Technical sheet - the rugby helmet
- What types of helmets?
- Does the helmet really protect?
- Rugby Helmet Brands
- Video presentation of the rugby helmet
- Comparative table
- Download the Rugby Helmet advice guide in PDF format
The search for the best rugby helmet can be like starting a decathlon because the offer is so important: sizes, colors, technical specifications, standards, usefulness...
As many questions as you can ask yourself and which we will answer below:
Definition: what is a rugby helmet?
Lhe rugby helmet is personal protective equipment (PPE) which aims to protect the head from blows as the force of impact is lessened and distributed over a larger area.
IRB Rule 12 states that "A player is permitted to wear a helmet made of soft, thin materials provided that no part of the helmet is thicker than 1cm when the material is uncompressed and 'no part of the helmet has a density greater than 45 kilograms per cubic metre'
What types of rugby helmets?
Structure d'un casque de rugby
Unlike other rugby PPE, the helmet is relatively similar from brand to brand. It always consists of a soft, usually dimpled shell with an opening for the ears. The helmet is attached in front by an adjustable strap by Velcro and behind by a drawstring allowing the helmet to be properly adjusted to your head.
There are no technical differences between men's and women's helmets.
The differences will therefore be in the size, design and also the flexibility of the helmet.
Does the rugby helmet really protect?
With all approved helmets on the market, your ears, your scalp and your forehead will be protected by a 1 cm high density foam.
An independent Anglo-Saxon study conducted on helmets from 7 different brands showed that the helmet could reduce impact force by up to 50%. All injuries are concerned: bleeding, lacerations, but also concussions.
The rugby helmet therefore aims to reduce the risk of concussions and really protects against injury.
The helmets must bear the mention 'IRB Approved', i.e. they meet the technical specifications of the International Rugby Federation and must also meet the European standard. Please note, rugby helmets sold on foreign sites are rarely compliant since they do not bear the CE mark. These two standards - CE & World Rugby - must appear both on the helmet packaging and on a label in the helmet.
Rugby helmet brands
The major rugby equipment manufacturers all offer rugby helmets that comply with World Rugby regulations as well as the CE standard for those sold in Europe: Canterbury, Gilbert, ForceXV, RTEK, Adidas, BLK, Macron...
|Casques GILBERT||Casques MACRON||Casques CANTERBURY||Casques BLK||Casques RTEK||Casques FORCEXV||Casques ADIDAS|
Video presentation of the rugby helmet
Rugby Helmet FAQ
– Can you wash a rugby helmet?
Yes, but it must be done in cold water so as not to alter the technical properties of the foam. Then do not put it in the dryer or dry it on a radiator.
– How to choose the correct rugby helmet size?
Take a seamstress (or equivalent) and measure around your head at the forehead. Afterwards, refer to the size correspondence of the different brands . If in doubt, take the size above because you can tighten the helmet with the chin strap and the lace at the back.
Please note that helmet sizes often have nothing to do with clothing sizes.
– What's the difference between entry-level and premium models?
The difference may be a little on the quality of the protection because the density of the foam is not necessarily equal from one model to another. But only in seniors because this difference will not play on lower impacts like at Rugby School.
Then the difference will be made on the comfort and the flexibility of the helmet.
– Is wearing a helmet compulsory in rugby?
To date, wearing a helmet is not compulsory in France. However, it is becoming more and more widespread and some rugby schools make it compulsory in the same way as theprotège-dents.
