Wild Country has discontinued this helmet. We recommend you check out the Petzl Meteor III + (pictured below) which wins our Editor's Choice Award instead. To see all of climbing helmets we've tested see our full Climbing Helmet Review.
Read on to hear our impressions of the now discontinued Alpine Shield in case you happen to find one for sale.
The Wild County Alpine Shield is the Transformer of the climbing helmet world. Put on the plastic shield and it is a burly ice-deflecting helmet. Take off the shield and it is a lightweight rock climbing helmet. According to Wild Country, this extra plastic shield makes it far exceed certain helmet safety standards.
I have been using this helmet for over a year for climbing, biking, paragliding, and mountainboarding. It is only intended for the first of those four activities. The first thing I did was remove the plastic shield. So far I have not been able to test the signature feature of this helmet. So this review is not complete until I do that.
However, I have used this helmet a ton without the shield. Which means I am basically just using the Wild Country Rock Lite. The Rock Lite is very similar in weight and shape. It has a different interior lining and the Rock Lite has a dial sizer rather than the pinch sizer on the Alpine Shield.
The Alpine Shield (sans shield, or call it the Rock Lite) is a competitor to the Petzl Meteor III Plus. The Meteor 3 is 0.9 ounces lighter and $10-20 more expensive. It's hard to notice the weight difference in your hand; both are really light. So far I like the Meteor more for climbing. It's lighter, ventilates better, and the chin strap is easier to adjust. But I love the Alpine Shield and use it probably more than any other helmet.