Choosing A Petzl Helmet
Wearing a helmet in a wide variety of outdoor sports is an obvious choice for many people. For Petzl, offering more than simple protection for your head is one of our primary concerns!
The rain began to trickle down the rope and up my sleeve. It was another wet and dark day on Tremadog and my hands began to get numb from the damp cold.
I took off my helmet and pulled my woolly hat from my pocket. The helmet went straight back on over the hat - in a rush so as to keep a little dryness in the wool. With a quick turn of the adjustment-wheel the lid sat atop my bonce, the manoeuvre was quick and simple even with numb hands. Pretty good this 360 helmet, I thought.
The 360 helmet from Wild Country is their entry level helmet, but unlike some outdoor-centre-style lids, this one doesn't look like a washing up bowl and is reasonably light weight (360 grams - hence the name), and also seems bomb-proof in terms of internal construction.
I have used the helmet primarily for rock climbing, much of it in the rain (doh!) and have found it to be warm, durable and simple to adjust. The helmet has some small vents for warmer weather and also has plastic clips for attaching a head torch.
The adjustment is via a wheel at the back which is easy to operate and also seems to be tough enough to last well, it would also be well suited to outdoor centre use. I found the fit to be very good, but the helmet design is quite narrow, if you do have a wide head, this might be an issue - as with all helmets it is best to try before you buy.
I have had quite a few helmets in the last few years from a whole range of manufacturers and I would rate the 360 very highly, especially as it comes with a £45 price tag.
The helmet is a polycarbonate shell (plastic) with some EPS foam on the inside for extra protection - it is a hybrid helmet. The safety test results are good, this is a strong and safe helmet (so it should be!), but all climbing helmets for sale in the UK have to pass these tests, so if you buy any helmet in the UK by a well known manufacturer then you can be sure you have got a safe product.
A great and stylish all round helmet at a very very good price.
You can download a User Guide for the 360 here.
See this product at the Joe Brown - Snowdonia shop