Lightweight and Durable Shell Protects Against Impacts
As any parent knows, one of the most important considerations when picking out lacrosse equipment for our kids is finding a helmet that provides top-notch protection without weighing them down. The Cascade S gets high marks in this regard, thanks to its lightweight yet rugged polycarbonate shell that’s designed to withstand those inevitable collisions out on the field. Don’t let the feather-like feel of the S fool you – this shell absorbs the brunt of impacts to keep your athlete’s head safe. How does it pull off being so lightweight while still protecting against high-energy blows? The secret lies in Cascade’s precision molding techniques that allow the shell to be crafted as thinly as possible without sacrificing durability. Weighing in at only 2 pounds, the S won’t stress your kid’s neck muscles even after hours of non-stop play. Nothing ruins a great practice or game faster than neck fatigue from an overweight helmet. The S helmets are tested rigorously by Cascade to ensure they meet key safety benchmarks, like NOCSAE standards, so you can have confidence that your lacrosse player’s melon will be protected when they lower their shoulder on a bullet pass across the middle or take a stick to the head while battling for a ground ball.
Adjustable Liner Accommodates Head Growth
As parents, we all know how quickly our kids seem to sprout up almost overnight. One moment their helmet is fitting perfectly, the next it feels like you need to jam their swollen melon in just to make it squeeze on. Not fun for anyone involved! Thankfully, the engineers at Cascade designed the S with an adjustable liner system that expands along with your athlete’s rapidly growing noggin. This innovative liner allows you to custom tune the fit of the helmet quickly and easily as their head size increases over time. No more cramming an uncomfortably tight helmet onto your kid’s head and hoping it will somehow mold to the new shape of their expanding cranium. The S helmets use a ratchet-dial based adjustment system that provides precision control over the fit of the helmet liner. Simply turn the adjustment dial to loosen or tighten the fit in small increments until you achieve the ideal customized fit for your youth player. The ratchet-dial allows microfit tuning that keeps the S feeling like a natural extension of your lacrosse player’s head, regardless of fluctuations in head size. This attention to adjustable fit also enhances safety by minimizing helmet movement and slippage as kids grow. The removable liner pads are made from moisture-wicking anti-microbial material to keep your athlete’s head dry and odor-free on those sweltering summer tournament days. Being able to fine tune the fit of the S liner ensures your child gets the ideal balance of comfort, stability and protection as they progress through their lacrosse career. No more retirement of an otherwise safe helmet just because it won’t fit a rapidly expanding head from season to season!
Ventilation Keeps Head Cool and Comfortable
Let’s be honest, lacrosse can be a hot and sweaty sport! When you combine the exertion of running up and down the field with the heat beat down from the sun, things inside that helmet can get steamy in a hurry. The last thing you want is your kid experiencing heat exhaustion or discomfort because their helmet isn’t providing proper airflow. Thankfully, Cascade designed enhanced ventilation into the S helmet to help maximize air circulation and keep your athlete’s head cool. Strategically placed ventilation ports channel fresh breezes through the helmet while expelling hot stagnant air. By providing optimized movement of air, the vents dissipate perspiration to prevent overheating and help maintain comfort even in the most brutal heat. Tests show the ventilation system in the S helmet provides a 15% improvement in airflow compared to previous Cascade models. Your child will stay energized and focused on the game rather than being distracted by an uncomfortable sauna effect inside their helmet. Beyond ventilation, Cascade included moisture-wicking anti-microbial pads in the S helmet liner to soak up and evaporate sweat. Together with the flowing air currents, this moisture-wicking material prevents sweaty heads and stinky helmet funk. Along with the cooling benefits, keeping your child’s head dry enhances safety by maintaining stability of fit even during the sweatiest contests. While ventilation and sweat management may not seem like the most crucial elements for a sports helmet, every parent knows that keeping your kids comfortable always equates to better performance and more enjoyment out on the field. With its optimized airflow and moisture evacuation, the S helmet delivers welcome cooling that allows young lacrosse stars to give 100% every minute.
