Have you ever wonder how to fit a climbing helmet? In this article you will find out.
Climbing helmets are made to protect you while climbing. There are several common climbing scenarios that may happen and climbing helmet will help to prevent potential serious injuries caused by getting hit by falling rocks or ice such as concussion, etc,...
All helmets must meet industry standards for impact protection. Recognized by the UIAA symbol.
The best way how to get the best fit is to go to the shop and try several models on.
Just like any other climbing equipment the helmet fit is very individual. What fits your friends or family, doesn’t have to fit you too. Also make sure to measure your head as this will give you a guide when looking for sizing.
Have you chosen a helmet but it doesn’t seems to have a good fit? In this case you need to try another model. Don’t be afraid to ask for a help, that’s what the staff are there for.
When climbing in the winter period as well don’t forget to bring your thin (insulated) hat with you as you lose a lot of body heat from your head.
A helmet should cover your forehead almost to your brow line. Climbing helmets should be snug around the circumference of your head and tight but comfortably underneath your chin. If the helmet has a good fitting it will stay in place even without the chin strap being done up when you move your head up and down and from side to side ( “Yes” and “No” style). Also, make sure the helmet doesn’t hit your neck when you look up and you will be doing this a lot.
Climbing helmets can be adjusted in three areas:
Headband- easily tightened to a snug fit using a wheel or ‘’click-strap’’ at the back
Side straps- should be flat to the head forming a neat Y shape around your ears
Chin strap- simple webbing strap with buckle
How to fit a climbing helmet step by step:
For a secure fit, start by placing the helmet on your head, with the front rim across your forehead. After you adjust the fit, but before you buckle the chin strap, shake your head from side to side and move your head slightly back. The helmet should remain snug.
Now is the time to check and adjust chin straps. After they’re buckled you should have no slack and the front and rear straps should form a "Y" around each of your ears.
As the last step check the ease of adjustment. Using the adjustment system should be very easy and let you micro-manage the fit best. You just need to see how intuitive is to fine-tune the fit as it is the key for cold conditions as you need to re-adjust fit to accommodate a skullcap underneath the helmet. Discover our full collection of climbing helmets here.