Dudes, Duddetes.. this is Mike what is up, today I’m going to show you the best ice hockey helmets of 2018, but also the most protective helmets cause that’s what we’re all about here. Also i’m going to tell you what you need to know about helmets when it comes to rules of official games, leagues and safety. If you want to see anymore of our awesome valuable content check out the home page for some more reviews! Also check out our Hockey Monkey promo code page for exclusive discounts.
So let’s dive right into it, shall we?
Used Hockey Helmets
I will go ahead and tell you right off the bat, DON’T BUY USED HELMETS. You don’t know what that helmets been through or even how old it is at times.
Do Hockey Helmets Expire?
Yes, helmets do expire. On the back of your helmet you will notice a sticker that says HECC certified, this tells you what date you helmet is set to expire. These expiration dates aren’t anytime soon as long your buying new like you should be. Let’s go ahead and look at a picture of one these pictures so you know what to look for.
How Long Do Helmets Last?
Like I said they should last for about 5 good years and then you might want to look into getting a new one. Another thing to take into consideration is how much you play and how often you get hit or get into any scrap. This is important because depending your level of play, the life expectancy of your helmet can vary. Now let’s answer a question asked a lot, ‘do hockey helmets prevent concussions?’
Concussion Hockey Helmets
The answer is no, they don’t guarantee to prevent concussions, but they help tremendously. Depending on what helmet you get, this can vary.
We Make Sure to cover:
Best Helmets For Concussion Prevention
Most Protective Hockey Helmets
Top Rated Helmets
Hockey Without Helmets
I’ll let you guess this one, without helmets players risk getting extreme injury’s and especially concussions. Every player needs to wear a helmet on the ice no matter what the cause. With player’s getting bigger and faster, the game has become faster and more advanced than ever. It’s not like when your pops played with wooden sticks and no helmets, no it’s on such a higher level now that helmets are a necessity. “Ok Mike we get it, you need a helmet in today’s game. How do I know which helmet is right for me though?” I’ll tell you exactly how in that in this guide!
Hockey Helmets With Visor Or Cage
This is mostly a preference thing, or maybe you have rules against no cage. I personally prefer just wearing a visor, but my league only allows us to wear the cage. A cage is a lot safer and prevents you from getting hit in the face, but also reduces vision and weighs down the helmet. A visor obviously exposes your face a lot more but gives you way more visibility and is more comfortable. I’m not recommending you choose one or the other, again it’s all preferance. We will be coming out with a review on visors and cages sometime soon so be sure to stay up to date with the sight and see that. Here’s a couple pictures that shows off the two choices we’re talking about.
Visors For Helmets
Cages for helmets
Now to find out the sizing, you need to take into account what type of head you have. Do you have a wide head? A small head? A big head? Haha that aside, different hockey helmets are simply made for different heads. Like CCM’s Fitlite series fits more oval shaped heads. Also another thing to watch for is making sure the helmet isn’t too big or too little. I’ve personally had this problem with a helmet being too tight and it made my head hurt after around half an hour of play. On the flip side wearing a helmet too big can be dangerous as well because it can fall off in a collision. There are great fitting systems in helmets today to prevent this, but choose wisely what helmet you end up getting.
Hockey Helmets For Wide Heads
Certain helmet models fit for different head shapes, most of the time it’s not even on purpose. In this review we’ve done our research on what head type it will fit for so you don’t have to. We have provided below a chart that will help with head types to make it easier as well.
Bauer Hockey Helmet Sizing Chart
Bauer has supplied this nifty little chart to help show how to fit yourself to a helmet, check it out.
This has made it easier sizing your head for a specific size. This also works with other brands, and then using the sizing tools the helmet comes with makes it that much easier.
Top Ten Helmets Of 2018
Several of these helmets may not be for everyone because some of them do carry a hefty price-tag.
