Edelrid Ultralight, $50, 14 ounces
Summary: The Edelrid Ultralight has been a staple in the climbing-helmet market for well over a decade, and for good reason. It’s light, comfortable, well-ventilated (for a suspended-shell lid), and won’t wallop your wallet. The suspension cinches down with a minimum of effort and is well padded. Comfort should be even better this year, as Edelrid has added more padding. Unlike many longstanding designs, the Ultralight’s hook retention system works quite well with most headlamps.
Pros: Comfortable; light; accommodates headlamps well.
Cons: Dated styling.
Overall grade: B