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Climbing is a popular adventure activity which is carried out both indoors & outdoors. However being a activity full of thrill, it requires proper safety measures to be followed. Out of which head safety is of utmost importance. So climbing helmets form an essential part of the climbing gear kit. But the question that immediately hits the mind is “Which Helmet to buy from various options available?”

Getting the right helmet involves three main considerations:
1. Helmet Type
2. Type of Climbing you do
3. Helmet fit

Helmet Type
Climbing helmets are of two main types classified based on details like shell hardness, foam thickness and number of vents etc.
a) Hardshell Helmet
Durable Helmet with traditional lid features and extra-hard outer shell, typically ABS plastic paired with a strap suspension system and a thin foam liner.
• Low price
• Long lifespan
b) Shelled Foam Helmet
Lightweight style which features a thick layer of impact-absorbing polystyrene or polypropylene foam protected by a thin polycarbonate shell.
• Minimal weight
• Excellent ventilation

Helmet by Climbing Type
• Mountaineering: Requires a helmet with low weight and ample ventilation. So consider a shelled foam helmet.
• Ice climbing: Requires light weight with minimal ventilation area. So go with shelled-foam model.
• Warm weather climbing: Look at shelled foam models with the greatest number of vents.
• Cool weather climbing: Because you can take the helmet off while waiting your turn to climb or belay, you can choose to trade the comfort of a shelled foam model for the durability and affordability of a hardshell.
Indoor climbing: Go with lightweight shelled foam helmet if needed.

Helmet Fit
• Check for a exact & secure head fit through back adjustment band
• Check for proper chin straps adjustment.
• Also do check the ease of making the adjustment

Other Considerations
Almost all helmets have headlamp clips now, so it’s less of a consideration. If you plan on long climbs with predawn starts or post-sundown finishes, these clips are essential. Also any helmet should be retired after any dent, crack or damage—including the straps.

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