“Awesome, it looks like a bug!” squealed one tiny tester. Kid climbers might not be quite as concerned with weight or ergonomics as we are, but that’s not to say this diminutive brain bucket is lacking in features. It’s a spitting image of Edelrid’s Shield II, an all-purpose helmet our adult testers regularly grab for anything from sport cragging to all-day alpine assaults. Ten vents kept little heads comfortable on a hot summer day at Jurassic Park near Estes Park, Colorado, while a customizable chin strap and rear adjustment dial made sharing and resizing the helmet quick and easy. Plus, it’s really light at just 8.7 ounces. The only drawback? One silly tester kept pulling the helmet down so he could look out of the bug’s eyes, wearing it like a mask. But a fun helmet means kids love to rock it, making it more effective than one they never want to wear.
Review: The Top Climbing Gear for Kids