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Best Climbing Helmet for Your Dome

 Best Climbing Helmet for Your Dome
We chose eight top climbing helmets, dragged them through tight chimneys and up big walls, sport climbs, and long trad routes. We took the occasional leader fall and descended big climbs in the dark w...


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Mar 05, 2010
The Best Helmet Cam Review

 The Best Helmet Cam Review
We set out to test some of the latest offerings in POV/helmet Camera technology. Some of the companies are now on their third generation of product, while others have innovated and created new practic...


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Sep 04, 2013
Best Women's Climbing Helmet

 Best Women's Climbing Helmet
See, it protects my very important brain, says Dr. Bruce Banner in the 2003 Hulk movie when told he looks like a massive nerd in his helmet. Even the Incredible Hulk wears a helmet, and we think you s...


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Sep 15, 2013
The Best Ski and Snowboard Helmet Review

 The Best Ski and Snowboard Helmet Review
Which ski helmet should you trust to protect your valuable noggin? Through many lift-assited ski runs in weather ranging from sunny to freezing, we tested six of the best on the market, evaluating for...


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Mar 18, 2014
How to Choose the Best Climbing Helmet - Click for details
 How to Choose the Best Climbing Helmet
Shell Type
The first thing to consider when buying a helmet is whether you want a plastic or polycarbonate-shelled helmet.

Polycarbonate ...

by Chris Van Leuven, Chris McNamara
Oct 16, 2013
How to Choose the Best Women's Climbing Helmet - Click for details
 How to Choose the Best Women's Climbing Helmet
Unisex Vs. Women's Specific


So you need to buy a climbing helmet. The obvious question is, should I buy a women's helmet? What is the diff...

by McKenzie Long
Oct 16, 2013
How to Choose a Ski or Snowboard Helmet - Click for details
 How to Choose a Ski or Snowboard Helmet
How do you choose a ski or snowboard helmet? Do you want to wear one when out on the slopes? Whether you are buying your first helmet, replacing an ou...

by Jediah Porter
Apr 12, 2014
Helmet Cam Buying Advice
by Matt Gerdes
Nov 08, 2011
Petzl Elios

 Petzl Elios
The Petzl Elios is our second highest rated climbing helmet because it is comfortable, easy to adjust, durable and relatively lightweight. It is also a great value and gets the OutdoorGearLab Best Buy...


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Mar 19, 2010
Petzl Meteor III Plus

 Petzl Meteor III Plus
The Petzl Meteor III + is one of the lightest climbing helmets we've tested and our Editors' Choice winner. It is onesize-fits-all, the most comfy helmet tested and has great ventilation. All this com...


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Jul 09, 2011
Black Diamond Half Dome

 Black Diamond Half Dome
The Black Diamond Half Dome is a sleek climbing helmet that balances being lightweight and durable. It's well-priced and most testers found it very comfortable.

Black Diamond updated the helm...


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Dec 04, 2009
Mammut Skywalker 2

 Mammut Skywalker 2
The Mammut Skywalker 2 is a great all-around climbing helmet with a nice fit, soft liner and good looks. That's all for only $60 (three-way tie for least expensive helmet). It is constructed with a du...


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Feb 25, 2010
GoPro HD Hero2

 GoPro HD Hero2
The GoPro HD Hero2 is a big improvement over the original Hero and winner of our Editors' Choice award in 2011. But now there is the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition which is our top rated camera for 2013. ...


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Sep 03, 2013
CAMP Armour

 CAMP Armour
The CAMP Armour stood out for its comfort. Most people who tried it on were surprised by how nice it felt on the dome. Truth be told, and since our review helmet was green, we felt a bit like a Teenag...


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Dec 04, 2009
Contour Roam

 Contour Roam
The Contour Roam is one of the least expensive helmet cams out there, along with the GoPro Hero 960. It was a tough call to decide which one got the Best Buy award, but ultimately it went to the Conto...


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Nov 04, 2011
Petzl Ecrin Roc helmet

 Petzl Ecrin Roc helmet
Discontinued Product
The Ecrin Roc is no longer available. The next closest option, and a good one at that, is the Petzl Elios. Check out our complete Climbing Helmet Review to compare current hel...


