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YEARS USED
COMMENTS

 
Red painted leather helmet with unique double "T" logo on the front in black.
 
1939
 
Tech's leather helmet thoughout the 1930s and early 1940s.
 
Red shell, black stripe
 
1948-1950
 
Worn in 1949 and 1950 for road games only.
 
Black shell, red stripe
 
1949-1950
 
Worn in 1949 and 1950 for home games only.
 
Silver shell, red stripe
 
1951-1956
 
Tech began a silver helmet era, duplicated in 1957.
 
Silver shell, red stripe, red numbers, gray masks
 
1957
 
Return to silver helmets for two years, with the addition of red numbers. Riddell RK version.
 
Red helmet, white stripe, white player numbers on the sides. Numbers were rounded in 1958, square cut in 1959-60. Gray masks
 
1958-1960
 
E.J. Holub also wore red helmets, before beginning his career with the AFL Dallas Texans. Helmet shells are Riddell RK.
 
Red helmet, black stripe, white player numbers on the sides. Gray facemask
 
1961
Evidently from photo evidence, the red helmets were also worn during the 1961 season.
 
Black shell with red stripe, white player number on sides, gray facemask
 
1961-1963
 
With the arrival of Coach J.T. King, Texas Tech began wearing black helmets, a trend that has continued to this day, except during the Jim Carlen period. Helmet shells are Riddell.
 
Black shell with red double "T" outlined in white on sides, gray facemask
 
1964-1969
 
The double "T" is added for the first time, and becomes a staple on the Texas Tech helmet for the next 36 seasons. Helmet shells are Riddell.
 
White shell with black-white-red-white-black stripes, red double "T" outlined in black on sides, gray facemask
 
1970-1973
 
A neat, new design incorporated during the tenure of head coach Jim Carlen (who would later take this same look to South Carolina). Helmet shells are Macgregor and Riddell.
 
White shell with black-white-red-white-black stripes, red double "T" outlined in blackon sides, red facemask
 
1974
 
By adding the red facemasks, this was a great look for Tech, if only for one season. It would be nice to see Tech return to this classic look. Helmet shells are Macgregor and Riddell.
 
Black shell with white-red-white stripes, red double "T" outlined in white on sides, red facemask
 
1975-1983
 
This is one of Tech's best looks, combining equally the black and red (scarlet) of the school's colors. An overall excellent design, especially the red mask. This look was instituted by Steve Sloan, who was Tech's head coach from 1975-1977, during which Tech was a major powerhouse, going 23-11 with a SWC co-championship. Helmet shells are Macgregor and Riddell.
 
Black shell with thin white-red-thin white stripes, red double "T" outlined in white on sides, black facemask
 
1984-1992
 
Another change instituted by coach Jerry Moore was the changing of the facemasks to black. This look was carried through under the tenures of David McWilliams and Spike Dykes. Helmet shells are Riddell and Schutt.
 
Black shell with double "T" outlined in white on sides, black facemask
 
1993-1999
 
Tech removed the stripes on the helmets once and for all well into the tenure of Spike Dykes. The removal of stripes on the pants would soon follow. Helmet shells are Riddell and Schutt.
 
Black metallic sparkle shell with black facemask, red, black and white "3-D" double "T" logo outlined in white on sides
 
2000
  The new look Texas Tech double "T" logo is placed on the helmet (and pants) for the 2000 season. Helmet shells are Riddell and Schutt.
 
Black metallic sparkle shell with black facemask, red, black and white "3-D" double "T" logo on sides
 
2001-2012
 
Same as 2000, but the extra white outline around the decal has been removed. Helmet shells are Riddell and Schutt regular and Schutt DNA.
 
White pearlesque metallic shell with black facemask, red, black and white "3-D" double "T" logo on sides, thin blackl-space-red-space-thin black stripes
 
2010
 
Brand new white alternate helmet for Texas Tech. Debut vs. New Mexico. Great look; hearkens back to the excellent 1974 helmet. Red mask would look better.
 
Black metallic sparkle shell with black facemask, camouflage, black and white "3-D" double "T" logo on sides
 
11/6/2010
 
Special one-time helmets worn in conjunction with the new Texas Tech "digi-camo" uniforms designed by Under Armour to honor the United States Armed Forces in a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project.
 
White pearlesque metallic shell with black facemask, red, black and white "3-D" double "T" logo on sides
 
2011
 
White alternate helmet returns for 2011 minus the stripes.
 
Black shell with black facemasks, special "Lone Star" decal on left side with stylized Texas flag motif in black/white/red colors, special stylized double "T" logo on right side.
 
2012 Special
 
Special "Come and Take It" Texas History helmet worn in the Texas game. One question: why?
 
White shell with black facemasks, metallic red stripe that becomes black at the back of the helmet with "GUNS UP" on the back of the stripe, double "T" 3-D logo on sides outlined in white and black.
 
2013-Current
 
One of the three new helmets for 2013 for Tech. This is the white version, probably worn for road games.
  Black shell with black facemasks, metallic red stripe that becomes black at the back of the helmet with "GUNS UP" on the back of the stripe, double "T" 3-D logo on sides outlined in white.  
2013-Current
 
One of the three new helmets for 2013 for Tech. This is the black version, worn in most of the games.
 
Gray shell with black facemasks, metallic red stripe that becomes black at the back of the helmet with "GUNS UP" on the back of the stripe, double "T" 3-D logo on sides outlined in white and black.
 
2013-Current
 
One of the three new helmets for 2013 for Tech. This is the gray version, with special all gray uniforms (so far).
 
Metallic black shell with black facemasks, metallic red stripe that becomes black at the back of the helmet with "GUNS UP" on the back of the stripe, special red metallic "matador" logo on right side of helmet, player number in metallic red on left side of helmet.
 
2013 Holiday Bowl
 
Special helmet previewed before 2013 season as "prototype" and worn only in 2013 Holiday Bowl against Arizona State.
Thanks to Greg Bond for several photos of the 1950s and leather helmet photo.
Thanks to Klaus Gebhard for photos and information from 1940-61.
 
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