The Under Armour UA Football Visor additionally comes with a variety of treatments to enhance its performance and durability.
These include an anti-fog coating and a scratch-resistant coating. It is also designed to block all harmful UV rays, and the clear lens design meets NCAA® and NFHS® specifications.
The installation system used on this visor is a patented tool-less clip system which allows for easy attachment and removal of the visor.
No tools are needed so that you can do so quickly and effortlessly. Each visor comes with logo stickers, and these are available in a variety of colors so you can match the sticker to your team’s jersey.
It offers a universal fit on most helmets.
It comes with a quick-release clip system.
Strong, lightweight, and durable.
It comes with custom logo stickers.
Has anti-fog, anti-glare and anti-scratch coatings.
This curvature, achieved using CAD/CAM engineering, helps with widening the field of view, all the while maintaining clarity.
Instead of using the usual polycarbonate, this visor is made from PLUTONITE, which is a proprietary synthetic material that is more durable than polycarbonate.
The patented material offers an impressive level of eye protection against helmet-to-helmet collisions, wind-blown debris, and eye-gouging.
At the same time, the tint on this helmet visor blocks out 100% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, which comprise UVA, UVB, and UVC. The tint also offers protection from harmful blue light up to 400nm (nanometers).
The lens comes with treatments that enhance its anti-fog performance as well as its scratch resistance.
Protects from glare, harmful UV rays, and blue light.
The 3mm thick polycarbonate lens is very durable and strong.
Additionally, it offers a distortion-free playing experience owing to the precision wrapping mechanism which eliminated blind spots. While using this visor, players get to enjoy a wide and clear field of view.
At the same time, the curved nature of the lens allows it to fit on most youth and adult helmets, and you wouldn’t even need to bend it to get the precise fit.
Hardware has been included to attach the visor to your Hemet, and for this, it uses a two-clip installation system.
Clean, no-frills design.
Anti-Fog and Anti-Scratch.
Curved lens for a precise fit.
3mm thick shatter-proof lens.
Better suited for adult-size helmets, not youth size.
Visors, also known as eye shields, are a component attached to the face mask portion of a football helmet.
These curved pieced of plastic are not mandatory to have while playing football.
However, they are a convenient and protective additional extra, and depending on the type of visor; they can even end up enhancing your play strategy.
The primary reason for wearing a helmet visor is to prevent eye injuries. Football is a high impact sport, and during collisions, a player may accidentally have their eyes gouged.
While a run-of-the-mill helmet tends to leave the eyes uncovered, a visor will cover the eyes and competently hold up to vigorous pokes and blows.
Besides eye-gouging, a visor would also protect the player from dirt, dust, and flying debris arising from scrimmages.
Protection from winds is another benefit that comes with wearing a visor, which in turn reduces your chances of contracting dry eye syndrome.
When playing at a professional level, be it a High school league, the NFL, or the NCAA, only clear visors are permitted.
For recreational play, however, you can get a tinted visor that will not only help protect your eyes but will also help sift out the light.
This reduces glare, thereby enhancing a player’s field of vision and in the process, giving them a competitive advantage as well.
When using a tinted football visor, the player would be able to hide their eyes from opponents. When a rival cannot see where you are looking, that gives the player the element of surprise.
This way, the opponent can only tell the player’s anticipated play by reading body movements.
Not to mention that having a big boded running back charging towards you while wearing a dark visor can be quite intimidating owing to the menacing look.
Whichever way you look at it, a football player wearing a helmet visor will have some form of advantage over other players on the field.
Better yet, a player may choose to wear a visor as an expression of their personal style and individualism.
Types of Football Visors
Clear Football Visors
Clear football visors serve the sole purpose of shielding a player’s eyes from injury. At the same time, some visor lenses may come with a prescription for vision correction.
Of course, this only applies to the players who wear spectacles or corrective lenses.
The visor should be made from shatter-resistant material so that even if it happens to break, then it will not break apart into small pieces that can get into the player’s eyes.
At the same time, the high-quality clear visors come with anti-glare properties to help the player play without distractions on a sunny day or even on a cloudy day where the sun could be dipping in and out.
Visors often get covered with moisture resulting from sweat and the player’s breathing.
When this moisture content is too high, it could fog the visor, thereby reducing visual clarity and making it hard for the players to see.
