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CAMP USA Storm Review

Price:  $100 List | $94.74 at Amazon
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Pros:  Adjustable, good headlamp clips, ventilates well.
Cons:  Easy to over-tighten, chin strap buckles under chin and not to the side.
Bottom line:  A lightweight EPS foam helmet that's good for a variety of uses.
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Number of Sizes:  2
Weight in ounces (size 2):  8.7
Number of colors:  4
Manufacturer:   CAMP USA

Our Verdict

New for 2017, the CAMP USA Storm is a great addition to the lightweight foam helmet market. It has a similar construction to other popular helmets on the market, like the Petzl Meteor, but with a slightly different shape. There's a lot of similar helmets out there that are all in the same price range and made with the same materials, but each fits a little differently — so if this one fits your noggin well then it's a great purchase. We also really liked the EPP helmets that we tested, including our Editors' Choice winner, the Mammut Wall Rider, and our Top Pick for Lightweight, the Petzl Sirocco.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Cam McKenzie Ring

Last Updated:
Monday
November 13, 2017

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The CAMP USA Storm is made of an EPS liner and a polycarbonate shell, and it weighs 8.7 ounces in the Large size that we tested. The Small helmet fits a 48-56 cm range, and the Large a 56-62 cm range.

Performance Comparison


The new Storm is a great addition to the helmet market. It doesn't break any new ground  but offers some variety in shape and sizing for those who can't get a good fit from another manufacturer.
The new Storm is a great addition to the helmet market. It doesn't break any new ground, but offers some variety in shape and sizing for those who can't get a good fit from another manufacturer.

Comfort


The CAMP USA Storm feels lightweight and comfortable initially, but after two hours in it we started to get a headache from the tensioning system and pressure from the click-wheel. As with most wheel-tensioned helmets, we found it easy to overtighten them, and the knob does push down your ponytail (if you have one). There is a nice, soft fleece liner on the forehead and top of the helmet, and it is lighter than the hardshell helmets that we tested, which makes a difference over the course of a long day.

The click-wheel makes adjusting the helmet easy  but be careful not to overtighten it. It sits really low on our heads too  which is an issue if you have a ponytail.
The click-wheel makes adjusting the helmet easy, but be careful not to overtighten it. It sits really low on our heads too, which is an issue if you have a ponytail.

Adjustability


This was one of the easiest helmets to adjust. The click-wheel at the back tightens quickly and efficiently, and there are clips on the V-yoke to adjust the positioning around the ears. Note that on some of our testers this helmet did end up closing under our chins, which also affected our comfort a bit. CAMP does include a nice fleece cover for the buckle, but that makes the chin strap even bulkier, and none of us like the feel of something bulky under our chins. At least the chin strap on this model is only a single strand, unlike the double strand on the CAMP USA Armour.

The sliding buckle moves up easily to secure the straps around our ears and make it more stable. While the tester pictured got a good fit from the chin strap  those with slightly smaller heads ended up with the buckle under their chins  which was not comfortable.
The sliding buckle moves up easily to secure the straps around our ears and make it more stable. While the tester pictured got a good fit from the chin strap, those with slightly smaller heads ended up with the buckle under their chins, which was not comfortable.

Weight


This helmet weighs 8.7 ounces in the Size Large that we tested. That makes it a little heavier than some of the other EPS foam helmets that we tested, like the 7.8 ounce Petzl Meteor or the ultralight 7 ounce Black Diamond Vapor. Neither of those two helmets have adjustable V-yokes though, and they use a slider bar in the back instead of a knob, so it's up to you to decide which features you prefer and if you can handle an extra ounce or two on your head to get them.

We liked the looks and profile of this helmet  and the extra ounce was worth the better adjustability in our estimation.
We liked the looks and profile of this helmet, and the extra ounce was worth the better adjustability in our estimation.

Ventilation


This helmet ventilates well, with 21 vents located all around the helmet. While it feels significantly cooler than most of the hardshells that we tested, it doesn't quite compare to the large open construction of the Black Diamond Vapor or the Petzl Sirocco.

There's a lot of vents in this helmet  which is great for hot days.
There's a lot of vents in this helmet, which is great for hot days.

Headlamp Attachment


The headlamp attachments on the CAMP USA Storm felt secure and were easy to use. We tried putting a headlamp on while still wearing the helmet and did struggle a bit just to find the clips because they are so low profile. This makes them less likely to snag on clothing or slings though, which is a good thing.

The headlamp clips worked well during out nighttime test  though it's easier to put it on with the helmet off your head.
The headlamp clips worked well during out nighttime test, though it's easier to put it on with the helmet off your head.

Durability


We noticed no major issues or design flaws while testing this helmet. Because it is a relatively new model, there aren't a lot of user reviews out there for us to compare our experience to, nor older models in our gear caches that we can pull out and evaluate for durability. We expect this helmet to hold up similarly to the Petzl Meteor, which is to say you can put it in your pack without cracking it and drop it a few feet without shattering it.

Best Applications


The CAMP USA Storm is a great choice for a variety of climbing pursuits, from sport cragging to long days in the Alpine where you want something light on your head.

Clipping bolts but worried about fragile rock? A lightweight foam helmet like this will protect your head without weighing you down.
Clipping bolts but worried about fragile rock? A lightweight foam helmet like this will protect your head without weighing you down.

Value


This helmet retails for $100, or about the same as all of the other EPS helmets on the market, minus the Black Diamond Vapor. Our best recommendation is to try on this, the Mammut Wall Rider, Petzl Meteor, and Black Diamond Vapor (all $100), and then go with the model that is the most comfortable on your head. But, if you're looking for a better deal, the Black Diamond Half Dome, our Best Buy winner, retails for only $60.

Conclusion


The CAMP USA Storm takes some of the popular elements of their Speed 2.0 helmet (a combination climbing and ski mountaineering helmet), and puts them in a climbing specific helmet. We really liked what they've created, and it's a great option for a variety of uses.

Cam McKenzie Ring

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