Head protection is without a doubt the most important piece of equipment for a football player. No matter what position or level you play at, having the best available helmet can be vital in preventing long term injuries. When it comes to youth football players, protecting their developing minds is not only the priority of the parents and coaches, but the football helmet manufacturers as well. Two brands that have looked at the Youth Football Helmet as an opportunity to provide the necessary coverage and more are Schutt and Xenith. Both currently provide helmets for those playing in the NFL, and use that same technology to protect those who are the future of the game.
The Schutt Vengeance A3+ and Xenith X2E+ are two helmets trusted in the football community. Both have been designed with the needs of youth players in mind. The biggest difference between youth football helmets and their varsity counterparts, is the composition of the helmet shell. Youth helmets are made from ABS plastic, which is both durable and light weight. The varsity or adult helmets are constructed from polycarbonate, allowing them to stand up to the rigors of high level play. Each helmet delivers a custom fit, but go about it in their own manner. The Xenith features its innovative Adaptive Head Protection system, which uses single stage shock absorbers on a floating suspension system to conform to the exact shape of your head. The Schutt helmet uses TPU cushioning and an inflatable SUREFIT liner that allows you to adjust to the exact specifications you need.
A few other notable features for these helmets would be the new 3DX adjustable jaw pads in the X2E+, and the Inter-Link jaw pads of the Vengeance. Both helmets are extremely lightweight, weighing just over 2.5 pounds. The Vengeance A3+ also showcases the new low profile helmet shell design, while the X2E+ comes with an integrated hard cup chin strap. Each has small differences that can make the difference to a player. Much of it comes down to personal preference, and how the helmet feels on their head. No matter which helmet you choose, you’ll be sure you’ve got top of the line protection on your future football star.