One of the lightest and most ventilated helmets in the world, the CAMP Speed helmet is quickly becoming a popular fashion accessory on the skimo race circuit. This should not be surprising as the helmet is designed for competitive ski mountaineering (and climbing) and weighs just 263 grams (9.3 oz). With a fully EN-certified in-mold construction, the adjustable Speed helmet will protect your noggin from a floggin' if you decide to point it down some breakable crust in a mad dash towards the finish line.
- Twenty-two (22) streamlined vent holes help keep you cool at race pace.
- Clips on the front and rear accept goggles or a headlamp.
- No vents in front to stop the wind and prevent moist air from entering raised goggles.
- Fully EN 12492 certified at a very low weight.
- Simple dial adjustment system on the back and adjustable chin strap give a comfortable fit.
Version 2.0! - The new version of the classic Speed Helmet is the same mold with cooler colors and a full polycarbonate shell for a little extra durability.
|Materials||Expanded polystyrene (EPS) interior, polycarbonate shell.|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Skimo racing, speed touring|
|Notes||22 vents keep you cool|
|Bottom Line||Ultralight full coverage helmet|
Questions & Reviews
Background on product familiarity: I bought my Speed helmet in Spring 2009, and wore it almost exclusively for about four years. Over these past two seasons, I’ve mainly used some lighter competition. But I still use the Speed for training and some shorter tours.
First, the first impressions out of the box: If you’ve previously worn only heavy ski helmets or traditional hard-shell climbing helmets, you’ll be astonished at the lack of weight. And the adjustment dial in the back is simple and effective, allowing the helmet to fit a wide range of head sizes and shapes.
The weight distribution is somewhat unbalanced, biased up on the top. However, the helmet has so little weight that this imbalance is also somewhat moot.
Second impressions, in use: The vents are ample, but the design is of course far hotter on the ascent than bike helmet designs that are more vent than helmet. However, with the vents all on the side and back, the Speed won’t give you an ice cream headache on the descent.
The Speed’s clips are designed for an appropriately minimalist headlamp, not ski goggles. However, with all the vents to serve as attachment points, jerry rigging some combination of zip ties, resort lift ticket holders, and/or velcro straps is fairly easy. (Just be sure to test your system before a race to ensure that the goggles can be held up yet also still come down!)
Third impressions, for long-term durability: All of these expanded foam bicycle-style helmets are essentially one-hit wonders, designed to sacrifice their lives for you. That said, mine is still in fine shape on the outside despite some clanging around on the pack of my pack during long late-spring and summer approaches. And the inner foam, etc. has also held up well.
The retention system is the one flaw, I wish it would tighten a little better, if you wearing a hat under the helmet it doesn't seem to lock down very well, and seems to bounce around when skiing. If it's just your head and the helmet, works great!!
I have skied it with goggles and seems to work just fine. Not the best, but more then adequate.
Nice and lightweight, so even when your pack is loaded down for hut trips, or spring days with lots of metal, this adds very little weight.
These are the problem areas of this helmet that I've noticed. 1) It's hard to unbuckle the chin strap while wearing gloves. 2) The helmet seems to ride high on my head, which creates some gaper gap, mostly because I'm usually wearing sunglasses. 3) The plastic outer shell is very thin; so this isn't my helmet of choice anytime I expect to be in a zone with a lot of falling rock projectiles. There, I'll wear a different helmet with a hard, thick, plastic outer shell. 4) For some reason, it's hard if not impossible to adjust the chinstrap while actually wearing the helmet. I have to remove it to adjust it, because pulling hard on the strap while wearing the helmet doesn't do the trick. These are minor, or easily worked around points, IMHO.
Used for rock climbing this helmet should be great.
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