Category: Riot Gear

8 tips to help YOU choose the right RIOT HELMET size

Are you ready to find the perfect fit RIOT HELMET? In today’s environment, it is important to be protected, but it is even MORE important to make sure you and your team’s protective gear fits correctly. Protective garments that do not fit correctly can expose users to risks, as well as be uncomfortable for long operations. Check out some tips below to make sure you choose the right sized riot helmets for you and your team.

1. Determine who will be the users of the riot helmets. 

Are you buying a riot helmet just for yourself, or for your whole team? It’s important to know exactly who will be using the riot helmet in order to size them correctly. Questions such as height, head size, gender, and body stature are all important when determining the users of a specific riot helmet.

Does your team usually switch out riot helmets frequently? If so, a one-size-fits-all helmet helmet like EDI’s TERMINATOR-X Riot Helmet may be a good option. But if your team keeps helmets individually and has a diverse head size then a multi-size helmet such as EDI’s PROTEC-X Riot Helmet may be the best option. 

EDI’s tactical specialists are happy to discuss this with you and make suggestions about sizing. Contact us for advising today.

2. Pinpoint where and how the riot helmet will be used. 

Is your primary operation in street riots? Are you regularly deployed to contain prison riots? Will your riot helmet be used for barrier guarding operations (BGOs)? It is important to determine in which environments your riot helmets may be used in order to choose the right size.

Some helmets like EDI’s TERMINATOR-X Riot Helmet are designed with a steel face cage primarily for prison extraction operations and are meant to be very tight. On the other hand, EDI’s Bubble Riot Helmet is designed for gas mask use for street protest operations and should fit a bit roomier. Make sure to discuss with your riot helmet provider before placing an order of helmets to make sure they can be used well in the desired applications. 

3. Determine how frequently you will use your riot helmet. 

Some departments, need to dress up in their riot gear every week (or day), whereas other departments may only need to use their riot gear once or twice a year. If you’ll be putting on and taking off your riot helmet on a daily basis, you may want to choose a helmet that has a more universal fit such as EDI’s Mini Bubble Riot Helmet or TERMINATOR-X Riot Helmet.

Additionally, if you are using a riot helmet along with a riot suit, such as EDI’s universal fit TURBO-X Riot Suit, then you may want to also opt for a universal fit riot helmet. 

4. Will you keep your riot helmet if you switch positions? 

What will happen to your riot helmet if you switch positions within your department and you no longer need to use it? For smaller departments with limited budgets or grant funding the riot helmet may need to be re-used. In situations like this, it’s important to keep in mind whether a multi-size helmet such as EDI’s PROTEC-X Riot Helmet should be ordered, or if a universal sized riot helmet may be a better long-term option for your department. 

EDI Terminator-X Riot Helmet
The EDI TERMINATOR-X Riot Helmet

5. What is the climate where the riot helmet will be used? 

Less of a question pertaining to sizing, but an important topic nonetheless. Does your riot helmet offer anti-fog treatment on the visor such as EDI’s PROTEC-X Riot Helmet? Does it have proper ventilation holes on the back? Will you be wearing a thermal balaclava underneath the riot helmet?

All of these question should be carefully considered before choosing the riot helmet model that fits you best. EDI’s tactical specialists are here to help discuss this with you via email or phone. 

6. What happens when you receive a riot helmet, and it doesn’t fit someone on your team (or yourself)? 

No need to panic. There are many options to resolve a loose, or tight, helmet. Firstly, if the helmet is too loose, you can try adjusting the inner chin strap to make it tighter. All of EDI’s Riot Helmets are equipped with strong non-rust buckles and durable nylon suspension straps in order to adjust the helmet to the user’s head.

If the helmet is too tight, try also adjusting the straps to be looser, or even removing the rubber chin cup all together.

You can always call or email an EDI tactical specialist to discuss sizing and see what can be done to ensure that the correct helmet can fit the correct user. 

7. Request a T&E (testing and evaluation) sample. 

Any reputable riot gear / riot helmet supplier should always have a set-aside stock of samples to send out to departments to try and test out. This is the best option to try on a riot helmet for you and your team before making a department-wide purchase.

EDI proudly provides T&E samples to departments across the United States and internationally in order to make sure police departments are 100% confident in their sizing decisions before placing an order. 

8. When should I start thinking about procuring riot helmets for my department and thinking about sizing? 

In today’s environment riot gear providers are working overtime to help make sure security personnel can stay protected in all environments – whether in cities, rural environments, correctional centers, parks, sporting events, and many other situations.

