Petzl Vertex Vent 2, Climbing helmets have been designed to provide an all-round protection for climbers in scenarios like kicked rocks which get loose above us or even getting peeled off and hitting the wall, and when our head hits on hanging obstacles. Campingtourist.com suggests that apart from meeting industry standards, they must also protect from impact and provide overhead protection and side protection. Hence, shopping for a right climbing helmet must involve three major points: · Type of Helmet · Climbing Classification · Comfortable Fit
There are two types of climbing helmets, Hard shell and Shell foam. Hard shell is traditional looking, durable, low priced and has a longer lifespan. Shell foam is light in weight, nullify impact, and provide excellent ventilation.
If it is either mountaineering or multi-pitch trade climbing, then helmets should be worn for a longer amount of time. Hence, they must be feather light and provide good ventilation. Hence, bright colored shell foamed helmets are more suitable. Ice climbing is more vulnerable to debris fall. Hence shell foamed helmets with the minimum amount of ventilation are enough (cooling is not much needed here). For sports climbing during warmer conditions, a great amount of ventilation in a shell-foamed helmet is a must. During cooler conditions, sport climbing helmets can be taken off. Hence comfort can be traded with how well they last and how much they cost. For those who love belaying, having adequate protection from rock fall as well as dropped equipment is needed badly. So, a hard shell helmet is simply the best. Lastly, for indoor climbing, the requirement of a helmet is dictated by the rules of the gym and different liability waivers. Hence, shell-foamed helmets can be worn as a formality.
The best way to know if it is a good helmet is to see how ergonomically it fits on one’s head. So, when you visit a climbing specialty store, try different models of helmets. The first thing to be assessed is a secure fit. When the chin strap is buckled in, make sure you rock your head from one side to the other and tilt back slightly. Either way, the helmet should remain comfortable. Also, chin straps should not have any slack as well as the straps in the front, and the back should form a “Y” shape. Adjustment system in a helmet is crucial, especially in cold conditions, as one need to change your fit to make sure that the skullcap sits snugly inside your helmet.
A good climbing should also come with a sufficient lifespan. Yes, durability is as important as reliability. Hence, one should observe a helmet for beyond visible damages like dents, cracks, etc. From time to time, a regular check on outer shell for major dents, working conditions of hardware like the buckle, webbing shape (if they don’t have any tears), the condition of foam casing inside helmet shell is a must. If there are dissatisfactions observed in any one of the above observations, then it is time to visit a store and buy a brand new helmet. You also need to use a climbing bag to store the helmet in order to avoid physical damages. An important suggestion among is that one should replace a helmet at least within ten years for sun’s ultraviolet rays might have damaged materials sufficiently by that time.