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Outdoor Climbing Helmets Vapor Black Diamond
Vapor

Ultralight climbing helmet of foam, polycarbonate sheel, kevlar sheet and carbon rods. 186g for the small size.

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Outdoor Climbing Helmets Wall Rider Mammut
Wall Rider

£67.06 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Helmets Shield II Edelrid
Shield II

Edelrid Shield II climbing helmet is lightweight and robust, In-Mold helmet with innovative closure system and excellent ventilation. The perfect protection for long and demanding climbs. Lightweight In-Mold co...

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Outdoor Climbing Helmets Meteor 4 Petzl
Meteor 4

Petzl Meteor 4 Climbing Helmet This is an excellent Light Weight Helmet for all season Climbing, with plenty of unique qualities that Petzl have developed. Has a brilliant review from Dan Bailey on UKC Gear ...

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Outdoor Climbing Helmets Half Dome Black Diamond
Half Dome

A lightweight, durable, easily adjusted compact helmet with ventilation slots and helmet clips. Available in two sizes.

£49.20 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Helmets Shield II Kid's Edelrid
Shield II Kid's

Funky looking kid's Climbing Helmet. Specifically designed to protect younger heads.

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Outdoor Climbing Helmets Zodiac Lite Edelrid
Zodiac Lite

Edelrid Zodiac Lite hybrid climbing helmet. Light weight and durable.

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Outdoor Climbing Helmets Elia Helmet Petzl
Elia Helmet

An essential piece of Caving or rock Climbing Equipment. Piece of Head Protection to keep you safe. Women's helmet with pony-tail space in the headband

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Outdoor Climbing Helmets Elios Helmet Petzl
Elios Helmet

Easily adjustable, durable, ventilated helmet for rock climbing and caving. Great for trad climbing

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Outdoor Climbing Helmets Zodiac Edelrid
Zodiac

Lightweight ABS Climbing Helmet suitable for all-round climbing, mountaineering and via ferrata.

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Outdoor Climbing Helmets Accessories Vizion Petzl
Vizion

Eye shield compatible with many Petzl helmets, offering protection from debris when ice climbing/ dry tooling

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Outdoor Climbing Helmets Picchu Petzl
Picchu

The Petzl Picchu is a junior climbing helmet that is also rated as a Childs cycle helmet. This kids climbing helmet features an injection moulded ABS plastic outer shell, it then incorporates an expanded polyst...

Helmets

The job of a helmet is obvious, the full range of tasks it needs to perform less so. A helmet must protect the wearer from objects falling onto it and the wearer bashing into things. It must be light, comfortable, unrestrictive and stable. It must stay in place in the event of an impact and not get dragged off in the event of a slide. How this is all accomplished is firstly by using a shell that spreads an impact across the helmet and absorbs shock and a cradle that adjusts well to the head and holds the shell comfortably in place. The climbing helmets we stock fall into two distinct categories: those using a moulded plastic shell and those constructed from a composite polystyrene shell.

Moulded plastic helmets make up the majority of our range and most have a polystyrene insert which helps absorb shock and maintain helmet integrity after each impact, and those without. The Petzl Ecrin Roc is the only one that we stock that lacks such an insert, but its tough plastic shell makes it extremely rugged, but still with enough flex to absorb the force of an impact. It is well proven through years of use by climbers and mountaineers around the world.

The strongest shells are used in the Edelrid Ultralight, which will withstand 10 impacts of greater than 10kN, which is a huge force. Their construction is simple and reliable, and we recommend it for high-risk users and for outdoor centres and groups as a climbing and caving helmet. It's tougher than the toughest of old boots. Wild Country's 360 Helmet is another excellent choice for those wanting the highest levels of protection, this time with a low profile designed to fit under a hood in poor weather.

For kids, who should always be wearing a helmet when climbing, abseiling, caving or playing under crags, we recommend the bombproof Edelrid Ultralight Junior or lighter Petzl Elios in the smaller size.

For most climbers, weight is also a consideration. You want something light and comfortable, that won't get in your way. We use and recommend the Black Diamond Half Dome and the ever-popular Petzl Elios. Both of these helmets dot the country's crags at regular intervals and have proved to be popular allrounders as well. They are the first choice for almost everyone who wants a climbing helmet.

Another favourite, especially with Alpine and ice climbers, is the Grivel Salamander, which looks flash and does a flash job. It can be fitted with a visor (ask us if you need one), and has more side protection than most, which is handy for those of us who take the occasional big whipper. It also comes in an extra large size for those with very big heads or thick winter hats, and a small size for kids. Another very protective helmet is the Wild Country 360, which proved immediately popular with customers (a big hit, if you will pardon the pun). As the name suggests, it is designed to provide a high level protection all round the head as well as on the top.

Lighter (very light indeed!) and less durable are the helmets made out of a composite polystyrene shell, such as the Petzl Meteor III and Grivel Air Tech. These are designed for sports climbing and cragging, and are slightly less reassuring in a mountain environment, although they have immense value from a weight saving perspective.

You'll find industrial helmets in the Vertical Rope, Access and Rescue section of the website. The Edelrid Ultralight is a great caving helmet, but if you'd like one with a lamp already attached, have a look at the Petzl Spelios on the caving page.

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