Measurements should be taken 1 inch above the eyebrow around the circumference of the head. The Size Chart is a recommended as a guideline only. Individual Head Sizes May Vary
My overall experience was exceptional. I have had other Xenith equipment before. My son wore a Xenith helmet for 4th,5th & 6th grade years of Tackle Football. He just finished his Freshman season of Football. Talking with our Athletic Trainer we discussed Xenith Equipment. Although our High School has incredible equipment. We both agreed the Xenith Helmet was better than our current Helmets. I guess it is a piece of mind thing. Football is a punishing game. It only takes one hit to end a career. I have no problem putting the best equipment on my kid. If it gives just the slightest advantage in Safety. It is money well spent!!
Typical great experience for this purchase.
My son's high school-issued helmet was a good product and performed well, but through the summer and in to the beginning of practice he was having trouble with comfort. Then in week 1, while playing QB, he took a helmet-to-helmet hit from a DE. The hit he took was exacerbated by lack of comfort to begin with so we started shopping for new helmet. I was first a little apprehensive about the price, but my wife said "we have paid more for a baseball bat" which really put the safety and comfort aspect into perspective. The only thing I would change is not waiting until his senior year to make the purchase. Number one it's comfortable with great safety technology. Number two it looks great.