Study shows expensive hockey helmets don’t protect against concussion

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — With many purchases, consumers expect the most expensive item to be the item with the best value. But when it comes to protecting against concussions, one study found a very different conclusion.

Virginia Tech recently released findings of a new study rating 32 popular helmets on a five star scale for protection against concussions. The results were frightening for hockey players, as no helmets ranked higher than three stars, or higher than “good” on the scale.

Only one helmet proved “good” against concussions. The study found a relatively inexpensive helmet — the Warrior Krown 360 — was the best out of the group. It has a price tag of just under $80.

Another 31 helmets ranked much worse. The most expensive helmet in the group — the Bauer Re-Akt 100 — proved to be “marginal” in its protection against a concussion. The $269.99 helmet was given one star.

The study showed that a high dollar price tag doesn’t necessarily mean high dollar protection. Check out the ratings for the other 30 helmets here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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