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Making a Comeback – The Schutt Vengeance VTD II Review and Buyer’s Guide

Schutt Sports is one of the leading manufacturers of protective sporting equipment in the world. The industry-pushing, state-of-the-art research and development of Schutt’s equipment extends to their football helmets, as nearly 40% of professional players in the NFL choose to wear this brand.

In recent years, Schutt Sports have developed football helmets at an ever-increasing frequency, many of which, the VTD II included, have scored 5-star ratings from Virginia Tech’s renowned STAR system.

Let’s take a deeper look on the features of the VTD II in this comprehensive Schutt Vengeance VTD II review!

An Overview of Schutt VTD II​

This 5-star rated football helmet is an upgrade to its predecessor Schutt Vengeance. It is improved to provide better comfort and protection with its combination of dual layer and single layer TPU, and its SUREFIT Air Liner.

The Schutt Vengeance VTD II further features a patented Flexural Resistance Back Shelf Design and a dynamic faceguard line.

PROS

  • Upgraded SUREFIT TPU Air Liner
  • Features a combination of dual layer and single layer TPU
  • Includes a patented Flexural Resistance Back Shelf
  • Comfortable and lightweight

CONS

  • Comes with a soft cup chinstrap rather than a hard cup
  • Users say it’s a little big at first, but nothing a pump can’t solve
  • Can be tricky when using a visor

Factors to Consider Before Buying a Helmet: The Right Fit

When purchasing a helmet, one of the most important things to consider, other than safety, is fit. An ill-fitted helmet can increase the risk of concussions from impact, even if the safety rating of the helmet is high.

To make sure a helmet fits correctly, first measure the circumference of the player’s head to get an accurate sizing, cross-referencing with sizing charts for the proper size.

Then, wet the hair to mimic game day conditions and try the helmet on. While wearing the helmet, observe where and how it sits on the head. The ears should be firmly aligned with the ear holes and the helmet should rest just above the brow.

Pull the chin strap to fasten the helmet. If the helmet fastens easily, the helmet fits properly. If you need to use the chin strap to tighten the helmet, the helmet is still too loose. For a list of lightweight and comfortable chin straps, visit this link.

Lastly, put pressure on the crown of the helmet and feel where and how the pressure distributes. If the pressure is distributed evenly, the helmet fits well. If there is pressure in the back or the front of the head, the helmet still needs adjustments.

Features & Benefits of the Schutt Vengeance VTD II

Schutt Sports has an extensive collection of quality football gear and equipment. Prioritizing players’ comfort and safety, they innovate their products to further enhance performance.

In this section, we take a closer look on the features and benefits of the Schutt Vengeance VTD II football helmet.

Virginia Tech STAR Approved Helmet Technology

When the Schutt VTD II was first released, it became the highest-rated helmet in Virginia Tech’s STAR evaluation, registering a score of 0.18 (lower is better). With a number of state-of-the-art features, it is easy to see why.

TPU Cushioning

First, let’s look at what’s under the shell of the VTD II. The air liner is fitted with SUREFIT TPU cushioning (thermoplastic urethane), upping the absorption properties of the VTD II.

TPU is the most advanced impact absorption system in football. Unlike traditional foam, TPU absorbs more impact more consistently across a wide range of temperatures.

TPU on the inside of the helmet is combined with a dual layer of TPU in the front and a single layer in the back and crown of the helmet. The single layer TPU is ribbed, delivering even better impact while simultaneously reducing the overall weight.[1]

Comfort Foam

The additional comfort foam creates a dynamic fit and promotes long-lasting durability. It also adds another layer of protection. All of this lining gives the helmet a soft pillow-like feel.

Flexural Resistance Back Shelf & Faceguard Line

Returning from the original VTD is Schutt’s Flexural Resistance Back Shelf, which increases the strength and absorption of impacts in the back of the helmet.

Furthermore, the dynamic faceguard line features an offset design that greatly increases impact dispersion.

VTD

VTD stands for Variable Thickness and Durometers. Schutt re-engineered the durometers to work more effectively against low-velocity impacts. It has been documented that the combined effects of several low-velocity impacts lead to higher rates of concussion than those of high-velocity impacts.

However, just because the VTD II was designed to place greater emphasis on low-velocity impacts, it doesn’t mean that Schutt has ignored its high-velocity counterparts.

