Helmet Ratings Logo

Varsity Football Helmet Ratings

A total of 16 varsity 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 a football player might see on the field. Helmets with more stars provide a reduction in concussion risk for these impacts compared to helmets with less stars.

Don't see your helmet listed below? Check out our legacy football helmet ratings for older models that are no longer produced.

For varsity football helmets, we recommend any 5 star helmet. While there are some differences in impact performance within this group, other factors such as cost, fit, and comfort should be considered when purchasing a helmet.

Share this page on social media:

: 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

    VICIS Zero1 football helmet

    Cost: $950.00

    Weight: 4.4 lb

    Score: 1.92

  • Schutt F7 VTD

    Schutt F7 VTD football helmet

    Cost: $975.00

    Weight: 4.1 lb

    Score: 2.54

  • Xenith X2E+

    Xenith X2E+ football helmet

    Cost: $289.00

    Weight: 4.1 lb

    Score: 2.92

  • Riddell Precision-FIT

    Riddell Precision-FIT football helmet

    Cost: $1,700.00

    Weight: 4.8 lb

    Score: 3.23

  • Xenith EPIC+

    Xenith Epic+ football helmet

    Cost: $349.00

    Weight: 4.2 lb

    Score: 3.79

  • Riddell SpeedFlex

    Riddell SpeedFlex football helmet

    Cost: $409.99

    Weight: 4.4 lb

    Score: 4.49

  • SG DBS.001

    SG DBS.001 football helmet

    Cost: $329.00

    Weight: 2.9 lb

    Score: 5.39

  • Schutt Vengeance Z10

    Schutt Vengeance Z10 football helmet

    Cost: $210.00

    Weight: 3.7 lb

    Score: 6.28

  • Schutt Vengeance Pro

    Schutt F7 football helmet

    Cost: $225.00

    Weight: 3.3 lb

    For samples manufactured after April 2018.

    Score: 6.44

  • Schutt F7

    Schutt F7 football helmet

    Cost: $649.00

    Weight: 4.1 lb

    Score: 6.50

  • Riddell Speed

    Riddell Speed football helmet

    Cost: $279.99

    Weight: 3.7 lb

    Score: 6.67

  • Schutt Air XP Pro VTD II

    Schutt Air XP Pro VTD II football helmet

    Cost: $219.95

    Weight: 4.5 lb

    Score: 6.98

  • Schutt Vengeance VTD II

    Schutt Vengeance VTD II football helmet

    Cost: $249.95

    Weight: 4.2 lb

    Score: 7.35

  • Riddell Speed Icon

    Riddell Speed Icon football helmet

    Cost: $280.00

    Weight: 3.8 lb

    Score: 9.95

  • Schutt Air XP Pro

    Schutt Air XP Pro football helmet

    Cost: $199.95

    Weight: 3.7 lb

    Score: 18.22

  • Schutt Air XP Pro Q10

    Schutt Air XP Pro Q10 football helmet

    Cost: $210.00

    Weight: 4.0 lb

    Score: 25.77

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.

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.