Hockey Helmet shields are different from cages in that the material is usually hard plastic and completely transparent. Some players say that a shield allows them to see the ice more clearly without the bars of a cage getting in the way. It's really a matter of personal preference. Based on your league's rules, you can also opt for a half-shield, which will protect your face from the nose up. A full shield gives you the exact same protection as a cage and accommodates a chin strap as well. Pure Hockey carries a large variety of shields and half-shields from leading brands like Bauer, Oakley and others. Purchase with confidence using Pure Hockey's Low Price Guarantee!