Thanks for your interest in Guardian Caps. Below, find answers to our most frequently received questions.
- Is the Guardian one size fits all? Will it fit my helmet? Yes. The Velcro strap in the rear tightens or loosens to fit both youth and adult helmet models. The Guardian fits all standard football and lacrosse helmets, as well as most hockey helmets.
- What levels currently wear the Guardian? Guardians are currently being used across all levels of organized play, including youth leagues and feeder programs, high schools, as well as colleges and professional teams.
- Does the Guardian prevent concussions? NO! While the Guardian™ enhances the helmet’s ability to manage energy, it’s unclear as to how this impacts the end injury. We here at Guardian hope that coaches, parents, and especially athletes recognize the benefits of the Guardian: less severe blows, as well as its limitations: not fully protecting you from an injury. Technique, injury detection and treatment, and neck strengthening are absolutely crucial – no helmet or cap should ever take their place.As we say in our disclaimer: No helmet, practice apparatus, or helmet pad can prevent or eliminate the risk of concussions or other serious head injuries while playing sports. Researchers have not reached an agreement on how the results of impact absorption tests relate to concussions. No conclusions about a reduction of risk or severity of brain injury should be drawn from impact absorption tests.
- Will the Guardian fall off on impact? How is it attached? The Guardian will not fall off, even with large impacts. It uses four straps that loop down through the facemask and snap back onto itself. The Guardian also uses a big Velcro strap in the rear to tighten to the specific size and shape of each helmet. This attachment method is key: it allows for moderate movement independently of the shell, addressing forces across multiple axes, as well as ensuring that the add-on does not affect the integrity of the helmet.
- Is the Guardian permitted for play? The Guardian is permitted for high school play according to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The Official NFHS Letters are on our website.
- Is the Guardian waterproof? Can I wash it? Yes. The exterior material is similar to the Olympic swimsuits designed to repel water and the interior padding is a closed cell material that will not absorb water. Hand wash in cold water, then air dry.
- What is the warranty on the Guardian? The limited warranty on the Guardian can be found on the website. You can also find the Return & Exchange Policy and Return & Exchange Form on this page.
- Will the Guardian make the helmet heavier and strain my neck? No. The Guardian is extremely light, weighing less than half a pound and dispersing the weight evenly across the helmet. Some models of helmets with Guardian are lighter than other helmet models without Guardian. For youth players, Guardian recommends using the Guardian in combination with a lighter weight ABS plastic helmet.
- Does the Guardian Cap void the helmet manufacturers’ warranty? The manufacturer’s warranty on a football helmet is limited to the replacement of damaged components of the helmet. The Guardian is classified by helmet manufacturers as an “external enhancement device” and to date, no helmet manufacturers have stated in writing that the Guardian will affect their warranty. If your shell cracks and the helmet manufacturer refuses to replace it, citing Guardian as the reason, Guardian will cover the warranty and replace the shell for up to five (5) years, provided that the helmet has met all NOCSAE reconditioning requirements.
- Will the Guardian give players a false sense of security and cause them to engage in risky behavior? Coaching and technique is still of utmost importance and if there is evidence that this is occurring, we’d recommend taking them off. We have not seen this at all. Typically, once players get used to the different look of the Guardian, it becomes the new norm and they don’t play any differently than they would without it. If a player understands the benefits and limitations of his equipment, he will place primary importance on proper technique than what he’s wearing.
- Why doesn’t the Guardian have the NOCSAE certification sticker? NOCSAE does not have a category for add-on equipment. Since the Guardian is not eligible for NOCSAE certification on its own, we had a NOCSAE certified laboratory test the Guardian according to the protocols to ensure that the addition of the Guardian did not affect the helmet’s ability to pass the NOCSAE standard; all helmets tested passed the requirements for recertification. These helmets included models from Schutt, Riddell, Rawlings, Xenith, and Cascade.
- Will the soft outer shell create more friction and torque the player’s neck? This is a common knock against soft-shell products of the past. Guardian has designed against this in the development of the Guardian by using engineered fabrics with a low coefficient of friction (0.27u static; 0.23u kinetic). A helmet’s shell, made with polycarbonate, has a coefficient of friction of 0.31u. In addition, the Guardian’s attachment method allows it to move independently from the helmet shell. The Guardian moves tangentially with the force of glancing blows from another helmet or the ground.
- Will wearing the Guardian make my helmet hotter? No. Independent research actually showed the opposite. The addition of the Guardian in 90F+ temperatures caused a decrease of 10-30F. The reason: while polycarbonate conducts heat, the foam of the Guardian does not, and acts more as an insulator.