Visor Shields Eyes from Sun and Debris
As any seasoned lacrosse parent knows, it’s vitally important to protect our kids’ peepers when they are out on the field launching blistering shots or scooping up rocket ground balls. A stray ball or accidental stick catching them in the eye can lead to an injury that impacts their vision long after the final whistle. Cascade engineered the S helmet with integrated visor protection to shield your athlete’s eyes from harm while allowing them to keep their head in the game. The visor attaches securely to the helmet shell to provide a wraparound guard against overhead sun glare and penetration of foreign objects. Unlike bulky fishbowl style shields, the slimline visor on the S maximizes periphery vision so your child can track the ball and opponents without obstruction. The sleek contours and strategic venting prevent fogging to maintain a crystal clear view of the action. While the sturdy polycarbonate visor provides robust protection, it is designed to flex on hard collisions rather than shatter to minimize risk of fragments causing lacerations. The screw mounted hardware allows the visor to pivot out of the way or detach quickly for transitions or to converse with coaches. Parents will also appreciate the UV blocking properties of the visor that prevent damaging rays from causing long-term vision issues or premature cataracts for our kids. While sweating the small stuff like eye protection may not be exciting, every parent knows that ensuring thorough safeguards for young athletes is key to their lifelong enjoyment of sports. Cascade’s innovative integrated visor gives parents one less thing to stress over and gives players the confidence to play boldly without worrying about impacts to their peepers.
Custom Graphics Allow Personalized Style
In the age of Instagram and TikTok, we all know how particular kids can be about showing off their own unique style. The last thing you want is your lacrosse player refusing to wear their helmet because it looks antiquated or boring. Cascade got the memo and made sure custom graphics and colors are an integral part of the S lacrosse helmet. With endless graphic options ranging from flashy to subdued, your athlete can design a look that speaks to their personality while still meeting team uniform requirements. Beyond just aesthetics, players report that being able to customize the style of their helmet boosts their confidence and gets them hyped to dominate on game days. The outer shell of the S utilizes a high-quality print wrap process that allows for vibrant graphics without compromising durability or safety ratings. These printed graphics hold up to UV rays, chips and scuffs better than painted designs. Easy to apply and remove decal kits are also available for a more budget friendly customization option or to switch up designs between seasons. Let your lacrosse player put their creativity hat on and design something that will become an iconic extension of their identity on the field. Seeing that glow of pride and excitement when they first unbox their customized S helmet makes all those long drives to weekend tournaments 100% worth it. Cascade even allows full custom paint jobs for next level personalization at an added cost. With the endless options for making the helmet their own, your kid is sure to find a look that captures their playing style and personality. The S helmet checks off all the boxes for safety — and now style — to keep young lacrosse stars looking and feeling their best out there on the field.
Meets Safety Standards for Youth Play
As parents, keeping our kids safe should always be the number one priority, especially when it comes to sports equipment. You want to have total confidence you are providing your child with protective gear that meets the highest safety benchmarks. Cascade engineered the S lacrosse helmet from the ground up to satisfy key certification standards that verify its ability to minimize head injuries during play. The construction and performance testing of the S adheres strictly to NOCSAE standards to ensure optimal protection for youth athletes. From lab testing impacts to measuring capability to reduce collision forces, Cascade puts the S helmets through rigorous evaluations to guarantee they meet all requirements. The polycarbonate shell and interior padding work together to diffuse and absorb energy from impacts to reduce the force transmitted to a player’s head. Testing verifies the S reduces impact forces substantially better than previous Cascade models and many competitor helmets. Custom sizing and adjustable liners also play a crucial role in safety by ensuring optimal stability and minimizing hazardous slippage of the helmet during play. Beyond standards testing in the lab, Cascade analyzes feedback from players wear-testing prototypes to incorporate real-world design improvements. While no helmet can prevent 100% of head injuries, you can rest assured Cascade engineered the S specifically to provide superb protection tailored for youth lacrosse. As parents we make sacrifices to provide our kids the best opportunities in life – the S helmet delivers that same premium level of protection to let them thrive and build confidence on the lacrosse field. Your child’s safety is too important to cut corners. The S has you covered.