However these skates below are good enough to make it to our list of the top 10 best helmets.
|CCM Fitlite 3DS||High Density PE w/ ABS Subshell + D3O Smart Foam||Low Density EPP & Memory Foam Comfort Cushions||Check Price|
|BAUER Re-AKT 200 (Editor's Choice)||Plastic + Suspend-Tech NG||VTX Technology w/ XRD Molded Memory Foam||Check Price|
|WARRIOR KROWN PX3||Plastic + Low Profile Tri-layered Foams||EPP Liner||Check Price|
|BAUER IMS 9.0||Plastic + Poron-XRD / VN Foam||Vertex Foam Liner||Check Price|
|CCM Resistance (Editor's Choice)||Plastic + R.E.D (Rotaional Energy Dampening)||EPP Liner/Impact Pods||Check Price|
|BAUER IMS 11.0||Plastic + Poron-XRD / Vertex Foam / VN Foam||Seven Technology Liner||Check Price|
|CCM FITLITE||High Density PE w/ PETG Subshell + R.E.D (Rotaional Energy Dampening)||Low Density, Flexible EPP w/ Lycra Cushioning||Check Price|
Now that we’ve gotten the first part out of the way, let’s get to the review! We’ve put in a lot of research in choosing what we believe are going to be the best helmets for you in 2018. We want you to have everything that will bring out the most in you on the ice, and we try to achieve this in every review we do. So enjoy the best helmets of 2018!
CCM FITLITE 3DS – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
This hockey helmet made of an outer high-density polyethylene (PE), and an inner Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) combined to make a long lasting durable shell. It has two adjustment point locks, one on either side on the right and left to allow for front and back movement of the helmet attached at the center. The helmet is covered by a high-density PE in the entire extent to give it an appealing and durable. This gives the shell a great look that is going to last long and protect the player.
The liner has a micro dial system that facilitates adjustment of the liner by rotating the knob to reduce the size of the liner or enlarge it to fit the player’s preference.This gives a customized three hundred and sixty degrees adjustment feel. The fit lite 3ds is not only adjustable but also keeps the adjustment in line with the shape of the player’s head to give a comfortable feel inside the helmet. The impact protection form is highly optimized to produce a readily soft touch as well as comfort to the user of the helmet. When you take a big hit to the side where temporal walls are protecting the ears, the walls dissolve the shock from the impact and keeps the player protected.
The helmet also has membrane form pods not primarily for protection but for comfort which moves and adjusts with the micro dial system knob action. The base of the helmet is made of a low density Expanded Polypropylene (EPP), which is a newly introduced technology into the helmet production process to optimize the product. The low-density EPP takes care of the low impacts suffered in a game. Also in case of major hits, the EPP also will protect the head and ensure that no penetrating injuries suffered at all.
The shape of the helmet is very well managed to attain a very professional appearance ideal for use by determined players. The helmet is also well ventilated through multiple openings at the top to let in air to cool the head as well as supply the player with fresh air for breathing. The EP covering all the extent of the helmet gives the helmet a highly polished look similar to that of a metallic luster.This makes the helmet waterproof as well as durable with the EPP protecting the entry of dust and water through the top openings on the EP.
Conclusion – Over all this is on hell of a helmet. Everything about this helmet says cushioning and comfort. We have even done an in depth review on this helmet if you would like to learn more here.
BAUER Re-AKT 200 – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
This is Bauer’s most protective helmet every made, 25% more protective than anything else put out on the market.
The shell is a very sleek look with not too much change compared to the other models. In terms of the adjustability, it has this little button on the top of the helmet, which helps you expand and contract the helmet. Obviously, there is some great airflow through the front and allowing that hot moisture and air to escape out of the back.
Now where we see the big changes is the liners. One of the most noticeable ones is the fit plate technology as well as the molded foam side pieces. The all-new custom fit technology with the Bauer Fit Plate is a moldable occipital lock allowing for a true custom fit for added protection and comfort. You can also pop this into the oven at home which is going to get it nice and soft which will give you a true personalized fit.
There are also molded pieces that are found in the sides of the helmet which totally fills in any gaps in protection especially when the helmet is expanded. The base liner in the helmet is a real thick type of foam, a little bit of a higher density while on top of that we have a memory foam. There are moisture channels through the front of the helmet which is going to which is going to help direct the sweat away from the eyes. The new Re-Akt 200 will also take advantage of Bauer’s industry leading lightweight VTX Technology and XRD Foam to create the most innovative and comfortable liner to date. You will also notice the all-new Suspend-Tech NG Liner, which is a multi-density liner that is designed to adapt to your head shape for superior comfort, fit, and protection from any impacts in the sport.
Overall this is a great helmet, a very personalized fit that offers high level protection. Definitely one of the best ones currently in the market.
