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2014 Virginia Tech Helmet Study

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Each May, Virginia Tech releases a study that tests football helmets available on the market. The study measures linear impacts on size large shells with no facemasks attached. Each helmet is tested for impacts on the left and right sides, as well as the front and rear of the helmet. Three helmets from each model are tested for 120 impacts and the helmets are given a STAR (Summation of Tests for the Analysis of Risk) value based on the results.

The study has been met with both acclaim and controversy and helmet companies have pushed forward with new designs to better fit the study. Below is a more in depth look at the top 10 scoring helmets in the STAR methodology.

As Virginia Tech notes with its results, "Any player in any sport can sustain a head injury with even the very best head protection." It's important to make sure you have a proper-fitting helmet and use proper techniques when tackling.

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  • Helmet
  • product Schutt AiR XP Pro VTD

  • product Schutt Vengeance VTD

  • product Riddell
    360


  • product Rawlings Quantum Plus

  • product Rawlings Tachyon

  • Price
  • $199.95
  • $254.99
  • $384.95
  • N/A
  • $295.00


  • VA Tech Helmet Rating
  • rating
  • rating
  • rating
  • rating
  • rating


  • STAR Value
  • 0.207

  • 0.213

  • 0.239

  • 0.245

  • 0.262



  • Weight*
  • 3.1

  • 2.95

  • 3.2

  • Not Available

  • 2.8



  • Pad Type
  • Single Layer TPU (crown and back), Dual Layer TPU (front)



  • Single Layer TPU (crown and back), Dual Layer TPU (front)



  • Hexagonal Liner System, Patented Side Impact System, Advanced Frontal Protection

  • Active Impact Absorption; Dual density impact cushioning


  • Active Impact Absorption; Dual density impact cushioning




  • Shell Type
  • Traditional standoff

  • Large standoff

  • Offset shell

  • Large offset

  • Traditional offset



  • Facemask Type
  • Schutt Super Pro and Super Pro XL Faceguards

  • Vengeance faceguards

  • 360 flex faceguards with All-Points Quick Release System

  • Rawlings facemasks, Schutt Super Pro facemasks

  • Rawlings facemasks, Schutt Super Pro facemasks



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  • NOT AVAILABLE
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  • Helmet
  • product
    Xenith EPIC



  • product
    Xenith X2



  • product
    Xenith X2E



  • product Riddell Revolution Speed

  • product
    SG Adult



  • Price
  • $299.00
  • N/A
  • $235.00
  • $274.95
  • $398.00


  • VA Tech Helmet Rating
  • rating
  • rating
  • rating
  • rating
  • rating


  • STAR Value
  • 0.281

  • 0.284

  • 0.285

  • 0.297

  • 0.309



  • Weight*
  • 3.15 (with chinstrap)

  • Not Available

  • 3.15

  • 3

  • 2.6 (with facemask & chinstrap)



  • Pad Type
  • DFLX compression liner with Epic Shock Technology


  • Shock Bonnet Suspension System w/ Aware-Flow Absorbers


  • Shock Bonnet Suspension System w/ Aware-Flow Absorbers

  • Patented Side Impact Protection, Inflatable Liner System


  • Single liner made of a proprietary blend of foam substances




  • Shell Type
  • TBD

  • Traditional Offset

  • Traditional Offset

  • Offset shell

  • Carbon-Kevlar traditional standoff



  • Facemask Type
  • Xenith facemasks

  • Xenith facemasks

  • Xenith facemasks

  • S-Bar facemasks with Quick Release

  • SG facemasks or Schutt Super Pro titanium facemasks



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  • DISCONTINUED
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  • COMING SOON

* Weight is without hardware or chinstrap unless otherwise noted





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