Strategic Padding Reduces Force of Collision
Let’s face it – lacrosse is a full contact sport and collisions are inevitable. Helmet technology has come a long way in recent years when it comes to maximizing padding protection against those bone-jarring hits. The Cascade S lacrosse helmet utilizes advanced strategic padding placement designed to protect your child’s head from the impact forces that cause injuries. The interiorpadding consists of compression formed vinyl nitrile that compresses and rebounds upon impact to dissipate energy. Variable thickness padding in areas most prone to collision provides enhanced shock absorption where it’s needed most. Thicker padding over the temples, for example, helps diffuse the force when an opponent’s stick or shoulder makes contact. The padding contains air holes that compress on impact and spread the force over a wider surface area. Multiple layers and density variations of the padding foam react to both direct and glancing blows to provide multi-hit protection. Strategically tighter fitting padding across the crown prevents excessive helmet movement during play. All portions of the padding feature anti-microbial and moisture wicking fabrics to avoid issues with odor and slipping. While smart padding design is crucial, Cascade pairs it with an advanced shell material engineered to flex rather than crack on impact. This shell flex dissipates force and works synergistically with the padding to provide full coverage protection. High quality padding means nothing without a shell that doesn’t compromise. With decades of experience crafting innovative sports protection, Cascade understands better than anyone how to create a helmet with padding that provides your child superior head protection across the wide range of impact scenarios in youth lacrosse.
Quick Release Mask for Fast Transitions
One of the keys to lacrosse success is making quick line changes and transitions on the fly to keep fresh legs on the field. Nothing slows down those fast breaks more than a face mask that’s difficult and time consuming to detach and reattach between shifts. Cascade engineered the S helmet with speed and simplicity in mind when it comes to the quick release mask. The mask attaches securely to the helmet shell with a simple screw-based clamp system that allows quick detachment with the flip of a lever. Players can transition the mask on and off in seconds to maximize time efficiency during substitutions or when coaches need to converse mask-free. Speedy mask changes also make life easier for multi-sport athletes who transition into other sports like football that require mask removal. The quick release hardware is recessed into the shell to avoid catching on jerseys during play. Face mask fittings use an adjustable torque screw to ensure the mask can be tightly secured in place while still allowing swift detachment as needed. Beyond time savings, the quick release mask also provides safety advantages. Easy mask removal enables fast access in the case of injury without wasting precious seconds fiddling with cumbersome hardware. The quick release lever allows the mask to detach during collisions as intended to prevent neck injury from excessive twisting. Mask fittings are compatible with standard lacrosse face masks to allow players to select their preferred style and level of protection. Whether your star midfielder is racing to the sideline for a quick breather or converting the helmet for multi-sport use, the quick release mask ensures seamless transitions to keep your athlete always game ready.
Improved Fit Over Other Youth Helmets
Let’s be honest – as parents we know that helmet comfort usually ranks way down the priority list for our kids compared to style and graphics. However, an uncomfortable helmet that slips and slides is never going to provide optimal safety and performance. The Cascade S lacrosse helmet is engineered specifically with the head shapes and sizes of youth players in mind to deliver a precise contouring fit unavailable from other helmet brands. Cascade leverages insights from fit studies on thousands of heads to design the ideal shell shape and liner pad configurations to maximize stability and comfort. The S shell incorporates strategic cutouts tailored to accommodate youth head anatomy while minimizing negative space. Adjustable liners with custom pad arrangements cradle smaller heads to enhance fit quality and eliminate hotspots. Snugger padding across the temples and crown provides a tight yet comfortable fit that won’t loosen mid-game. Seven helmet size options ensure you can dial in the exact length and width dimensions for your player’s unique melon. Few things undermine safety quicker than a loose helmet allowing excessive movement upon impact. Beyond safety benefits, eliminating fit frustrations also leads to better lacrosse by keeping players focused rather than distracted by their gear. The lightweight feel coupled with contoured alignment generates a “second skin” experience that young athletes love compared to other helmets on the market. Don’t settle for your child being stuffed into an adult-first designed helmet that compromises both comfort and protection. The S lets kids play with confidence knowing their helmet was crafted just for them. No more fidgeting and adjustments – just game time focus.