Rugby Headset Comparison Chart
|Casque de rugby pour femme Winna||RTEK||19RTL002||M -L||Multi||Psychedelic design made for girls. We regret the limited choice of sizes.||55,00 €|
|Catalunya Rugby Helmet||RTEK||19RTL006||M -L||Blood and Gold||A headguard specially designed for Catalans. We regret the limited choice of sizes.||55,00 €|
|Breizh Rugby Helmets||RTEK||19RTL007||M -L||Breizh||A helmet specially designed for bretons. We regret the limited choice of sizes.||55,00 €|
|Euskadi Rugby Helmets||RTEK||19RTL005||M -L||Euskadi||A helmet specially designed for the Basques. We regret the limited choice of sizes.||55,00 €|
|Rugby Helmet Ventilator Firecracker||CCC||Z013030_X20||S à XL||Blue / Orange||The Ventialtor is one of the best performing helmets on the market for impact resistance. It is also on sale at -25%||45,00 €|
|Ventilator Rugby Helmet||CCC||Z013030-A81||S à XL||White||The Ventialtor is one of the best performing helmets on the market for impact resistance. It is also on sale at -25%||45,00 €|
|Ventilator Rugby Helmet||CCC||Z013030-900||S à XL||Red/ Green||The Ventialtor is one of the best performing helmets on the market for impact resistance. It is also on sale at -25%||45,00 €|
|Youz Rugby Helmet||RTEK||19RTL003||Junior / Senior||Rouge / Noir||A very classic 1st prize available in adult and child sizes. Like all RTEK headsets, the Youz has been lab tested.||39,90 €|
|USA Rugby Helmet||GILBERT||855213||SB à XL||Flag USA||Based on the Falcon model, Gilbert makes a helmet with the USA flag.||32,00 €|
|Customizable Rugby Helmets||RTEK||CRPR||SB à 2XL||-||A fully customizable rugby helmet from 50 pieces.||49,95 €|
|Rugby helmet||ADIDAS||S97290||XS à XL||Pink||Adidas manufactures only one model of rugby helmet which it then declines in different colors depending on the season.||49,95 €|
|Rugby Helmet Air||GILBERT||8552150+||SB à XL||Gray / Black / Red||Mid-range helmet from Gilbert available in 7 sizes and 3 colors.||50,00 €|
|Rugby Helmet XE camo||MACRON||691233||2XS à 2XL||Black / Camouflage||A camouflage model reminiscent of the warrior side of rugby.||53,00 €|
|Rugby Headguard||ADIDAS||F41034||XS à XL||White||Adidas manufactures only one model of rugby helmet which it then declines in different colors depending on the season.||49,95 €|
|Exotek Rugby Helmet||BLK||42062+||SB à XL||Black / Gray / Red||The Australian brand offers a helmet that we offer you at -40%||24,00 €|
|Country Rugby Helmet||GILBERT||855+||SB à XL||Scottish flag||Based on the Falcon model, Gilbert makes a helmet with the Scottish flag.||29,00 €|
|France Rugby Helmet||GILBERT||855213+||SB à XL||Flag France||Based on the Falcon model, Gilbert makes a helmet with the French flag.||19,20 €|
|Rugby helmet||ADIDAS||F41033||XS à XL||Black||Adidas manufactures only one model of rugby helmet which it then declines in different colors depending on the season.||39,95 €|
|Ventilator Rugby Helmet||CCC||Z013030-901||S à XL||Burgundy-Blue||45,00 €|
|Falcon 200 Rugby Helmet||GILBERT||8541||SB à XL||6 colors||Entry-level rugby helmet available in 7 colors and 7 sizes||23,20 €|
|Children's Ventilator Rugby Helmet||CCC||Z013033_X23||SB à LB||Blue grey||The famous Canterbury Ventilator helmet available for juniors... and on sale.||41,25 €|
|Rugby Club Plus Helmet||CCC||Z011063||SB à LB||Noir||Entry-level junior helmet from Canterbury... and also on sale.||33,75 €|
|Sublimated Airflex Trendy Rugby Helmet||FORCEXV||airflexfxv||S à XL||Black-Orange||The old top-of-the-range helmet from ForceXV... for less than €30 with the discount for a cheap adult helmet.||29,90 €|
|Kids Airflex Rugby Helmet||FORCEXV||airflexfxvjunior||3XS à XS||Black / Blue / Red||Children's version from ForceXV for a helmet under 30 €.||29,00 €|
|Evolution Rugby Helmet||GILBERT||855149||S à XXL||Red||Price cut for Gilbert's Evolution helmet.||19,90 €|
Some explanations on the methodology used to build this comparative table of rugby helmets. The first 3 columns present the name of the model, the brand and its reference.
Then we tell you the size range offered by the brand.
Some models are available in several colors allowing you to coordinate the color of the helmet with your other equipment.
The opinion we place on each model is based on several criteria, including price, quality, but also originality and practicality.
The prices indicated in the last column are those practiced on our site.