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Youth Football Helmet Ratings

A total of 22 youth football helmets have been rated using the STAR evaluation system. Our impact tests evaluate a helmet's ability to reduce linear and rotational acceleration of the head resulting from a range of head impacts that youth football players might see on the field. Our lab tests are based on data we collected directly from 10 to 14 year old youth football players that wore helmets equipped with sensors.

Helmets with more stars provide a reduction in concussion risk for these impacts compared to helmets with less stars. While there are some differences in impact performance within groups, other factors such as cost, fit, and comfort should be considered when purchasing a helmet.

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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 helmet at the time of testing.

See our test methodology.

  • VICIS Zero1 Youth

    VICIS Zero1 Youth football helmet

    Cost: $495.00

    Weight: 4.0 lb

    Score: 0.69

  • Xenith Youth X2E+

    Xenith Youth X2E Plus football helmet

    Cost: $199.00

    Weight: 3.9 lb

    Score: 2.11

  • Schutt Youth Vengeance Z10 VTD

    Schutt Youth Vengeance Z10 VTD football helmet

    Cost: $399.99

    Weight: 3.5 lb

    Score: 2.32

  • Schutt Youth F7

    Schutt Youth F7 football helmet

    Cost: $569.95

    Weight: 4.2 lb

    Score: 2.35

  • Schutt Youth Vengeance Pro VTD

    Schutt Youth Vengeance Pro VTD football helmet

    Cost: $199.99

    Weight: 3.8 lb

    Score: 2.57

  • Light LS1CY

    Light LS1CY football helmet

    Cost: $450.00

    Weight: 2.9 lb

    Score: 2.71

  • Xenith Youth Epic+

    Xenith Youth Epic+ football helmet

    Cost: $284.00

    Weight: 4.1 lb

    Score: 3.13

  • Schutt Youth Vengeance A3+

    Schutt Youth Vengeance A3+ football helmet

    Cost: $139.95

    Weight: 3.9 lb

    Score: 3.40

  • Schutt Youth Recruit Hybrid VTD

    Schutt Youth Recruit Hybrid VTD football helmet

    Cost: $94.00

    Weight: 3.6 lb

    Score: 3.77

  • Riddell Youth SpeedFlex

    Riddell Youth SpeedFlex football helmet

    Cost: $324.99

    Weight: 4.0 lb

    Score: 3.98

  • LIGHT LS1-PY

    LIGHT LS1-PY football helmet

    Cost: $325.00

    Weight: 3.0 lb

    Score: 3.99

  • Schutt Youth Vengeance A3

    Schutt Youth Vengeance A3 football helmet

    Cost: $109.95

    Weight: 4.0 lb

    Score: 4.37

  • Schutt Youth Recruit R3+

    Schutt Youth Recruit R3+ football helmet

    Cost: $149.95

    Weight: 3.9 lb

    Score: 5.32

  • Schutt Youth Recruit Hybrid

    Schutt Youth Hybrid football helmet

    Cost: $94.95

    Weight: 3.5 lb

    Score: 6.10

  • Schutt Youth Vengeance Pro

    Schutt Youth Vengeance Pro football helmet

    Cost: $199.95

    Weight: 3.8 lb

    Score: 6.24

  • Riddell Youth Victor-i

    Riddell Youth Victor-I football helmet

    Cost: $124.99

    Weight: 3.4 lb

    Score: 6.65

  • Schutt Youth Air Standard V

    Schutt Youth Air Standard V football helmet

    Cost: $89.99

    Weight: 3.0 lb

    Score: 7.21

  • Riddell Youth Victor

    Riddell Youth Victor football helmet

    Cost: $109.99

    Weight: 3.4 lb

    Score: 7.84

  • Riddell Youth Speed 2019

    Riddell Youth Speed 2019 football helmet

    Cost: $199.99

    Weight: 4.0 lb

    Score: 9.14

  • Riddell Youth Speed Classic

    Riddell Youth Speed Classic football helmet

    Cost: $169.99

    Weight: 4.0 lb

    Score: 10.50

  • Riddell Youth Speed 2017

    Riddell Youth Speed football helmet

    Cost: $149.00

    Weight: 4.0 lb

    Score: 11.79

  • Schutt Youth Vengeance Z10

    Schutt Vengeance Z10 football helmet

    Cost: $299.95

    Weight: 3.4 lb

    Score: 13.17

Notes

A lower score offers better protection.

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

Weight includes the helmet shell and facemask tested. We chose the lightest standard facemask for each helmet.

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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.