On examining and testing cricket helmet models, most, if not all, our results conclude that there is no discernible nor claimed difference between models within a brand offering – except from C&D®.
- More often than not, each brand offers one helmet shape and interior that “morphs” into a series of helmet models that escalate in retail price without claims of a different level of performance
- Our benchmarking exercise confirms that is probably the case
- C&D® conclusion or contention is that many brands differentiate their models via pricing, and invite the consumer to conclude that the more expensive it is, the better it is.
- The fact is, there is little difference in performance in cricket helmets whatever price you currently pay
- Most brands do, however, offer a face guard in different metals – Steel, Stainless Steel and Titanium predominantly and they are all tested to perform at the same level. That testing is always front on and no measurement of impact or deceleration on impact is required
Best in class protection, according to drop tests, is the main feature of C&D® The Balance Series™ (Senior) a traditional fabric-covered cricket helmet displaying a longer shape front to back than side to side.
In the case of the C&D® The Albion Series™ (Senior) in fabric-covered or uncovered options, (a modern design for a more rounded head shape), protection matches that of all major manufacturers products, and yet is one of the lightest helmets available. Shorter in length front to back, and wider side to side, than The Balance.