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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013
A helmet to handle both warm and cold weather conditions.
During 50-plus days of testing from New Hampshire to Colorado, we used this versatile helmet for ice climbing, rock climbing, mountaineering, and skiing (both in-bounds and backcountry). A removable foam liner with fleecy earmuffs makes it warm enough (along with a hood) for -20°F ski days. Yet take the earmuffs out (and insert the included foam pads) and it rivals any “straight up” climbing helmet in weight, comfort, and airflow (there are 14 vents).
A polycarbonate shell over durable molded foam makes it both lightweight and protective (it’s certified to both climbing and skiing standards). With three sizes and a thumb-dial adjustment at the back, it fit everyone perfectly. “It’s truly the only helmet I need to do everything I do in the mountains,” says one tester. Bonus: price. $99; 11.7 oz. (M); (unisex S-L); mammut.ch