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A hockey helmet is a crucial piece of kit, shielding you from flying pucks, other players, and the ice itself. Choosing the best helmet for you is an individual choice, but the fundamental deciding factor remains the same — if it doesn’t fit your head properly, it won’t protect you when you need it most.
The Willies team offers great deals on hockey helmets and other equipment that every player needs in their kit bag on the regular, so stay informed about upcoming offers and learn about new inventory arrivals ahead of the curve by subscribing to our newsletter and connecting with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
We also love to talk about everything hockey on social media — let us know your take on hockey news, equipment or anything else in the sport! The Willies staff are crazy passionate about hockey, and the majority are players ourselves. We understand how vital your helmet is to your safety and visibility, so we do everything possible to give you the best prices from top-quality helmet manufacturers in the business.
If you’re looking for your next helmet, we stock an incredible range of the best helmets on the market from manufacturers like Bauer, CCM, Warrior and many more. Designed with maximum protection, visibility and comfort in mind, you can take to the ice confident and secure in a helmet from Willies.
Depending on how often you play and at what level, there are a few different hockey helmets to suit your budget and playstyle. As you would expect, more expensive helmets come with better features and more innovative materials that help with weight reduction, improved size adjustment and better protection.
If you’re a beginner hockey player learning the ropes, recreational-level helmets offer single-layer foams to protect your head and wallet. Once you start playing more regularly, higher-tier helmets deliver dual-layer foam for better comfort and protection and tool-free volume adjustments for a better fit. Pro-level helmets offer the most elite impact protection through multi-density foams and unique adjustment features that allow players to fine-tune their helmets for that perfect fit.
If you’re born after 1975, visors are now mandatory. All players under 18 are also required to wear complete face protection in the form of either a full-face shield or a cage.
Visors provide excellent eye and nose protection but leave the jaw, cheekbones and teeth exposed to rogue sticks, skates and pucks. While they mostly provide excellent vision with limited blind spots, a common issue with visors is visibility issues when it gets scratched or fogged up. The Matrix X30 Pro Visor eliminates this problem with superior anti-fog and anti-scratch technology to deliver unrivalled optical clarity throughout your game.
Cages are the most durable and protective full-face shields you can get, with the metal bars spaced out to clearly see the action while protecting your entire face from sticks or pucks. They also don’t suffer from the issue of scratching or fogging up; however, they can be pretty heavy, and some players find that the bars impede your vision. If you prefer a cage, we recommend going for a combo like the Warrior Alpha One Pro to make huge savings with an integrated helmet and cage.
Full visors deliver the best of both worlds, with a clear visor around the eyes for maximum visibility and a breathable cage near the mouth to reduce fogging. They are usually lighter than cages, but they are still prone to fogging and scratches.
The best helmet for any player, no matter their level, is one that fits properly. We stock a range of entry-level hockey helmets designed for recreational or beginner players; they’re inexpensive and deliver the protection you need and the comfort you want while you practice and learn the fundamentals of playing hockey.
Getting the correct hockey helmet size means the difference between absorbing an impact or sustaining a head injury. Your helmet should feel snug and comfortable, and you may need to try a few different brands to find the helmet that best fits your head size and shape.
Use our handy helmet sizing guides online, or get the perfect fit by visiting our store at Willies Coventry and speaking to our expert team of players and hockey enthusiasts!
Hockey helmets for players come in a range of price points, with helmets getting more advanced with more features the further up the price range you go.
Entry-level player helmets usually cost between £70 and £100. Mid-level hockey player helmets are anywhere between £100 and £170, with advanced helmets starting from £170 up to around £395.
The Warrior Alpha One is an excellent bit of kit for players looking to upgrade their gear, allowing you to get your hands on a near-elite helmet for a mid-level price.
From our Willies store in Coventry, our expert team can help you find the perfect fit for your next ice hockey helmet.