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Protection Sizing Guide

Protective gear is a critical part of your Roller Derby outfit. We offer a wide range for every budget, size and fit. While fitting is the best way to choose your protection, we understand you might not make it to our shop or an event to try things on. This page holds information to allow you to make an informed decision. Yet it is important to understand these sizing guides are merely guidelines and do not substitute actually fitting. If you have any questions about proper fit, please contact us.
 

Knee Protection

There are different types of knee pads and protection, such as knee gaskets, available to keep you safe. With options in every price category, you can choose the knee protection that fits your budget. Bear in mind that the quality of the protection will generally go up and down according to your level of investment. 
As there are many types of knee pads, you can find more information on how to choose your knee protection on our blog.

 

 

Helmets

At Sucker Punch Skate Shop, we find safety extremely important and a properly sized and fitted helmet is one of the most critical pieces of safety gear you can wear in Roller Derby. We only offer helmets which are sufficiently safety certified to play Roller Derby, skate in the streets or hit the skate parks. These multi-sport helmets come in different shapes and colors. 
In most cases, you need to change your helmet after a significant impact because the protective parts of the helmets will be (not always visually) damaged and can not guarantee your safety anymore. This is a good thing, though - you want to have your helmet take the hit and not your head!
Some helmets are certified for multi-impact, like the S1 Lifer helmets, but even those have their limitations and may require replacement after several minor impacts or even a single severe one. If you are not sure, replace it

How to find the right size helmet - Use a string (for example a shoelace) and wrap it around your head just about the eyebrows. Hold or mark where the string overlaps and measure it from the mark until the end. This circumference helps you to your helmet size. Compare this circumference to the helmet size guide of your preferred helmet.

How to fit your helmet right - Wear the helmet level on your head. That means the front of your helmet should be just above or max 2 centimeter above the eyebrows, depending on the model. Use the adjustable straps to fit in a V shape under your ears. If you helmet rocks backwards, shorten the strap in front of your ears. If you helmet shifts to the front, shorten the strap behind your ears. When you shake your head, the helmet should stay put with little to no moving around the head.
Use thicker liners to make your helmet snugger or smaller around the head.