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Flag Football Headgear Ratings

A total of 26 Flag Football headgear that have been evaluated using the STAR evaluation system are included in the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings. Our impact tests evaluate a headgear's ability to reduce linear and rotational acceleration of the head resulting from impacts a flag football player might see on the field. Headgear with more stars provide a reduction in concussion risk compared to headgear with less stars. Group ratings are differentiated by pre-determined thresholds.

For flag football headgear, we recommend any 4 or 5 star headgear. While there are some differences in impact performance within these groups, other factors such as cost, fit, coverage, and comfort should be considered when purchasing a headgear.

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: Best Available
: Very Good
: Good
: Adequate
: Marginal
: Not Recommended

A lower score offers better protection.

Cost shown is what we paid for the headgear at the time of testing.

See our test methodology.

  • LIGHT SS1

    LIGHT SS1 Headgear

    Cost: $99.00

    Coverage: 97%

    Padding: 100%

    Score: 0.00

  • Xenith LOOP

    Xenith LOOP Headgear

    Cost: $79.00

    Coverage: 57%

    Padding: 78%

    Score: 0.03

  • VICIS ULTIM

    VICIS ULTIM Headgear

    Cost: $119.00

    Coverage: 90%

    Padding: 64%

    Score: 0.04

  • Shock Doctor Showtime Pro Headgear

    Shock Doctor Showtime Pro Headgear

    Cost: $74.99

    Coverage: 99%

    Padding: 88%

    Score: 0.18

  • Champro SH7 Soft Shell Headgear

    Champro SH7 Soft Shell Headgear

    Cost: $69.99

    Coverage: 98%

    Padding: 84%

    Score: 0.19

  • Adidas Force PRO Softshell Headgear (2020)

    Adidas Force PRO Softshell Headgear 2020

    Cost: $89.99

    Coverage: 98%

    Padding: 88%

    Score: 0.19

  • GameBreaker-PRO Soft Shell Headgear

    GameBreaker-PRO Soft Shell Headgear

    Cost: $79.99

    Coverage: 99%

    Padding: 90%

    Score: 0.25

  • Heimdall Soft Shell Headgear

    Heimdall Soft Shell Helmet

    Cost: $74.99

    Coverage: 98%

    Padding: 57%

    Score: 0.38

  • Rocksolid RS2 Soft-Shell Helmet

    Rocksolid RS2 Soft-Shell Helmet

    Cost: $64.99

    Coverage: 95%

    Padding: 100%

    Score: 0.38

  • Impact Sports Cal Praesidio

    Cal Praesidio Headgear

    Cost: $59.00

    Coverage: 99%

    Padding: 85%

    Score: 0.44

  • GameBreaker Multi-Sport Soft Shell Headgear

    GameBreaker Multi-Sport Soft Shell Headgear

    Cost: $59.99

    Coverage: 99%

    Padding: 82%

    Score: 0.45

  • Battle Flow Softshell Helmet

    Battle Flow Softshell Headgear

    Cost: $59.99

    Coverage: 97%

    Padding: 85%

    Score: 0.47

  • Adidas Force PRO Softshell Headgear

    Adidas Force PRO Softshell Headgear

    Cost: $89.99

    Coverage: 99%

    Padding: 82%

    Score: 0.55

  • All Star Maxpro Flag Football Helmet

    All Star Maxpro Flag Football Helmet

    Cost: $32.95

    Coverage: 97%

    Padding: 79%

    Score: 0.55

  • Schutt O-Seven Varsity Football Soft Cap

    Schutt O-Seven Varsity Football Soft Cap

    Cost: $49.95

    Coverage: 96%

    Padding: 55%

    Score: 0.60

  • EliteTek Soft Padded Helmet

    EliteTek Soft Padded Helmet

    Cost: $25.00

    Coverage: 99%

    Padding: 82%

    Score: 0.68

  • All Star Maxlite Flag Football Helmet

    All Star Maxlite Flag Football Helmet

    Cost: $26.95

    Coverage: 99%

    Padding: 90%

    Score: 0.72

  • Barnett Heat Pro Helmet

    Barnett Heat Pro Helmet

    Cost: $25.00

    Coverage: 98%

    Padding: 82%

    Score: 0.76

  • Tychon Soft Padded Headgear

    Tychon Soft Padded Helmet

    Cost: $27.97

    Coverage: 95%

    Padding: 89%

    Score: 0.76

  • COOLOMG Soft Padded Headgear

    COOLOMG Soft Padded Helmet

    Cost: $24.99

    Coverage: 98%

    Padding: 79%

    Score: 0.76

  • 2nd Skull 7-on-7 Soft Shell Helmet

    2nd Skull 7-on-7 Soft Shell Helmet

    Cost: $80.00

    Coverage: 96%

    Padding: 100%

    Score: 0.76

  • Surlim Soft Helmet

    Surlim Soft Headgear

    Cost: $22.99

    Coverage: 96%

    Padding: 87%

    Score: 0.77

  • WOSAWE Soft Shell Helmet

    WOSAWE Soft Shell Headgear

    Cost: $15.99

    Coverage: 94%

    Padding: 78%

    Score: 0.78

  • Surlim Headguard

    Surlim Headguard Headgear

    Cost: $29.50

    Coverage: 97%

    Padding: 53%

    Score: 0.81

  • Custom Athletic Apparel Gamechanger

    Custom Athletic Apparel Gamechanger

    Cost: $40.00

    Coverage: 97%

    Padding: 72%

    Score: 0.83

  • FAVORGEAR Soft Padded Headgear

    FAVORGEAR Soft Padded Headgear

    Cost: $23.98

    Coverage: 100%

    Padding: 81%

    Score: 0.87

Notes

Check with local leagues/organizations for approved headgear.

A lower score offers better protection.

Cost shown is what we paid for the headgear at the time of testing.

Coverage is the percent area of the head that is covered by the headgear.

Padding is the percent area of the headgear that consists of an impact absorbing material.

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See our test methodology.

*Any player in any sport can sustain a head injury with even the very best head protection. This analysis is based on data trends and probabilities, and therefore a specific person’s risk may vary. This variation is likely dominated by genetic differences, health history, and impact factors such as muscle activation.