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You think you’ve exhausted the well when it comes to your lacrosse swag—the perfect stick, custom strung pocket, helmet tilted to perfection, on-point cleats with socks to match…
What else can you do to up your style on the field?
The answer may be staring you right in your face: that helmet visor begging to live in your facemask. It is that final touch to your ensemble that showcases your individuality and strikes fear into your opponents.
As a mainly Spring sport, a visor also helps protect your eyes from glare from the sun, dirt and dust, and stray poke checks.
This guide will help you find the best lacrosse visor that fits your needs and style.
Keep in mind that depending upon the league or level you participate in, there are rules specific to a visor’s style, tint, and even legality of having one at all. You can learn more about those in a later section on this page.
Best Lacrosse Helmet Visors
At the moment, there are not a ton of options when it comes to lacrosse-specific visors. Luckily, the larger selection of football visors on the market are adaptable to fit your lacrosse helmet with a bit of adjustment.
Here are our top picks for the best lacrosse visors:
Best Clear Visor: Barnett Visor Clear
This is a cheap, durable polycarbonate-based visor with scratch and fog resistance that meets youth and high school specifications. It boasts a universal fit attachable to your helmet via two clamps at the bottom of the visor to minimize any obstruction to your vision.
This sturdy Barnett visor is a perfect entry point into adding visual protection to your helmet without costing you an arm and a leg. Young players can even move the visor to other helmets as they grow into them.
All of that said, there are drawbacks to consider. The “universal” nature of the visor deserves quotation marks as some users have had to Frankenstein the piece to their helmet with zip ties.
This visor was initially released in 2012 so it may not be as fitted or adjustable to newer helmet models. The thickness of the plastic also makes it less malleable to find the perfect fit.
Some question the UV resistance of the visor since it’s clear. While the clear version is still UV-resistant, there are tinted and polarized versions that may do a better job.
Best Tinted Visor: Barnett Visor Tinted
The Barnett Visor Tinted is the tinted sibling of our best clear visor on this list.
The Barnett tinted visor boasts the same positives of its relative with the added benefit of more UV and blue light protection. It attaches in the same manner and is of the same material (polycarbonate) as the clear version.
The price point and sturdiness still make it a solid entry point into visual protection for players that play in leagues where tinted visors are legal. The universal fit molds to youth and adult helmets in the same manner as its clear version.
As it shares the positives, it also shares many negatives including a questionable “universal” fit to all helmets. The tinted version did come out in 2015 so it may cover a more recent generation of helmets than the clear.
As mentioned, the major drawback is that the tint does not conform to most formal lacrosse leagues including youth and high school. Before purchasing this helmet for a young lacrosse player, it is worth consulting your league’s rulebook for its stance on tinted visors.
Best Black Visor: SLEEFS Black Diamond Helmet Eye Shield
If you want a black lacrosse visor that makes it hard for other players to see your eyes and gives the most intimidating appearance, this SLEEFS Black Diamond visor is your best option.
It has an unbroken black tint that bears a sleek design to blend into your helmet. Another polycarbonate build accounts for durability and resistance to scratching and fogging.
Like the Barnett visors, the SLEEFS Black Diamond attaches via two clamps at the base of the visor to minimize vision obstruction. Unlike the Barnett visors, the positioning of the clamps is inset, leaving no front gap between the visor and cage for a sleeker finish and safer appearance.
As cool as it may look and sturdy as it is, the Black Diamond comes with some obvious drawbacks—the price being number one. At almost double the price of other visors on this list (typically), it is a more expensive option. In addition, the tint makes it illegal for most official leagues.
This helmet visor is new to the market (2019) but it does not boast a universal fit—the listing states it fits “most” helmets. Since it is a football visor by design, it may not adhere to some lacrosse helmets.
There are also varying reports as to the clamp attachments being included with the visor or needing to be purchased separately.
Best Colored Visor: EliteTek Color Visor for Helmets
This EliteTek Color Visor is the flashiest of the flashy, letting you embody the flare of your play on the field and personality off it.
It is yet another polycarbonate build with a polyester inner material that makes for a comfortable, impact-resistant visor.
As with the previous visors, the EliteTek is attachable via two bottom clamps, inset similarly to the Black Diamond.
Unfortunately, the visor is only considered to be a football universal fit and does not attach as easily to youth small and extra small helmets. That being said, you should be able to get it to fit into your lacrosse helmet with a little work.
Your choice between a transparent or smoke based tint in orange, blue, and gold gives the visor a unique flash that will make you stand out on the field. The tint equally functions to filter out UV and blue light while controlling the intensity of glare that penetrates the visor.
At an affordable price, this visor does make a decent case for being a reasonable addition to any player’s drip, though the sizing difficulty and tint are definite drawbacks.
Like others on this list, this visor would not be allowed in most formal youth, high school, and college leagues.
Are Lacrosse Helmet Visors Legal?
The answer to this question is entirely dependent upon you or your player’s age and the league in which the visor would be used. Our breakdown of visor legality may not be specific to your league; please refer to its specific rules before purchasing a visor.
Here is a general look at the legality of lacrosse visors at various levels:
There is no universal ruling on the use of visors in youth leagues but many appear to adhere to high school rules based on our research.
The rule of thumb here is that a visor must be clear, molded and non-rigid. Tint of any kind or degree is not allowed. Additionally, you cannot wear tinted glasses beneath the visor but you may wear tinted glasses without a visor.
High School Lacrosse
Visors are legal, however, follow the same rules listed for youth leagues above. The visor must be clear, molded, and non-rigid, making no room for tint of any kind or degree.
Visors are legal in the NCAA and MCLA (which adheres to NCAA rules) but the text is much more general compared to high school and youth ball.
A plastic face shield as part of the helmet may be worn, provided the face shield is completely clear. However, the NCAA does carve out a caveat for tint so long as the player wearing the visor has a documented medical condition that requires it.
This ruling was found in the 2019 edition of the NCAA rules.
There are no formal rules regarding visors across the professional leagues. If you make it to this level of play, you should consult your team’s equipment manager or league’s governing body as the legality of a visor is not the only issue.
Different leagues have different branding partnerships that may affect your selection of equipment, including visors.
Recreational Lacrosse Leagues
There is no rule of thumb for recreational leagues, no matter the age. You should consult the available rules for your league or contact its leadership for further advisement.
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