This helmet has an eye on the mass market, not the specialty climber. The C.A.M.P. Armour is a great helmet for price conscious buyers. With a number of color options and women’s and kid’s specific versions, the Armour is attractive for a wide range of users. The hard shell helmet is durable while the impact absorbing foam helps protect against impacts from above. Comfortable padding and easy adjustment gives the helmet a comfortable fit for a variety of head shapes and sizes.
Comfort The C.A.M.P. Armour relies on plush, comfortable padding throughout the interior of the helmet to provide comfort. Soft felt padding rings the helmet’s suspension system, absorbing sweat on hot days and providing for a comfortable fit on any day. A piece of large, soft foam padding on the top of the helmet keeps the impact absorbing foam above the head and a padded chin strap provides a small measure of extra comfort.
The Armour chin straps are not very comfortable. They are attached to the rear of the helmet with a single attachment point, which made it difficult for testers to fit those straps around the ears effectively.
Ventilation The Armour offered decent but not excellent ventilation. It uses ten ventilation holes along the sides of the helmet to aid in air flow but they are smaller and less effective than other helmets. Testers appreciated the large foam piece on the top inside of the helmet, which helped keep the impact absorbing foam above the head, thus increasing ventilation.
Adjustability The Armour has an easy to use adjustment wheel on the rear of the helmet to create a snug fit. Sliding buckles adjust the fit of the chin straps around the ears. The chin strap buckle is tricky to adjust because the padding makes it difficult to grasp the straps, which are tucked into the padding.
Protection The Armour uses ABS plastic to provide basic protection from impacts from above, the sides or the rear. Impacts from above are additionally protected by a foam insert in the top of the helmet. This impact absorbing foam provides more protection than traditional hard shell helmets.
Weight At 12 ounces, the C.A.M.P. Armour is of average weight compared to similar helmets tested. It is considerably lighter than traditional hard shell plastic helmets like the Trango CPU or Petzl Ecrin Roc.
Other Features The ABS plastic proved to be durable and held up wheel through repeated use and abuse. A headlamp can be quickly and easily attached with four well placed, streamlined attachment points however these points were also prone to pulling out of the helmet shell easily.
The C.A.M.P. Armour is available in seven colors so you can customize your look. It is also available in women’s and kid’s specific versions. In addition to offering stylish colors and designs, the Armour Lady features a smaller size and weight to provide a more comfortable fit for ladies compared to strapping on a guy’s helmet. The Armour Junior does the same and provides a good option for a durable, protective kids helmet.
Value At $59.95, the Armour was the cheapest helmet tested and is $10 to $20 cheaper than similar hard shell plastic helmets with impact absorbing force. The comfort and options presented by the Armour make it a great value.