Fitting your Cricket Helmet
We stress the importance of a good close fit, not allowing the helmet to move unless the wearer’s head moves. Notice the words close fit, and not tight fit. A tight fit means you will become increasingly uncomfortable whilst wearing such a helmet.
Research and Empirical evidence shows that too tight a helmet, or a helmet with a standard 360 fit system, does not fit many head shapes comfortably. With only the ability to tighten around the lower head with forehead and neck pressure points, the result can be discomfort and instability for most users. Research also shows that wearing 360 fit headgear systems can be unbearably painful and uncomfortable often causing compression headaches, temple and neck pain.
Helmets that rely on the chin cup and strap to stabilise and hold the helmet in place almost always wobble, or tilt side to side, and slide a little front to back. When the wearer moves their head in any direction, kinetic forces decree the helmet will move independently of the head, and that means the helmet will not function as it is designed to do.
Impact testing of the helmet is always front on, but most batters duck or flinch away before impact.
Helmets that use a ratchet adjuster at the rear to stabilise and hold the helmet in place, generally stop the sliding from front to back, but do not eliminate wobble or tilting side to side.
A close fit means your head and helmet move as one, with no wobble side to side or head movement at all inside the helmet.
Only then do you secure your chin cup and strap in place.