Many hockey fans still feel deeply connected to the legends of the early twentieth century, the OG stars who donned the ice with nothing but locks of epic flow; but today, our NHL heroes take the ice with proper protection, as helmets are now required by the league. Helmets are such an essential piece of gear -- have you ever wondered what they’re made from?
What Goes Into My Helmet?
Any hockey helmet is essentially composed of two things: a shell and a liner. Shells, today, are formed almost entirely from vinyl nitrile, a plastic-y substance that has gained popularity amongst several brands today like CCM, Bauer, and Warrior. When constructed in the shape of the helmet’s shell, vinyl nitrile helps disperse high-impact collisions across the entirety of your helmet. While this may seem counterintuitive, it’s actually not. Dispersed force is always better than an isolated collision when trying to avoid head injuries (like concussions).
The interior of a hockey helmet is just as reliant on vinyl nitrile as the shell is. Almost every helmet today is composed of either vinyl nitrile, polypropylene foam, or a mix of plastic-based foams. When molded into a shape that fits the crown of your head, this lining creates a natural cradle for your head and protects it from the force of any blow.
Throw on some steel-based caging, and you’ve got yourself the basic components of a helmet.
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