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"I didn't have enough room" is no longer an excuse.
You just lost another excuse to not protect your head on a climb—Edelrid's Madillo Climbing Helmet folds into itself for compact convenience in any pack. This innovative helmet has an injection-molded ABS shell that takes the impact like any other climbing helmet, and three types of foams optimize safety and comfort. The internal padding is removable so you can wash out those sweat stains, and there are enough ventilation holes for summer-worthy comfort.
- First and only folding helmet
- Impact-resistant injection-molded ABS shell
- EPS, EPP, and EVA foams
- Detachable, washable padding
- Adjustable chinstrap
- Item #ELR001X
- Q & A
Not the Sexiest, but Absolutely Great
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
First off, I want to say that without the awesome Backcountry.com's return policy, I would have sent this back right away. When I first tried this helmet on, I thought the weird rubber band that keeps the strap's lose end cinched down was very confusing, frustrating, and was causing me trouble getting it to fit correctly. After messing with it, I actually ended up breaking the useless rubber band and everything was all good. With the ability to try this helmet out while climbing, I was able to tell after a couple of trips that this thing is wonderfully designed and is very comfortable over the course of a long day climbing. I don't wear this all day like an alpinist , but do have it on for every climb and at every belay and it never once felt uncomfortable.
Obviously the appeal is that it collapses and packs well, and it does that nicely. This thing takes up very little space in my pack; it sits on the very side of the pack, top out. It is also very easy to use and I haven't had any issues with either opening or closing it down. With it's comfort and obvious durability (hard shell), hopefully Edelrid sees success with this helmet and keeps innovating and improving the design because I hope to buy another in the future when this one wears out.
Overall Grade: Solid A
Fold It and Pack It
I really like this helmet. It is so easy to fold down and stick at the bottom of a pack. The helmet weighs a shade more than a BD half dome, but is on par or lighter than an Elios. The fit is nice and adjustable, and I still feel very protected while wearing this. I've packed this around on multiple flights and backpacking trips and the helmet has proved to be quite durable. I get jealous looks every time I pull this out of my pack by all those that have bulky helmets strapped to the outside of their packs.