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Going Climbing? Discover The Best Helmet For Your Needs!
If you are the adventurous type, you probably have your next climbing adventure planned. It is also likely that you are looking for some protective gear for your new adventure, in which case we have everything you need!
One of the pieces of equipment you will need before climbing is a good helmet. Of course, choosing a climbing helmet is quite different to choosing a bicycle helmet, so let us look at some of the things to consider when you purchase your climbing helmet from Anaconda.
Why Do I Need A Climbing Helmet?
Before we elaborate on the purchase of your new helmet, let us look at the reasons why you absolutely need a helmet for your future climbing experience.
First, it is not uncommon for rocks to become dislodged and make their way down the mountain. As such, you need to protect your head against falling rocks and other debris.
Climbing means being aware of your environment, but mistakes do happen. You could end up being flung against a rock wall or even hit your head against an overhang. In these cases, you will also need a good climbing helmet for maximum protection.
What Are The Different Types Of Climbing Helmets?
Climbing helmets are available in different forms, shapes, designs, and sizes. However, most of these helmets can be divided into two categories.
The hard-shell helmet - These helmets are counted among the most popular because of their cost-effectiveness. Despite their lower price, they do have a good lifespan, this due to the fact they are made with a durable ABS plastic. The helmet will also include a thin layer of foam as extra padding.
The shelled foam helmet - Some climbers prefer the shelled foam helmet, this because it is equipped with a thicket foam layer. The outer shell is usually made from polycarbonate, which can absorb shocks remarkably well. While this kind of helmet may be more expensive compared to the hard-shell, it does provide additional benefits such as ventilation an d lower weight.
Which Helmet Should I Choose For My Climbing Experience?
Choosing a helmet often comes down to the environment you are in. However, most climbers prefer the shelled foam helmet because of the added layer of protection, this goes for indoor climbing as well as outdoor rock climbing. That being said, there are situations where hard-shell helmets could be better, this may include areas where ice and snow is present. For those areas, ventilation becomes less important, while durability becomes more important.
Tips For The Selection Of Your Climbing Helmet
Before you choose a climbing helmet from Anaconda, it is important to consider some valuable tips from our team of experts.
Getting the right fit - If you have never bought a climbing helmet before, we recommend dropping by at Anaconda and trying on your preferred climbing helmet in person. The correct fit is important, so trying it out guarantees you made the right purchase.
Easy operation - Some helmet designs are more complicated to work with than others. For beginners, newer designs and features can feel incredibly daunting, so it can be a good idea to get a demonstration or try on the helmet, chin straps, and all other accessories out beforehand.
How Long Does A Climbing Helmet Last?
Most climbing helmets can last for a considerable amount of time, especially since they are made with durability in mind. However, climbers should always perform some basic checks on their helmet before every use, this ensures there is no internal or external damage that could impact you negatively.
First, always check the exterior of your helmet for any signs of visible damage. If you notice any dents, it is best to replace your helmet immediately, this could mean the internal structure of your helmet has been damaged. Subsequently, it does not provide you with adequate protection.
Once you have checked the outside of your helmet, be sure to check the accessories as well, this includes the chin straps and any other additions. With repeated use, these accessories can become damaged too. If you notice any damage whatsoever, or visible signs of wear and tear, it is time to replace your climbing helmet with a new one.