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How to fit a hockey helmet

7 STEPS

Hockey is a full contact sport, so proper protective gear is important. Especially a helmet that fits correctly. ​

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Step

Measure your head

First thing you need to determine your size is your head measurement. Wrap a soft tape measure around your head, just above your eyebrows to get the circumference. Then check that number against the size range on the box of the helmet you’re considering, to find out if you need a small, medium or large helmet.

Step

Open helmet to largest setting

Use the adjustment mechanism on the helmet to open it to the largest size possible.

Step

Try it on

Put the helmet on your head, being sure that the rim sits about one finger width above your eyebrows and the occipital lock is sitting on the occipital bone at the back of your head.

Step

Tighten

Using either the tool-free adjustment or a screwdriver, depending on the helmet, tighten the helmet until it’s snug and secure but still feels comfortable.

Step

Try mask and chin strap

Do up the mask, making the sure the chin guard fits on or slightly under the chin. Fasten the chin strap. It should fit closely, but comfortably, with space to put a finger underneath it. 

Step

Check the overall fit

Now that the helmet is on your head, shake your head up and down and side to side, in yes and no motions. The helmet should stay snug on your head, not move independently.

Step

Know when to replace it

Helmets don’t last forever. Keep an eye out for natural deterioration of the foam and any cracks on the surface that may occur with impact. Each helmet includes a sticker with a recommended expiry date. Although not required for Canadian safety standard you can use this as a guideline for when you should consider replacing your helmet.