Helmet – Visor vs. a Metal Cage for Pickup Hockey

Wondering whether you should use a visor or a metal cage for pickup hockey in Toronto or some other area? Take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of both below.

Visor Advantages and Disadvantages

The obvious advantage of using a visor in pickup hockey over a metal cage is that you will have better visibility. As long as you keep it clean, it almost feels like you have nothing in front of your eyes.

You will also find that a helmet with a visor is quite a bit lighter than wearing a helmet with a cage. The visor itself is very lightweight, so you might not even notice the added weight.

The main disadvantage of using a visor on your helmet is that you are only protecting half of your face. This is why it is recommended that you wear a mouthpiece if you are going to use a visor.

Metal Cage Advantages and Disadvantages

The top reason to use a metal cage over a visor is that it is going to give you the maximum amount of protection. You won’t have to worry about getting any dental work done due to a blow to the face, and most caged helmets will also protect your chin and upper neck areas from cuts.

Some players find that the metal cage gives them more confidence when they get into scrums around the corners of the rink. The added protection keeps you from worrying about any type of injuries from pucks and sticks, so you will be able to focus on the job at hand.

The metal cage can weigh your head down a bit, which is definitely a disadvantage if you aren’t used to it. You will also have to get used to all of the bars on the cage, which can throw off your vision a bit when you first start using it.

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  1. Bill Hallett

    I’ve been able to create my own hybrid mask, visor on the top and cage below to protect my teeth and jaw. I think this is the best one for visibility and protection all things considered.

    This set up also doesn’t create fog ups like full clear visor shields do. Which I would never buy. A waste of money.

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