The LIGHT LS1 Varsity Helmet, using military technology, is the lightest football helmet on the market to receive the highest rating from the unbiased source

CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 30, 2019) – The LIGHT Helmets LS1 Varsity football helmet was awarded the highest-available five stars from the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, where researchers have been providing unbiased helmet ratings that allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing helmets since 2011. The LS1 Varsity is the lightest football helmet on the market to receive the test’s highest rating.

Unlike traditional football helmets, LIGHT Helmets are made using manufacturing techniques developed through motorsports and the military. As evidenced by the five-star rating, LIGHT Helmets is redefining how a football helmet should look, feel and act with lighter yet stronger materials.


Virginia Tech’s ratings, based on more than 10 years of research, identify which helmets best reduce concussion risk. All of Virginia Tech’s research is independent of funding or influence from helmet manufacturers and impact tests evaluate a helmet’s ability to reduce linear and rotational acceleration of the head resulting from a range of impacts a player may see in live action on the football field.

“The five-star rating from Virginia Tech demonstrates and validates the advanced materials, design and technology brought to market by LIGHT Helmets,” Nick Esayian, LIGHT Helmets CEO, said. “Our two youth helmets, made from two different materials, incorporate that same technology and we will have more exciting news in the coming weeks as they complete the same tests at Virginia Tech’s helmet labs.”

LIGHT Helmets is now taking orders for their innovative helmets at, which include a weight reduction of up to 50 percent compared to some competitive helmets. While the majority of football helmets used today weigh between four-to-six pounds, LIGHT Helmets’ football helmets will weigh between two-and-a-half and three pounds depending on how they are configured and will be available in youth and varsity sizes and protections.

About LIGHT Helmets

LIGHT Helmets produces lighter, safer, more performance-oriented helmets for football and other contact sports and is currently the fifth largest football helmet producer in the country. Our mission is to better protect the players and their games through lighter and safer helmets that use the best materials and technology available. LIGHT Helmets empowers players at all levels to maximize their potential and enjoyment of the game by equipping them with the most innovative helmets available on the market. Visit for more information.