Depending on where you live, your local hockey store may not have a wide enough selection, so when it comes to big-ticket items like a helmet, going online might be the best way to find the right piece of equipment. In terms of variety of youth and adult helmets from all the main suppliers (CCM, Bauer, Easton, Reebok, Mission, Cascade, etc.) you simply can’t beat the power of an online merchant.
But where are some of the best places to buy hockey helmets online? Let’s take a look…
Total Hockey enjoys the status of being the “Exclusive Ice Hockey Equipment Retailer of USA Hockey”, and boasts a wide variety of current models, as well as a few clearance options offered at discount. For example, at the time of this writing, they have a Bauer 9500, normally listed at $129.99, available at $79.99. On each product page, you can view the technical specs for each helmet, along with user reviews and a Q&A section.
Total Hockey also offers a “Breakaway Rewards” program (think of it as frequent flyer miles for hockey gear), which can lead to savings for return customers. The initial purchase of a Breakaway Rewards membership yields a Gift Reward that pays for itself on a future purchase (even more so at the Gold & Platinum levels), so that’s something to consider if you’re comfortable sticking with them.
Through December 31, 2010, Total Hockey is offering free shipping on orders of $75 or more, and they never charge handling fees.
Besides offering a wide variety of helmets from the leading manufacturers, HockeyMonkey’s site offers up sizing guides to help you choose the appropriate helmet for you, as well as a clearance section in case the latest & greatest models are a bit too pricey and you want to save off the list price.
They do charge for shipping (currently $11.98-$14.98 for UPS Ground delivery in the US), so factor that into your buying decision.
To help offset those charges, they do offer a Best Price Guarantee, where if you find a better deal on the same product at another site, they’ll beat it by 10%.
Amazon? The book place? Yes, believe it or not you can order hockey helmets through Amazon.com, which makes a great way to use any Amazon gift certficates you might have, and also take advantage of various Amazon promotions (such as free shipping).
Also, let’s face it, Amazon is probably the most widely recognized and respected online retailer in the world. If you’re looking for a new hockey helmet as a gift idea, you can have that special someone buy the helmet at Amazon (where they’ve probably done business before), and easily arrange delivery to your address.
Hockey Giant has a large selection, including a variety of clearance items at reduced prices. One example from Hockey Giant is a CCM HK5 helmet, with cage, normally listed at $79.99, available at $24.99. They too offer the opportunity for site users to leave reviews of various items, and have online sizing guides available to help you make the right selection.
One thing to note with Hockey Giant, however, is that you can’t see the shipping costs until you complete your order and go through the checkout process. There are some products for which they offer free shipping, but those are sporadic. You can register for their e-mail newsletter, however, to get updates on current specials.