A face is an excellent target. Wearing the right gear to protect yours could mean the difference between victory and defeat. It could also mean the difference between a friendly handshake at the end of a sparring session and an emergency trip to the dentist’s office. If you prefer not to invest in dentures before grandchildren (or great-grandchildren), and you plan on using your vacation fund for vacation rather than emergency medical expenses, choose the best face saver headgear carefully before you even think about stepping into the ring.
You should also be aware that this type of equipment is great for boxing, muay thai, MMA, and essentially all martial arts sports.
What is a Face Saver Headgear?
Plenty of martial arts students can attest to broken noses, black eyes, and loose teeth. While this is part of the inherent risk of practicing a martial art, there are ways to dramatically limit that risk. Paying for the best face saver headgear now can mean dollars (and blood, and tears) saved down the road. If you have already paid in blood and tears but still want to practice without compromising the delicate recuperation of your nasal structure, face saver headgear can be your new best friend.
Good face saver headgear features a distinct bar across the face that protects your nose and prevents your opponent’s glove from making direct contact with any part of your face. Excellent gear has additional padding to protect the jaw and/or the back of the head, and many good brands will feature lining designed to keep you cool and dry. Although there are martial arts students out there who swear by leather and patented moisture wicking products, it is far more important to invest in extra padding than extra features.
We’ve examined some of the best facing saver headgear on the market and shared our summaries below.
Product Reviews of the Best Face Saver Headgear
Ring to Cage Full Face Sparring Headgear Review
With a padded face bar and extra padding at the back of the head to shield the wearer from blows – no matter where they come from – this piece takes full face coverage and turns it into full head coverage. The lining is designed to keep the wearer dry and cool, and although this gear features no leather or specialty fabrics, it does not skimp on protection.
Sentiment is brimming with high praise for this headgear. A few users noted, however, that the sizing can be a little strange (some said too big, some said too small), and one user lamented the absence of a chin pad. Still, users were pleased with the coverage offered and found the headgear effective.
- Good coverage
- Extra padding
- Interior designed to stay dry
- All artificial components
- Does not have chin pad
- May not fit all head shapes well
RDX Sparring Helmet Protector Review
A moulded steel face bar promises the ultimate protection at the front of this Maya hide headgear. With a lace closure and gel lining, this piece is designed for comfort and protection. Although it does not feature genuine leather, the Maya hide exterior and Maya suede interior help maintain hygiene and lower the cost of the headgear without compromising its level of protection. A second steel bar protects the jaw and ears, and a padded chin strap provides additional coverage.
Although customers claim the sizes run a little small, the overall rating for this product is outstanding. Nose bleeds – or broken noses – will be a thing of the past, customers claim. Both those who suffered from previous injuries and those hoping to avoid injuries altogether praised the construction and performance of this headgear. The lining dries out quickly and does not smell after use. Although the headgear naturally limits a fighter’s field of view, users suggest it is easy to adapt to and any compromise is well worth the benefit.
- Steel bars for optimal protection
- Gel lining for comfort
- Maya suede for moisture control and hygiene
- Chin pad included
- Runs small
- Limits field of view
Ringside Deluxe Face Saver Headgear Review
With genuine, flexible leather and moisture wicking lining, this headgear skimps on neither protection nor cost. It comes in several colors, and depending on the color and size you select, this can easily become your most expensive option. Prices run past two hundred dollars, and that is not including shipping. Adjustable closures at the back and lacing over the top of the head offer a highly customizable fit, and a basic chin strap – though it offers little protection – helps ensure your headgear stays in place.
This headgear has mixed sentiment, and people state the sizes run large. Several users claim that the headgear squeezed around the temples during the first few uses, but they also say it soon adjusted to fit their heads. Although the headgear generally holds its shape well, people point out there is little to no jaw protection. Visibility, users say, is excellent. On the other hand, a number of people argued that they had to readjust their headgear several times mid-spar because it sometimes shifts and moves on impact.
- Genuine leather
- Moisture wicking lining
- Multiple adjustable closures for optimized fit
- Good visibility
- Runs large
- No jaw protection
- May shift on impact
Heads come in many shapes and sizes, and the best face saver headgear rarely runs true to those sizes. It’s important that your headgear fits you well, and you might need to experiment with several styles before you find what suits your particular face the best. Apart from that, however, everyone’s ideal headgear has similar features. Ask yourself a few questions as you look over your options.
How much of your face does this headgear actually cover? Is your jaw protected? Does the chin strap have any padding? Do you need to protect the back of your head, and –if so – will your chosen headgear cover that vulnerable area? Is the lining comfortable? Does the headgear include features like moisture wicking or temperature control? How well can you see in this headgear?
You have your own priorities when choosing headgear, but safety should always come first. Consider the purpose of your product, check out the competition, and then going into the ring with confidence.