It’s important not to delay critical equipment purchases such as riot helmetsriot shields, or riot suits; or even ballistic gear such as ballistic helmets and ballistic shields. If budget is a challenge, then contact your riot gear provider to learn about programs and grants that can assist you in getting the gear your team deserves.

EDI’s specialists are happy to guide you to a list of grants which have helped many departments previously. Please contact us today, and one of our tactical specialists will get back to you immediately.  

And please, STAY SAFE.  

EQUIP YOUR FORCES NOW WITH HIGH-QUALITY PROTEC-X GAS MASKS FROM EDI-USA

Given the prevalent use in our current world of Riot Control Agents (RCAs), by rioters and defenders alike, top-notch face masks are essential for elite riot control forces. These often invisible RCAs can be used by forces to disperse a crowd that could be protesting or rioting, or even to clear a building. More and more often, they may also be used by rioters against law enforcement defenders. All of these chemicals can rapidly produce sensory irritation or disabling physical effects which persist up to 2 hours following the termination of exposure. 

To protect your forces, you must have the best gas mask you can purchase. EDI steps into this breach, quickly manufacturing and delivering the high-quality PROTEC-X GAS MASKS you need to protect your forces at an affordable price.

WHY PROTEC-X GAS MASKS FROM EDI-USA?

The PROTEC-X Gas Mask from EDI-USA.

At EDI, we offer a range of products to security professionals and police and military forces in the field. Our goal is to offer cutting-edge personal protection tailored to your threat environment. Around the world, our PROTEC-X GAS MASKS are one of our best-selling product lines. They fly out of our production facility because they are a comprehensive solution to tactical respiratory protection during the roughest riot operations.

MAXIMUM COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER EDI PRODUCTS

Each of our gas masks is cut to maximize its compatibility with EDI’s line of riot helmets. In particular, our PROTEC-X gas mask includes a single front-mounted filter and a cut that is ideal for use under most riot helmets. This compatibility ensures your forces will be protected, providing the comprehensive coverage riot police in the field require during a protest or riot situation. For further protection, check out EDI’s line of riot suits and riot shields.

EDI-USA’S PROTEC-X GAS MASKS IN DETAIL

All of our gas masks are one-size-fits-all, ensuring maximum compatibility for all forces while minimizing the cost of equipping your team. Manufactured with extra-tight silicone that bonds tightly to users’ faces to ensure their safety, each mask includes a single front-mounted filter ideal for use under most international-sized anti-riot helmets.

The mask is available in a side-centered or double-eyed version, has 5 silicone straps with a durable conjoiner at the back of the head, and has a 5-year shelf life. They are each resistant to certain germs, toxic fog and smoke, certain radioactive dust, particle gasaloid, and CS gas.

Filter specifications for EDI’s gas mask filters.

For those seeking a double-filtered model, we also offer the FreshTac Gask Mask, which is equipped with double-side filters to facilitate smooth and unobstructed breathing.

ULTIMATE PROTECTION FOR SECURITY FORCES

Be aware that even our amazingly successful Protec-X masks only offer protection for various airborne gases and pathogens. To fully protect your security forces select from the helmets, batons, riot suits and ballistic vests in our full catalog.

The Advantages of Different Styles of Riot Helmets for Certain Operations

Summer is breakout season for protests and riots, which means it’s more important than ever for police and security professionals to have the right gear on hand for protecting their most important asset: your head. For years, EDI’s riot helmets have served the needs of police and security professionals around the world. This guide will help you choose which of EDI’s riot helmets is best for your operation. 

A Range of Styles

To keep police and security professionals safe during protests and riots, in addition to our ballistic helmets line, EDI manufactures 5 different styles of riot helmets. This range of options enables EDI’s riot helmet line to meet the needs of police and security professionals facing various climates and different types of riot situations. 

Customization Options

To further meets your needs, as the manufacturer, EDI offers you the ability to tailor your riot helmet to your team’s unique specifications. We will customize the color to your specification, and offer our helmets in either glossy or matte finishes. Our team of tactical specialists will also work with your team to customize to your specification the helmet’s visor style, harness style, and interior padding configuration. We can even add an optional inscription, screenprinting your force’s name or an optional logo on your helmet. 

Certain police forces require customization and special colors / logos on the outside of their riot helmets, such as the special number decals and yellow lines shown here.

Our Riot Helmet Styles

The PROTEC-X Riot Helmet: Traditional and Utilitarian 

The PROTEC-X is the traditional riot helmet. It is optimal for standard riot operations where the user’s head must be fully covered. The PROTEC-X’s full coverage offers comprehensive protection from projectiles and other threats the officer may face during a riot situation. The PROTEC-X’s visor offers full coverage for the eyes, and a tight seal around the top of the visor helps prevent liquids and gas from seeping in between the visor and the helmet shell. 

