Rival High Performance Training Headgear
- Innovative, cutting-edge, technologically advanced design
- 1.0 mm full grain leather construction
- 1" dual density foam padding
- Ultra soft microfiber inner lining
- Anatomical rear head pad for a perfect fit every time
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1.0 mm full grain leather construction. 1" dual density foam padding. Ultra soft microfiber inner lining. Anatomical rear head pad for a perfect fit every time. 3-way hook-and-loop adjustment. Heavy-duty nickel clad chin-strap buckle. State-of-the-art "Microfiber" lining. Micro injected logos front and back.
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Why I choose this headgear:
-Protection- The padding is phenomenal and really sets it apart from cheaper options. It really takes the sting out of a punch and keeps me from flinching as much . This headgear does not have any chin or excessive nose protection. That's exactly how you want it. You chin is safe when
-Visibility- You can see everything excellently, punches, kicks, knees, low and high. There's a trade-off between nose protection and lower visibility, and this headgear strikes an excellent balance. Headgear that has a massive face bar or bulky nose protection can inhibit your ability to see anything low.
-Stability/Adjustability- Another great aspect of this quality headgear is the adjustability, top of the head, two on the back of the head, and the chin strap. Combined with the suede interior, once you get the fitting correct, the headgear feels incredibly solid even without the chinstrap attached. My expensive cycling helmets are fit the same way. For reference, I was between a medium and large size from Rival's chart. After a call to their headquarters in Canadia, they suggested a large to allow more adjustability rather than less.
-Comfort- You should enjoy wearing the headgear, otherwise you won't want to. While any headgear is going to be hotter than training without, you'll forget you're wearing it even after 10 or so rounds.
Amazon lists other headgear starting at $35. However, you'll be disappointed and consider it a waste of money unless you invest in something of quality. I did a google search of "headgear reviews" and found a nice site detailing an array of choices. This option and another from Rival were the best under $100. Given how inexpensive it is to set up to quality headgear and the length of time which it will last, ou will be happy you spent a little more and purchased this headgear.
I spent an entire weekend doing obsessive research and I’m very, VERY happy I chose this Rival product.
It’s light-weight and compact, made with real leather. The chin strap is real leather with a steel belt buckle. Very easy to adjust even with wrapped hands and grappling gloves.
Interior has suede lining to prevent slippage.
I’m 5’7”, probably 140 lbs competition weight. This size Medium fit well with minimal adjustments. I don’t know if I have a big, small, or average head, but a Large would definitely be too big.
The cheek pads cover my face adequately. Some headgears close a little bit more to protect the nose. In some products, protecting the nose more will sacrifice your vision. Among experienced reviewers online, there is some concern about getting the nose broken if the headgear face is more open, but you really have to practice not getting hit. My nose kind of sticks out, but I’d rather have my peripheral vision unobstructed.
The back of the head has a removable pad. According to one review online, some researchers did a study and found that people suffer a concussion when they get knocked out and their head hits the floor.
All in all, I’m VERY happy with my choice. I think it’s adequate for a beginner in sparring and probably adequate for experienced strikers too.