2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Briana Scurry can recount the details of the head injury that ended her career. Well…sort of. Since she doesn’t actually remember the hit, she shares what she’s been told by other people. That’s why she swears by Unequal’s protective headgear, such as the Halo 3, for staying safe on the pitch. It looks just like a headband, but it offers incredibly effective head protection in a lightweight, comfortable design. Keep reading to find out why the Halo 3 is head protection you’ll never want to play without.
Rated 4/5 stars by Virginia Tech and Top 15 Innovation in Sports Technology by ESPN, the Unequal Halo 3 holds a lot of promise as the headband that can save players from devastating, lasting head injuries. It offers great protection for falls, collisions, and headers by absorbing and dispersing impact force and reducing acceleration up to 75%. It weighs in at 1.86 ounces and measures 6mm thick, making it the most minimal headband in Unequal’s headgear arsenal.
To be precise, the Halo 3 is constructed of a patented military grade composite and a coated aramid fabric. It features a strong nylon outer layer, moisture wicking material, and Airilon comfort foam for a soft, breathable feel. Together, these advanced materials handle blunt force trauma and impact shock better than typical plastics and foams. The headband slides on for a snug, comfortable fit and provides 360 degree impact protection due to its closed loop design. It reduces concussion risk by 56% without altering ball rebound speed or direction, making it especially great during drills where the head is at repetitive risk. It’s been tested to the American Society for Testing and Materials’ headgear standard and is FIFA Law 4 compliant (The players’ equipment – dangerous equipment or jewelry is not allowed to be worn, but soft headbands are allowed). The Unequal Halo 3 headband is available to purchase here.
We recently reviewed the Unequal Halo 1 headband which, unlike the Halo 3, features velcro adjustability for a truly custom fit. If you haven’t read our review of that headband, you can do so here.
After extensive testing, the Halo 3 has proven to be one of the most comfortable, low profile, and lightweight protective headbands on the market. It excels at providing a consistently snug, stretchy fit without having the material overstretch, something I was initially skeptical about considering the lack of velcro adjustability. The headband slides onto your head smoothly and easily, but if you feel that it fits too snug, you can stretch it slightly for a better fit. It comes in two sizes, size one (20”-21”) and size two (21” +), and if you don’t know which size you are, place a soft tape measure around the upper forehead crown/hair root area of your head and check the measurement. In terms of protection, the patented military grade composite does a great job of absorbing and dispersing impact force; once you sustain your first hit, you feel relieved to be wearing protective headgear. As a goalkeeper myself, the Halo 3 has made me feel safe, resilient, and confident while wearing it, and because it’s so lightweight, you hardly realize it’s there. Just to note, advanced tech causes the headband to stiffen in cold environments when not on your head. Therefore, it’s important to take a few minutes to knead it with your hands in a warm room or car to soften it up. The headband should be warm before it’s stretched out for the best possible fit. Also, If you’ve never worn a protective headband before, it may feel a bit foreign or tight at first; but by the second week, you should be used to the feeling of wearing it.
In summary, the Unequal Halo 3 delivers on everything a protective headband should deliver on: comfort, advanced technology, light weight, durability, protection, and breathability. Just to give you an idea of players who’ve approved of it, USWNT defender Ali Krieger called it her “lucky charm” throughout the FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Briana Scurry called it “absurd” to play without it. Its lightweight, sleek design and impressive protection make this a no brainer if you’re in the market for a protective headband; you can purchase the Halo 3 for yourself here.