EQUIPMENT/BEGINNERS - Buyer's Guide and Advice
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03-17-2012, 05:24 PM
Join Date: Oct 2004
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There's no demonstrated difference in safety between $50 and $150 helmets. They all pass the same certifications in the US and Canada.
I guess it's a matter of perception and how it feels. A $50 helmet to me does not feel as safe as a more expensive one. That said just because a cheaper helmet may barely pass safety certifications doesn't mean that i want to wear it. There are plenty of cheap goalie masks that are certified that i would never think about wearing on the ice.
That said a lot also depends on how often the beginner will be skating. If it's once a week then going cheaper may be ok, but if it's 3+ times per week then buying cheap gear will just mean that it will need to be replaced sooner than later. I made this mistake with my first set of goalie skates and would never make that mistake again.
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