When you’re playing lacrosse at school, you were probably given a stinky old helmet that’s been used a thousand times. So, it’s not surprising that you’ve come to this article looking to buy your own. We’ve scoured the internet to find the best lacrosse helmet and narrowed it down to our top five.
The Best Lacrosse Helmet
Our Best Choice product in this review is the Cascade CPX-R Helmet. It was actually a pretty easy choice as our top lacrosse helmet because it’s so widely respected in the game. The ‘R’ line of helmets are Cascade’s most protective, highest-quality, and most expensive helmets. This is also one of the most widely used helmets around, especially in college lacrosse and MLL.
The first, and most important, thing to talk about is how well it protects your head. If you have a lacrosse puck flying towards your head at 100mph, you need to know that you’re safe. And, with the Cascade CPX-R Helmet, you are. It’s full of innovative technologies to protect you. First of those is the Seven Technology Liner system. In their words, it’s a ‘ground-breaking impact attenuation system’, which basically means it manages the energy from a direct impact to your helmet. So, when you get hit in the head, it displaces the energy laterally, away from your head. That means the helmet is immediately ready for the next impact. It’s also lined with Poron XRD foam immediately regains its form – like a memory foam mattress – after an impact. On the front of the helmet, it’s got a brand-new improved mask that has improved peripheral vision, so you can see what’s going on out of the corner of your eye. All of this adds up to make it one of the most comfortable and protective helmets you can get your hands on.
SevenTechnology liner system
Poron XRD Foam
SPR fit system
White with chrome mask
- Weight3 pounds
Easy to adjust fit of helmet.
Great peripheral vision.
Recall issue with older models.
We’ve included this helmet in case you’re buying for your kids. There’s a point where you don’t want them to borrow an old helmet anymore and they need their own head protection. And, let’s face it, they’re not going to be that interested in their own protective gear. So, it’s up to you to decide what they need. The Cascade CS Junior Lacrosse Helmet is the perfect junior helmet in our opinion. It’s made by the same company that makes our Best Choice product and some of that innovate technology and amazing design has trickled down into this helmet. Before we get into the features and benefits, it’s worth mentioning that this lid is only really suitable for kids aged 12 and under. If they’re past that age, they will have to start looking at youth- and adult-sized helmets.
Of course, in youth lacrosse, you don’t need the same levels of protection as you would at the top levels. It’s very doubtful that they’re going to get hit in the head with a puck traveling at 100mph. But it’s still nice to know they would be protected if they did. This helmet can provide that level of protection. It has a tough ABS shell that can take a serious amount of impact. But it’s also really lightweight. This is crucial in junior helmets because they could get lasting neck problems by carrying around a helmet that’s too heavy.
Lightweight ABS shell
Single-piece shell, chin, & visor
CS fit system
Suitable for ages 12 and under
Silver with black mask
- Model CS*
- Weight2 pounds
Allows room for kids to grow.
Great peripheral vision.
Too small for some 12-year olds.
Not many color options.
The Cascade CPV-R Lacrosse Helmet is our third helmet – and it’s the third made by Cascade. That’s no coincidence, they’re one of the biggest and best brands in the lacrosse business and their helmets are worn by lacrosse players at every level, from kids to professionals. The CPV-R is our favorite of their mid-range helmets. It’s not as good as the Cascade CPX-R Helmet, but it’s around $60 cheaper. But don’t be fooled into thinking this isn’t a really high-quality helmet.
This helmet is designed to fit players of all ages and sizes (above 13), and it uses a lot of the same technologies as the more expensive models. The first thing worth mentioning is the level of protection. It’s got an EPP liner, which can take multiple types of high-level impacts and will slowly get back to its original shape. This is one of the key differences between this and the pro-level lids – the time it takes to recover for the next hit. But it will still protect your head, which is the most important thing. On the outside of the helmet is a similar ABS shell that is designed to minimize wind resistance and keep your head cool.
EPP liner system
SPR fit system
White with black mask
- BrandLacrosse Unlimited
Lightweight and comfortable.
Great downward vision.
Could spend extra $60 and get the CPX-R.
Fits better for youth players.
We knew that we had to include at least one helmet from a company other than Cascade, and here it is: the STX Lacrosse Stallion 500 Helmet. We’ve selected it as our Premium Product, because of the level of protection it provides. It’s the most protective helmet on this list. It might not be as good looking or as stylish as the Cascade CPX-R Helmet, but if you really care about your head’s safety, this is the lid for you.
It’s got a pretty standard ABS shell, but with one key difference that makes it a lot tougher. The plastic is full of tiny impact modifiers that direct the impact away from your head and around the helmet. This is actually pretty similar to Cascade’s Seven Technology Liner system, but it’s generally thought to be more effective. Plus, it has Schutt’s patented TPU Cushioning system, which adds another level of protection and cushions the impact even further.
