Updated January 09, 2020 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

The 10 Best Wrestling Headgear

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1. Cliff Keen Fusion

2. Adidas Response

3. Cliff Keen F5 Tornado

Editor's Notes

January 08, 2020:

While not quite as vital as picking the right singlet or shoes, choosing solid headgear is still pretty important, especially if you're practicing hard enough and often enough to risk developing cauliflower ear.

Picking the right headgear can be tricky, as many are adjustable, one-size-fits-all models, and so you may not know if the fit is right until you try one. Thinking critically about the construction and style of various selections is paramount to your comfort and can prevent the hassle of making a return. Things like deep ear cups, thick straps, 2, 3, or 4-strap designs, chin cups, and material all play a big part in how your gear will feel. You may have to try a few before you get the perfect one.

Our latest update saw the removal of the Asics Unrestrained, which became unavailable. We added the unisex Asics Snap Down in its stead, as well as the thoughtfully designed Cliff Keen Fusion, which brought this list up to an even 10 items. The Fusion is a top of the line model that's made with extremely high-quality materials and boasts a trademarked “On-The-Fly” Strapping System and sleek-profiled ear cups that are snug, yet still give enough room for a comfortable fit.

If you like the classic headgear look, then you can't go wrong with the Matman Halo, which also happens to be very well made and economically-priced. The drawback to its strong plastic-like material is that it feels stiff at first and takes a while to break in, but once it molds to your head shape it will seem like it's barely there.

Special Honors

WrestlingMart The Throwback If you're a coach or parent looking to buy in bulk for an entire team, then the Throwback from WrestlingMart is a solid option. This classic style features four adjustable vinyl straps for the top and back of the head, as well as one to go under the chin for added security. Two hard plastic shells outfitted with foam padding comfortably protect the ears. Each cup also sports six larger-than-average holes for sound clarity. You can buy the Throwback as is or customize the colors and add a logo to match your team's singlets. wrestlingmart.com

4. Cliff Keen E58

5. Matman Halo

6. Asics Snap Down

7. Asics Aggressor

8. Gold BJJ Reinforced

9. Venum Kontact Evo

10. Asics Unisex

Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated on January 09, 2020 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.

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