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Mar 19, 2010
Petzl Elia

 Petzl Elia
The Petzl Elia helmet is the only women's helmet that we tested that has well-thought out women's specific features other than a smaller size and different colors than the men's version. The Elia inco...


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Sep 15, 2013
Petzl Altios

 Petzl Altios
Discontinued Product
Petzl has discontinued the Altios. Instead we recommend the Petzl Elios which is similar in construction and rides better on the head. To see all of the helmets we've reviewed...


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Dec 04, 2009
Black Diamond Tracer

 Black Diamond Tracer
This helmet is discontinued. But don't worry, Black Diamond now has much better and lighter options like the Black Diamond Vector. Check out our complete Climbing Helmet Review.


The Black ...


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Dec 05, 2009
Hitcase Pro for iPhone 5

 Hitcase Pro for iPhone 5
The Hitcase is a rugged case designed to work with the iPhone 5. This case will water- and shockproof your iPhone so it's ready for your outdoor adventures. If you already have an iPhone 5 and you are...


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Sep 03, 2013
GoPro Hero3 Black Edition

 GoPro Hero3 Black Edition
The GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition is the most advanced POV camera from GoPro to date. It offers higher resolution, faster frame rates and an overall lighter camera. This little camera is a powerhouse tha...


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Sep 03, 2013
Liquid Image Ego 727

 Liquid Image Ego 727
The Liquid Image Ego 727 is a small, lightweight POV camera that can be mounted to a multitude of surfaces. The Ego is far lighter than its competitors and offers quality images in a lightweight form ...


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Sep 03, 2013
CAMP Armour Lady

 CAMP Armour Lady
The CAMP Armour Lady is a snazzy, inexpensive, and tough hard plastic climbing helmet, though it does not have any additional features for women other than decreased size and weight. The Petzl Elia, ...


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Sep 15, 2013
GoPro HD Hero

 GoPro HD Hero
The GoPro HD Hero remains a great camera but we really encourage you to buy the GoPro HD Hero2, which is much better and the winner of our Editors' Choice Award. The Hero2 has better image quality, a ...


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Aug 14, 2011
Contour+

 Contour+
The Contour+ was about to get our Editor's Choice when the GoPro HD Hero2 snapped the title away at the last minute. The Contour+ remains our second highest rated camera and is still the best if you a...


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Nov 04, 2011
Contour GPS

 Contour GPS
The Contour GPS is a feature-rich helmet cam that is in the middle of the Contour lineup between the Contour+ and the Contour Roam. It is a solid camera but for the same price we would go with our Edi...


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Nov 04, 2011
Black Diamond Vector - Women's

 Black Diamond Vector - Women's
The only light foam women's specific helmet, the Black Diamond Vector - Women's even gives the unisex Editor's Choice winner, the Petzl Meteor III Plus a run for its money. Since the women's specific ...


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Sep 15, 2013
Wild Country Rock Lite

 Wild Country Rock Lite
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...


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Mar 23, 2012
Petzl Sirocco

 Petzl Sirocco
The Petzl Sirocco is the most unique helmet on the market and was the most asked about helmet by other climbers at the crag during our tests. It is made from a single layer of expanded polypropylene a...


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Feb 25, 2014
Black Diamond Vector

 Black Diamond Vector
The Black Diamond Vector is very comparable to our Editors' Choice winner, the Petzl Meteor III +, and it scores similarly. The Meteor edges out the Vector for the award because it has better ventilat...


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Mar 17, 2014
Black Diamond Vapor

 Black Diamond Vapor
The Vapor is the second lightest climbing helmet on the market. Only the single layer Petzl Sirocco is lighter than the Vapor. The Vapor has a very similar overall shape to the Black Diamond Vector bu...


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Jan 01, 2014
Smith Vantage

 Smith Vantage
The Vantage was an easy Editors' Choice selection. With top of the line features, performance, and certified protection, it was a no-brainer to select this brain protector. The product fits a wide ran...


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Mar 18, 2014
Giro Montane

 Giro Montane
This is the lightest helmet in our test. It is just two-thirds the mass of the heaviest helmet in our test and one-fourth that of the average weight of our test pool. The insulation value is similarly...


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Mar 18, 2014
Bern Baker HardHat

 Bern Baker HardHat
The Bern Baker HardHat is a now-classic model from a well established company. Bern makes some interesting choices in their design and business, but provides a quality product. On our test roster, the...