EDI’s PROTEC-X Riot Helmet, available in 54 colors. Pictured here in matte finish; also available in glossy.

Because of its full-coverage protection, EDI’s PROTEC-X Riot Helmet is popular for city operations where high-density protests may be expected. The PROTEC-X riot helmet is also popular with rural units, as the PROTEC-X’s comprehensive protection and utilitarian features make it ideal as a one-size-fits-all solution for unexpected protests. 

For those in hot climates, a popular option is to customize EDI’s PROTEC-X Riot Helmet by tinting the visor. The tinted visors thus offer sun protection in the field, in addition to insulating the wearer from tear gas and projectiles. 

EDI’s Riot Gear Set: Our TURBO-X Riot Suit paired with our PROTEC-X Riot Helmet.

Because of its traditionalism and utilitarianism, the PROTEC-X has been one of EDI’s most popular helmets for both domestic and export sales for 5 years running. Wearers often use it in conjunction with the PROTEC-X Riot Shield and the PROTEC-X Riot Suit

The TERMINATOR-X Riot Helmet: For Stronger Face Protection 

This model offers ideal protection for riot situations when the officer may expect protestors to throw heavy objects at its users. The TERMINATOR-X riot helmet offers stronger face protection than the PROTEC-X Riot Helmet. With the TERMINATOR-X Riot Helmet, a heavy-duty face cage layered over the outside of the visor. This face cage shields the visor against impacts that might otherwise cause the visor to shatter. The result is that the face cage further insulates the wearer from blunt force trauma, attacks, and collisions with heavy-duty projectiles. 

EDI’s TERMINATOR-X Riot Helmet, featuring a face cage that enhances the visor’s durability and provides enhanced protection for the wearer’s face.

The TERMINATOR-X’s face cage protection likewise makes it ideal during prisoner transport. Specifically, our clients have found EDI’s TERMINATOR-X face cage protection especially useful during cell extraction activities. For this reason, EDI’s TERMINATOR-X Riot Helmet has found a home in hundreds of prisons around the world. 

A common customization requested is to add anti-fog treatment to the inside of the visor. This helps prevent the TERMINATOR-X’s visor from fogging up during operations. EDI is happy to work with our clients to meet this specification upon request. 

The Bubble Riot Helmet: For Enhanced Gas and Smoke Protection 

Our latest Riot Helmet style, EDI’s Bubble Riot Helmet is popular with police and security professionals who are exposed frequently to tear gas and other smoke elements. What makes the Bubble Riot Helmet unique is the “bubble” shape of its visor. Because the visor protrudes outwardly, this makes it easy to layer a gas mask underneath. 

Side view of the EDI Mini Bubble Riot Helmet. The “Bubble” shape of the visors makes it easy and comfortable for the user to wear a gas mask beneath the visor.

Because of the ability to easily layer a gas mask under the visor, EDI’s Bubble Riot Helmet is most popular in urban environment riot situations where tear gas is more frequently deployed. 

To help customize the Bubble Helmet further to your needs, EDI offers two different options for the thickness of the Bubble Helmet’s visor. This enables your team to select the thickness of your visor based on the unique threat environment you anticipate in the field. If you wish to seek enhanced protection against heavy projectiles thrown at officers, the thicker visor will best serve your needs. If your primary concern is protecting officers from tear gas and other liquids, the thinner visor will meet your needs. 

The Mini Bubble helmet, pictured above, is less bulky than the traditional Bubble style, making it optimal for tactical operations.

Additionally, EDI’s Bubble Helmet comes in two different styles. EDI’s Bubble Mini Riot Helmet is less bulky than the traditional Bubble style, making it perfect for tactical operations or when officers need to move very quickly.

Schedule Your Free Tactical Gear Consultation

In any case, the EDI’s tactical specialists are always standing by to help you further narrow down your options! If after reading this, you’d like to consult with an EDI tactical specialist to further identify which helmet is best for you, EDI is at your service. Contact a team member today to schedule your free consultation on which riot helmet is right for you. 

How to Choose the Right Riot Suit for Your Threat Environment

At EDI, we offer a range of products to product security professionals and police and military forces in the field. Our goal is to offer cutting-edge personal protection tailored to your threat environment. Around the world, our Riot Suits are one of our best-selling product lines. EDI currently offers two riot suits. The riot suit that will work best for you depends on the threats you’ll be facing in the field.

