First Look Gear Review
Street Price: $80
Pros: Light, versatile
Cons: Can't adjust chin with one hand
Best Uses: Rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering
The Wild County Rock Lite is nearly identical to the Wild Country Alpine Shield if you take off the shield. The differences are they have a different interior lining and the Rock Lite has a dial sizer rather than the pinch sizer on the Alpine Shield. The Rock Lite is $80 compared to $100 for the Alpine Shield. I don't ice climb much so I don't use the shield. So for me, the Rock Lite would definitely be the call. Its main competitor is the Petzl Meteor III+. The Meteor 3 is 0.9 ounces lighter and $20-30 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 the Rock Lite is a better value and still an awesome helmet.
Check back soon for the full review and see our Climbing Helmet Reviews.
— Chris McNamara
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Most recent review: March 23, 2012
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