Jul 5, 2013, 12:51 AM
Registered: Jul 31, 2012
In reply to:
Depends on the helmet. Helmets with harnesses in them are designed to protect against objects from above. The design deflects objects as opposed to absorbs impact...
Foam helmets are designed absorb the impact and don't deflect object very well...
That neatly captures the difference between my climbing and kayaking helmets, and my bike helmet. The risks are different so the designs are different.
I'm surprised no on this thread has mentioned the best reason to wear one: because you're belaying. A rock no bigger than half your fist, dislodged from above, can KO the belayer.The climber is then up the proverbial S*** Creek, sans paddle. Yes, the rock could hit you somewhere else and injure you, but "ow, my clavicle is broken" does not leave the climber in the position that "uh oh, I seem to be unconscious here..." does.
(This post was edited by kf8mo on Jul 5, 2013, 12:53 AM)