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The Salathe was the perfect blend of weight and protection. Coming in at 7 oz, the helmet has a barely-there feel, but is certified to EN 12492 mountaineering-helmet standards—and, with front/side/back impact protection, doesn’t sacrifice safety. This is achieved by using EPP foam for the main shell, while limiting the ABS shell to the top, where rockfall is likely to hit. The wraparound protection gave our tester peace of mind during awkward crack/corner moves where it was difficult to keep feet away from the rope. He also dug the all-fabric-strap closure and adjustment system for both comfort and durability—common plastic adjustment systems have broken in his pack in the past. MSRP: $130