact that helmets are not required in most female leagues, there is always a chance for head injuries to occur in regular lacrosse play. The Cascade headgear provides a wonderful mix of protection and comfort for female lacrosse competitors.
The Cascade LX Women’s Lacrosse Headgear features an integrated goggle system that relieves the pressure of standard goggles while also protecting the top and back of the head from impact. By leaving the lower part of the facemask completely open and creating large ventilation holes throughout the helmet, this piece of headgear can be worn comfortably throughout long play sessions.
This helmet also features dual hair slots for players with long hair that want to wear the helmet comfortably. There is also a rear-adjustable strap to provide more options for situating hair comfortably inside and outside the headgear. This helmet offers protection from impacts without sacrificing comfort or visibility and while meeting the women’s lacrosse requirements of goggle protection.
- Protects the head from impact while also acting as protective goggles to shield the player’s eyes.
- Offers superior ventilation and options for hair management to provide maximum comfort to the athlete.
- It provides a more comfortable alternative to wearing standard goggles during play.
- More expensive than standard goggles.
- It doesn’t protect the lower face or chin from impact.
5. STX Rival Lacrosse Helmet
Why we like it: The STX Rival Lacrosse Helmet is the only serious rival to Cascade’s S series and offers great protection. The helmet’s air pump system for getting a snug fit is great for dialing in the perfect amount of tightness.
Cascade’s primary competitor, STX, has made a wonderful lacrosse helmet with their STX Rival Lacrosse Helmet model. Its design in both form and function are close seconds to the offerings of Cascade. Personally, I prefer the look of the STX Rival to that of the Cascade S and when you factor in the fact that the Rival is almost $50 cheaper, it starts to look like a great alternative.
The protective foam system inside the STX Rival provides the ability to pump air into the pads to increase the pressure and tightness of the fit inside the helmet. This customization allows for fine-tuning of fit that may be preferred by some.
The STX Rival Lacrosse Helmet comes in a ton of color options including matte black which has always been a personal favorite of mine. The overall design of the helmet is a bit more intimidating, but some users have reported some discomfort where the helmet meets their forehead due to the difference in design compared to the Cascade S.
The STX Rival Lacrosse Helmet is a great piece of equipment, but it’s impossible to not compare it with Cascade’s offerings. The STX Rival is roughly .5 lbs heavier than the Cascade S which can be a big issue for many. Furthermore, the ventilation system in the STX Rival is slightly more stuffy comparably. An in-depth comparison video can be found here.
Ultimately, choosing one over the other comes down to preference and we considered the Cascade to have the upper hand in the direct comparison due to pricing and overall comfort. That doesn’t necessarily mean you would have the same opinion, so if you like the look of STX, rest assured you’re making very few sacrifices in terms of quality.
- Stylish design that doesn’t sacrifice head and face protection.
- Available in many colors and finishes.
- Offers a unique air pump cushion system for fine-tuning the fit once your head is snugly inside.
- Slightly cheaper than the Cascade S Lacrosse Helmet.
- It is more expensive than the Cascade CPX-R Helmet while offering similar features and protection.
- Nearly a full half-pound heavier than the Cascade S which can be a deal-breaker for many.
- Less ventilation than the Cascade S.
6. STX Lacrosse Stallion 600 Helmet
Why we like it: The STX Lacrosse Stallion 600 Helmet is STX’s budget offering which provides great protection at a reasonable price.
The STX Lacrosse Stallion 600 is competitively priced slightly lower than the Cascade CPV-R, placing it neatly in the middle range of cost-effectiveness by attempting to be considerably cheaper than the CPX-R and slightly better than the CPV-R. Fitting into that narrow range of cost to performance ratio is a difficult task.
The Stallion 600 is an evolution of the older Stallion 500 model and features a more ergonomic design. It combines comfort liner and TPU Cushioning in a hybrid system that offers great comfort, fit, and impact absorption. This helmet also features STX’s great Surefit Air Liner system which allows you to pump the helmet’s cushioning with air to dial in the perfect fit.
Additional TPU side pads have been added to elevate the comfort and fit above the Stallion 500. The adjustable EVA jaw pads also sport TPU cushioning for absorbing impacts. The jaw pads are available in various sizes to allow for a customizable fit.
