Hi everybody! Today I’m back at Sweep Hockey in Augsburg with Markus Zeller, and we’ll be talking about helmets today! The topic of concussions is getting more and more important in hockey, and we definitly don’t need to be afraid of them but we do need to know how we can prevent them as well as possible and part of that is choosing the right helmet. We’ll be showing you some of the most popular helmets on the market today. Some of them are unfortunately not really any good. Others, on the other hand are of much higher quality. So I’ll be presenting to you three of the four helmets that we have here today. Two of the helmets are still unfortunately being used a lot in the pros, but are actually in terms of protection fairly obsolete. So they’re just not up to standard anymore. We’ll start with the Bauer 4500: we see that the foam cushioning inside the helmet is very simple, and so it offers less and subotimal protection. The helmet is for a lot of players not really comfortable to wear: the hard foam really presses against your head. So we come to the next helmet: a real legend among helmets, the Bauer 5100. It is a bit better than the 4500: you can see the different types of foam inside it. You can identify them due to their different colours. It is a bit better than the 4500, However, it’s still pretty outdated. And so we come to the last helmet out of the three that I’ll be showing you: it’s the Bauer RE-AKT 75. With it you can see the different types of foam immediately. Some of them are super soft and adjust nicely to the shape of your head and they also offer extremely good protection. Like you can see at the back of the head there are built-in shock absorbers. Sometimes you hit the back of your head on the ice and so you need good protection there. What’s also interesting is the super-easy Quick Release adjustment system. You don’t need a screwdriver- it’s really easy to adjust. The RE-AKT 75 is also the best value for the money right now on in the helmet market. As you probably saw, the helmet with all the stickers that Markus showed you the Bauer 5100, that was my old helmet, until I smacked my head on the ice, ended up with a serious concussion and started to think about my choice of helmet. So now I’ll show you the helmet that I use right now: My helmet: the Bauer RE-AKT 200. As you can see, lots of different types of foam, this yellow foam around the temple is super soft and very comfortable to wear. It also has the Suspend-Tech technology, which means that between the foam and the hard outer shell there is an air pocket. This means that when I whack my head on something the air acts as a shock absorber. On top of this, you can see at the back here, is in fact a heat-moldable plate that you have to put in the oven when putting the helmet on for the first time. This kind of technology has been around for ever in skates, so I think it’s great that we’re starting to see it being built into helmets as well so that the helmet can fit as well as possible! The only small problem with the RE AKT 200: this thing is huge! My teammates last year made fun of me the whole first month of the season: they told me: all they have to do to find me on the ice is to look for the helmet 😀 But I can live with that, as long as my head is properly protected! So there’s also a really good website to look at from the Virginia Tech University in the United States: They’ve examined a lot of helmets, done a lot of impact tests to find out which helmets protect the best against concussions. It’s a 5-Star Rating System: This helmet here, the Bauer 4500, only received one star. The 5100, 2 stars. The RE-AKT 75, which definitely offers the best value for the money received 3 stars, which is considered a “good” rating. And my helmet, the RE-AKT 200, received 4 out of 5 stars. That’s a very good rating: it was the 2nd best helmet tested We unfortunately don’t have the best helmet here today- that’s the CCM Fitlite 500. In my opinion, when buying a helmet, you should buy the best possible helmet which you can afford. With other pieces of equipment, for example, chest protector, elbow pads, knee pads or pants, you can save a bit of money: you don’t need the very best gear there (I don’t wear the most expensive gear either) But don’t save your money on a helmet: your brain is the most important part of your body. Markus, thanks again for your help today. Stop by the store if you need some good advice! See you next time, at Marcel’s Hockey School!