OK so there may be too many "helmet threads" on UKC. This is just my personal experience; make of it what you will.
I've got lots of helmets and always wear them for trad climbing, winter climbing, skiing and cycling. But not many of us wear them for sports climbing, including me until now. I guess this is faily typical of us trying to operate in the low 7s. After all we all know not to get the rope caught behind our legs or other schoolboy errors.....don't we? Or can avoid flipping over falling off slippy mantleshelves with high footholds?
Last Sunday I was trying to retpoint "The Bloods" and despite best efforts fell awkwardly and inverted slamming back of head into the the rock, alarming my belayer by losing conciousness for maybe 20 seconds. A quick check up at casualty and all seemed clear, but a few days later a return to hospital and CT scan found a minor bleed. Thankfully no lasting damage after a night in hospital and I feel lots better. A fall from a little higher may have been a lot more serious!
For me now a good modern helmet with good back of head protection is now a no brainer.
In reply to kevin stephens:
The only place I've ever been sport climbing is Horseshoe quarry and because I'm still onthe easy stuff it's all loose as hell so I always wear a helmet.
I don't find it irritating so I can't see any reason why not.
personal choice and all that, you live/don't live with the consequences.
I have to admit, that I will often (but not always) wear a helmet sport climbing. A couple of years ago I was belaying someone when they took a fall whilst clipping. The rope wasn't behind his leg, but his hands popped and his feet stayed on (it was slightly on the slabby side of vertical) and he ended up inverting in the fall. There was so much rope out and such a gap between bolts that it was damn close to being a groundfall. I took in as much as I could and sat down, but it was a big fall and he ended eye-to-eye with me with a big blow to his back and head. Fortunately, he'd put his helmet on for that route (after not wearing one all day), so he was ok. Certainly brings the possibilities home a little.
As my father in law said not long back "maybe you should give up climbing at your age".
Helmets are on the shopping list while we're in France over the next week or three. I always wore them as a youth (that's what you did then) but stopped in the 80's for reasons I don't remember. Recently we got some cheap ones for via ferattas as there is a high probability of stuff being knocked off from above.
Glad the damage isn't too serious but look after your head, you can't live without it.
I did some research into this for my dissertation a while back.
Statistically, on single pitch routes climbers are more likely to wear helmets when climbing trad. The reason for this, is 'to protect their head from falling objects' (which are rare on single pitch crags, and much more likely in a mountain environment).
The fact is, that most impacts to helmets are caused by falling, not by falling objects. Sport climbers are inherrently more likely to fall than their trad counterparts, as the very nature of sport climbing is closer to the limit of the climber.
This is why helmets with good all round protection (foam style as opposed to ecrin roc style) are better for sport climbing, as they are much better at absorbing impacts in areas other than just the crown of the helmet.
Unfortunately, there are few helmets which offer such good all round protection, because the british standard around which all helmets are designed is too generic and 'mountaineering' orientated.
Just as a matter of interest I usually where a helmet bouldering as well (on my own).I've popped off a number of times and rolled backwards in the fall. Ince I rolled onto a sharp spike just off my mat. No damage but made me think.
It would be interesting to know what helmet that was. I know the first meteor helmets had really good protection (or at least appear to) but more recent itterations have been less protective for impacts such as that (with much thinner foam in such areas).
The foam in the crown of the helmet however, is locally thickened to allow the BS test specifications to be met.
WC 360 looks like it does what it says on the tin, as they have gone beyond the BS.