Climbing, sizing your helmet

When sizing helmets, the perfect rock climbing helmet is lightweight with the least amount of bulkiness possible in order to maximize climbing ability. Ideally, it should offer protection against debris and falling objects, like rocks and equipment, by incorporating a small lip or visor. This unique addition also shields against rain in the climbing position. Other factors to consider are headlamp compatibility and the type of suspension system. In a suspended shell, there is a gap between the webbing and the shell, often made of polystyrene. There are two other types of suspension in plastic helmets. One is the bicycle-style that fits the skull snugly, an important factor in sizing helmets. The other is a hybrid version of the first two types, which boasts the benefits of both energy absorption and distribution. A few of the most reputable brands are Black Diamond, C.A.M.P., Cassin Astral, Edelrid Ultralight, Kong Scarab, Petzl, and Simond Bumper.

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