WARRIOR KROWN PX3 – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
The hockey helmet made of a three-piece contraction that allows back and forth adjustments as well as sideways minor adjustments. One side exposes two screws that enable the sideways contraction as well as a joint at the middle to enable back and forth adjustments as well. The air flow openings located at the front as well as a handful down to the center meant to ensure that there is constant air flow in and out of the product throughout the game.The overall appearance of the helmet in a shiny black shell is appealing to the eye as well as add up to the durability function. The helmet is made compact and resistant to contraction subject to an impact as well as durable for long service life. Such a non-joined design makes the helmet rigid, resistant to breaking as well as long lasting. Also, water proofing is also achieved making it most comfortable when sitting on the head.
The liner is made up of a four-piece contraction system to allow for customized forward and back adjustment of the helmet. The back side has an aperture used to adjust further the helmet to attain a perfect fit on the head that curves on the occipital protuberance and grip the head from inside by cupping the back of the head. The aperture is then locked once a perfect grip attained at the comfort of the player. The EPP surface layer covers the extent of the liner which is a light-weight form that is great in managing high impact due to violent hits on the head.Also managing the small impacts are also taken care of by having form lining inside the helmet at various strategic points to eliminate the minimally forgettable chances for curbing danger.
The helmet design gives a traditional yet comfortable feel when sitting on the head with medium density forms at the major key areas such as the back of the head, the sides as well as the front. The improvements ensure the player is kept safe and secure from the impacts caused on the head throughout the game. The helmet comes in a nice cage combo with a professionally designed steel complexion for optimal vision besides performing the protection function.The ultimate effect of the combination of the presence of shock absorbers at the joint points between the steel cage and the shell gives a comfortable feel throughout the game.
Conclusion – The Krown PX3 is the new top line for Warrior and brings a lot to the table with being highly protective, light weight, and comfortable. The 4-play system brings a true 360 fit.
BAUER IMS 9.0 – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
- Fit – Spring loaded occipital lock, Central tool free adjustment
- Protection – V2 linear system, vertex foam, Foam developed for high and low impacts
- Head type – Round
- Comfort – PORON XRD foam, ventilation ports, molded memory foam temple, MICROBAN antibacterial protection
- Conclusion – The Bauer IMS 9.0 brings in the pro inspired low profile and the pro protection. The comfort is unreal with this helmet and is made for all types of hits.
Easton E700 – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
The helmet made of one-piece design such that the shell is a continuous piece with no joint on the entire extent. The design is similar to the Easton S19 helmet with four plastic pieces laminated into a one piece EPP form liner. The combination makes the helmet extremely rigid a resistant to forceful contraction and or breakage either laterally or longitudinally. The helmet is made extremely lightweight with full coverage on the entire extent of the head without leaving gaps in between. The result of having a one piece design that is compact and rigid enough to perform the said function.The compact design also improves the durability by having the helmet continuous from end to end and greatly resistant to mechanical damage.
The liner made of a one piece EPP form loaded from end to end covering the extent of the helmet. There is removable form padding removed after using the helmet in a game when washing the helmet.They are also available online for purchase in case they wear out, or you lose them. The fit system located at the back side of the helmet that facilitates the inner adjustments of the helmet to attain the desired size and posture on the head. Made of elastic plastic which grips the back side of the head to give a comfortable feel as well as maintain the helmet in position throughout the match.
The fit system is adjustable from the inside by mechanical movement means that only entail changing the attachment location on already fixed points. The custom adjustment points located both on the sides and the top back sides to enable the player to personalize the experience putting on the helmet according to his preference. The ear covers are adjustable up and down to fit the shape of the years of the player.This is the only available make in the market with a black color, but there is white color helmet too of the same type.
Conclusion – Overall this helmet is a great bang for your buck. It’s gone sold out in many places all over the internet because it sells so well. We’ve even done an in depth review on this one and you can see it in the link here
CCM RESISTANCE – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
The helmet made of a one fit shell design which does not have any joint on the outer part to give a great difference in movement from side to side inside it. Ventilated with openings at the front and rear sides located in such a way that water drips off directly without entering the openings.The adjustment features are located on the back side to make it rigid and protective. This is because the addition of internal designs on either side makes the helmet have weak points which may not attain the overall protective role besides performing the comfort function.