Designed Specifically for Youth Head Shapes
As parents, we know that kids aren’t just mini versions of adults – especially when it comes to differences in anatomy as they grow. Their heads and bodies have unique shapes and structures that adult-focused safety gear often fails to accommodate. Cascade utilized comprehensive research into youth head morphology and safety needs to engineer the S lacrosse helmet with tailored designs specifically for younger athletes. Using head scan data from thousands of youth players, Cascade’s engineers analyzed key variances in proportions like cranium length, forehead curvature and zygomatic width compared to adult dimensions. This research enabled precise shell shaping with more containment around the back and temples while minimizing negative space around youth heads. Strategic cutouts and compressed padding directions deliver improved stability and eliminated slippage issues caused by non-optimized adult helmets. Fitting significantly more snug in crown and side regions decreases harmful helmet movement upon impact. Cascade also examined injury metrics to identify the most common youth impact zones and injury types like concussions and facial fractures. The S design incorporates additional reinforcement and padding to protect these vulnerable youth head areas. Facemasks take into account nasal and jawbone protection requirements for growing faces. On-field research with youth players provided real-world feedback to hone comfort and performance. Cascade leverages insights from neurosurgeons and biomechanists to understand differences in youth head physics and injury tolerances compared to adults. By relentlessly focusing on youth-first design, the S helmet delivers safety and comfort milestones not possible in adult-adapted helmets. Parents can have confidence their child’s unique needs are addressed both in protection and fit. Don’t settle for squeezing your young athlete into an oversized helmet – the S sets the new standard crafted just for them.
Seven Size Options Ensure Proper Fit
As parents, we know the frustration of ordering a helmet only to find it’s slightly too tight or loose when our kid tries it on. That “close but not quite right” fit undermines both safety and performance. Cascade addresses this helmet fit pain point by offering an industry-leading seven size options for the S lacrosse helmet. With more size variants spanning youth head dimensions, you can fine tune the length and width for an exacting fit not possible with brands offering only 3-4 sizes. The expanded sizing includes more shell proportions designed specifically based on youth head scan data. Smaller size increments between lengths and widths eliminates those helmets that leave too much wiggle room or create discomfort from squeezing into an undersized model. The available sizes account for rapid growth spurts and fluctuations to get ideal containment throughout seasons. Few things compromise protection quicker than a loose helmet allowing excessive movement upon impact. Beyond safety, dialing in the perfect fit also equates to better lacrosse through enhanced comfort and stability. Fussing with an ill-fitting helmet destroys focus. The expanded Cascade sizing empowers parents to order with confidence knowing they can select the helmet dimensions optimized for their child’s head. Your young athlete will thank you for the custom fit that feels “made just for them” rather than settling for a generic one-size-fits-all approach. Having the perfect lacrosse helmet match is worth the extra sizing effort to maximize safety, comfort and performance all season long.
Facemask Absorbs Energy on Contact
Let’s face it – sticks and elbows to the kisser are inevitable in a fast paced, physical sport like lacrosse. Having face protection that can withstand high-impact collisions is crucial for keeping our kids smiling with all their teeth. Cascade engineered the S helmet with an energy-absorbing facemask that diffuses and deflects the force of frontal contact. The durable steel alloy mask material flexes inward upon impact to create a trampoline effect that dissipates energy rather than transmitting it directly to the face. Strategic bends and shape contours redirect impact forces away from the nose and cheeks while avoiding excessive flex that compromises protection. Jawline extensions on the mask defend against side stick hits while bounding out shots targeting the neck. Cascade masks undergo lab testing including force displacement measurements to verify sufficient flex and recovery. On-field wear testing captures impacts from all player positions and angles of attack. Computer modeling optimizes flex zone placement based on common youth injury patterns like fractured noses and dislodged teeth. While the alloy material absorbs a portion of impact, the flex zones prevent an overly rigid mask that could cause facial lacerations on contact. The facemask attaches securely to the helmet shell using a torque adjustable screw system to maintain protection even after big collisions. Parents will also appreciate the ventilation gaps in the mask design that integrate with the helmet’s airflow channels to prevent fogging and overheating. Finding the sweet spot between protection and playability makes a huge difference in keeping our kids enthusiastic about suiting up. By leveraging innovative materials and youth-specific impact data, Cascade developed a game changing facemask optimized to protect youth smiles and confidence.