The PROTEC-X High Tactical Riot Suit

EDI designed our PROTEC-X suit to support police officers during major public disturbances and riots. With the PROTEC-X High Tactical Riot Suit, we offer clients a riot suit that significantly improves flexibility and maneuverability. To that end, our riot suit is 34% lighter in weight than traditional riot suits. The approximate weight for the entire suit is 6kg, offering comprehensive protection without weighing you down. For our female customers, female riot suits are available as well. Created with anti-flame fabric (PYROTEX), the PROTEC-X High Tactical Riot Suit protects the wearer against Molotov Cocktails. Additionally, its hard plates protect the wearer’s shoulders, upper body, forearms, lower back, groin and thighs from projectiles thrown by a crowd. A specialized cuff protects the wearer’s neck. To further enhance the wearer’s level of neck protection, pair the EDI PROTEC-X suit with EDI’s specialized Riot Helmet. In order to protect the wearer from stab threats, the PROTEC-X High Tactical Riot Suit offers NIJ II stab protection. For forces requiring ballistic protection, NIJ III-A ballistic plates may be inserted within the front and back chest plate for maximum protection. We’ve got your shins and knees covered as well! Specialized protection plates and knee guards provide flexibility of movement. That way you’ll experience comfort and peace of mind while kneeling or maneuvering to avoid attacks.

The TURBO-X High Tactical Riot Suit

Developed in 2017, our goal with the TURBO-X High Tactical Riot Suit is to provide a one-size-fits-all solution to departments looking to stock up on riot suits. As with the PROTEC-X High Tactical Riot Suit, the TURBO-X provides comprehensive protection for the wearer’s shoulders, front and back upper body, forearms, lower back, groin and thighs. EDI’s specialized shin and knee guards are also included, providing mobility, comfort, and protection. The difference between our TURBO-X and the PROTEC-X suits is that the TURBO-X is one-size-fits-all. Additionally, the TURBO-X is not made of flame-resistant fabric. For departments that may confront protests, yet do not face a Molotov Cocktail threat, the TURBO-X’s construction can thus offer cost savings. Furthermore, since the TURBO-X suit is one-size-fits-all, it provides a simple solution for departments looking to scale up their protest containment capacity.

Compatibilities with Other EDI Products

A riot suit only offers protection from neck to ankle. Protecting a user’s head must be taken into account as well, in addition to self-defense options. To this end, EDI recommends that its riot suits be paired with our Riot Helmets, Ballistic Helmets, Police Shields, and Police Batons.

Riot Shield OR Ballistic Shield – What’s the Difference?

Riot Shield OR Ballistic Shield?

What’s the Difference?

So you are in the market for a shield of some type for you and your team but you don’t know what to choose…

Look no further, this is the post for you!

Let’s make this decision very simple for you, do you want a lightweight barrier capable of stopping rocks, bricks, bottles, sticks, and electric shock?

 

OR

Do you need to stop a bullet?

 

If you find it unlikely that you and your team will be fending off bullets, then a lightweight advanced riot shield would be a great option for the troops.

Let’s look at some of the riot shields capabilities below.

RIOT SHIELDS: CAPABILITIES

  • Extra-lightweight triple-coated raw polycarbonate
  • 95% sunlight transparency
  • Weighs 2.4 kg
  • Quick release strap – fast to release / easier to hold up for long periods with strap
  • Customizable name plate in front – example – POLICE

EDI-USA - Riot Shield

EDI-USA - Riot Shield

Defends Against:

  • Fire thrown objects – (Molotov cocktails)
  • Rocks
  • Glass
  • Small metal fragments
  • Electric shock
  • Bricks
  • Stick attacks

 

WAIT!

YOU NEEDED TO STOP A BULLET!?

PERFECT! WE HAVE THE SHIELD FOR YOU!

 

If you and your team often face varying levels of danger in the field which may include enemy bullet fire then you mustn’t take a chance using a RIOT shield, you must have a TACTICAL BALLISTIC shield.

Let’s take a look at the characteristics and capabilities of a ballistic shield below.

TACTICAL BALLISTICS SHIELD: CAPABILITIES

  • Available in level NIJ III-A, NIJ III, and NIJ III+
  • Ballistic Material tested under STANAG requirements
  • Made for intense fire fighting events
  • Name plates can be personalized – example – POLICE

Defends Against:

  • .22 caliber
  • .38 caliber
  • 357 magnum
  • 9 mm
  • 44 magnum
  • 62 mm
  • 308 winchester

EDI-USA - Ballistics Shield

REMEMBER! EDI-USA Customizes Sizes, Colors, & Materials!

 

If you would like additional guidance to decide what ballistics helmet is best for your necessities please contact us, we are confident that we can deliver all your tactical customization needs.

Take a look at our full catalog to see all the gear that we can customize for you and your team.