I know this isn't about a specific accident that has happened. However, for once I would like to discuss an accident before it happens.
The issue is that a lot of the young climbers don't wear Helmets when climbing especially on lead. One of the reasons that they don't wear them is simply that they are uncomfortable and don't fit their smaller heads right.
I have always taught my son that a Helmet is a required piece of safety equipment and not an option. However, he keeps telling me that it simply won't stay on right.
The Helmet is a youth Helmet but it still is not tight enough even when it is tightened all the way. The Helmet always slides off the back of his head when he looks up especially when he is sweating. In the summer in NC that pretty much always happens.
The picture below shows how the Helmet keeps sliding off. We even tried to Balance it better by attaching the GoPro to the front of it. That actually worked but really isn't a sustainable solution.
So my question is "What is a good Helmet that will protect a child or a person with a very small head". Is a bicycle Helmet or skate boarding Helmet a better option? If so is there a style of Helmet that would work best for climbing?
He has always worn his Helmet. However, I am starting to wonder if it really is going to protect him in the case of an upside down fall. Until now he has only top roped. However, he is asking to lead outside and I want to make absolutely sure that he has a properly fitting Helmet before he does that.
Have any of you used a Helmet that fit well with a small child or someone with a hat size much less than size 7?
(This post was edited by JasonsDrivingForce on Jul 19, 2013, 10:26 AM)