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Mar 18, 2014
POC Receptor Bug

 POC Receptor Bug
POCs Receptor Bug model brings all-season ventilation to an injection-molded design. It is the heaviest helmet in our test, and fits the closest of all the size medium helmets we tested. The design is...


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Mar 18, 2014
Smith Variance

 Smith Variance
In early season cold and stormy testing, the Variance led the field for its comfortable fit, stylie look, and very warm, tensioned ear pieces. As the season wore on into spring and warmer conditions, ...


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Mar 18, 2014
Giro Seam

 Giro Seam
The Giro Seam is a price-point, carefully designed helmet for use in cold and stormy conditions by those with more oval-shaped heads. Its overall scores fall firmly in the middle of our test, with pre...


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Mar 18, 2014
Petzl Meteor III

 Petzl Meteor III
The Meteor III or Meteor 3 is now called the Petzl Meteor III Plus. We can't tell any difference between the two other than new colors. If you have a Meteor III, no need to upgrade to the Plus. Check ...


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Jan 31, 2010
Wild Country 360

 Wild Country 360
This is a solid climbing helmet at a great price. In the next round of testing it may well emerge with the Best Buy award. At $55 it is $5 less expensive than the other value helmets and about the sam...


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Apr 16, 2010
Mammut Alpine Rider

 Mammut Alpine Rider
The Mammut Alpine Rider is one of the first helmets certified for both skiing and climbing. Its removable/exchangeable fleece lining allows you to shed extra weight or add extra warmth as conditions d...


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Jan 23, 2014
Trango Skull Cap

 Trango Skull Cap
This is one of the lightest climbing helmets available. According the the manufacturer stats, it is a few grams lighter than the Petzl Meteor III. However, on our scale, the Meteor III came in lighter...


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Apr 06, 2011
Wild Country Alpine Shield

 Wild Country Alpine Shield
Discontinued Product
Wild Country has discontinued this helmet. We recommend you check out the Petzl Meteor III Plus(pictured below) which wins our Editor's Choice Award instead. To see all of cli...


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Mar 21, 2012
GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition

 GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition
The GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition comes mainly with helmet mounts but also a number of flat surface mounts. Unless you are getting a helmet cam for motorsports or surfing, this is the Hero2 Edition t...


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Nov 08, 2011
GoPro HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition

 GoPro HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition
The GoPro HD Hero2 Motosports Edition comes with mounts for your car, motorcycle, snowmobile or just about anything with a flat surface (chainsaw?). It, along with all the other Hero2 packages, won ou...


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Nov 08, 2011
Metolius Safe Tech Climbing Helmet

 Metolius Safe Tech Climbing Helmet
This is one of the newer climbing helmets available. We are awaiting a model to test out so we can't comment on the helmets performance yet. It is priced a little above the budget $60 helmet like the ...


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Jul 26, 2010
Contour HD

 Contour HD
The Contour HD is an older model Contour Camera that has been discontinued. Right now they are being offered at a scream deal of $120 from Amazon but will likely be gone soon. There are currently thre...


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Nov 03, 2011
GoPro HD Hero2 Surf Edition

 GoPro HD Hero2 Surf Edition
The GoPro HD Hero2 Surf Edition comes with mounts for your surfboard, SUP, Kayak or other water exposed flat surface. It, along with all the other Hero2 packages, won our Editors' Choice award as the ...


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Nov 08, 2011
GoPro Hero 960

 GoPro Hero 960
This camera has been discontinued. The least expensive GoPro is now the GoPro White Edition which we will have a review on soon.

The GoPro Hero 960 helmet cam is GoPro's least expensive option...


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Nov 08, 2011
GoPro HD Naked Hero

 GoPro HD Naked Hero
The GoPro HD Naked Hero is just the GoPro Hero, the housing and a basic mount. It does not have the mounts specific to surf, motorsports, helmets or outdoors. It has the same camera, housing and basi...


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Nov 08, 2011
GoPro HD Motorsports Hero

 GoPro HD Motorsports Hero
The GoPro Motosports HD Hero package comes with mounts car, motorcycle, snowmobile or just about anything with a flat surface (chainsaw?). It has the same camera, housing, and basics that come with al...


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Nov 07, 2011
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