DC has chatted with the #ballers over at EP Sports to bring uniballers and beyond a guide to purchasing their own football equipment ahead of the season kicking off.
We’ve split our guide by each core bit of kit, and also by loose purchasing brackets to help you select the best tools to compete whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or a Rookie still unsure whether Britball is the game for you!
Your helmet, or lid, is by far the single most important piece of equipment required for American Football, hence why it’s likely the biggest investment you’ll make during your time playing the game. If you’re wondering why, that only emphasizes your need for its protection!
American Football is an intense, full body, full contact sport and while ‘pain heals’ and ‘chicks dig scars’, your lid not only protects your pretty face, but also that grey blob of jelly on its inside. Which we hear is pretty useful.
The Virginia Tech Star Rating System is generally known as the best way to rate concussion risk. However the best helmet won’t necessarily protect you if it doesn’t fit correctly, as not all models fit all head shapes. Be aware that sizes can vary between brands and models. Clubs usually purchase entry-level helmets and keep them for years so buying your own will guarantee you up to date protection.
Also remember that lids don’t come with a face cage included – you’ll wanna go pick the one that best suits the way you ball out – but more about that below.
Pro tip: It is vital that the helmet you wear is the correct size and fit. All the technology in the world won’t protect you if it doesn’t fit properly.
New member of the #BritballNation and not sure American Football’s your jam? Let’s start you out with a few great value options to cushion your noggin.
Schutt Air XP (£137.50):
By far the best value for money helmet on the market. The high level TPU cushioning offers more impact absorption than traditional foam padding, whilst being a fraction of the price of higher end helmets. Compatible with traditional style faceguards.
You’ve gotten through that rookie year and been bitten by the Britball bug – or perhaps you knew this was the sport from you right from the outset? Either way, these upgrades step up the price a little, but also the quality and comfort of protection offered.
Schutt Air XP Pro VTD II (£177.99):
Best rated helmet on the Virginia Tech Star helmet ratings system. It delivers top-level protection with its TPU cushioning and the SUREFIT air liner, giving you dual density padding resulting in instant comfort and a great fit whilst still being lightweight. Compatible with traditional style faceguards.
You’re set on #Britball4Life and want the best quality kit available. Protect your grey matter while making others jelly at the same time as you swag it out in the same gear the pros are stepping out in on Sundays.
Hugely popular in the NFL and NCAA, recognisable by its unique flex panel on the crown. The shell, facemask and facemask attachment system reduce impact force transfer to the athlete due to its flexibility. The interior lining conforms to the shape of your head making it extremely comfy. Also has a ratchet-style chinstrap attachment system as opposed to traditional clips.
Schutt Vengeance Pro (£239.99):
Xenith Epic (£287.99):
This’ll be the thing that keeps your mother happy by protecting your pretty little face. They’re split into different styles suitable for different positions – each looking to balance protection with the need for visibility. Typically those in the trenches will want as much protection as possible as they go face-first into contact down after down, while the glamourous ‘skill position’ players worry about things like catching the ball – where being able to see it has certain benefits.
Pro tip: Certain models of helmet have their own type of faceguards, so check compatibility prior to purchasing.
EP Sports are a British American Football supplier that pride themselves in having the most knowledgeable staff in Europe when it comes to American Football equipment
EP are a company built by #Ballers FOR #Ballers, with their staff having a combined experience of having played and coached football for well over three decades at some of the highest levels in Europe. Joe and his team at EP Sports hold stakes in two Swedish National Championships, one European Champions League win, a Britbowl, a Norwegian National Championship and three UK Divisional Championships.
EP currently offer the largest range of American Football product in the UK and one of the largest in Europe, working with top brands including Nike, Under Armour, Schutt Sports, Rawlings, Adidas, Wilson, Douglas Pads, Cutters Gloves, Shock Doctor, Riddell, Xenith and many others.
Their combination of football experience and years working with top brands allows them to provide customers with the best advice and knowledge on football equipment in the UK. Their aim is to put players and coaches in the best position to win before they step onto the field.