Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact Sports

Unequal Halo 3 Protective Headgear Review

Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact Sports2-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. Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact Sports

Tech Specs

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. Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact SportsThe 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.Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact Sports

The Verdict

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. Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact SportsIn 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.Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact Sports

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Unequal Halo 1 Protective Headgear Review

soccer sports concussion headgear headband protection unequal halo reviewWith millions of sports players getting concussions each year, it’s imperative that players protect themselves to reduce the risk of getting one. Slipping on a lightweight, comfortable, and protective Unequal headband can reduce concussion risk as much as 74%, according to Virginia Tech’s extensive independent research. Knowing you’re protected means saying goodbye to the possibility of having headaches, blurry vision, and difficulty thinking clearly, all side effects of a cerebral concussion. The headband is available to purchase here.

Tech Specs

The Unequal Halo 1 headband is a must have for any sports player who experiences frequent collision and contact during play. What makes it one of the best protective headbands on the market is the fact that it reduces concussion risk by 74% and is rated ‘Best Available’ by Virginia Tech. It provides great protection for falls, collisions, and headers, and is especially great for practice drills where the head is at repetitive risk. It does not alter ball rebound, speed, or direction; it simply absorbs and disperses impact to keep you protected.

Constructed from military grade, patented, and coated aramid fabric, the Halo 1 meets all aspects of 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). It features a nylon outer layer, closed-cell Accelleron foam, Kevlar, 360 degrees of impact protection, and velcro for a custom fit. The aramid fabric and other advanced materials handle blunt force trauma and impact shock better than typical plastics and foams, making the Unequal Halo 1 a top choice for players looking for extra protection.soccer sports concussion headgear headband protection unequal halo reviewWeighing in at 4.12 ounces and measuring 10mm thick, the Halo 1 is one of the most lightweight, slender, and comfortable protective headbands on the market. The velcro closure makes it adjustable to your head size, so it can fit your head perfectly without fitting too tight or too loose. Because of its streamlined design and lightweight performance fabrics, you no longer need to sacrifice comfort for protection, and you don’t need to look silly wearing headgear, either. The Unequal Halo 1 headband is available to purchase here.

The Verdict

The Halo 1 sounds like it’s one of the most comfortable and protective headbands on the market, but how does it really perform? I put it through its paces to find out.

I tested the headband for several months in both training and games and I must admit—it’s pretty awesome. Originally, I wasn’t sure that a combination of comfort, protection, breathability, and durability could exist, but Unequal quickly proved me wrong. Aside from the incredible protection this headband provides (which we’ll touch on shortly), my favorite thing about it is how thin and minimal it looks compared to other headbands on the market. We’ve all seen the bulky, full-head helmet worn by Petr Cech, but who really wants to attract everyone’s attention by wearing such prominent headgear? Something as noticeable and bulky-looking as a helmet is what prevents most people from wanting to wear protective headgear in the first place. Thankfully, Unequal is showing us that we can have both protection and a slender design, something that has got more players opting for extra protection on the pitch.IMG_2493In regards to protection, the most important part of the headband, Unequal is unrivaled. The Halo 1 features a battle ready composite fortified with Accelleron and Kevlar. Kevlar is a patented lightweight fiber used in law enforcement and the military, and when woven into a sheet, it’s five times stronger than steel. On the other hand, Accelleron is an elastomer with amazingly durable cushioning qualities that multiplies shock absorption capabilities. With these two protective materials combined into a composite, the Halo 1 is capable of handling blunt force trauma and impact shock better than typical plastics and foams. Whether you collide forehead to forehead, forehead to post, or head to ground, this headband will protect you and lower the risk of getting a concussion.soccer sports concussion headgear headband protection unequal halo reviewWhile testing, I got into several collisions with other players. Some of those collisions were head to head which, without a headband, would be beyond painful and dangerous. In the past, I’ve witnessed my unprotected teammates go in for a 50/50 ball from a throw in, bang heads with their mark, and immediately fall down onto the ground. Tears start rolling down their face and the coaches come running over. In one particular case, my teammate had to be carried away immediately because she had trouble speaking—she was diagnosed with a severe concussion a few days later. It’s always devastating to see these things happen, especially knowing that that could be you. Thankfully, the Halo 1 protected me during those collisions and gave me the confidence to play harder.

Worn by USWNT player Ali Krieger in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Unequal headband is the perfect solution for those looking to up their safety on the pitch. It may just look like any other headband, but it offers serious protection to reduce the risk of getting a cerebral concussion. You can purchase the Unequal Halo 1 headband here.soccer sports concussion headgear headband protection unequal halo review