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11-09-2010, 06:58 PM
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Helmet for low level play

Hi,

For someone playing in a bottom level men's league (no checking), is a RBK 4k helmet good enough? Or should I spend an extra 50 or so dollars.

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It's a decent, no frills helmet which will protect your noggin without any of the bells and whistles found on the more expensive models.

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11-09-2010, 07:54 PM
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OK. I just don't want to look too much like a Crosby fanboy


I already have the RBK 4K pumps. This isn't intentional, but they just seem to fit/have what I'm looking for.

By the way, are the 4k pumps good enough for low level men's play? I'm looking to play a couple days a week. Right now I'm skating 4-5 times a week (public skate).

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Hi,

For someone playing in a bottom level men's league (no checking), is a RBK 4k helmet good enough? Or should I spend an extra 50 or so dollars.
This is the exact reason why you should have one with a cage IMO. People that can't skate well use their stick as balance when they fall. All it takes is for you to be within stick range and you will be picking wood splinters from where your teeth used to be. Also i have never heard of any mens league that would allow ANYONE to play without a helmet. I play in the Elite league and everyone knows how to skate and play at a high level and people still wear full cages...Like me! Dental insurance coverage sucks! So suck it up and buy a helmet and cage for $65 and save your face!


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Yes, I'm definitely going to get a cage. I just assumed that it's standard for helmets of that price to be able to fit a cage. Is that accurate?

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Yes, I'm definitely going to get a cage. I just assumed that it's standard for helmets of that price to be able to fit a cage. Is that accurate?
How tall are you? weight? age?

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Around 5"11, 155 pounds. 19.

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Here is one and this is a great price. It comes with a full shield.
http://www.hockeygiant.com/mis1501hlmtcsr.html

Here is a 4k like you said you like with a cage.
http://www.hockeygiant.com/rbk074khlmtcmb.html

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Here is the one i use: This one comes in all sizes and color.
http://www.hockeygiant.com/bau4500hlmtc.html

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Would you wear that helmet?

I'm just a bit concerned about skimping on a helmet. Is the increase in safety worth spending 120ish dollars?

I realize that that's a difficult question to answer due to differing values. What do you guys wear?

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Get the best helmet you can for the money you have. Your head is too important to cheap out on. The chances that you will hit your head on the ice is huge, you want the best protection you can get for it. Don't worry about fashion.

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Would you wear that helmet?

I'm just a bit concerned about skimping on a helmet. Is the increase in safety worth spending 120ish dollars?

I realize that that's a difficult question to answer due to differing values. What do you guys wear?
I have the Bauer 4500 like i showed in my previous post. I love it! It is light weight and i have taken a puck off the shield as well as my fair share of high sticks!

All helmets have to meet strict safety guidelines to even be released for sale.

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Get the best helmet you can for the money you have. Your head is too important to cheap out on. The chances that you will hit your head on the ice is huge, you want the best protection you can get for it. Don't worry about fashion.
^^^^ what this guy said

even though you are anticipating low level play without any hitting etc, you never know what can happen out there... you could fall and hit your head, get blindsided running into ppl accidentally, etc

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I think I'll go for a 150ish dollar model.

I have another question. Are my RBK 4k Pumps good enough for low level men's league play (protection, and durability wise)?

I didn't want to invest in anything too expensive at the time.

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I have the Bauer 4500 like i showed in my previous post. I love it! It is light weight and i have taken a puck off the shield as well as my fair share of high sticks!

All helmets have to meet strict safety guidelines to even be released for sale.

Read this:
http://www.hecc.net/prodtest.html
I play low levle hockey and the 4500 has worked me me so far

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I just wear the typical entry-level hockey helmet (usually the best fitting one that comes with its own cage attached), but I also bank on getting a new one every five years.

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This is the exact reason why you should have one with a cage IMO. People that can't skate well use their stick as balance when they fall. All it takes is for you to be within stick range and you will be picking wood splinters from where your teeth used to be. Also i have never heard of any mens league that would allow ANYONE to play without a helmet. I play in the Elite league and everyone knows how to skate and play at a high level and people still wear full cages...Like me! Dental insurance coverage sucks! So suck it up and buy a helmet and cage for $65 and save your face!
^^^^^ also this

I play low level hockey and I can't count the number of times I've had someone's stick ring off of my cage.

I wear a Mission Intake and before that a Jofa 690 (my fave)

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I think I'll go for a 150ish dollar model.

I have another question. Are my RBK 4k Pumps good enough for low level men's league play (protection, and durability wise)?

I didn't want to invest in anything too expensive at the time.
The RBK 4K skates should work out fine for a low level men's league. Eventually over time you will become a better skater and dependent upon the frequency that you play/skate, you may want a skate that is stiffer. Hopefully this helps!

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Id agree with the others who said to get the best helmet you can afford and to get a cage.
Especially at a lower level where people arent the best skaters and you could likely get taken down by another player who falls or get hit in the face by a stick; Id want the extra protection.

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As long as the helmet fits well, does a more expensive helmet really offer better protection than a cheaper one, or are the more expensive ones just lighter and comfier with more useless open-and-closeable vents and other such gimmicks? I used to play my fair share of competitive, full contact hockey, and I've only ever worn low end helmets, same thing with pretty much all of my teammates. Definitely get a new helmet from a good manufacturer like Bauer, Rbk or CCM, but even the entry level helmets seem plenty protective to me.

Have always worn a full cage though, wouldn't be caught dead with a half visor in an actual game.

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I just wear the typical entry-level hockey helmet (usually the best fitting one that comes with its own cage attached), but I also bank on getting a new one every five years.
Basically this.

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The jury is still out in terms of helmet protection. I personally picked up an M11 because I got a hit to the head and was nervous about concussion, but most people are probably fine with any helmet that fits well. Just make sure it fits without sliding around and without putting pressure on the temples.

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Definitely go with a cage. If you don't like a cage, get a shield/cage combo, but always protect your whole face. Neither the rink nor your teammates will pay for your medical/dental bill. This is especially true in lower level leagues where sticks fly all around.

I can't count how many times stray sticks have smacked me in the face during a game.


In terms of helmet, a $50 helmet should definitely do the job.

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The 4K and 4500 level helmets are perfectly fine for protection. Anything lower end than that level, AVOID. Anything higher than that level, if it fits and you like it go for it.

You SHOULD be willing to spend money on a helmet but there is no real proof that EPP is safer than VN for every type of hit. You'd be better off investing in a custom mouthpiece than buying a top of the line helmet if you're just looking for better protection from concussions, in my opinion.

Most importantly, make sure it fits!

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If levels from midget aaa to the NHL wear a 4500 that should give you some insight to if it is a good helmet.

I wear one and wore it when i played midgets, high school, and a season of juniors. I still wear one now when I play beer league puck and pond hockey. Wear it at shinny too.

It should be fine. Cheap and it is protective.

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The jury is still out in terms of helmet protection. I personally picked up an M11 because I got a hit to the head and was nervous about concussion, but most people are probably fine with any helmet that fits well. Just make sure it fits without sliding around and without putting pressure on the temples.
Yep, I made this mistake with a cheap lid and after about an hour my head was pounding from the pressure. Picked up a higher end Easton and I'm stoked now.

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