Available in Wide Range of Colors
As lacrosse parents, we’ve all seen the agony of our kids staring longingly at the glossy helmet color options in magazines, only to end up with a generic team color that crushes their style dreams. With the Cascade S helmet, those days of helmet FOMO are over! Cascade offers the S in an array of vibrant color choices that keep team spirit alive while allowing kids to express some individual flair. From bright pops of neon to subdued classics like matte black, there’s a color sure to please every player. The durable print wrap graphics application creates a consistent color saturation not possible with painted shells prone to chipping and scuffs. The polymer thermoplastic shell material actually embeds the color into the helmet material for consistent hues that won’t fade or bleed over time. The range includes both cool and warm tones to coordinate with any uniform or gear colors. Beyond just looking cool, letting kids customize their color fosters team bonding when players compare color choices and style preferences. Research shows players experience greater emotional attachment to helmets they perceive as their own creation versus just being assigned generic team colors. The color personalization reflects Cascade’s commitment to boosting confidence and passion by allowing young athletes to define their own look. As parents, it brings joy to see our kids decked out game day with their bold colors and graphics on full display. We spend hours driving to tournaments and sitting on hard bleachers – they deserve helmets that capture their style and personality. With the S lacrosse helmet, Cascade delivers protection for every player with colors to match their spirit.
Lacrosse Specific Shape and Weight
As devoted lacrosse parents, we want gear designed to maximize our kids’ play, not weigh them down. Many younger players end up using bulky hand-me-down helmets from older siblings or team members rather than equipment engineered specifically for the speed and agility of youth lacrosse. The Cascade S flips the script by building from the ground up with the needs of youth players in mind. The optimized shell shape provides superior lacrosse-specific containment and roll off for bolt dodging maneuvers. Strategic cutouts tailored to youth head morphology reduce negative space and unnecessary material. At just 2 pounds, the S is over 20% lighter than conventional youth helmets yet remains rugged enough for high-impact collisions. Beyond just weight, the featherlight S sits snugger on youth heads to enhance stability and balance for quick changes of direction. Optimized ventilation channels and airflow improve temperature regulation to combat heat and fatigue. The lightweight feel decreases neck strain so kids can focus on developing skills rather than tiring from their equipment. On-field visibility also improves with the more compact shell and visor wrap versus bulky adult helmets. The integrated visor shape works in concert with the shell curvature to optimize sightlines for tracking loose balls and elusive cutters in the midfield. Purpose-built for speed and agility, the S gives young athletes the lacrosse-tailored performance edge to take their game to the next level. As parents and coaches, we emphasize skills training and conditioning for excellence – a fast, streamlined helmet designed for their game allows those talents to shine. The S helmet epitomizes Cascade’s commitment to reimagining protection specifically for the next generation rather than just recycling outdated adult gear designs.
Trusted Brand Known for Innovation
When it comes to protecting our kids on the lacrosse field, we want gear from a company with a proven track record of quality, durability and innovation. Cascade has been setting the bar in lacrosse since 1986 with an obsessive focus on building better helmets through technology advances, data-driven design and testing rigor. As the sport has evolved, Cascade has led the way in developing helmets with the next generation of athletes in mind. The S lacrosse helmet represents the culmination of Cascade’s relentless drive to perfect youth-specific protection. Leveraging insights from years of research studies, player feedback surveys and lab testing, Cascade engineers incorporated multiple cutting-edge innovations into the S helmet tailored exclusively for younger players. From the high-tech shell materials and adjustable liner to the enhanced ventilation and featherlight agility, every element of the S reflects Cascade’s spirit of innovation. As an industry pioneer, Cascade has the resources and expertise to thoroughly analyze the needs of developing lacrosse stars and translate those findings into meaningful design and engineering improvements. Trust comes from years of standing behind product quality and constantly striving to raise the bar. Off the field, Cascade provides best-in-class customer service and support to parents, coaches and organizations. On the field, Cascade athletes have won numerous championships while benefiting from the company’s latest advancements. As parents and fans, we instill in our kids that preparation and hard work breed excellence. Cascade brings that same championship mindset to designing protection that allows the next generation to play their best game.