/ Simond (Decathlon) Calcit Helmet

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Annoying Twit - on 14 Jan 2013
Are the 29.99 Decathlon Calcit helmets suitable for indoor climbing for an adult?

An earlier post in this forum includes positive comment on the 20 more basic Simond helmets http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=533019 But to my eyes, the slightly more expensive model does look a significant step up.

Here's the 29.99 model: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/calcit-light-white-id_8159326.html

Here's the 20 version: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/calcit-id_8175049.html

I have noticed that apart from in scheduled classes, a large proportion of the climbers at my wall don't seem to wear helmets at all. This perhaps tempts me to skimp a bit on the helmet more than I would do otherwise.

I've bought own-brand stuff from Decathlon before (not climbing gear), and it was decent.
GridNorth - on 14 Jan 2013
In reply to Annoying Twit: Why shouldn't they be. Although not it's original intention a CE mark is usually taken to mean that an item complies with EU standards and that would include safety. If it's got a CE mark it should just be a matter of build quality and comfort.

I don't know anyone who wears a helmet indoors other than those on commercial courses.
Annoying Twit - on 14 Jan 2013
In reply to GridNorth:
> (In reply to Annoying Twit) Why shouldn't they be. Although not it's original intention a CE mark is usually taken to mean that an item complies with EU standards and that would include safety. If it's got a CE mark it should just be a matter of build quality and comfort.

Comments on build quality and comfort would be appreciated. Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference, like a strap that digs into you. I'm aware that people's heads and necks are different shapes and YMMV.

> I don't know anyone who wears a helmet indoors other than those on commercial courses.

Erm, I do. I have had one landing where I feel the helmet I was wearing protected me a bit. And other near headthump miss on a protruding hold when falling.
kingborris - on 14 Jan 2013
In reply to Annoying Twit:

My missus has one for outdoors. Seems well made and comfy enough for her particular head.
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GridNorth - on 14 Jan 2013
In reply to Annoying Twit: The only way to establish comfort levels is to try one on. What is comfortable on one person may be uncomfortable on another.

I have been to numerous walls and still maintain that helmet wearers are very much in the minority indoors but if you feel a need to wear one then you should. Personally I think they are more of a hazard indoors if it's crowded.

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