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£55.00The tried and tested, best selling Half Dome helmet from Black Diamond
£63.00 £75.00Lightweight in-mold helmet for use across the climbing disciplines from sport climbing through to ice and mixed climbing
£59.00A hard outer shell with a foam liner for a strong, compact helmet with good head covering protection
£59.00Injection moulded ABS shell climbing helmet for maximum durability. Designed specifically for women featuring a unique headband that accommodates pony tails
£75.002019 UPDATE! The iconic Petzl helmet for year round performance performance - now rated for ski mountaineering
£106.00Ultra-lightweight climbing and mountaineering helmet with reinforced protection, excellent ventilation and maximum comfort
Protect your head - it's important! Climbing can be a dangerous sport, especially if you don't take precautions to reduce risks. Climbers above can drop gear or dislodge debris, winter freeze/thaw could have loosened much above you, a flock of angry sea gulls could take a disliking to you, the brutal beams of Scottish sunshine is always a constant threat and not to mention how insanely cool it is to wear a helmet...
Helmet use is increasing due to lighter construction with better ventilation. More aesthetically pleasing colours and styling has probably played a part too. Helmets fall in two main categories of helmet design;
- Hardshell Helmets - Plastic or polycarbonate outer shell usually with some foam for added protection and comfort, though some are more minimalist with only a internal cradle to maintain positioning. Originally designed with stonefall in mind hardshell climbing helmets are best for winter conditions. These helmets will take more abuse especially from a top impact, often without showing any sign of damage but a hard knock shouldn't be ignored
- Expanded Foam Helmets - constructed using expanded polystyrene foam these offer a very lightweight helmet with good side impact protection sacrificing durability to achieve the lightest possible weight. Be extra careful with foam helmets, especially when you aren't wearing them - Don't sit on them!
Helmets when properly fitted should be comfortable - so that you want to wear it. Straps should be untwisted and like harnesses there should be adjustment left to make it bigger or smaller. Fitting should feel secure before chinstrap is tightened and once fully adjusted there should be no movement when the head is shaken. If you will be using it in winter conditions, try it on with your balaclava or hat.
Parents - Lead by example! If you make your children wear a lid... Wear one too!
It's important to check your helmet regularly for damage, discard helmets if they take any severe impacts. Plastics do degrade significantly over time its essential to replace your helmet before the manufacturers expected life expectancy expires, stickers and sunshine will also speed up degradation.