CLIMBING HELMET CONSIDERATION
Some helmets are marketed towards ski mountaineering, like the CAMP Speed 2.0 and 2019 Petzl Meteor, but they are not technically certified as ski helmets by the official ski standard. They are very light helmets that protect against rock fall more than collisions. The Meteor is in it’s own category for a “Ski Touring” cert, which is not a typical ski certification (it won’t pass all racing standards). Although you can wear a climbing-only certified helmet for other sports, the lack of ski (or bike) certification means the climbing helmet will not provide ideal protection. Rock climbing helmets main focus is protecting the top of the head, not the sides. This makes them unideal in a collision situation and is why the vast majority of climbing helmets cannot attain skiing (or biking) certifications. We go into more details of the certs later in this post. Similarly, the reason it’s not ideal to use bike helmets for rock climbing (or ice climbing) is because there isn’t adequate protection from large/sharp object impacts from above. That said, some rock climbing helmets do give a bit more side protection. The Petzl Meteor III was certified for biking (EN 1078), with more side protection that most helmets BUT the 2019 Meteor is not certified for biking.