I was very nervous about my 6 year old playing tackle. This helmet helped put me at ease. My now 7u player loves it. My 11u player says it's the best helmet he's ever had.
Amazing. After many other manufacturers were on backorder with helmets, I checked out Xenith. I went with the Xenith Shadow XR because of it's really high reviews on Virginia Tech's safety results - and also because my 9 year old loved how it looked. It IS a bit heavier than other options, but that is more than offset by its overall comfort. Last year we went through 3 or 4 different team-assigned helmets trying to find one that didn't hurt, and even the one we settled on still was really uncomfortable for him. The Shadow XR has been great. I love the connection of the bottom chin-strap circling around the "guts" of the helmet so everything is pulled in nice and tight. He's been wearing it 3 weeks now and even with full contact still hasn't even picked up any nicks or scratches, which is a testament to the durability of the paintjob. We've recommended it to a handful of other kids on the teams and I plan on buying another one for my younger son when he starts playing as well. Also - the colors were almost dead onto the other manufacturer's color that the rest of the team is using.
12 year olds son has had this helmet a short period of time and he loves it. Says he nearly feels the helmet on the inside. That it feels like it’s floating. Will definitely recommend this to anyone. Is a bit heavier than the epic he had before from here but heavier in my opinion isn’t a bad thing.