Are you in the market for a new hockey helmet? If so, you definitely have an abundance of helmets to choose from as there is a very wide variety of brands to sift through. You don’t necessarily have to do too much research to find the best one for you, however since it is your brain that you are trying to protect, you might want to spend at least a little bit of time checking out hockey helmet reviews to make sure you are not buying a helmet that does not do its job.
I have been playing hockey for close to 30 years now and the helmet that I have worn for the majority of my playing days has been Bauers top of the line helmet. I actually recently tried on the Nike/Bauer 9500 and I have to say that will probably be the next ice hockey helmet that I am going to buy. Why do I like that helmet? Well, there are several things that I will look for when I am looking for hockey helmets.
First, I like to make sure that a helmet has sufficient padding inside, this might sound obvious, but I think that some people prefer less padding because they don’t want their helmet to feel too bulky. However, I want to make sure that I am protected and the more padding the better. I don’t play hockey professionally and I have to work for a living so I want to make sure that I am going to be able to take a hard fall and prevent any concussion that might happen with a less protective helmet.
Another thing that I really like about the Nike/Bauer 9500 is that you can adjust the size of the helmet easily without ever needing to break out a screw driver. This is a great feature and one that I actually use more often than I had anticipated. This helmet has two clips on each side that flip up and then you can push the front and back of the helmet in to make it smaller, or you can pull the front and back out to make it bigger. The hockey helmet sizing feature of the Nike/Bauer 9500 is great.
Also, though I am an adult and it is not the most popular thing in the world, I am a big supporter of hockey helmet cages to protect my face. I don’t have any illusions that I am in the NHL and I do have to go to work in the morning and I do not want to show up missing teeth or having a broken nose or even having some serious eye damage because some reckless player decided to get his stick up in my face or take a slap shot that he can’t control. My point is that I need a helmet that fits well with my Jofa cage, and believe it or not there are some helmets that don’t work as well with certain cages.
The last thing I’m looking for in a helmet is one that looks good. Yep, I know I shouldn’t care how I look, but guess what I don’t want to look ridiculous out there, and there certainly are some helmets that look better on certain people than others. So I do look for a helmet that has some of the aesthetics that I am looking for in a helmet design. However, this is the least important factor for me because it does not involve the protection of my brain.
So to sum it up, I just wanted to give out some tips on The Hockey Web about what I look for in a hockey helmet for people who do not know what to look for. I hope that you find this post helpful, but by all means, do not just take my advice on what helmet you should get, you will be much happier if you do a little bit of research online and then get an idea for some of the features you like in a helmet, then you should head down to your local hockey pro shop and try on a few of the helmets you have seen online.