Rock Right, Rock Lite

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After watching old-school Eiger reenactments in the movie North Face, in which two people die from loose rock raining down on their unprotected heads, I was convinced never to go without my brain bucket. Luckily, the new WILD COUNTRY ROCK LITE ($79.95, wildcountry.co.uk) helmets were designed for weightconscious climbers like me in mind. Weighing in at just over nine ounces, this lightweight model features an EPS shell and soft EVA pads, a quick-release chinstrap, and reflective patches for those alpine starts. Great ventilation and the minimalist design protect your main asset without sacrificing performance. Plus, the Rock Lite accepts The Shield ($15), a polycarbonate cover that offers big-wall-grade protection. — Amanda Fox