/ Time for a new helmet
Anyone help with links to recent, independant and reputable reviews?
Of the top of my head I can't think of many reviews but if the number of climbers using them are anything to go by then the Petzl Meateor 3+ is the one to get if it fits you and your needs.
I got one as a summer helmet but now use it year round due to the comfort of it. Much nicer to wear all day compared to my 'hardshell' one. It's light weighing in at around 235gms.
It's triple rated for mountaineering, cycling and paddling upto g4.
Head torch clips on it are decent and hold mine in place really well, just a bit fiddly with big gloves on.
Only downside is it's not as squishproof inside my rucksack if it's being chucked around at airports or being sat on etc.
Thanks for coming back (and thanks Cameron). I want the helmet for general cragging rather than alpine/long route or winter use, so I'm thinking of a shell/foam model e.g. Meteor or Salamander.
I'll certainly read the links.
If you've any suggestions on stores that stock a wide range so I can try different ones on I'd be grateful. Cotswold don't seem to stock Grivel, and only some of the Petzl.
If you're head is anything like mine (large and awkwardly shaped....) then reading reviews is absolutely pointless... I had to try on a fair few before settling on a CAMP helmet
Yep, for what clipskipper says, I'd go for any of the foam helmets that feels comfy. So obviously just trying to find shops that stock them to try is the crux. Clipskipper - probably somewhere like Llanberis or Ambleside is your best bet with lots of climbing shops in small area (or Covent Garden if you are somewhere near London).
I got this one last year and I'm loving it. Really comfy for me, obviously it depends on your head shape! http://www.decathlon.co.uk/limestone-white-climbing-helmet-id_8159326.html
have a look at the newest petzl offering the Sirocco.
seriously light and therefore not noticeable
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