Venum Challenger 2.0 Headgear Review

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When you are looking for head protection that is a step above the rest, check out the Venum Challenger 2.0 Headgear. Recently redesigned, this product can stand up to all of your hard-hitting training sessions. When you are into fight sports like Boxing, Karate, Kickboxing, and other mixed martial arts disciplines you will need to acquire some protective equipment to join in on the fun. Without it, you could sustain serious injuries. This could be things like concussions, broken bones, and more. Keeping your head protected is probably one of the most critical areas. Obviously, avoiding ailments like headaches and concussions is something we all want. Using a piece of protective gear like this one can help you avoid them. Made with high-quality and durable materials you will get great use out of this product. While the price tag is a tad higher than others available to you, it is also a better quality piece of equipment. Venum pays attention to the fine details. This helps to ensure you get the best gear around. You won’t have to face tricky sizing when you choose this item. It is one size fits all. It offers a decent amount of adjustability but those with smaller heads may have a hard time finding a secure fit. Overall, customers are impressed and feel like this is a fantastic investment. You will truly be protected and comfortable while wearing it.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Fantastic Coverage
  • Decent Adjustability
  • Triple-Density Foam
  • Doesn't Obstruct Peripherals
  • Breaths Well
  • Simple To Care For
  • Top-Quality Materials
  • Exceptionally Lightweight
  • Won't Restrict Movement
Cons
  • Limited Adjustability
  • Pricey

Brand

Whether you are a youth fighter, just starting out, or an advanced mixed martial artist, Venum brand has all of the equipment you need. For almost fifteen years, this brand has been taking the world of combat sports by storm. Seeing the popularity of MMA blowing up they decided to offer the world high-quality options that will work into most budgets. This was instead of the overpriced options that were lacking in quality and protection that they saw being offered by other brands. Venum brand has taken off by knowing fighters need high-quality equipment that will keep them comfortable and well-protected throughout their training and competition settings. So, when you take your fight-sport seriously you can trust this brand will provide you with the clothing, gloves, protective equipment, bags, rings, and more. Trusting this company will not leave you disappointed nor will their products.

Material

The outer shell of this piece of headgear is made from a material called Skintex Leather. This is simply, a type of synthetic leather. Synthetic leathers are a popular option in fight gear due to the fact it is very durable and simple to care for. This particular type is higher quality than many other options as not all synthetic leathers are created equal. The interior is made of a soft textile material that will do an excellent job at removing moisture from your face and will help to keep you comfortable while wearing it. Inside there is a triple-density foam that is shaped to fit your face. It offers excellent shock absorption so that you won't feel as much impact if you take a heavy blow from a sparring partner. Located on the back of it, there is a large hook-and-loop Velcro closure. It offers decent adjustability and has great sticking power. Across the top of the head, you will find a mesh strapping system that helps to keep this item in place. Overall, the materials used in this item are all very good quality. You will get exceptional longevity of use when you decide to go with this item from Venum.

Protection

You will be getting an excellent level of protection when you decide to choose this fight gear. One area that is frequently lacking in protection is the chin area. This can lead to a variety of issues especially if you take an uppercut. You won't have to concern yourself with this when wearing the Venum Challenger 2.0 Headgear. It offers good protection to not only your chin but also to all of the other areas you would expect. Your cheeks, forehead, and ears will all be well-protected. The padding used inside of it will stand up to serious abuse. You will still feel it when your opponent lands a blow but it won't cause injuries that can take you away from your favorite activity. It is important to note that the ear area of this item is built exceptionally smart. Oftentimes, padding is reduced here leaving you susceptible to hooks that could cause some serious damage. They have built the padding in this area up all while keeping it breathable for extra comfort.

Closure

The way this product closes is exceptionally simple. You won't have to fight with laces, as you would with many other options available to you. Located on the back of this headgear is a large section of Velcro. Consumers have noted that it has excellent sticking power which means you won't have to worry about it separating from the headgear itself. You will want to take the time to make sure there is no debris building up on it. This can cause it to not stick as well and potentially lead to you losing your protective equipment. Obviously, this should be avoided at all cost or you may end up sustaining an unexpected injury. Consumers are, overall, pleased with the simplicity and strength of the closure system that Venum has chosen to use with this piece of equipment. It is important to note that this product only comes in one size. While it does offer some adjustability it may not work out perfectly. This is especially true if you have a smaller than average sized head.

