How to Adjust and Size a Hockey Helmet

What We Cover:
How to Size and Adjust
Other Tips
Related Resources

What You’ll Need:

  • Tape Measure
  • Screw Driver

How to Size and Adjust

The first key to getting your sizing down is to take a measurement of your noggin. Grab a soft tape measure and wrap it around your head just above your eyebrows. Once you’ve done that, compare the number you record to our sizing chart:


Then, try expanding your helmet to its largest circumference. Using either the adjustor (typically located on the side flaps of the helmet) or a screwdriver, depending on the helmet, tighten the helmet until it’s snug (but not uncomfortable). Your helmet should sit about one inch above your eyebrows and feel snug on the back of your head/upper neck. If your helmet’s moving independently from your head, it’s too loose. If you feel like you have a brain freeze before stepping foot on the ice, your helmet is too tight.

For your chin guard, the rule of thumb is as follows: it should rest slightly on your chin with enough room to wiggle one finger between your chin and the guard.

Other Tips:

  • Almost every helmet comes with an estimated expiration date. Make sure to take note of this so that you’re not using an outdated (and potentially unsafe) helmet. Doing so puts you at risk for injury, and it may be in violation of your league’s regulations.

Related Resources:

SidelineSwap Hockey Helmet Buying Guide
SidelineSwap Hockey

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