How to use Rock Lite Helmet, cleaning, maintenance and storage with instructional pictures.
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A superlight, strong, EPS helmet designed for rock climbing, the Rock Lite comes in two stylish colours. Easy to fit and well vented, it has a simple ‘Quik-Dial’ adjustment system and sits perfectly on the head on Coolmax covered EVA pads. ‘Future proofed’, the Rock Lite can be fitted with ‘The Shield’ for winter use too.
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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.
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.
|21.00 in - 24.00 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||Yes|
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.
The Wild County Rock Lite is nearly identical to the Wild Country Alpine Shield if you take off the shield. The differences are they have a different interior lining and the Rock Lite has a dial sizer rather than the pinch sizer on the Alpine Shield. The Rock Lite is $80 compared to $100 for the Alpine Shield. I don't ice climb much so I don't use the shield. So for me, the Rock Lite would definitely be the call. Its main competitor is the Petzl Meteor III+. The Meteor 3 is 0.9 ounces lighter and $20-30 more expensive. It's hard to notice the weight difference in your hand: both are really light. So far I like the Meteor more for climbing. It's lighter, ventilates better, and the chin strap is easier to adjust. But the Rock Lite is a better value and still an awesome helmet.
So, is it possible to draw conclusions on these helmets in the light of the earlier discussion? All are fine, but understanding now more about how the design of helmets has to follow the testing standards, I'm less convinced that hybrids are the all-rounder's answer. The El Cap is decent lid and its little peak just makes it look different and cool. I will be wearing it this winter for ice climbing. But now understanding the lack of protection around brim inherent in (almost all) hybrid designs, the idea of taking a swinging leader fall - on bolts or trad gear - is less appealing in such helmets. I spend three quarters of my year rock climbing, and I'm going to carry on wearing a foam lid when I do. The Rock Lite sent to me to review now has a bunch of scratches on its over my right temple from last weekend. I'm not sure if they got there whilst I was chicken wing-grovelling up a local offwidth, or when I missed the crux foothold that should have allowed me to escape its evil clutches and instead pin-balled 10 foot back down the bomb-bay chimney at the back of which this cruel crack lurks. Bruised and exhausted, this drove home the point that having a centimetre of foam between the side of my skull and the rock is preferable to just a couple of millimetres of hard plastic. Of the foam lids, I liked the Edelrid best, in part because of the Germanic engineering of its back cradle, but mainly just because it fitted me well. The Grivel is great to wear, super low profile, wonderfully light and very well ventilated, but its design is showing its age: I think the strapping and size adjustment could be refined, as could it's torch clips. The Rock Lite doesn't fit my head perfectly, but if it fits you there's not much to dislike about it. It has already done its job for me in leader fall and you can't ask more of a helmet than that.
The Rock Lite is Wild Country’s response to run out, sketchy, British gritstone climbing. I like the design of this helmet a lot. Style is excellent, it feels very comfortable, and the helmet is very reasonably priced ($67.96 at Amazon currently!). The Rock Lite stands out from other helmets by having extra padding. The added comfort comes at a cost of increased size/weight, but for many, it is worth it. The adjustment system is quite good, and overall the Rock Lite is rock solid. One complaint I have heard is that the helmet may shift to the side or back of one’s head, but this may be related to head shape and adjustment. As with any piece of equipment it is important to try it on before you buy it.
Climbing, ice climbing in particular, without a helmet is just dumb. All of the old excuses about helmets being heavy, ill-fitting and bulky don’t hold water anymore. Don’t leave home without one.
I gave this helmet five stars because it is light, fits well, adjusts easily and is priced about the same as other polystyrene-type helmets.