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Rock climbing is a very fun hobby but it can also be very dangerous. Wearing a helmet when you climb can be a life saver, but it is important that you make sure that you are wearing the right helmet both for the activity you are performing and for your head.
When it comes to selecting the right type of helmet there are two main types to choose from, suspension and sponge. The suspension helmets are very similar to a construction helmet, its a hard shell with a netting on the inside. These are really great for vertical dropping objects but they tend to be a little heavy. The other type of helmets are the foam helmets. These ones are made out of a lighter-weight polystyrene or polypropylene foam with a hard shell over it. It works by absorbing the energy of the of the falling object in the plastic and will deform the foam permanently. The durability of the helmet depends on the thickness of the shell, but because the impact on the helmet permanently damages the helmet it may not be very effective for extensive use.
After you have chosen the type of helmet that you will be using, its time to head into making sure that you have the right fit for your helmet. Keep in mind that you will be more likely to use a helmet that fits correctly and is comfortable, before buying you should test out the helmet like you do with a pair of shoes. Many of the top climbing stores will allow you to try on and test out the helmet to make sure that it fits properly.
There are two main features that you have to pay attention to when trying on and picking out the right fitting helmet, they are adjustability and the chin strap. You start by placing the helmet on your head with it straight on your head making sure that you don’t tilt the helmet because you have to keep your forehead protected. Next you want to shake your head from side to side, does the helmet move? If it does then you want to either look for a different size helmet or if you can adjust the straps on the inside of the helmet so that it fits snugly. Then buckle the chin strap, it should fit snugly on your chin and form a Y shape around your ears. There should not be any slack in the straps and if you wear a pack make sure that you can lift your head to look up while wearing the helmet.
A few side notes to keep in mind when considering the helmet you want to get. If you are going to be climbing in a very hot or very cold climate when you buy the helmet make sure to take your headscarf or hat with you so that you get a helmet that fits with them underneath. Where you are going to be climbing can also have an impact on the helmet that you will buy, if you are going to be climbing in a cold climate that has ice you will want to get a solid helmet that will protect you from falling debris, while if you are going to be climbing in a warmer climate you will want to get a helmet that has air vents to allow for air circulation.
There is no law that suggests
that you must wear a protective helmet when rollerblading - however if you are
prone to falling over like me then it would be advisable to wear something to
protect your precious head.
If the back of the helemt has a bungee strap you have to pull really hard to get it out. Its a pain. if its just a clip slide it under (you probably know that but hey some people...). Hope this helps you!!!
These in-ear monitors would probably work really well with a helmet - there is just a couple of things to think about.
This type of earphone really seals the ear and blocks out other sounds which is good for critical listening but you might not be able to hear the noob sliding into your back as he screams down the hill.
Also is the problem with how hard snowboarding is on everything when you crash - one good yard sale and those $100+ earphones (or the wires going to them) could easily be crunched.
I would say spend the same amount of money on a helmet with speakers built in and leave the volume at a moderate level and avoid the possible problems.
"Getting the right fit is the most important factor to consider when buying a Snowboarding Helmet:
1. Measuring Tape. Your helmet size is determined by the circumference of your head. Wrap a measuring tape around your head to get your helmet size.
2. Align the front of the helmet above your eyebrows and hold both straps until the helmet fits well.
3. Make sure there are no unwanted gaps between the helmet lining and your head. The back of the helmet should not touch the back of your neck.
4. The helmet should fit snug and nicely.
5. Try one of your favorite pairs of Snowboard Goggles and make sure they fit properly on your helmet.
Please note that the producers of helmets all have different ideas on the shape of a human head. Although the size might be right, the shape of the helmet might be different from the shape of your head."
"Snowboarding and Skiing Helmet Safety Standards
Snowboarding Helmets should have a CE, ASTM or Snell RS-98 certification. ASTM standards have been determined by a series of tests on helmet models, including testing the strength of a helmet's retention system under simulated hot, cold, and wet conditions. "