The best protective lacrosse helmets expert review

Lacrosse players know the importance of equipment that can protect every quarter, from the beginning to the end of the game. That’s why having the best lacrosse helmet is essential. There are plenty of good options, but choosing a helmet can be a daunting task. We take a look at some of the best lacrosse helmets available today in this guide-the best lacrosse helmets for 2023. So, let’s begin!

1. Cascade XRS Custom Lacrosse

 Cascade XRS Custom Lacrosse Helmet
Cascade XRS Custom Lacrosse Helmet

Three different lining technologies combine to reduce the effects of variable force. Each part of the Tri-Liner system integrates perfectly with each other, creating a 360° Fit for maximum protection.

Best-in-class Cascade XFlo vents provide enhanced breathability. The balanced and calibrated XRS is designed so that the center of gravity is right on the top of the head.

With the new Vixion system, Cascade has increased peripheral vision by 20+%, creating a helmet with maximum visibility. The PowerPress technology in the Visionbar reduces the wire diameter on the top bar to improve the line of sight and increase the rigidity of the facemask.

EAFx is a highly permeable impact foam that provides maximum protection to the top of the head. The shell and padding combine with the EAFx foam to maintain shape and comfort on impact.

Seven Tech + provides compression on impact for lateral energy transfer and fully recovers within seconds.

Gen 5 EPP material is designed to protect against impacts to the front of the helmet and facemask.

SuperMono™ X Shell is a one-piece shell and visor designed to create a tough system to handle frontal impacts. By moving the center of gravity to the middle of the facemask, the XRS helmet has a perfectly balanced weight and alignment.

The new XRS series jawbone is a reinforced jawbone made of dual material for increased rigidity.

SPRFIT™ hardtail, customizable cheek pads, one size fits most, NOSCAE compliant, SEI certified.

With over 9.6 million different color combinations, you can find a truly unique look for you and your entire team.

Characteristics

StyleCustom
ColorMulti-Colored
Helmet ColorWhite
Helmet SizeOSFM
Model FamilyXRS
Bundle NameWhite/OSFM
Customized or Personalized DisclaimerPlease understand that production estimates are provided directly by the brand and are subject to change at any time without warning, including after an order has been placed or confirmed. By placing an order for this product, you affirm your acknowledgement of this and the return/cancellation policy as it pertains to custom products. All sales are final on custom lacrosse equipment. (Updated: 9/22/22)
BrandCascade
Product SKUms1494375
Characteristics

Cascade’s Vixion system boosts peripheral vision by 20 percent or more, creating maximum vision opportunities. It’s complemented by the Visionbar PowerPress tech that reduces the wire diameter on the top bar, providing better sight lines and rigidity.

SizeHead Circumference (Inches)
One Size Fits Most21.5″ – 24.5″
SIze

All Cascade helmets have a One Year Warranty and all Cascade eyewear have a Two Year Warranty. All returns must be issued a RA number to be received & processed. To obtain an RA number you will need the serial number from the helmet so please remember to have the helmet near by when you call. The serial number can be found under the left ear pad.

XRS Helmet Review

2. Warrior Burn Matte Lacrosse

Warrior Burn Matte Lacrosse Helmet
Warrior Burn Matte Lacrosse Helmets

The Viconic protection is a historical approach to head protection, focused primarily on safety. The concentrated impact zones at the occipital and temples are reinforced by the lightweight diffusion plate of the Viconic. The Viconic absorbs numerous impacts, both linear and torsional, and distributes them over a wide surface area. More than one material is responsible for force diffusion. The one-piece shell and EPP foam filler are the core of safety, forming a lightweight barrier that helps provide protection against catastrophic injury.

BOA Adaptfit 270 – Located in the back of the helmet, the BOA closure system surrounds the head 270 degrees, providing players with a custom helmet fit for safety and comfort through on-the-fly micro-adjustability. Customize the perfect fit.

Jaws Protection is an integrated chin guard infused into the helmet shell, adding an extra layer of protection to the cheeks and jawbone.

Meets/exceeds all NOCSAE standards and SEI certifications

Available in three sizes (L, M, S) to ensure each player has the correct helmet size to provide the proper level of comfort and protection.