In fact, Schutt Sports was one of the first helmet manufacturers to use TPU Cushioning, while other manufacturers relied on traditional foam padding.

TPU has been proven to absorb heavy impacts across a variety of temperatures, and does not crimp nor wilt under high temperatures like traditional foam.

Another great feature of the VTD is the Twist Release System, which promotes quick and easy facemask attachment or detachment with just a press of the button.

High-Performance, Ultralight Shell

Weighing at just 4.2 pounds, the Schutt VTD II is an ultralight helmet that does not skimp out on safety and performance.

Take, for example, the Helmet Stabilization System, which frames your face and gives you a secure feeling inside of the helmet. 

Air flow is concordantly enhanced with open-side TPU Cushions to keep your body temperature in the right range.

However, just because the VTD II was designed to place greater emphasis on low-velocity impacts, it doesn’t mean that Schutt has ignored its high-velocity counterparts.

Furthermore, Inter-Link jaw pads provide the ultimate sense of security to the mandible and jaw areas, with the option to mechanically attach added protection to the shell quickly and easily.

Built into the shell of the Schutt VTD II is D30, a cutting-edge polyurethane energy-absorbing material, which provides greater impact resistance. D30 works by locking its molecules together during hits, then returning to a flexible state post-hit.

Lastly, the Schutt VTD II is made of polycarbonate material to withstand collisions.

Accessories Included

There are several special titanium faceguards designed specifically for the Schutt VTD II which maximize coverage while also keeping the weight of the helmet low.

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Furthermore, the Schutt VTD II includes a white Schutt hard cup chinstrap and Inter-Link Maxx TPU jaw pads to add even more impact absorption and enhance the performance of the TPU in the mandible and jaw area, effectively protecting from side and frontal impacts.

Size

The Schutt VTD II comes in Medium, Large, XL and XXL sizes, which is appropriate for any Varsity player at any position.

What Players are Saying About the Schutt Vengeance VTD II

Here are some online reviews for the Schutt VTD II, many of which are positive.

“Serves great protection”

“Well-balanced”

“Lightweight and has an aggressive streamline”

Frequently Asked Questions

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While there is no objective answer to this question, it is worth noting that the NFL did drop Riddell as its official helmet sponsor in favor of allowing players to choose their helmets. Since then, 36% of NFL players wear Schutt helmets, the most of any brand[2]. Find out more in this review.

The primary difference between adult and youth sized helmets is the material.

Adult helmets are made from polycarbonate material, while youth helmets are made with much lighter ABS plastic.

The ABS plastic, being lighter, is easier for youth athletes to wear.

There is no precise rule on when a youth athlete should upgrade to an adult-sized helmet, but the general consensus is that a player should upgrade to an adult helmet at 14 or when playing in high school.

Leather helmets were required in the NFL as early as the mid-1940s, though it was not until 1949 that the NFL officially adopted the plastic helmet.

By the mid-1950s, single bar facemasks were added to the helmet, and in the 60’s and 70’s, Riddell became the de facto helmet manufacturer thanks to its innovations in safety and sleek aesthetic of their helmets. 

See the list of helmets here.

Adult helmets are made of polycarbonate material, which is strong and durable. Polycarbonate works because it is very pliable, and is therefore able resist impacts without cracking or breaking. 

By the mid-1950s, single bar facemasks were added to the helmet, and in the 60’s and 70’s, Riddell became the de facto helmet manufacturer thanks to its innovations in safety and sleek aesthetic of their helmets.

Final Words

Your brain is one of the most – if not the most – important organ in your body, so it is important to pick a helmet that is going to protect your noggin.

With a re-engineered inner padding and a 5-star VA Tech rating, the Schutt VTD II is one of the best helmets offering state-of-the-art protection.

However, since the release of the Schutt VTD II, other helmets types have caught up, like Schutt’s own F7 LTD. The VTD II’s STAR rating is now at 7.83, which is a step drop from its original score of 0.18.

Still, the VTD II is an excellent helmet that provides a snug and secure fit. Click here if you are interested in learning more about the VTD II.

4/5

Resources:

  1.  Schutt Sports. Retrieved from https://www.schuttsports.com/football/vengeance/vtd-ii/?SID=701rrkpj8s045ub7op9fefsak6

  2. NFL Drops Riddell As Official Sponsor. Retrieved from https://www.complex.com/sneakers/2013/10/nfl-drops-riddell-official-helmet-sponsor
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