Over the years, I've learned Black Diamond tends to put lots most affordable and comfortable gear at low prices (relatively). That being said, when I started using my Half Dome I was a bit wary of how it would field considering it is possibly one of the more inexpensive of the climbing helmets. Boy was I wrong! This helmet is light enough that I do not feel it on my head and it fits perfectly (I've got a rather big head). Looking at its safety, I've used this from rock climbing in the Front Range of Colorado, to mountaineering the mighty 14ers, to ice climbing and still this gear takes and takes abuse. I would like to note that the interior is a bicycle like safety foam, which I'm alright with, but for some more avid enthusiast looking for a more "climbing inspired" helmet the Petzl Elios might work a bit better. The ventilation is a little closed for my liking, but it gets the job done. All in all, for the price, comfortableness, and safety the Half Dome is a great investment for the beginner or intermediate climber.
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