Characteristics

Brand‎WARRIOR
Color‎Black
Age Range (Description)‎Youth
Model Name‎Burn
Outer Material‎Polypropylene
Item Dimensions LxWxH‎13.5 x 9 x 9 inches
Inner Material‎Expanded Polypropylene
Item Package Dimensions L x W x H‎13.5 x 9 x 9 inches
Package Weight‎1.04 Kilograms
Brand Name‎WARRIOR
Warranty Description‎1 year
Material‎Other
Suggested Users‎Boys
Manufacturer‎Warrior
Part Number‎BJRH19
Included Components‎Helmet
Characteristics

Size

Start by measuring the circumference of your head, ending in the middle of your forehead just above your eyebrow and temples. This number (in inches) will give you an approximate size according to the size chart below. Once you receive the helmet, you should look through the very top temples of the helmet. The helmet should be sort of “tilted” down to see through these bars. You may think your neck is open, but lacrosse helmets are designed to protect your face and throat more than the back of your head. When you do, remove the chin strap completely and put it over your chin so that it fits snugly against your face. While pressing the chin strap against your face, shorten the straps so that they align with the latches and tighten accordingly. This will prevent the helmet from bouncing on your head.

The helmet is the most important piece of protective equipment for a lacrosse player. The head is the main thing that must be protected, and a perfect fit is necessary for complete protection. If you choose a helmet that is too small, it will not fit properly and can dangerously expose your head and neck. If you choose a helmet that is too large, it will shift too much on your head and not provide full protection. Both of these factors can increase the likelihood of injury from bumps, balls and hitting the ground.

If you need more tips on choosing a lacrosse helmet, visit our Lacrosse Helmet Buying Guide or contact our customer service team for a personalized guide.

SizeHat SizeHead Circumference (Inches)
Large7 1/4 – 7 3/422.75″ – 24.5″
Medium7 – 7 3/822″ – 23.125″
Small6 1/2 – 720.5″ – 22″
Size

JAWS Protection – an integrated chin section that flows into the helmet shell and creates an extra layer of protection for the cheeks and jawbone.ADAPTFIT 270 by BOA – the BOA closure system located in the back of the helmet surrounds the head 270 degrees, giving players a custom fit for safety and comfort through on-the-fly micro-adjustability. Adjust for the perfect fit.VICONIC PROTECTION is a historic approach to head protection focused primarily on safety. The concentrated impact areas at the back of the head and temples are reinforced with a lightweight Viconic diffusion plate. The Viconic absorbs multiple impacts, both linear and twisting, and distributes them over a wide surface area. More than one material is responsible for force diffusion. The one-piece shell and EPP foam filler is the safety foundation, forming a lightweight barrier that helps provide protection against catastrophic injuries.BURN COMFORT LINER – Made of energy-absorbing VN Foam to provide an elite level of comfort and protection.Extended base to provide best-in-class ease of entry. Available in three sizes (L, M, S) to ensure each player has the right size protective shell to provide the proper level of comfort and protection.Choose from 15 shell/chin colors, 10 mask colors and 8 chin strap colors, and select sticker options.Meets/exceeds all NOCSAE standards and SEI certificationsWeights: Small – 2.25 lbs / Medium – 2.4 lbs / Large – 2.6 lbs

Review: Warrior Burn Helmet

3. STX Rival Lacrosse

STX Rival Lacrosse Helmet
STX Rival Lacrosse Helmet

The STX Rival lacrosse helmet brings new and improved protection, comfort and style to the STX helmet lineup. STX has given the Rival Helmet a huge facelift with a new sleek and aggressive style that is sure to beautify any uniform. The Rival Helmet has STX’s most efficient arsenal with the Sure-Fit Air System, 70% improved ventilation and high-tech padding. The Sure-Fit Air System uses a built-in air pump and exhaust valves, allowing players to easily adjust the fit of the Rival helmet. New integrated vents provide 70% more airflow through this helmet than previous models, allowing you to stay cool throughout the game. New advanced TPU Cushioning technology is designed to absorb impact in key target areas throughout the helmet, providing increased protection for any player.

  • A sleek new design brings aggressive style to the field.
  • Over 1 million color combinations to match any team look.
  • Sure-Fit Air System provides a custom fit for each player thanks to an air pump and release valve.
  • New cut-out vents increase ventilation by 70% over previous models.
  • TPU Cushioning provides improved impact absorption in key areas for enhanced protection.
  • The all-new Sure-FitTM air system has a built-in pump and outlet to adjust the fit on the fly.
  • 70% more ventilation than the Stallion model. Built-in ventilation throughout the shell allows air to flow through the helmet, keeping you cool even in hot weather.
  • The Rival features Schutt’s proprietary TPU Cushioning System, which together with the comfort linings provide protection and comfort.

Characteristrics

Model FamilyHavoc
BrandSTX
Product SKUstx-lh-hm-rivl
Characteristrics

Start by measuring the circumference of your head, ending in the middle of your forehead just above your eyebrow and temples. This number (in inches) will give you an approximate size according to the size chart below. Once you get the size, you should look through the top bars of the helmet. The helmet should kind of “lean” down to see through these slats. You may think your neck is open, but lacrosse helmets are designed to protect your face and throat more than the back of your head. When you do, remove the chin strap completely and put it over your chin so that it fits snugly against your face. While pressing the chin strap against your face, shorten the straps so that they align with the latches and tighten accordingly. This will prevent the helmet from bouncing on your head.