The low popularity of STX Stallion helmets has made these an item that is frequently discounted. However, this helmet doesn’t provide great value if you’re paying the full price for it.
- Sale price is a great deal that makes it one of the most affordable offerings on our list.
- The Surefit Air Liner system is a great way to fine-tune the fit of your helmet.
- The availability of this item seems a bit limited so getting a good deal might prove difficult.
- If paying full price, you’d be better off going a different route.
- Limited color and sizing options.
7. Cascade CS-R Youth Lacrosse Helmet
Why we like it: The Cascade CS-R Youth Lacrosse Helmet is great for children 12 years and younger. This helmet will keep your burgeoning lacrosse player safe throughout their early years of play.
The build quality of this helmet is similar to that of the adult Cascade offerings but with a more simplified of a design to keep the size and price down. It utilizes Memory Foam side pads to provide a secure and comfortable fit for the little one during play. This JR. R mask has a 3-bar design for the facemask that is better for smaller faces to provide good vision at a reduced weight.
The Cascade CS-R Youth Lacrosse Helmet used an upgraded Full Pivot System that is specifically designed to fit the anatomy of smaller children under the age of 12. The rear third of the liner is modified to keep a grip on smaller skulls to keep them safe without allowing for slippage. This helmet is as close as youth players can get to the full-featured adult offerings.
Designed for Youth
Youth lacrosse helmets can be difficult to find due to the relatively low popularity of the sport, especially for younger children. This makes the offerings available rather slim. However, Cascade has created a great product at a reasonable price for children who pick up the sport of lacrosse in their early years.
This helmet provides children with a comfortable and secure fit that uses top-notch materials and build quality to offer a snug fit that keeps them safe. The rating for this helmet is only low due to the fact that youth helmets can only last someone for a short period of their life and youth lacrosse is a fairly underpopulated sport. The first elite youth helmet on the market, the Cascade Youth CS-R Elite Lacrosse Helmet offers best-in-class protection and comfort designed specifically to cradle the heads of younger players.
- Designed specifically for youth while still using high-quality materials and build.
- Better fit than trying to use an adult helmet cinched down all the way.
- Competitively priced to not break the bank.
- It’s fairly expensive for something the child is not likely to get many years of use out of.
- The lack of youth lacrosse leagues makes this item a questionable purchase unless you live in a big lacrosse area.
8. WARRIOR Matte EVO Helmet
Why we like it: The WARRIOR Matte EVO Helmet has a great, stylish design that also provides excellent comfort and protection. This helmet meets all NOCSAE standards and is also SEI certified.
Custom Boa Fit System
The WARRIOR EVO Helmet takes advantage of Boa’s clever custom fit system that allows you to dial in your perfect fit without fiddling with clumsy straps. The system allows for easy fine-tuning of fit and quick access for tightening, loosening, or completely removing the helmet. While a tightening system isn’t reason enough to buy one lacrosse helmet over another, it’s a nice added bonus.
WARRIOR is known for making sturdy sports equipment that can stand the test of time. The WARRIOR Matte EVO Helmet is no exception to that rule. Its Viconic EAS liner offers enhanced impact protection with 100% recoverability. The Viconic EAS liner system was co-created with the market-leading automotive impact protection company to provide lacrosse players with the utmost in head protection.
Equipped with cutting edge helmet technology, the WARRIOR Evo Lacrosse Helmet provides great protection and a secure fit. This WARRIOR helmet provides great visibility and offers a striking design.
Equipped with a chrome facemask, the WARRIOR Matte EVO helmet creates an intimidating visage on the lacrosse player’s head. The chrome facemask is also said to help some with visibility thanks to its reflective coating. This helmet is a solid option for those who want to stand out from the crowd without sacrificing protection.
- A unique look that will help you stand out from the rest of the players on the field.
- The Boa Fit system allows for quick adjustments to fit on the fly.
- This helmet is priced right in the middle of the two high-end Cascade offerings without much warranting the price other than style.
- The ventilation system on this helmet is a bit lackluster compared to other similarly-priced offerings available.
9. STX Stallion 100 Youth Helmet
Why we like it: Designed for youth players, the STX Stallion 100 Youth Lacrosse Helmet is a great alternative to the Cascade CS-R Youth Helmet. Equipped with an elastic strap system, this helmet allows for a great fit across a wide range of smaller head sizes.
