Football Helmet Ratings


A total of 26 adult football helmet models that have been evaluated using the STAR evaluation system are included in the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings™. Helmets with more stars provide a reduction in concussion risk compared to helmets with less stars. Group rankings are differentiated by pre-determined thresholds.


5 Stars: Best Available

5 stars
Schutt Air XP Pro VTD II

Schutt Air XP Pro VTD II

STAR Value: 0.170

Cost: $199.99

Schutt Vengeance VTD II

Schutt Vengeance VTD II

STAR Value: 0.180

Cost: $254.99

Riddell Speedflex

Riddell Speedflex

STAR Value: 0.193

Cost: $399.99

Schutt AiR XP Pro VTD

Schutt AiR XP Pro VTD

STAR Value: 0.207

Cost: $199.99

Schutt Vengeance VTD

Schutt Vengeance VTD

STAR Value: 0.213

Cost: $254.99

Schutt Vengeance Z10

Schutt Vengeance Z10

STAR Value: 0.222

Cost: $425.00

Riddell 360

Riddell 360

STAR Value: 0.239

Cost: $374.95

Rawlings Quantum Plus

Rawlings Quantum Plus

STAR Value: 0.245

Cost: $259.99

Rawlings Tachyon

Rawlings Tachyon

STAR Value: 0.262

Cost: $299.99

SG Version 2.0

SG Version 2.0

STAR Value: 0.264

Cost: $414.00

*Note 1: Permanent cracks were observed in the helmet padding for all tested SG helmets. We advise consumers tomonitor the padding throughout the season and to discontinue use if any padding becomes disconnected.
*Note 2: Consumers should be aware that the lifespan of these helmets is stated as 2 years, which differs from the more common 10 year lifespan of most other helmets.
*Note 3: Sizing of this helmet is unique. Be careful to measure your head size and reference the correct sizing chart.

Schutt Vengeance Pro

Schutt Vengeance Pro

STAR Value: 0.280

Cost: $224.95

Xenith EPIC

Xenith EPIC

STAR Value: 0.281

Cost: $299.95

Xenith X2

Xenith X2

STAR Value: 0.284

Cost: $235.00

*Note: Helmets dated before 2013 rated as 3 Stars

Xenith X2E

Xenith X2E

STAR Value: 0.285

Cost: $235.00

SG Version 2.5

SG Version 2.5

STAR Value: 0.292

Cost: $414.00

*Note 1: Permanent cracks were observed in the helmet padding for all tested SG helmets. We advise consumers tomonitor the padding throughout the season and to discontinue use if any padding becomes disconnected.
*Note 2: Consumers should be aware that the lifespan of these helmets is stated as 2 years, which differs from the more common 10 year lifespan of most other helmets.
*Note 3: Sizing of this helmet is unique. Be careful to measure your head size and reference the correct sizing chart.

Riddell Revolution Speed

Riddell Revolution Speed

STAR Value: 0.297

Cost: $264.99

4 Stars: Very Good

4 stars
SG Version 1.0

SG Version 1.0

STAR Value: 0.309

Cost: $398.00

*Note: Retrospective analysis found similar cracking in the padding of previously tested SG Version 1.0 helmets. Please refer to the notes on SG Version 2.0 and SG Version 2.5 ratings.

Schutt Air XP Pro

Schutt Air XP Pro

STAR Value: 0.316

Cost: $199.99

Schutt ION 4D

Schutt ION 4D

STAR Value: 0.327

Cost: $244.95

Rawlings Impulse

Rawlings Impulse

STAR Value: 0.355

Cost: $149.00

Xenith X1

Xenith X1

STAR Value: 0.356

Cost: $299.99

Riddell Revolution

Riddell Revolution

STAR Value: 0.362

Cost: $239.99

Rawlings Quantum

Rawlings Quantum

STAR Value: 0.364

Cost: $179.99

Schutt Vengeance DCT

Schutt Vengeance DCT

STAR Value: 0.365

Cost: $254.95

Riddell Revolution IQ

Riddell Revolution IQ

STAR Value: 0.369

Cost: $222.99

3 Stars: Good

3 stars
Schutt Air XP

Schutt Air XP

STAR Value: 0.420

Cost: $174.95

Schutt DNA Pro +

Schutt DNA Pro +

STAR Value: 0.450

Cost: $194.95

*Note: Helmets dated before 2013 rated as 4 Stars

Schutt Air XP Ultralite

Schutt Air XP Ultralite

STAR Value: 0.482

Cost: $254.95

2 Stars: Adequate

2 stars
Schutt Air Advantage

Schutt Air Advantage

STAR Value: 0.678

Cost: $159.99

1 Star: Marginal

1 star
Riddell VSR4

Riddell VSR4

STAR Value: 0.791

Cost: $Not Applicable

Used helmets were tested to provide a reference

NR: Not Recommended

1 star
Adams A2000 Pro Elite

Adams A2000 Pro Elite

STAR Value: 1.700

Cost: $199.95

Ten-Year Plan

Outlining the future of STAR ratings in multiple categories.
view the plan (PDF)

Peer Reviewed Methodology in Annals of Biomedical Engineering

Football Ratings FAQ


Recent News

2/17/2016

WBEN 930 AM: Helmet Safety / Concussion Discussion: Dr. Stefan Duma of Virginia Tech (audio)

WBEN LiveLine talks with Dr. Duma on a variety of helmet research topics.

 

1/5/2016

The Atlantic: The Limits of Football Helmets

No amount of head protection can fully protect players from concussions.

 

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Note: 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.