As a result, it is preferable to get a visor that comes with an anti-fog coating.
Regulatory bodies concerned with football at any level only allow the use of clear visors. This is because a referee can easily see the player’s face and eyes through a clear visor.
So, if the player is unconscious or has suffered a concussion, the coaches and referees can immediately pick up on this in good time and give the player the necessary medical attention.
Smoked / Tinted Football Visors
Besides offering eye protection from injury, tinted football visors additionally help reduce the glare of the sun, thereby shielding the player’s eyes from direct contact with sunlight.
This way, the player can clearly see what’s going on around them, but without the distraction of glaring light.
At the same time, smoked visors are very good for a player’s strategy. The opponent cannot see your eyes, so they cannot tell where you are looking or what you are thinking of doing next.
Tinted visors are not the regulation, seeing as leagues go for clear visors. However, if a player happens to have eye problems, then they may obtain special permission to wear a tinted visor.
Polarized Football Visors
When it comes to UV rays and harmful blue light, polarized visors are much better at reducing glare than tinted visors are.
Exposure to glare not only reduces the player’s visibility, but it can also affect the player’s eyesight in the long run. Hence the need to wear a visor.
Visors not only offer protection from injuries, but they also prevent potential long-term eye damage arising from other factors such as glaring lights, for instance.
These protect not just from the sun’s harmful UV rays but also from damaging night lights.
If you are playing in extremely hot weather conditions, then a polarized helmet visor would be just what you need to get a better field vision.
The only problem is that a polarized visor can reduce your visibility quite a bit when playing at night.
Colored visors are quite stylish, but they are not very popular, and neither can they be used for competitive play.
Such visors tend to reduce a player’s field of view, and they can also darken one’s vision a lot.
How Do I Choose A Visor for Football?
Some visors are designed to fit on a youth helmet while others are intended for an adult helmet. At the same time, other visors are designed to offer a universal fit on all helmets.
Visors come in two basic shapes: 3-prong models and 2-prong models. A 3-prong model results in a more secure fit in the helmet, as well as enhanced eye protection.
However, the downside is that they are not compatible with most helmets. On the other hand, 2-prong models are more versatile as they can fit in any mask and helmet.
The visor you choose should not only fit your helmet, but it should also be compatible with your league rules.
Some leagues restrict certain types of visors, so it is worth finding out what’s allowed and what isn’t.
Always make sure you check your peripherals while wearing the visor. Some visors have the edge of the lenses poorly designed such that you end up having distorted vision around the peripherals.
Do you want a clear lend or a tinted one? At the same time, check to make sure the anti-glare coating isn’t too dark for your liking, such that it will impair your vision while on the field.
The material is the visor determined hoe durable and hard-wearing the visor will be. Most visors are made from polycarbonate, which is very durable and offers excellent performance.
However, this is not to mean that all quality visors are made from polycarbonate.
With technological advancements, brands may opt to use certain patented materials and synthetic formulas that perform just as well or even better than polycarbonate.
An example of this is HDO from Oakley, NXT from Under Armour, etc.
Ultimately, the visor should be made from a material that is strong, durable, and resistant to flaws such as scratching – all the while, allowing for high visibility and lightweight comfort for the player.
Coatings & Protections
Desirable properties on a football helmet visor include anti-fogging, scratch resistance, shatter-proof, and UV ray protection.
These may come in the form of treatment, a coating, or in the very nature of the material used to construct the visor.
Additionally, a visor that provides clear visibility and a wide field of view is always preferred.
If the eye shield you are purchasing does not have an anti-fog treatment, then do not despair just yet.
There are anti-fogging products such as creams, sprays, and moist towels, which you can buy separately and use on your visor.
With the correct application, such products tend to work impressively well.
Ease of Installation
Be sure to check the installation system on the visor so that you do not end up disappointed in your purchase.
The most popular installation systems involve the use of quick release clips and standard fasteners. These are quick, convenient, and easy to use.
Some visors may come with an installation system involving screws, T-nuts, zip ties, etc.
These systems are a bit more tedious and may take the player a slightly longer time to attach or detach the visor.
However, they do result in a more secure fit of the visor, and you can tighten the screws as tight as you wish so that the visor doesn’t move around.