FAQs - Rugby

Who are Hedkayse?

Hedkayse was started in 2015 with crowdfunding to build the safest cycling helmet that you could put in your bag. Since then, Tony, Andy and their friends have invested over £2 million in the material research to develop Enkayse™ into this unique foam, which in independent tests has been proven to be very resilient to impact force at ambient and, far more importantly, body temperature to mitigate impacts to the head and body.

How did you design the headguards?

George Fox led team of engineers and designers which worked alongside scientists, doctors, players and concussion experts.

What is the difference between the R5 and the R10?

The R5 headguard is World rugby approved and can be used in match play for rugby union. The R10 however provides more protection than allowed, (we are working with World Rugby to be part of the Law 4 headgear trial). The R10 may be used in training only for rugby union. The R10 may be used for other sports like rugby league, flag football and AFL as examples.

Are we allowed to wear them in games - rugby union?

You may wear a R5 in rugby union match play.

Are there different sizes?

Yes 5 sizes = Youth/ Youth L/ Youth XL/ Adult/ Adult L

Can I change my mind on size after I receive my headguard?

Yes, please contact us at info@hedkayse.com to arrange an exchange

How do I make a return?

You can find information on how to make a return here

Do they come in different colours?

Yes - Club/School purchases of 15+ units can be made in choice of tape and logo colours for a small charge. 

Why is body temperature important?

They are worn on the head and will always be at body temperature, so they need to work at body temperature. All other options available reduce their efficacy at body temperature (the foam / plastic goes squishy and doesn’t give the same protection) 

Are Hedkayse headguards really better than anything else?

Yes - independent testing shows that the Hedkayse Headguards are better at protecting the head than ANYTHING else available. We have a unique material called Enkayse in the headguards which provides unrivalled levels of protection, particularly at body temperature. The Hedkayse R10 Headguard can reduce a direct impact by up to 85%, from extreme hits. Where the R5 offers the best coverage and is still safer than anything else on the market for regular match play. See here for more info.

How long will they last?

Unless you need a new one because you grow, this has been tested to provide 3 years of protection (168 hits according to WR standard) 

Can they be washed?

Yes - they are both machine washable - also it has anti-bac properties making it a very hygienic option. 

What is an FDA or CE mark / UKCA mark and is Hedkayse marked?

CE & UKCA marking is a conformity process in this case for PPE products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1985. CE marking is a manufacturer's declaration that a product meets requirements of applicable EC directives. It is illegal to place any protective headgear on sale in the EEA without the relevant certification.

The Hedkayse R5 is approved according to WR regulation 12 officially tested at the accredited test house of World Rugby Critt Sport Loisirs.

Hedkayse R1 (trading as R10) is currently classed as Category II PPE officially tested at the accredited test house of World Rugby Critt Sport Loisirs.

Will this technology prevent concussion?

Hedkayse is part of the answer. Whilst it isn't possible to promise no concussions, our unrivalled protection will mitigate against concussions and brain injuries better than ANY other head protection available. Education into concussion signs, symptoms and treatment, along with training on tackle technique are also part of the answer

For any further questions please contact us here