Tribal West
Gear: Easton Raptor Helmet
04.12.2011 - By Tim Haslam

If you watched the Big City Classic last weekend, you might have caught a glimpse or heard word of the new helmet to hit the lax market, the Easton Raptor. I’ve heard they are still making changes, but it will be interesting to see the development of this helmet, especially in regards to customization. Currently, the helmet will be available in white, black, silver, red, royal and navy. I’m not sure if the entire helmet will be one color, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it is. I have to give props to Easton for branching out and getting into the helmet market. Obviously it’s easy since they are part of the Bell family, yes, the famous bike helmet manufacturers. It will also be interesting to see if they stay with the matte finish. Will you be wearing this next spring?

Easton Raptor Helmet: Side View

Easton Raptor Helmet: Back View

Press Release
Easton Lacrosse Soars with New Helmet at Big City Classic
The Raptor becomes the leader in protection, comfort and weight


VAN NUYS, Calif. – April 7, 2011 – The Easton Lacrosse Raptor helmet landed during this year’s Konica Minolta Big City Classic (BCC) at New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday, April 3, 2011. The Raptor was developed by Easton engineers with a focus on protection, fit, comfort, weight and style, and received an overwhelmingly positive response from the attendees who saw the helmet live.

The helmet debuted at the lacrosse-only event in New Jersey which also featured three premiere college games, a high school match and attracted more than 25,000 attendees. Casey Powell is an Easton-sponsored pro athlete and director of lacrosse at St. Andrew’s School (Fla.), which defeated Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) in the high school match-up prior to the collegiate games.

“The Big City Classic was the perfect event to debut the premiere Easton Lacrosse helmet,” said Powell. “My players wore the Raptors during their game and practically refused to take them off afterwards.”

The latest product addition to the lacrosse division, and the brandss first lacrosse helmet, the Raptor offers durability and protection with its revolutionary, patent-pending one-piece construction, which bonds multi-impact Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) foam to a lightweight, durable polycarbonate shell. This process maximizes the amount of protective EPP foam in the helmet and fills in areas that are normally void of protection for better impact energy distribution.

The Raptor also provides comfort, weighing in at a mere 600 grams for the large size, a significantly lower weight than competing helmets, and adjustability, with an independent and removable foam padding optimized for sweat absorption.

“One advantage of being a part of this larger Easton family is that our lacrosse team now has access to The Dome, Easton’s Helmet Technology Center,” said Doug Appleton, Easton Lacrosse General Manager. “We called on many of our over 40 engineers and designers to work diligently to apply Easton’s standard of helmet construction innovation to the game of lacrosse. The positive response to this helmet from our lacrosse players has been tremendous they cannot wait to get their heads in them.”

Easton Lacrosse’s Raptor helmet will be available for retail in the fall of 2011.

Keep up with the Raptors progress at Easton Lacrosse