Category: Riot Helmets

Have your tactical trade shows / police conferences been canceled? How to stay up-to-date with your gear!

Over the past several months, COVID-19 has caused many law enforcement industry trade shows to be canceled or held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Within the United States, this includes some of the industry’s foremost events, including: 

Across the country, law enforcement departments rely on these conferences to share and collaborate on best practices for their operations. Departments also use these events to search for updated gear ideas, in order to provide their officers with the most up-to-date tactical and protective equipment. 

While in-person industry events will have to be postponed for now, EDI-USA’s team has been working hard to create new forums for our clients to learn about the latest gear. Our goal is to make it easy for your department to stay up-to-date on the latest protective and tactical equipment available to keep you safe. 

For that reason, EDI-USA has been expanding our offerings for you to stay up-to-date with the newest gear and share best practices despite not being able to attend in-person industry conferences or events. We’ve been expanding our online presence via digital media on our Facebook Page, and you can connect with EDI-USA on LinkedIn as well.

We’ve also been noticing an uptick in online and phone inquiries. In order to facilitate the increase in demand without increasing client wait times, we’ve been investing in increasing our virtual customer support options. When you have questions, you can access EDI-USA’s virtual customer support by visiting the Customer Support page on our website. 

Additionally, some of our clients are experiencing an increased need for tactical gear that doubles as equipment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For that reason, we recommend the following products: 

The Protec-X Riot Helmet

This helmet has a 4mm polycarbonate visor on the front to prevent fluids from entering a user’s face.

We have also seen other users who are looking to add face shields onto their existing tactical or protective equipment. The following products from EDI-USA offer this customization:

FAST High-Cut Ballistic helmet (III-A)

Designed for high-tactical operations, EDI’s FAST High-Cut Helmet allows users to protect themselves while also being able to attach radio communication and night vision devices to the helmet. You can now attach an additional face or riot shield in the side rails as well. You can learn more about this helmet here.

Ballistic and non-ballistic visors can also be attached into our other ballistic helmets, including EDI’s MICH Helmet (III-A) and the PASGT Helmet (III-A)

As you can see, even though trade shows have been cancelled or moved to virtual trade shows, your team at EDI-USA is still working hard to help get users what they need. And while we hope that next year trade shows will return in full swing, the EDI-USA team is always ready to help law enforcement maximize their safety and preparedness in operations. 

Do you need any quotes for riot gear? Please contact us and our tactical specialists are happy to discus with you the best gear to fit your department and operations.  

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.  

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.