Adjustability

There is very limited adjustability with this item. Due to the fact that it does not use any sort of lacing system, we lose some adjustability. Add to this fact that it only comes in one size and you can easily see the adjustability becoming more limited. It does have a rather large and long piece of Velcro which is used for the closure. This offers some adjustability. It has been mentioned by consumers with smaller heads that they were unable to find the secure and tight fit that is required of a piece of equipment like this. When you do not have a snug fit it could lead to your protective equipment sliding out of place. For obvious reasons, this is a major problem. Now with that being said, those of you with average or even large head it will work out beautifully. The mesh straps at the top, do offer a bit of stretch which can help with the fit. Overall, consumers are pretty pleased with the fit they get while wearing this item.

Breathability

Venum has done a good job at working sections to improve airflow to this item. The ears are cut out. This is a common way to improve the breathability of an item such as this. They do it a bit smarter than others by building the area near the ear up and adding a support strap. This will offer you great protection, as well as, great airflow. The crown of your head will also be exposed. There are mesh straps here to help keep your headgear secure but they breathe quite well too. Your head having the ability to release heat plays the biggest role in keeping you cool, even during exceptionally sweaty training sessions. So, in regards to airflow, this item is better than many others without taking away from the protection that you get. Consumers have mentioned several times they are happy with the lightweight nature and breathability levels they get when wearing this item.

Care

Finding the time to care for your gear can be difficult. In today's extremely hectic world, just keeping up with work, the kids, and your home can be hard. So, adding another piece of equipment that needs care can seem like too much. You won't have to spend hardly any time at all caring for this item. Most people find it to be barely an inconvenience. Due to the fact that the outside shell is made of synthetic leather, you can use basically anything you prefer to clean it. You won't have to worry about special cleaners and conditioners that genuine leather products require. The inner fabric is also easy to care for. You will want to check the instructions of your favorite cleaner to make sure it is safe to simply dry and then be pressed against your skin. It is important to note that you will always want to make sure your headgear is completely dry before wearing it again.

Advantages

A major advantage in choosing this piece of equipment, in particular, is the fact that it will not inhibit your field of vision. Oftentimes, when wearing headgear, your peripheral vision is inhibited and this can lead to you taking many more strikes than you normally would. So, as you can see this is an obvious advantage to your overall performance. Another great aspect of this item is the fact that it is very breathable yet it doesn't take away from your protection to accomplish it. One other facet that consumers really love is the fact that it offers stellar chin protection. As noted, this is a very common area of complaint and it's nice that this brand has taken it into consideration. Wearing headgear, in general, is advantageous to your health and well-being. Choosing this product will, indeed, keep you well protected and involved in your favorite combat sport.

Disadvantages

We were surprised at how few disadvantages are associated with this item. One comment that we are seeing crop up consistently has to do with the level of adjustability you get with it. With only the ability to loosen or tighten the velcro piece, you may not find a stellar fit. This becomes even more difficult because this product only comes in one size. You may find that if you purchase it, it simply moves too much or is way too tight. There is really nothing to be done about that, other than returning the item and head back to the drawing board. This is truly the only major issues and for many, it is not an issue at all. It's amazing to us to find a product with such positive reviews as that is not typically the case with items that are in the world today. It just goes to prove even further that this brand is worth investing your money into and their products are a step above others you have used in the past.

Value

Consumers feel as if this item is a stellar value. You will be getting great durability and superior shock absorption. The price tag that it holds is a bit loftier than other, comparable options. This is not to say that it is insanely expensive like the Cleto Reyes Cheek Protection, however, it may not fit as easily into limited budgets. Deciphering the true value of a product is difficult. We need to take all of the aspects at hand into consideration. This item has a lot going for it. You will have great protection for a variety of devastating strikes. You will also have better coverage with this item than you would with others. It is very easy to maintain and gives most a fit and feel that they truly love. Overall, we feel like it is easy to see why the people using this headgear truly love it and feel it is such an awesome investment.

Bottom Line

When it comes down to it, trusting the Venum name will very rarely let you down. Consumers are more than satisfied with this particular piece of equipment. They not only love the look of it but they also love the feel and style. It is lacking a bit in adjustability but this will only be a problem for some people. When you need reliable head protection for sweaty sessions in the gym with your coach or with a sparring partner this is an awesome option. This brand stands behind their products and their customers. You will have to pay a bit more than with other options from brands like Sanabul but in the end, we believe you will be happy with your purchase. The fact that your site won't be obstructed is another major aspect that works in these products favor as compared to others. Overall, we feel this item is a sound investment and so do the consumers currently using it.