STX is Cascade’s primary competitor in the world of lacrosse helmets and their build quality is right up there with the best. The major downside of the STX Stallion 100 Helmet is that the build quality comes with a slightly heavier weight compared to Cascade offerings.
The STX Stallion 100 Lacrosse Helmet offers an ABS shell with impact modifiers molded into the plastic for enhanced strength and durability. With an advanced EPP liner, this helmet provides consistent coverage and fit throughout the entire shell. It also sports adjustable EVA jaw pads that incorporate TPU cushioning for superior impact absorption. The jaw pads can be custom ordered in varying sizes to provide an optimal fit.
Similarities between the Cascade CS-R Youth Helmet and the STX Stallion 100 Youth Helmet must be drawn. The STX Youth Lacrosse Helmet is a bit heavier in comparison while both share the same price point. Deciding between the two is likely to come down to a personal preference for your child as both are quality helmets that provide great comfort and protection for young lacrosse players.
- The STX Stallion 100 Youth Lacrosse Helmet boasts great build quality.
- It has a clean design with a stylish appearance.
- This suffers in popularity due to it being a premium youth helmet much like the Cascade CS-R on our list.
10. WARRIOR Burn JR Helmet
Why we like it: The Warrior Burn Junior Lacrosse Helmet is a great option when you can find it on sale.
This helmet utilizes less expensive but still effective materials to keep the weight and cost of production down. Unfortunately, its base price is quite high. When on sale though, it’s a good deal.
Paying a premium price for the Cascade or STX youth offerings seems a bit silly and unnecessary when you consider how many seasons your child is likely to get out of their youth-sized helmet. This is especially true when you consider the relative amount of force your child’s head will be likely to be impacted by playing against other children in the same age group.
This helmet has a sturdy shell and is lined with vinyl nitrate foam liner to keep the head cushioned from impacts. It also has an easy Velcro pull-tab fitting system to allow for quick and easy adjustments of fit. This helmet meets NOCSAE standards and is SEI certified, but doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the other two youth offerings on this list.
The ventilation system is a bit lacking so the player’s head will most likely get warmer inside this helmet compared to the other youth helmets on our list. However, this is unlikely to be noticed by younger players and saving money on a helmet that is probably only going to be used for a season or two is a valid option.
- This helmet is occasionally steeply discounted
- Paying full price for this helmet is a waste of money when you can get one of the more popular brands for the same price if not a bit lower.
Guide to Buying the Best Lacrosse Helmets
Due to the blistering pace and full-contact nature of the sport, getting the best lacrosse helmet for you is imperative. There are a few key things to keep in mind when it comes to buying a lacrosse helmet. Here are the key considerations for buying a lacrosse helmet, listed in order of importance.
When lacrosse was first played by Native Americans who wore no protective equipment whatsoever. The rate of injuries in lacrosse prior to protective wear was much higher than it is today. Lacrosse was actually featured in the 1904 Summer Olympics and even then, no protective equipment was to be found.
It wasn’t until 1928 that helmets were finally put to use, but those thin caps of leather were a far cry from the advanced helmets of today and only some players actually wore them. Facemasks were later introduced in the 1940s and in the early 1960s, the bucket design was implemented to offer more cranium protection from impacts.
The next evolution in lacrosse helmet technology didn’t occur until the mid to late 1990s when Cascade introduced their first helmet. Cascade would go on to dominate the lacrosse helmet scene even up to now when it has only a couple of competitors.
Lacrosse helmets are built similarly to football helmets with a handful of modifications to optimize their performance for the different requirements of the sport. One of the primary differences between football helmets and lacrosse helmets is their overall weight and the much more open design of the facemasks.
A lacrosse helmet is designed with mobility, agility, and visibility as the primary considerations after safety and this is obvious just by looking at them. Despite the emphasis on lighter weights, lacrosse helmets still seek to provide optimal protection against impacts to the face and cranium.
Lacrosse players have a historically high rate of concussions due to the fast-paced and full-contact nature of the sport. However, those rates have gone down in recent years thanks, in large part, to improvements in helmet safety technology.
Lacrosse Helmet Technology
New kinds of foam liners have been developed over the years that are light and comfortable while having the ability to instantly become more rigid when an impact occurs to help absorb the shock of the impact evenly throughout the helmet.
