What hockey helmet should I buy?
You want protection and comfort – and these come largely from a properly fitting helmet. Look for helmets certified by CSA (Canadian Standards Association) or HECC (Hockey Equipment Certification Council).
What size should I get?
Your hockey helmet should fit snug at the forehead, top, back and sides of your head. The helmet should not shift or wobble on your head – this will reduce protection and comfort and also be distracting during play.
The chinstrap should be adjusted so that it gently contacts your chin with your mouth closed.You will need to adjust the helmet so that it is snug without pinching. Depending on the shape and size of your head, some helmets will just feel better than others.
The helmet should fit flat on the head about 1/2 inch above the eyebrows without tilting forward or back. If the helmet is loose or not properly fastened, you may as well not wear a helmet – you will not be well protected.
To select a size, measure the circumference of your head by wrapping a tape measure around your head about 1 inch above your eyebrows just over your ears to the back of your head.
The sizing (e.g. small, medium, and large) for different helmet manufacturers varies, but this measure can be used to help you select the right size. As an example, Bauer 4000 helmet sizes are shown below:
|Helmet Size||Hat Size||Circumference (inches)|
|XL||7 3/4 – 8 1/8||24.5 26.0|
|Large||7 3/8 – 7 7/8||25.0|
|Medium||7 – 7 1/2||22.0 – 23.5|
|Small||6 3/4 – 7 1/8||21.0 – 22.5|
|XS||6 3/8 – 6 3/4||21 – 21.5|
Explore Gunzo’s hockey helmet selection today!
Now you know what to look for in your next hockey helmet. If you’re ready to buy—or if you have additional questions about which hockey helmet is best for you—reach out to Gunzo’s today. With three locations in greater Chicago, Gunzo’s should be your one-stop shop before you hit the rink.