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Ratings of Older Football Helmets

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This is a list of ratings for 25 varsity football helmets that are no longer produced by manufacturers. These helmets were evaluated using our old test methodology and are provided here as reference for those who might still use these helmets.

: 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.

  • Schutt Air XP Pro VTD

    Schutt Air XP Pro VTD football helmet

    Cost: $199.99

    Old Score: 0.207

  • Schutt Vengeance VTD

    Schutt Vengeance VTD football helmet

    Cost: $254.99

    Old Score: 0.213

  • Riddell 360

    Riddell 360 football helmet

    Cost: $374.99

    Old Score: 0.239

  • Rawlings Quantum Plus

    Rawlings Quantum Plus football helmet

    Cost: $259.99

    Old Score: 0.245

  • Rawlings Tachyon

    Rawlings Tachyon football helmet

    Cost: $299.99

    Old Score: 0.262

  • SG Version 2.0

    SG Version 2.0 football helmet

    Cost: $414.00

    Old Score: 0.264

  • Schutt Vengeance Pro

    Schutt Vengeance Pro football helmet

    Cost: $224.95

    Old Score: 0.280

  • Xenith EPIC

    Xenith EPIC football helmet

    Cost: $299.95

    Old Score: 0.281

  • Xenith X2

    Xenith X2 football helmet

    Cost: $235.00

    Helmets dated before 2013 rated as 3 Stars

    Old Score: 0.284

  • Xenith X2E

    Xenith X2E football helmet

    Cost: $235.00

    Old Score: 0.285

  • SG Version 2.5

    SG Version 2.5 football helmet

    Cost: $414.00

    Old Score: 0.292

  • SG Version 1.0

    SG Version 1.0 football helmet

    Cost: $398.00

    Old Score: 0.309

  • Schutt ION 4D

    Schutt ION 4D football helmet

    Cost: $244.95

    Old Score: 0.327

  • Rawlings Impulse

    Rawlings Impulse football helmet

    Cost: $140.00

    Old Score: 0.355

  • Xenith X1

    Xenith X1 football helmet

    Cost: $299.99

    Old Score: 0.356

  • Riddell Revolution

    Riddell Revolution football helmet

    Cost: $239.99

    Old Score: 0.362

  • Rawlings Quantum

    Rawlings Quantum football helmet

    Cost: $179.99

    Old Score: 0.364

  • Schutt Vengeance DCT

    Schutt Vengeance DCT football helmet

    Cost: $254.95

    Old Score: 0.365

  • Riddell Revolution IQ

    Riddell Revolution IQ football helmet

    Cost: $222.99

    Old Score: 0.369

  • Schutt Air XP

    Schutt Air XP football helmet

    Cost: $174.95

    Old Score: 0.420

  • Schutt DNA Pro +

    Schutt DNA Pro + football helmet

    Cost: $194.95

    Helmets dated before 2013 rated as 4 Stars

    Old Score: 0.450

  • Schutt Air XP Ultralite

    Schutt Air XP Ultralite football helmet

    Cost: $254.95

    Old Score: 0.482

  • Schutt Air Advantage

    Schutt Air Advantage football helmet

    Cost: $159.99

    Old Score: 0.678

  • Riddell VSR4

    Riddell VSR4 football helmet

    Cost: N/A

    Used helmets tested for reference

    Old Score: 0.791

  • Adams A2000 Pro Elite

    Adams A2000 Pro Elite football helmet

    Cost: $199.95

    Old Score: 1.700

Notes

A lower score offers better protection.

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

Documents

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.