Helmets

Essential for winter and alpine climbing, where there is a great risk of stones or ice hitting you on your head, and increasingly popular for rock climbing.

Whilst helmets have always been considered essential for winter and alpine climbing where there is a great risk of stones or ice hitting you on your head, they have only become really popular for rock climbing in the last few years due to the advent of lightweight models with good air circulation.

When choosing a helmet there is really no substitute for trying it on, so it's worth borrowing a friend's one to see how it feels and whether it fits you.

There is an interesting article on impact testing of helmets on the BMC website which tends to suggest that the safest helmet for general UK use would one where the construction is all foam such as the Petzl Meteor or Black Diamond Tracer. Beware though that the information in the article was published in 2002 and many of the models have changed now.

There are two major types of helmet design:

Expanded Foam Helmets are largely constructed of expanded polystyrene foam. They are very light and comfortable to wear and it is probable that their invention has greatly increased the popularity of wearing a helmet whilst climbing. On the negative side , a sharp blow from a stone may crack the helmet so badly it can no longer be worn - bad news if you are half way up an alp.

"Plastic" Helmets with a tough outer shell of polycarbonate, polythene or other plastic. Most have some internal polystyrene foam padding. The advantage of these helmets is that they can still be used if, in the alps for instance, they receive a blow from a stone and it is not practicable to replace them immediately. Their disadvantage is that they are generally heavier than expanded foam helmets.

Black Diamond Vapor Helmet Fire Red
Black Diamond Vapor Helmet Fire Red
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Black Diamond Vector Helmet Ultra Blue
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Black Diamond Vector Helmet
£72.00
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Black Diamond Women's Vector Helmet Glacier Blue
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Black Diamond Women's Vector Helmet
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Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet Orange
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£54.99
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Black Diamond Women's Half Dome Helmet Caspian
Black Diamond Women's Half Dome Helmet Caspian
£54.99
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Camp Rockstar Helmet White
Camp Rockstar Helmet White
£39.99
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Edelrid Shield II Helmet Petrol
Edelrid Shield II Helmet Petrol
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Grivel Stealth Helmet Yellow
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Grivel Stealth Helmet
£72.00
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Grivel Salamander 2 Helmet White
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Grivel Salamander 2 Helmet
£49.50
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Petzl Sirocco Helmet Black
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Petzl Sirocco Helmet
£95.40
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Petzl Meteor Helmet Red/Orange
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Petzl Meteor Helmet
£67.50
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Petzl Boreo Helmet Raspberry
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Petzl Boreo Helmet
£59.00
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Petzl Elia Helmet Green
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Petzl Elia Helmet
£59.00
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Petzl Vertex Vent Helmet Red
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Petzl Vertex Vent Helmet
£62.99
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Black Diamond Kid's Tracer Helmet Aluminium
Black Diamond Kid's Tracer Helmet Aluminium
£63.00
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Petzl Picchu Helmet Coral Orange
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Petzl Picchu Helmet
£44.99
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Black Diamond Half Dome Replacement Padding
Black Diamond Half Dome Replacement Padding
£6.99
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Petzl Vizion Visor
Petzl Vizion Visor
£44.99
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Petzl Wide Brim Torch Clips
Petzl Wide Brim Torch Clips (set of 4)
£9.50
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Petzl Headtorch Clips for Ecrin Helmet
Petzl Headtorch Clips for Ecrin Helmet (set of 4, E04350)
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Mountain Equipment Powerstretch Lid Liner
Mountain Equipment Powerstretch Lid Liner
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