In our August 2013 issue, editor-at-large Dougald MacDonald wrote an in-depth report on the current state of helmet use and design. To compliment this must-read piece, we decided to drop a bunch of things on our boss's head to illustrate lightheartedly what certain impacts can do to a climbing helmet.


Previous Comments

Hahaha,,, Nice testing.. UIAA must get more innovative after watching this video.

Zakee Kazmee - 07/11/2013 8:01:13

Oh it was great fun! Though I have to disagree with your suggestion to keep your head down if a pie is falling out of the sky. Why waste the pie on your helmet? Helmets don't know how delicious pie is!

matt - 07/09/2013 5:14:42

Hi Matt, you are absolutely correct that foam helmets are only designed to protect against a single significant impact. In real life, this helmet should have been retired after the shell got its first big dent; there was likely hidden damage to the foam lining as well. You can read much more about helmet design and usage in our September issue. This video was just for fun!

Climbing Staff - 07/04/2013 7:12:04

Aren't foam helmets like the Mammut one used in the video designed to take a single significant impact? It seems a bit nitpicky, but wouldn't a better test be to use a new foam helmet for each drop test, and/or test on a plastic/foam or straight plastic style helmet? Because of the design of a foam helmet, each additional impact would produce more damage than multiple impacts on a plastic helmet. Right?

matt - 07/03/2013 9:37:21