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Kailas Selma II

The Kailas Selma II is a great option in the lightweight helmet category, especially at its price point of $108.

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MSRP: $108

The Selma II helmet is a lightweight climbing helmet from the Chinese company Kailas. Coming in two sizes, the Selma II weighs 220 grams for the small, and 245 for the large. These numbers make it one of the lighter hard-shelled helmets on the market; for reference, the Black Diamond Half Dome comes in at 340 grams, and the Petzl Meteor weighs 240.

Kailas has done several things with the Selma II to address frequent issues climbers have with clunkier helmets. Firstly, the brim arches across the forehead—roughly contouring one’s hairline—which removes any visibility issues. Even looking up while belaying, the helmet stays out of view. 

The Selma II also has great breathability. In addition to holes on the side of the head to allow airflow, the Selma II has small ports in the top, which are protected by a steel mesh, just in case stray pebbles, smaller rocks or chunks or ice find their way to those exact spots.

Wearing the Kailas Selma II helmet at the crag.
Wearing the Kailas Selma II helmet at the crag. Photo: Courtesy of Beckett Aizeki.

Another issue plenty of helmets have is tricky systems for adjusting the size. Not the Selma II: the tensioning band has a large knob, which is easy to operate even with gloves on. The band sits comfortably in the little recess where your skull and spine meet, keeping it snug and secure. Although the foam on the inside is minimal, there is just enough in just the right places so that the helmet fits snugly and doesn’t rattle around on your head. I have a large head and often find it difficult to find helmets which fit comfortably, but the Selma II fit just fine and even had room to go bigger. It remains comfy even after hours of use.

Overall, the Kailas Selma II is a great option in the lightweight helmet category, especially at its price point of $108. It is perfect for the versatile outdoor adventurer, and will do the trick for cragging or alpine climbing of any variety.


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