Recently, we’ve received more than a few inquiries from customers wondering how much does a football helmet weight, both for themselves and for their children, and I found it strange to learn that football helmet weight isn’t readily available. Helmets these days can radically range in weight, from about 3lbs to almost 5, and the difference of a few ounces can dramatically affect player performance. Especially in the case of younger players with developing skills and strengths, a heavy helmet can really slow a youth football player down and even strain his neck muscles. So, I can see why it would be so important to players and parents to know how heavy a football helmet is going to be before purchasing a new one. That’s why I thought it’d be useful and helpful to all of you, if we provided a list of football helmet weights, so at a glance, for instance, you’d have a general idea of what a Schutt ION 4D weighs or what that new Riddell 360 weighs.
Keep in mind that more advanced helmets with the latest protection systems, padding, and technologies generally tend to weigh more than more economical helmets, and that the following information has nothing to do with how a helmet will perform or protect on the field. For instance, the best youth football helmet on the market will probably weigh more than a moderately performing one. This is simply a list of helmet weights, to give you, the customer, the most amount of information on the best helmets, so you can make the right football helmet decision for yourself or your kids.
Football Helmet Weights
Please Note: All weights are measured in pounds and ounces for accuracy. Total weight includes either the attached facemask shipped with the helmet, or the standard ROPO facemask designed for that helmet, as well as chinstraps and all hardware. All helmets weighed were size Large. Other sizes will vary slightly in weight.
Helmets Shipped Without Attached Facemasks:
(lbs / oz)
|Helmet Alone||Total w/
Carbon Steel Facemask
Stainless Steel Facemask
|Total w/ Titanium Facemask|
|Schutt ION4D Adult||3lbs, 6oz||4lbs, 8oz||—||4lbs, 1oz|
|Schutt Vengeance||3lbs, 8oz||4lbs, 10oz||—||4lbs, 1oz|
|Schutt AiR XP Adult||2lbs, 13oz||3lbs, 15oz||3lbs, 13oz||3lbs, 5oz|
|Schutt DNA Pro + Adult||3lbs, 2oz||4lbs, 6oz||—||3lbs, 12oz|
|Schutt AiR XP Elite||3lbs, 2oz||4lbs, 4oz||4lbs, 2oz||3lbs, 10oz|
|Schutt DNA Pro + Elite||3lbs, 5oz||4lbs, 9oz||4lbs, 10oz||3lbs, 15oz|
|Schutt DNA Pro + w/ Titanium Facemask||3lbs, 8oz||—||—||3lbs, 8 oz|
|Schutt AiR Varsity Commander||3lbs, 6oz||4lbs, 11oz||—||—|
|Schutt ION4D Youth||3lbs, 6oz||4lbs, 8oz||—||4lbs, 1oz|
|Schutt AiR XP Youth||2lbs, 11oz||3lbs, 13oz||3lbs, 11oz||3lbs, 3oz|
|Schutt DNA Pro + Youth||2lbs, 15oz||4lbs, 1oz||—||—|
|Schutt Recruit Hybrid||2lbs, 11oz||3lbs, 10oz||—||—|
|Schutt Recruit Hybrid +||2lbs, 11oz||3lbs, 10oz||—||—|
|Schutt XP Hybrid||2lbs, 8oz||3lbs, 7oz||—||—|
|Schutt XP Hybrid +||2lbs, 8oz||3lbs, 7oz||—||—|
|Schutt Air Standard II||3lbs, 10oz||—||—||—|
|AiR Youth||2lbs, 9oz||3lbs, 1oz||—||—|
Helmets Shipped With Facemask Attached:
(lbs / oz)
|Helmet w / Attached
|AiR Team Youth||2lbs, 9oz|
|Riddell 360 Adult||4lbs, 8oz|
|Riddell Revolution Speed (Revo Speed)||4lbs, 2oz|
|Riddell Revolution||4lbs, 4oz|
|Riddell 360 Youth||4lbs, 6oz|
|Riddell Revo Speed Youth||3lbs, 12oz|
|Riddell Revolution Edge||3lbs, 14oz|
|Riddell Revolution Attack||3lbs, 4oz|
|Riddell Revolution Attack-i||3lbs, 5oz|
|Riddell Revolution Youth||3lbs, 14oz|
|Rawlings Quantum Adult||4lbs, 7oz|
|Rawlings Quantum Youth||4lbs, 2oz|
|Rawlings Momentum||3lbs, 13oz|
UPDATE – Schutt Youth Vengeance Helmet Weights:
Since publishing this article, Schutt has released new Youth Vengeance DCT football helmets, including Hybrid, and Hybrid + versions. Below are the average weights, with and without a Schutt Vengeance Youth Facemask, for these new football helmets.
Similar to the above measurements, each helmet weighed was size Large. The facemask used was a Youth Vengeance ROPO-DW.
- Schutt Youth Vengeance DCT Helmet – 3lbs, 2oz. With facemask – 4lbs, 6oz.
- Schutt Youth Vengeance DCT Hybrid – 2lbs, 8oz. With facemask – 3lbs, 12oz.
- Schutt Youth Vengeance DCT Hybrid + – 2lbs, 9oz. With facemask – 3lbs, 13oz.
UPDATE – Schutt Air XP Ultralite Helmet Weights:
Below are the average weights of the new Schutt AiR XP Ultralite helmets. With the Air XP design, a titanium faceguard and stripped down hardware, this is the lightest helmet system in the game .
Similar to the above measurements, each helmet weighed was size Large. The facemask used was the Titanium EGOP-II included with the helmet (youth and adult respectively). A Titanium ROPO-SW is also available with the Ultralite helmet shell.
- Schutt Air XP Ultralite Adult w/EGOP II Titanium Facemask – 3lbs, 7oz.
- Schutt Youth AiR XP Ultralite w/EGOP II Titanium Facemask – 3lbs, 7oz.
||By Brandon Porter.Brandon is a product specialist at Sports Unlimited.|