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I’m not one who wears a helmet regularly while climbing. So why did I choose to do a helmet review of Kailas Selma helmet? To try out a newer helmet technology while reducing weight in my climbing pack. My current helmet is the CAMP Armor constructed from molded ABS plastic. The Selma weighs 80 grams less than my current helmet thus weight saving have been gained. It packs like most helmets, awkward. So when do I wear a helmet? When I’m Trad climbing, at a choss wall and sometimes while sport climbing. Upon arrival I found the packaging of the Selma could use some refinement as the glue of the cellophane panels had failed.

I found the Selma’s fit to be good but a bit tight for me. I have a large head and found the head circumference and adjustment system accommodating. The chin straps are almost too short for me. I would prefer longer chin straps to help with customizing the fit as it was tight around the bottom of my ears and I had to fully extend the buckle to buckle the chin strap. Overall,even with the tight fit, I found the helmet to be comfortable and provided good ventilation while climbing. 

I test fitted the headlight clips with my Petzl Tikka Plus 2. They worked as designed and firmly held the headlamp in place. This helmet is not cheap on the pocket book. Listed retail of the Selma is $109, double the price of competitor helmets on the market.   A helmet’s ultimate purpose is to protect your dome and the Selma only has CE and EN certifications. Competitor helmets on the market meet UIAA certification standards. Due to the price and lack of UIAA certification, I would not recommend this helmet unless money is no object to you and you like to roll the dice when it comes to your safety.

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