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If you're not protecting your head with a reasonable helmet, you're either pushing a cave that's deeply, horribly tight or else you need to think about just how squishy the human brain really is. Also they're a pretty convenient platform for mounting your primary light. Despite a lot of internet rant, the best helmet is... the one that fits you comfortably. There never was a ‘best helmet ever made’. However, if you find that helmets slip on your head, or sweat gets in your eyes, consider wearing a buff or helmet liner; they can work wonders.

Camp Rockstar 
£36.00

Camp Rockstar

An old fashioned simple cradle-fitted helmet. One size fits most, but the Rockstar remains a pretty low-profile piece of kit. It has four side vents and rudimentary headlamp clips (better suited to fixed lamps, or headtorches might need their own clips added). As with the Ultralight and Vertex, this helmet is less affected by water pressure than foam-lined helmets, which may be a consideration for cave divers. Polypropylene injected shell. Weight is 390g. Colour is red.
Petzl Panga 
£50.40
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Petzl Panga

Petzl's offering for club and group use. Crucially, one size fits all (pretty much: 48cm to 61cm head circumference) Also, it comes as a single unit, but, it comprises three components each of which may be bought separately to act as replacement parts. Stable and easy adjustment, complete with new nape-of-neck adjustment which is made to be equally adjustable by the wearer, or by an assistant e.g an instructor. The headband is also lined with a washable, comfortable lining. The Panga is well - ventilated and available in three colours: white, blue, and orange. It is possible to fit most type of caving light to one of these; we are willing to do so upon request if you are buying a package from us. Weight is 330g.
Edelrid Ultralight 
£50.40
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Edelrid Ultralight

A light and strong helmet originally developed for climbing, but which will easily accept a Duo or similar bolt-on light, or a traditional lamp bracket (we can fit these on request). It has a head cradle, rather than using foam inserts as in most modern climbing helmets. Stable on the head, and fully adjustable with the cradle going from 54cm to 60cm. We can also obtain the Ultralight Junior, which has a range of 48cm to 58cm.
Petzl Boreo 
£50.40
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Petzl Boreo

Most recent Petzl helmet, made for both caving and mountain-related activities. It is of hybrid construction, with a hard ABS shell protecting an EPP and EPS foam liner (in English, shock absorbing material). Feedback is that although it looks nothing like a caving helmet, and has no space for your Mars Bar, it is pretty comfortable. Also, surprisingly compact. The Boreo comes I in two sizes, similar to the old Elios; otherwise, the headband and chinstrap are easily adjustable within the size range. It carries Petzl’s Top and Side Protection product label, which is sensible if your main head-threat is falling off things, rather than primarily being struck from on-high, alpine style. It is well vented, which is necessary because the newer generation of foam-lined helmets are generally warmer than the webbing-cradle type of the previous decade. It is important to note that due to its construction, the Boreo only works with lamps which either affix with a head strap (there are four...
Petzl Boreo Caving 
£80.40
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Petzl Boreo Caving

Most recent Petzl helmet, made for caving, and fitted with a bracket which fits the new Duo S and DuoZ2 headlamps. It is of hybrid construction, with a hard ABS shell protecting an EPP and EPS foam liner (in English, shock absorbing material). Feedback is that although it looks nothing like a caving helmet, and has no space for your Mars Bar, it is pretty comfortable. Also, surprisingly compact. The Boreo comes I in two sizes, similar to the old Elios; otherwise, the headband and chinstrap are easily adjustable within the size range. It carries Petzl’s Top and Side Protection product label, which is sensible if your main head-threat is falling off things, rather than primarily being struck from on-high, alpine style. It is well vented, which is necessary because the newer generation of foam-lined helmets are generally warmer than the webbing-cradle type of the previous decade. Only available in white. Conforms to the CE EN 12492. Weight 335g. Guaranteed for three years.
Petzl Vertex Vent 
£68.40

Petzl Vertex Vent

A ventilated helmet suitable for caving and cave diving, fitted with the classic head-cradle system. This helmet comes in one size and tends to work better for users with larger heads! For those who meet this significant pre-condition, the Vertex is a comfortable helmet, with a caving-suitable strong chinstrap (users should be careful if they select other models of this helmet with the alternative industrial-standard ‘easy release’ chinstrap). For cavers who run warm, the Vertex may prove cooler than foam-lined helmets; added to the extra airflow through the space above the user’s head, there is cooling by the (shutter closeable) vent holes. Of particular note, this helmet should not be particularly affected by deep diving, which is not the case with foam lined helmets. Three types of lights fit directly onto this helmet; the Petzl Pixa models; the new Duo; and also the Scurion when fitted with the front and rear blade attachments. Weight 455g. Colour red.
Petzl Panga Club Package 
£192.00
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Petzl Panga Club Package

Petzl Panga Club package, set of four. A cheaper way for clubs or outdoor centres to equip with these decent lightweight helmets, introduced by Petzl to meet the specific needs of those introducing novices to caving. The headtorch retaining clips are as good as ever, for clubs who use headtorches such as the Pixa 3. Alternatively we can supply these with the Pixadapt helmet bracket. Available in white, blue or orange.



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