The construction of a lacrosse helmet includes several primary components:
- Shell – The hard, plastic carapace that makes up the outside of the helmet is essential for protecting the head from sharp blows. The shell must be sturdy but also light enough to not interfere with the athlete’s mobility and comfort. Most shells include ventilation holes to allow the helmet to breathe and prevent overheating.
- Impact Liner – Inside, the shell has a system of foam liner pieces that absorb impacts to the head of the athlete during play. The thickness and density of these foam pieces are essential for ensuring the athlete’s safety.
- Facemask – The facemask acts as a barrier between the athlete’s face and any incoming objects while still allowing them to see what they’re doing. The design of the bars is intended to maximize visibility while minimizing the potential for dangerous objects to get to the player’s face.
- Chin Bar – This part of the helmet is designed to protect the jaw as well as the upper throat from impacts.
- Chinstrap – The chinstrap is used to snugly secure the helmet onto the athlete’s head. The strap can be cinched to dial in the perfect fit for each person’s head.
Finding the Right Fit
Getting a helmet that fits properly is essential for ensuring your protection and comfort during play.
Lacrosse helmets need to be snug and tight while not exerting so much pressure as to be unduly uncomfortable. Getting your head into the helmet is likely to be slightly uncomfortable, but once you have the helmet firmly in place, it shouldn’t be more than slightly uncomfortable and ideally not at all.
The padding inside the helmet should feel like a firm grasp on your skull but it shouldn’t cause bruising or tension. Once your head is securely inside the helmet, you should snap the chinstrap in place and cinch it until it sits snugly without any slack. The chinstrap should be firmly in place but not uncomfortably so.
Once you have the chinstrap cinched and all buckles are fastened, you should test the fit of the helmet. Testing for a proper fit involves simulating play by vigorously moving about and shaking your head. The helmet should not move much if at all on your head and the skin of your forehead should move with the helmet as it wiggles slightly. You should always be able to see out of the top opening and the mask should never slide on your head.
Helmets should be kept in good shape and checked regularly after play for any dents, cracks, or bends. If your helmet appears compromised in any way that isn’t purely cosmetic, repair or replacement should become a priority immediately. The safety of a helmet can be compromised by damage to its structure.
The last consideration for your lacrosse helmet should be its style and appearance. Wanting to stand out from the rest of the players with a cool-looking helmet is great, but style should never come at the cost of safety. Don’t get the cooler-looking helmet if it doesn’t fit as well as another one.
It’s important to understand that looking good doesn’t count for much if you’re sent to the hospital because of an ill-fitting or poorly-constructed helmet. The look of a helmet can be relatively easy to alter by applying decals or paints so don’t be afraid to get a little crafty with your lacrosse helmet as long as you aren’t modifying the structure or any of the aspects of the helmet listed above in the Safety First section.
If you can find a helmet that fits great, has high safety standards, and looks cool then you’ve definitely hit the jackpot. When searching for a lacrosse helmet, keep your expectations in check and focus on function over form. You can select from an array of colors through amazon and even add your own custom decals.
Lacrosse has been rising in popularity in North America in recent years as one of the fastest growing sports in America. Considered to be “America’s first sport”, lacrosse was played by early Native Americans. When the French first witnessed the game being played in North America they thought the sticks being used looked like a bishop’s crosier, hence the name “lacrosse” was given to the sport.
If you’re a lacrosse player, safety should be your top concern and protecting the top of your body is on the top of that list. Lacrosse safety equipment is highly recommended for all levels of play, helmets in particular. However, not all pieces of equipment are required depending on the league in which you play.
To learn more about lacrosse equipment requirements and how to measure your body to find the right size, check out this detailed resource put together by Lacrosse Unlimited. For information on lacrosse injuries and how to avoid them, go to UPMC’s helpful resource found here.
Wearing the proper equipment for your sport will help you reduce the risk of injury and increase your overall enjoyment of the competition by alleviating your worries. Finding the best lacrosse helmet should be easy with this resource at hand. Good luck with your search and have fun on the field!