The helmet is the most important piece of protective equipment for a lacrosse player. The head is the main thing that must be protected, and a perfect fit is necessary for complete protection. If you choose a helmet that is too small, it will not fit properly and can dangerously expose your head and neck. If you choose a helmet that is too large, it will shift too much on your head and not provide full protection. Both of these factors can increase the likelihood of injury from bumps, balls and hitting the ground.

Helmet Size Hat Size  Head Circumference (Inches)
Small/Medium 6 – 718.5″ – 22″
Large/X-Large7 – 7 5/822″ – 24″
Size

The STX Rival lacrosse helmet brings new and improved protection, comfort and style to the STX helmet lineup. STX has given the Rival Helmet a huge facelift with a new sleek and aggressive style that is sure to beautify any uniform. The Rival Helmet has STX’s most efficient arsenal with the Sure-Fit Air System, 70% improved ventilation and high-tech padding. The Sure-Fit Air System uses a built-in air pump and exhaust valves, allowing players to easily adjust the fit of the Rival helmet. New integrated vents provide 70% more airflow through this helmet than previous models, allowing you to stay cool throughout the game. New advanced TPU Cushioning technology is designed to absorb impact in key target areas throughout the helmet, providing increased protection for any player.

  • A sleek new design brings aggressive style to the field.
  • The Sure-Fit Air System provides a custom fit for each player thanks to an air pump and release valve.
  • New cutout vents increase ventilation by 70% over previous models.
  • TPU Cushioning provides improved shock absorption in key target areas for enhanced protection.
Review: STX Rival Helmet

4. CASCADE PRO7 LACROSSE

CASCADE PRO7 LACROSSE

The SuperMono design uses the shell as a stress element to manage energy from the frontal impact and shifts the weight load back to make the helmet more balanced. The new Pro7 is the only helmet in lacrosse with the Seven Technology padding system. This system laterally distributes the energy of a direct hit, reducing the impact of the G-force, the primary cause of concussions. Thanks to the ProFit sizing system, the Pro7 helmet fits one size fits all and allows easy size adjustment from XS to XL. The new Tungsten mask design opens up the view of the field. All Cascade helmets are made in the USA.
Call to order colors.
The Pro7 is the only helmet with Cascade’s Seven Technology, which better distributes energy from direct impact. After each impact, the helmet’s padding compresses, pushes the energy sideways, and then fully recovers to be ready for the next impact.

Compared to EPP Foam, the Seven Technology padding recovers better after impact, which helps reduce the chance of concussion, allowing you to stay in the game longer while protecting your head.

Characteristics

Shell
The Cascade Pro7 helmet uses a SuperMono shell and visor. This helmet has the center of balance shifted closer to the center of your head, which creates a lightweight feel to the helmet.

Along with the lightweight design, there are over 10 million different ways to customize this helmet, so you can create your own style, even sharing your team colors.

Mask
Along with all the color customization options, you can choose from tungsten, chromium and gold chromium for the face mask.

Both the visor and face mask are customizable, as well as the chin strap.

Dimensions
The Pro 7 uses the ProFit fit system, which allows the helmet to be sized to fit. It’s fully adjustable, so you can choose sizes from XS to XL. This helmet also comes with three jaw pad thickness options, so you can be sure to get the most comfortable fit.

Summary
A reliable helmet is an essential part of any lacrosse player’s outfit. Being able to see oncoming defenders or open teammates from almost any angle depends a lot on which helmet you choose.

The Cascade Pro7 is one of the safest and lightest helmets available, so it deserves your attention.

Pro7 with SEVEN technology:
The most advanced helmet created by Cascade!
The SuperMono design uses the shell as a stress element to manage the energy from the frontal impact, and shifts the weight load back to create a perfectly balanced helmet.
The new Pro7 is the only helmet in lacrosse with the Seven Technology padding system. This system laterally distributes the energy of a direct hit, reducing the impact of the G-force, the primary cause of concussions.
The ProFit sizing system makes the Pro7 helmet versatile and allows for easy size adjustment from XS to XL.
The new Black Tungsten mask design opens up the field of vision.
Your team colors can be applied to the Pro7 helmet immediately and at no additional cost. All Cascade helmets are made in the USA. Individual and team orders will be manufactured and shipped within 48 hours.

