Safety is the priority in all adventure sports considering the high risk involved, tricky terrains, high altitudes and the intensity of injury in case someone meets with an accident. Rock climbing is indeed a sport of precision, control and practice. With having all the safety gear on, you would feel more confident and stronger to take a risky challenge. A climbing helmet is designed to protect your head from any falling object like a piece of rock from the top as well as reduces the impact when you whip into the side wall or colliding to the rocks below while falling. Researchers world over are constantly working to find ways to enhance the safety and durability of climbing helmets to reduce accidents. You all know about new developments in this direction by visiting www.healthfitnessrevolution.com.
Deciding factors which would help you buy the best helmet are as follows:
Level and type of rock climbing
• Mountaineering: Since these climbs are done at very high altitude and take a long time to accomplish, helmets should be lightweight and nicely ventilated to let the heat escape through and the sweat to settle down. Also, the color of the helmet should be bright, so that your teams’ mates can locate you quickly. Shell foamed helmets are an appropriate choice for such sport.
• Ice climbing: climbing in extreme weather situations require helmets with minimal ventilation
• Hot day sport climbing: The foam helmets used for this sport should be nicely ventilated, to dry up all the sweat and maintain the appropriate temperature inside the helmet as well.
• Indoor climbing: Requires compulsory slightly foamed helmets, as the level of risk is much lower.
Style of helmets:
There are three types of helmets styles; Hard shell helmets are made of the hard-plastic shell with a suspension system to reduce the impact on the delicate parts of head, neck etc. The only disadvantage is its heavy. Foam helmets have a foam lining to reduce the impact of hitting the wall or surface below. The foam (expanded polystyrene) pacifies the impact and a layer of polycarbonate protect it against minor bumps caused due to uneven surfaces and terrain and especially protects the climber from the sideways impact. Hybrid helmets collaborate the features of hard shell and foam helmets.
Fitting of the helmet:
For tightening up the helmet over your head, the adjustments given in the helmet should be properly tightened. These adjustments include headband click strip provided at the back, side straps which should form a V shape around the ear and chin strap which has a buckle below to tighten the belt. The best way to make the right choice is to visit a climbing gear store and try multiple options since everyone has a unique facial structure and the helmet should fit in nicely.
Another crucial call to take is when to replace your helmet? An indicator to this is if you notice any cracks, dents or damages on the outer shell of the helmet, or the buckles are not smoothly working and gets stuck usually. The condition of the foam layer given inside also matters. Make it a practice to check your helmet for any wear and tear before every rock climbing expedition.