* Helmets for climbing, bouldering and mountaineering
* Climbing-specific features like adjustable straps for security during falls
* Much better for climbing than using an old Viking helmet
Whether it’s time to replace a scuffed-up old rock climbing helmet or you’re just getting into rock climbing, bouldering or mountaineering, selecting the right head covering for your summit can seem like a puzzle. While rock climbing helmets aren’t as regulated as, say, motorcycle helmets, and there are a variety of styles and materials they come in, it remains a good idea to get a well-tested, climbing specific helmet.
Thankfully, there are plenty of trusted rock climbing helmets available online. So, if you’re headed to red rock, or to the famous bouldering spots along the PCH or, gearing up for an ascent of half dome, here are 5 of the best ways to cover your own dome.
1. Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet
Made by Black Diamond, the Half Dome helmet is a popular choice among rock climbers. UIAA tested, it’s tough and well-cushioned yet ventilated so you don’t boil yourself.
2. PETZL Vertex Helmet
The ANSI-rated PETZL Vertex helmet is designed for climbing as well as any outdoor activities that include working at heights. Among the draws for this one are its lightness and the ability to easily attach a headlamp for caving.
3. Mammut Skywalker 2
Despite the name you don’t have to be some kind of Jedi to rock this sleek, well-ventilated climbing helmet. A tough shell and EPS liner help it absorb force.
4. PETZL Elios Helmet
Suitable for mountaineering or caving, as well as rock climbing, the Elios helmet has secure webbing, a place to mount a headlamp, and it also benefits from a cool, almost “athleisure” form factor.
5. Flybar Dual Certified Helmet
While it’s designed for skating, this CPSC & ASTM safety certified helmet works for climbing and bouldering activities as well. It’s ventilated and comes in many different colors and designs, too.