  • Pro 7 lacrosse helmets have chin straps that can help players secure the helmet to their head.
  • The Pro 7 is a lightweight and durable lacrosse helmet. The shell material of this helmet is highly durable, allowing you to play with the utmost care.
  • The comfort and fit of this lacrosse helmet is excellent, so every lacrosse player would like to have this helmet to enjoy the perfect kick.
Cascade pro7 review

5. CASCADE CS-R Helmets

CASCADE CS-R Helmet
CASCADE CS-R Helmet

The stakes are high, and nothing can hold you back. Whatever you’re aiming for, you need the most modern material. Aggressive design that conveys the power of speed and performance. No teasers needed. The Cascade CS-R simply speaks for itself. Designed specifically to combat collisions that occur at the U12 level, the CS-R is the first helmet in the Cascade lineup with a combined EPP Gen3 and PoronXRD foam padding system. Compared to its predecessor, the original CS, the new padding system performs better on linear impacts. The malleable PoronXRD material provides maximum comfort and elite protection on impacts received at the U12 level. The upgraded Full-Pivot System is designed with the anatomy of under-12 players in mind, as the rear third of the lining rotates to grip the head, providing a secure fit. A new side padding with memory provides a comfortable and protective side fit. The CS-R helmet design incorporates Cascade DNA in all of its components. The CS-Rs FutureStar Mono R SHELL is a one-piece shell and visor designed for younger players who create a more rigid system for better frontal impact control. The 3-bar Jr. R Mask is designed for smaller faces, reducing weight and increasing visibility. The new CS-R chinstrap is color-matched and available only for the CS-R helmet. With the new color options, the CS-R gives young players the opportunity to create a helmet similar to superstar helmets.

The Cascade CS-R is the first ELITE youth helmet with PoronXRD Foam and memory foam padding. Cascade has finally created a helmet designed for U12 players who haven’t yet made it to the larger All-American version.

The CS-R is encased in the FutureStar Mono R Shell, which is a one-piece shell and visor designed for younger players. This design creates a more rigid system of frontal impact protection, distributing collision energy evenly throughout the shell’s body. Cascade has also moved the balance point closer to the middle of the helmet to create a lighter, more symmetrical feel when the helmet sits on the player’s head.

This helmet has a unique Memory Foam Side-Fit design that fits over the side of the player’s head to reduce sway. The SC-R also features a Gen3 EPP (Expanded Polypropylene) under-helmet that provides superior shock absorption and durability.

Finally, Cascade has upgraded the CP-R with the addition of the Full Pivot System, which is designed to fit the head of players under 12, as the back third of the padding rotates to grip the head, providing a secure fit.

Characteristics

Model FamilyHavoc
BrandCascade
Product SKUcascade-lh-cs-r
Characteristics

Start by measuring the circumference of your head, ending in the middle of your forehead just above your eyebrow and temples. This number (in inches) will give you an approximate size according to the size chart below. Once you get the size, you should look through the top bars of the helmet. The helmet should kind of “lean” down to see through these slats. You may think your neck is open, but lacrosse helmets are designed to protect your face and throat more than the back of your head. When you do, remove the chin strap completely and put it over your chin so that it fits snugly against your face. While pressing the chin strap against your face, shorten the straps so that they align with the latches and tighten accordingly. This will prevent the helmet from bouncing on your head.

The helmet is the most important piece of protective equipment for a lacrosse player. The head is the main thing that must be protected, and a perfect fit is necessary for complete protection. If you choose a helmet that is too small, it will not fit properly and can dangerously expose your head and neck. If you choose a helmet that is too large, it will shift too much on your head and not provide full protection. Both of these factors can increase the likelihood of injury from bumps, balls and hitting the ground.

SizeHead Circumference (Inches)
One Size Fits MostUp to 22″
Size
Cascade CS-R Youth Lacrosse Helmet

In conlsusion

This was a small selection of the best lacrosse helmets. Of course, you have to choose for yourself, but we strongly recommend you pay attention to these helmets.

In conclusion, protective helmets are crucial equipment for lacrosse players to protect themselves from potential injuries during gameplay. Our expert review has highlighted some of the best protective helmets for lacrosse, taking into consideration factors such as comfort, ventilation, durability, and overall protection.

The helmets recommended in this review, including the Cascade S, STX Stallion, and Warrior Burn Pro, have been carefully selected based on their superior features and excellent user reviews. However, selecting the right protective helmet for lacrosse ultimately depends on individual preferences and needs. Still, we believe that any of the helmets recommended in this review will provide adequate protection and comfort for players. As always, players should prioritize safety above all else and invest in high-quality protective equipment to minimize the risk of injury and ensure enjoyable gameplay.

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