ABS shell with impact modifiers
TPU Cushioning system
Surefit Air Liner
White with black mask
- ModelHM ST55 03 BK/XX-P
- Weight3 pounds
The highest level of protection.
Cheaper than Cascade CPX-R.
Not as adjustable as Cascade lids.
Last on our list is the Cascade CS Lacrosse Helmet. This is a hard product to track down on the internet, because it’s actually been discontinued by Cascade, and replaced with models like the CPV-R. That means that the technology is slightly outdated, but because of that, you can get them pretty cheap. Back in the day, this was a sort-after helmet, so it’s still definitely capable of protecting your head. Technology is protective equipment is always improving, but there’s actually a basic level of protection that has always been around. This helmet can still handle any impact you will come across in a lacrosse game and is therefore still a very valid option.
The shell is a pretty standard ABS shell. It doesn’t have the new impact management technologies that you find on new helmets, but it still meets or exceeds all of the standards for MLL, collegiate, and high school lacrosse. Basically, your head will be fine. In terms of the fit and comfort, it has a full-pivot tail and fit-switch, similar to the one seen in Cascade CS Youth Helmet. That means you can quickly find your feet, faster than you can tie your shoes, as they say in the product description.
Navy blue with black mask
- BrandLacrosse Unlimited
Okay level of protection.
One color option.
Lacrosse Helmet Buying Guide
How We Chose Our Selection Of Lacrosse Helmets
Reviews – You can find out a lot about a product from the customer reviews. Reading reviews is one of the first things we do when we’re researching our Buying Guides. The reason is that you can see how the products – in this case, it’s lacrosse helmets – are to live with. This gives you a much deeper insight than just reading the product descriptions. After that we check out other expert reviews, just in case, they’ve picked up on something that we’ve missed.
Brand – Brand is important when you’re buying sports equipment like lacrosse helmets. The biggest brands have access to research and development teams, which can provide the latest technology. Helmets are there for your protection, so it’s especially important that you buy from a brand you trust. That isn’t to say that we just select products from the top brands, we also check out the lesser-known brands to see what they can offer.
Price – We understand that everyone has a different budget. If you’re a professional lacrosse player, you’ve probably got a budget of a couple of hundred dollars for your helmet. Whereas, if you’re just getting into the sport or buying a helmet for your kids, you won’t want to spend as much. That’s why we try to feature products from across the price range. Check out our Premium Product and Best Value for the two ends of the pricing spectrum.
Features To Look For In Lacrosse Helmet
Material – The material your lacrosse helmet is made out of is absolutely crucial. You don’t want something that’s not capable of protecting your head and you don’t want something so heavy that you can’t move around the pitch quickly. Most modern lacrosse helmets have a shell that’s made out of an injection-molded plastic like ABS and some are made out of the same plastic as a motorcycle helmet. Inside the helmet, a softer material is used so it’s comfortable on your head.
Mask – The mask of your lacrosse helmet is the only thing standing between you and getting hit in the face with a ball or stick. So, it’s pretty important. They’re pretty much always made from metal and should give you enough space to clearly see out of them. If there’s too much metal, it can completely obscure your view. Some masks are engineered to give you better vision.
Chin – It’s important that your lacrosse helmet fits securely on your head to avoid injury. If it’s too loose, it could move at a crucial moment and you could get seriously injured. The chin strap is an essential part of getting a snug fit. Once you’ve put your helmet on you need to adjust the chin strap until the helmet doesn’t move. If it still moves, you need a different sized helmet.
Liner – The liner is the material on the inside of the helmet. It can be made from different materials, but you should be looking for three things from your liner: comfort, moisture wicking ability, and impact absorption. The material needs to be thick and comfortable enough so that it doesn’t irritate you and it needs to manage the moisture from the sweat you produce during training or a game. In older helmets, the liner was just there for comfort but now it can add an extra level of impact absorption to keep your head safe.
Weight – The weight of your helmet is a very important consideration. If it’s too heavy, it could make playing really difficult and could end up in a serious neck injury. Of course, the more money you are prepared to spend, the lighter a helmet you will be able to afford. But some of the cheaper helmets are still lightweight.
Safety – Safety is the reason you’re buying a lacrosse helmet so, needless to say, it’s pretty important. All lacrosse helmets have a basic level of safety, but some are safer than others. If you’re really concerned about safety, you should invest a bit more money and buy a high-end lacrosse helmet. These will be full of safety features that improve the absorption of impact.
Comfort – The last thing you want when you’re playing lacrosse is to be uncomfortable. It will put you off your game and affect your performance. Look for a helmet that has a high-quality liner inside to make sure your head is comfortable throughout the game.