/ PRODUCT NEWS: Edelrid Shield II Helmet
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Looks good and I'm in the market for a new helmet. Need to track down a stockist now.
This and the next shot show it in action on your's truely's head! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150960297612959&set=a.10150960294457959.480371.7645429...
I suppose its sort of true, but agree it doesn't sound brilliant. :)
A softshell jacket compromises waterproofness in exchange for breathability, so what does a softshell helmet compromise and what benefits does it get from doing so?
Either that or it's just a case of someone thinking softshells are quite popular with the kids these days so lets call it that.
The meteor seems a bit wide on my head and wants to slip sideways. Any thoughts on whether the Shield is narrower?
This should help Ben, there is a pdf guide to helmet types and uses on this page.
Foam helmets – soft in the head?
For quite a while, wearing a helmet marked you out as an arch-traditionalist. A helmet meant climbing VDiff’s in all weathers, drinking warm beer, and wearing Ron Hills to the pub. Cool climbers didn’t wear helmets, because they went sport climbing and bouldering instead.
That all changed when Neil Bentley climbed Britain’s first E10. You couldn’t get any cooler than this, and yet he was wearing a lid. And no ordinary helmet either, this was new, this was funky – this was foam!
Your typical foam helmet is made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) with a very thin polycarbonate shell. Compared to hardshells they are light and often very well ventilated, and it was these comfort factors as well as being new and fashionable which propelled them into a must have item for the aspiring wad.
In contrast to hardshell helmets, foam helmets provide protection even close to the rim. The thicker the foam is towards the rim, the greater the level of off-centre protection provided. This feature makes this type of helmet a good choice for the sorts of climbing where the main risk is banging your head in a fall. You can hit your head almost anywhere in a fall, whereas stone and ice fall mostly hits the top of the head (unless you look up!)
Impacts cause the cells in the foam to progressively collapse. The foam can crack into pieces, or even crumble completely with a large impact. For this reason foam helmets are not the best choice for longer routes and mountaineering where you can’t just pack up and go home. Damage during transport is also more likely than with other types of helmet.
> The meteor seems a bit wide on my head and wants to slip sideways. Any thoughts on whether the Shield is narrower?
I do like the adjust dial on the Shield II. Very easy to adjust whilst on your head.
I found the meteor to be too wide as well and the cradle does not adjust far enough round your head to secure it properly.
The new edelrid helmet is definitely a little narrower than the petzl but the difference is the cradle adjustment, it just grips your head better and the wheel adjuster is much better than the funny clips on the meteor.It really fits me well.
Hope this helps
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