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Men’s jumper (NK-41350) for only 820 rubles.in Togliatti
Size / Ros. size / International size, 100-170-176 / 50 / L, 100-182-188 / 50 / L, 104-170-176 / 52 / XL, 104-182-188 / 52 / XL, 108-170-176 / 54 / XXL
Jumper for men “polo” made of knitted fabric (100% cotton). Length to mid-thigh, short sleeves. The trendy colors and stylish silhouette make this wardrobe item a must-have for every man. Material texture: knitted
Material: 100% cotton
Size / Ros. size / International size, 100-170-176 / 50 / L, 100-182-188 / 50 / L, 104-170-176 / 52 / XL, 104-182-188 / 52 / XL, 108-170-176 / 54 / XXL
A prepayment equal to the cost of delivery is required. You pay for the product itself only upon receipt. Delivery options in Togliatti:
1. Russian Post
- Cost from 430 rubles, depending on the range, weight and value of the parcel.
- Delivery time from 2 weeks.
- Cash on delivery is possible.
- Fitting is carried out only after the purchase of the goods.
2. Courier company
- Cost from 300 rubles, depending on the range, weight and value of the parcel.
- Delivery to the doorstep.
- Possibility of trying on before buying.
- Addresses of the delivery points of the courier company:
(the goods will arrive at the pickup point only after making an advance payment)
Address 1: St.Togliatti, Liza Chaikina st., 81
Address 2: Togliatti, st. Revolutionary, 76
Address 3: Togliatti, st. Voroshilov, 69
Address 4: Togliatti, st. Karl Marx, 51
Address 5: Togliatti, st. Sverdlova, 13a
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Address 7: Togliatti, st. Lenin, 44, building 3, 5
Estimated delivery time: 1-2 days
We draw your attention to the fact that the goods are accepted back only in full complete set, with all packages and stickers, unused within 1 week from the date of receipt of the goods at the post office, pick-up point or from our courier.According to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of September 27, 2007 N 612 (as amended on October 4, 2012) “On approval of the Rules for the sale of goods by remote means”
Leotards are considered underwear and cannot be returned. Only marriage.
Shipping costs associated with the return of the goods are borne by the buyer, except if a defect is detected on the goods.
90,000 Boxing is love at first sight. A young master of sports trains in Surgut
“If I want to study, I will.”This is how the master of sports in boxing Diana Baeva answers the question about the attitude towards women in martial arts. The girl first came to the gym at the age of 11. Tells: I fell in love with boxing at first sight. Once I came to the World Cup, which was held in Surgut in 2011, and realized that she wanted to go to the ring.
“Mom supported me, dad said:“ What are you? Boxing? What are you? ” Although, in fact, it should be the other way around, my mother should have said, but no, my mother supported me. Then I brought a medal, albeit with the second place, but still, there is a place, already, it means that the process is underway ”, – said the girl.
Diana won her first medal in 2016 at the regional championship. It was the athlete’s debut in the ring and the first defeat in sparring. “I went into the ring, honestly, I cried because it was very scary. Of course, I lost, but all the same, this loss, he tempered, and now I continued on. Although many said: “Dian, you lost, that’s it, stop studying.” I said no. Why? It’s just a loss, no big deal, more further. ” And so. Further – more “, – the athlete recalled.
Competitions in the 16th year were the first not only for Diana, but also for her coach Albert Yakupov . Previously, he did not prepare girls for performing in the ring. However, the mentor is sure that it is possible to raise a champion from both a boy and a girl, the main thing is motivation and desire: “I personally believe that if a child is motivated, even a boy or a girl, then you need to work with him. An Olympic medal, both among female and male boxing, it is valued, and as if any coach would envy an Olympic medal, even for women, even for men ”.
According to Diana, the difference between men and women in boxing is only in competitions – girls enter the ring wearing helmets. But everyone trains on an equal footing: “There are men who are engaged in dancing. They are not told that this is not for you. They want – they are engaged. It’s the same here. We want to study – we will study. That is, it all depends on the desire, on how you want, what results you want to achieve. If you want to achieve good results in the future, of course, you will do everything for this ”.
There are many medals in Diana’s collection: regional, national, international. But the World Cup is of particular importance for the master of sports. After all, once a little girl, she came to these competitions and fell in love with boxing, and a few years later she became the winner of this tournament.
Now Diana is preparing for the next circuit competition. However, the girl strives for more and, as practice shows, the athlete is used to achieving her goal.