The adjustment pivots are located at the back on either side to facilitate the middle piece movement inwards and outwards to adjust the size of the helmet according to the player’s preference or even the size of the player’s head. The action controlled by an aperture that locks and unlocks the various size preferences that curve on the occipital protuberance and grip the head from inside by cupping the back of the head. The liner has an optimized design of the previous helmet designs of the same type. The primary role of the liner is to protect the head from minor injuries caused by minimal impacts on the head during the game. The impact pods have engineered a combination of EPP with a molded shock absorber to help reduce the linear accelerations caused by an impact on the side of the head. The rotation energy dampening system (RED) consists of a series of liquid-filled bladders to help reduce the rotational acceleration caused by an impact on either side of the head. The liquid-filled bladders are attached to the impact pods on the inner surface of the helmet. The layout of the two components determines the impact of a side-hit on the head by slowing down how quickly your head gets spun as a result.The comfort liner forms made of two, one medium density form and on top another thin, smooth one that breaks away the moisture keeping the head dry.
The helmet is pretty deep with nice low profile fit that enables a player to sit down comfortably without appearing taller than the others. It comes with a CCM cage combo with two shock absorbers at the top that dump all vibrations in case the player is rolling or accidentally falls and steel still front design to protect direct impact on the front side of the helmet.
Conclusion – This is a great helmet for what you’re getting. It’s very light weight and CCM has done a great job with the overall build quality of this helmet. Not to mention the cushioning feels great and is very comfortable. Overall This is a fantastic helmet.
WARRIOR KROWN LTE – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
- Fit – Paramount 4-Play Adjustable Shell, play fit system
- Protection – Dual density liner, comfort foam
- Head type – Round
- Comfort – Moisture wicking foam to keep the sweat out of your eyes, strategic air vents to keep the play cooled off
- Conclusion – I wonder why I don’t see this helmet on the ice more often than i’d think it should. It’s a great cost effective helmet that provides great protection and comfort. I mean the cushion in this thing is unbelievable for the price you play.
BAUER IMS 11.0 – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
- Fit – Pro fit adjustment system, central tool free adjustment system located at the top of the helmet
- Protection – Patented seven technology, Poron XRD
- Head type – Round
- Comfort – Large customizable ventilation ports, compatible with most face shields
- Conclusion – This is the top notch helmet of the IMS line. It is one of the most up to date helmets out there with some of the best hockey technology. It’s highly protective without compromising the look and feel of the helmet. Also it’s highly customizable with being able to switch the air vents out with different colors. Overall this is one hell of a helmet.
CCM FITLITE – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
- Fit – Tool free length adjustment, Micro Dial 2
- Protection – Mechanically attached high-grade EPP Liner for professionally-proven protection, R.E.D. system, Two piece PE shell
- Head type – Oval
- Comfort – Wide air vents to keep your head cool
- Conclusion – I know what you’re thinking, this is a $270 helmet, but you gotta trust me when I say this. This is hands down one of the best helmets you will put on your head. It’s not only comfortable, but it is one of the safest helmets out there on the market. With hockey getting more and more intense, investing in a god protective helmet could mean the difference between you and a concussion. I would definitely recommend checking one of these out because it is very well worth it.
MISSION INHALER COMBO – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
- Fit – Bio Mechanical two piece shell, single tool free adjustment
- Protection – Dual density foam liner
- Head type – Round
- Comfort – Comfort catch system, vented channeling system, Removable sweat band, compatible with most face mask
- Conclusion – This is overall a very comfortable helmet. The ventilation provided in this helmet is superior to most, and some people may think ventilation isn’t too important but it is. In the third period of a game your head is sweating hard and it runs down your face and burns your eyes. Also to combat that, the helmet comes with a removable sweat band which works great! This ones worth checking out for sure!
EASTON E400 Combo – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
- Fit – Tool free gyro system, removable ear covers, low profile, pro fit helmet
- Protection – 2 piece helmet design, Full EPP foam liner, poly carboate shell, HDPE subshell
- Head type – Any
- Comfort – Anti microbal pads, Sublimated lycra-covered shin cup with moisture channels, compatible with most face cages
- Conclusion – The reason i’ve shown the E series twice is because of the bang for your buck, I mean the quality is tremendous with these helmets and they’re very comfortable as well. Also they offer that harder foam that’s in your bicycle helmet which is really food for protecting your head. Go ahead and check this one out, it’s a darn good one.
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