Gear Review

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Safety concern

The Elios works fine with my ponytail. It is important for a helmet to cover the back of your head. This women's version is less safe. It's surprising that Petzl is trading space for a pony tail for safety, considering that is the whole point of a helmet.

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I agree that functionality and safety should come before ponytail compatibility, but the Elia helmet is rated to CE EN 12492 according to the Petzl website.
The EN12492 standard requires helmets to pass multi-axis energy absorption tests, a wedge penetration test, a strength test on the chin strap, and a front and back slippage test. This standard means that the helmet is designed to withstand more than one moderate impact, but protection is provided for only a limited number of impacts. Replace if visibly damaged (e.g., a cracked shell or crushed liner) and/or when directed by the manufacturer.
Please note that the CE version of the EN12492 version is less stringent than the UIAA version of the EN12492 test (requires 20% less impact force transmitted to your head than the CE version).
Another suitable safety standard for rock climbing helmets is the Snell N-94 certification. Either EN or Snell testing is sufficient.

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All rock climbing helmets compromise on safety in one way or another. This is because stronger, safer helmets (like those used by loggers or construction crews) are heavier and less comfortable to wear while climbing. Where did you read that the Elia is less safe than the Elios? I'm interested in seeing why that would be the reason. You should watch the video I posted, it has a good deal of information about the testing which went into the development of this and all Petzl helmets.