In addition to her own training, Diana also helps her coach conduct boxing classes for toddlers. Both boys and girls come to the groups for young athletes.
“At the initial stage, we recruit both boys and girls into the general group. They do the same program. First, general developmental exercises, games, general physical fitness, and then slowly pulls into boxing “, – added coach Albert Yakupov.
Trainings are held in the sports complex “Fakel”.Albert Yakupov noted that the support from the founder of the hall, Gazprom Transgaz Surgut, is a great contribution to the development of boxing, including women’s boxing. It has become more popular in recent years. The Russian Boxing Federation, at a meeting with the sports community of Ugra in March this year, identified support for gender equality as one of the development vectors for the next four years. There are plans to increase the number of weight categories for women, as well as expand the list of competitions.
90,000 The most seductive Mass Effect actresses
When the game is studied inside and out.When all tasks are completed. When all possible endings have been found. It’s time for the fans. Search for secrets and legends. Search for hidden theories and conspiracies. Expanding horizons and easter eggs.
Many people have worked on the Mass Effect trilogy games. Several people could work on one image of the heroines at once. Appearance could be taken from a pretty girl, motion capture from another person, and the third person put the voice acting. It is impossible to describe all possible options in one small material.The list includes only girls who can be Shepard’s love interests (both male and female versions)
Ashley Williams (based on Alison Carroll)
Ashley Williams appears in all parts of the trilogy. Her image is based on cosplayer, gymnast and fashion model Alison Carroll. The girl also appeared in the image of Lara Croft in the game Tomb Raider: Underworld and in the video of Aloy in the recent Sony Horizon Zero Dawn exclusive. Nice lady with regular shapes.
Liara T’Soni (based on Gillian Murray)
Azari the scientist appears in all parts of the trilogy.The voice acting of the heroine was given to Ali Hillis, but the appearance was copied from the American film and television actress Gillian Murray. The actress is unremarkable, however, the image of Azari almost completely hides all the noticeable features of the actress.
Miranda Lawson (based on Yvonne Strahovski)
The hottest and scorching look. It was this strong and independent woman who was preferred by many players from the post-Soviet space. The voice and appearance were donated by Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski.In life, Yvonne is a blonde and initially her character was also supposed to be blonde.
Tali’Zorah (image created on the basis of Hammasu Kohistani)
Tali hides under a helmet mask throughout the game and her real image can be seen exclusively with Shepard’s love interest in the third part. A photo without a mask can be found in Shepard’s room. Hammasu Kohistani did not act in film or take part in the development of the game. Being the winner of Miss England 2005, one of the developers just liked it and was added as a processed photo.Liz Sroka was responsible for the voice acting.
Jack (based on Candice Neil)
Subject Zero, aka Jacqueline Noth, aka Jennifer was copied from the model Candice Neil. An obscure actress, most often referred to as the wife of Billy Zane (the main antagonist in the Titanic movie with DiCaprio). The character was voiced by the voice actress Courtney Taylor.
Kelly Chambers (based on Kara Pifko)
An unobtrusive character on the Normandy SR-2 is the captain’s mate and always gets underfoot.It can die both in the second part on the basis of the Collectors, and in the third part at the hands of Cerberus. The simplest and most understandable character and Shepard’s love interest of both sexes. The look is based on the Canadian actress Cara Pifko, best known for the TV series Better Call Saul.
Samantha Traynor (based on Alix Wilton Regan)
Voice actress, permanent employee of BioWare. She regularly appeared in many projects of the company. An ordinary employee with a nice appearance. In the recent past, there was news that Alix would again be involved in a new project from a Canadian company.
Diana Allers (based on Jessica Chobot)
The biggest and fattest Easter egg in the game. In the post-Soviet space, she was ignored, but for the Western it was Diana Allers who became the most cherished and desired object for bed scenes. Jessica Chobot, who gave her image to the reporter of the galaxy, and in real life is a reporter. Reporter for the most popular gaming publication IGN. She was often the host of Xbox inside. Collaborated with Sony. The hot reporter often embodied the fantasies of young people, cosplaying certain game characters.
12 years have passed since the release of the game series, a lot has been erased from the memory of the game itself, but love lines with favorite characters were imprinted at the genetic level and are still remembered.