a plastic shell equipped with an adjustable suspension system and a chinstrap. designed to disperse the energy of an object falling on the head. Some helmets may be designed to take side. front. and back impacts (contrast with hard hat).
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climbing helmet (Wikipedia)
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A wide range of equipment is used during rock or any other type of climbing that includes equipment commonly used to protect a climber against the consequences of a fall.
See also the Glossary of climbing terms for more equipment descriptions.