Meeting both climbing and skiing certifications, CAMP's newest skimo race helmet lets you rest assured that your noggin is protected. The Speed Comp has been beefed up to account for side-impacts that are more likely when skiing versus pure mountaineering. Complementing the added safety features, the Speed Comp helmet improves comfort as well. CAMP uses a glove-friendly adjustment dial in the back to ensure a secure fit while soft microfiber foam padding soothes your skull. Generous side and rear ventilation affords the convenience of wearing your helmet on the ascent which frees up pack space. It also fuels the desire to wear your helmet while accessing technical lines involving rock, snow, or ice. The Speed Comp also includes a unique goggle strap system, similar to a headlamp clip, designed to secure your eyewear in the unfortunate event of a yard sale. The CAMP Speed Comp is the new standard for skimo race helmets.
- Three secure headlamp clips.
- EN 12492 climbing certification.
- EN 1077/B skiing certification.
- Meets all ISMF regulations.
|Certifications||CE 1077 (alpine skiing)
EN 12492 (climbing)
|Materials||Polycarbonate shell, Expanded polysterene|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Ski mountaineering racing, speed touring, backcountry skiing|
|Notes||EN12492 (climbing) and EN1077 (skiing) certified|
|Bottom Line||Lightweight race or go-fast helmet.|
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Questions & Reviews
Although heavier than other helmets, I don't know if I really notice it on most days. The goggle strap is secure and holds them in place well.
The main reason I didn't like it is it fit my small head terribly. It felt more like yarmulke sitting on top of my head than a full helmet with actual side coverage. When I shook my head hard it would fall off, even with everything cranked down hard. I'd definitely stay away if you have a small, round head.
I've heard many complaints about the way that this helmet fits (too wide, and too short front to back). I have have a fairly round, medium sized head, and it fits well.
I am especially a fan of the goggle holders on the sides of the helmet, takes messing around with zip ties out of the equation.
The main reason I didn't like it is it fit my small head terribly. It felt more like yarmulke sitting on top of my head than a full helmet with actual side coverage. I'd definitely stay away if you have a small, round head.
I procrastinated getting a dual-cert helmet for a few years (as many other skimo racers no doubt also did) given the -- compared to climbing-only helmets -- limited selection and significant weight penalty, along with decreased ventilation.
But CAMP’s model finally convinced me to buy one: not because CAMP’s model is any lighter or more ventilated that the competition, but I figured that if even CAMP can’t reduce the weight penalty and/or add more ventilation, then nobody can!
Compared to my CAMP Speed “1.1” (version before the 2.0, yet a few years after the Speed model first debuted, so had some slight tweaks compared to the original), the Speed Comp vents are drastically reduced. The overall design is pretty similar to the Speed, including the head coverage, but the sides are noticeably thicker, which I suspect is related to the side-impact spec of the ski cert.
Design and fit are otherwise fairly similar, and the Speed Comp comes with a substitute front pad if you want to tighten up the fit there.
Going back to a heavier helmet, the weight penalty and decreased ventilation are both noticeable, but on cold days for skiing New England glades and training uphill into downhill traffic at resorts, it’s a reasonable tradeoff. And if you ever wear goggles, the strap in back is way better than trying to mess around with almost any climbing helmet for goggle retention. (Plus even though the styling is pretty boring, the graphics are kind of snazzy – I choose black since I figured it would be cold weather helmet, so increased sun absorption.)
Warm days though, races that don’t recall dual-cert, and long spring/summer ski mountaineering tours, I’ll stick with my climbing-only helmets.
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