A pictoral representation of the UIAA-106 and EN-12492 standards for helmets.
A top-class, ultra-lightweight climbing helmet! The very low weight is achieved by using an EPP (expanded polypropylene) shell and an absolutely minimalist adjustment system. In addition to the excellent cushioning properties of the EPP plastic, the helmet shell is also reinforced with a robust hard shell so as to guarantee maximum safety. To help climbers keep a cool head when solving the next crux section, the Wall Rider is equipped with numerous generous ventilation openings. The superb fit and the individually adjustable adjustment system ensure that the helmet sits perfectly on the head. There are also two clips and a elast strap to attach a headlamp securely to the helmet.
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In grams, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
If there are differences in weight (due to multiple size or optional accessories) we note those here.
| 195 g|
Size 1: 195 g / 6.9 oz
This is the gender as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
We use the term "Men" and "Unisex" interchangeably, as there is no difference between these types of helmets.
The sizing options of the helmet according to the manufacturer.
| 20.00 in - 24.00 in|
Size 1: 52-57 cm / 20-22 in
Quick Adjust refers to the straps of the helmet. Do you want the ability to ability to "quickly" adjust the fit. This could be a dial, or other plastic pieces.
Really, most climbers don't need to change the fit of the helmet often, unless you're climbing with and without hats, or you have big hair that flattens and then requires tightening after climbing for awhile.
|Face Shield Compatable||No|
The main climbing gear certifications are CE and UIAA--and normally the UIAA creates the rules that the CE body also supports. When possible, we try to list all the certifications the product carries.
To sell a climbing product in Europe, the device must be CE certified. There are no official requirements to sell climbing gear in the US. The UIAA certification is a voluntary process.
We've been looking at the (old) Petzl Sirocco for years now and wondering when someone would make it better. Well, Petzl did update it with some good improvements, but Mammut took it one step further, and we really liked the result. It's lightweight but with good protection, durable and comfortable. There's basically no reason not to wear this helmet every time you go out climbing.
The Mammut Wall Rider is an excellent lightweight climbing helmet that is more durable than a traditional foam helmet. The EPP foam protects the head well, and it’s comfortable to wear. Although the Wall Rider is slightly more expensive than a traditional hybrid plastic/foam helmet, I think the increase in durability and head coverage is worth the extra money.
Given the marginal price difference, significant increase in durability, and zero trade off in protection, I don’t see any reason to still buy an EPS helmet, and I’m not sure that there is a better climbing helmet on the market than the Wall Rider given its combination of durability and weight.
The Rider has a minimalist but adjustable suspension system, which uses thin webbing straps to lock it down on your head. The system is quick to cinch tight or loosen, making it easy to add or remove a hat on the fly—and it’s comfortable either way. Add that to the generous ventilation in the EPP core, found around the sides and back of the helmet, and The Rider is great for both ice climbing and cragging in the sun.
The combination of a low profile, hard plastic top with the lightweight EPP body allows the Wall Rider to provide a high level of protection and durability in a comfortable and reasonably lightweight package. Some helmet designs have shaved off a few grams here and there by adding more vents, which also makes them a bit flimsy, or by removing features. This helmet has added features to increase safety and durability but still falls on the lighter end of the spectrum of lightweight helmets. An innovative and elegant design from the crew over at Mammut.
The Wall Rider offers good protection in a low profile design. It's less bulky than the Vector, yet more roomy underneath. For example, I can fit a beanie under the Wall Rider helmet (size small), but I can't fit the same hat under a size small Vector. The rear cinch straps are easy to adjust with one hand when I switch hats. And, major bonus, the Wall Rider's headlamp retention straps are wide enough to secure a goggle strap. The Vector and Meteor helmets lack this feature, and in the past I frequently resorted to duct tape to keep my goggles in place. Furthermore, the side vents are larger than the Sirocco's vents, helping you keep cool in hot weather.
The UIAA equipment standard provides a baseline for equipment performance in a test lab under controlled conditions on new equipment. Although these test conditions are relevant to the conditions encountered climbing, conditions encountered at the crags and the condition of the equipment are equally important. This recommendation from the UIAA member federation The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) provides vital equipment information that is NOT explicitly addressed in the standard, particularly failure modes of the equipment and recommendations for the use, inspection, maintenance, and retirement of equipment.