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Grivel Salamander Helmet

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    27 Reviews


    Light like a helmet should be.

    The Grivel Salamander Helmet seamlessly transitions from rock to ice and alpine realms. Unlike traditional helmets, this one features a wrap-around design for a close fit and side protection.
    • In-mold construction for extremely light weight
    • Wrap-around design provides more protection than standard ice-climbing helmets
    • Ratchet-back adjustment for easy fit changes
    • Headlamp clips for nighttime climbing
    • Item #GRV0082

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    tarpaulin plastic
    Impact Foam
    Multiple Impact
    Adjustable Vents
    Fit Adjustment
    ratchet back, slidelock chin
    Claimed Weight
    13.6 oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing, alpine & expedition
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    This helmet gave me trouble

      This helmet gave me trouble, even it was recommended in several reviews. The problem was when I was walking down from Mont Blanc in the Alps, the internal support came apart from the upper part and it was very bothering, for this unnacceptable failure of the product I dont recommed it.

      Have Big Cranium buy this.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I wear a size 7-3/4 to 8 fitted ball caps, well this one fits my big ass head even with a nice wool blend cap on. Finally a helm for the phat heads! It's got a nice sheen to it like most other new helmets so buff with some steel wool if your sticking gopro mounts to it and of course clean with rubbing alcohol. The head lamp mounting works good too. Make sure when you order you get the one that adjusts to 66cm if your ball cap size is 7-3/4+. They mis marked the web site.


      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      The XL here is the 56-62 adjustable, not the 58-66 currently listed on the manufacturer's website. So if you need an XL it might not go as XL as you expect. Grivel says this should fit from s to xl. As a result this helmet suffers from the limitations of many one size fits all helmets - its not comfortable at the extremes. It has a wedge shaped platform of foam inside as its method of keeping the rim of the helmet off your forehead this takes some getting used to. Adjust it before you go out. Hard, but not impossible to adjust straps. the buckles that adjust the tension around the ears can actually come apart on mine and you can lose part of the clip. That being said its the only helmet i can find on the market for climbing that fits my big head. And it does the job.

      Good to know on the size discrepancy, you wouldn't by chance be able to compare it to a Petzl helmet fit could you? If any Backcountry staff are reading this can you comment on if you the actual 66cm Salamander XL can be ordered through you guys?

      Keep that brain in your dome piece!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Not only does this come in more colors than a pack of lifesavers, it fits more true like a helmet, think ski helmet, than most climbing helmets. There seems to be a bit more coverage than the competitors but also feels light and compact on the head.

      I wear mine with a thin baseball cap underneath which provides a nice sun visor.

      It features a small bungee strap in the front to keep your headlamp from sliding off the conical shape.

      I had a buddy slide off the end of a rope and take a 50 foot cartwheel ground fall down a slab and live to tell about it because of this helmet. He still crushes as well!

      Protect your noggin.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Easy to adjust and comfortable to wear. The headlamp clips are an added bonus for those wee-early morning starts or when your route takes longer than expected. My buddy Grimis, the dog, gives 2 paws up.

      Protect your noggin.

      It'll get the job done

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Solid helmet, the head lamp straps are nice (mine haven't stretched out yet like the review below). The chin straps take a lot of fiddling with to get the fit just right and comfy, but once you do the helmet is quite comfortable. The wheel fit adjustment is a nice feature. It's also pretty cool looking as far as helmets go, so definitely gets added style points there.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Got this helmet about a year ago and when i first had it I was stoked! it fit way better and was way lighter than my old helmet. I used it for rock and ice climbing and even skiing and bicycling. in the year of use it has started to fall apart. the elastic headlamp holders have stretched out and don't work anymore. and the adhesive that holds the velcro that holds the padding around the brim is coming off. It was a great helmet, It just hasn't stood up to a year of abuse very well.

      Staying safe

      This is a picture of my cousin descending from Montana's highest peak, Granite Peak. We were caught in an afternoon snow storm. These helmets are comfortable and photogenic.

      Staying safe

      Stands up to abuse

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      After 4 or so years of use, I'm pretty pleased with this helmet. It's been robust enough to handle my abuse and still be comfortable.

      The elastic on the rear fell out last year, but I was able to re glue it back in pretty easily. The fabric layer covering the foam pads has begun to come off, but it's not super noticeable. I'm sure this is from a bit of use with a beanie underneath, so it's something to keep in mind.

      I don't really have any issue with sizing. The time I lent it to my buddy with a big head, he said it was comfy and adjusted super quickly.

      comfortable and stylish!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This helmet is a good fit (even for my strangely shaped head), easy to adjust on the go with the ratchet back, and comes is great colors! I have received many compliments on this helmet!

      comfortable and stylish!

      So comfortable I almost drove home in it

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The helmet is extremely easy to make fine adjustments for a customized fit. It is so comfortable that I forget its on. I was ice climbing the other night and almost wore it for the drive home. I only remembered the helmet was still on because my head was sitting weird against the headrest. Yes, its really that comfortable.

      The only negative I have found so far is that it doesn't secure a headlamp strap as precisely as I would like, but it does the job well enough that a lamp won't fall off.

      As far as sizing, I followed Grivel's sizing chart. I have only worn it in the cold with a beanie for warmth, so I can't give any info on long term comfort in warm weather.

      Don't Like It

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This helmet is poorly designed. I wonder if they even field tested it. The chin strap is very hard to adjust. When you put on or take off your knit hat you need to adjust the fit and you have to really yard on the buckle to change it. And when you do it changes the front to rear adjustment so it then sits crooked on your head. Then the rear dial for the headband adjustment keeps loosening by itself. At one point the knob even pulled off when trying to adjust it. I can imagine it getting knocked off or coming off and dropping it with a gloved hand. Helmet fit is critical for safety. It should be easy and quick to get properly adjusted and should stay where you set it, it fails in these respects. Had it out for about 4 climbs and already want my money back.

      Favorite helmet to date, w/one flaw

        First, the flaw: The adjustment knob on the back of the helmet is fragile. Mine came apart on my first climb as a result of pulling my Nanopuff over my head. Luckily the pieces stayed with me. Replacement helmet it the same way. Beware.

        But, the helmet is so good that I'm hell-bent to find a solution to assure the adjustment knob stays put. Great side and rear protection - much better than other helmets on the market. Sure it's heavier, but in my opinion the extra coverage and the ABS shell are worth it. Oddly, the helmet doesn't have a UIAA sticker on it. The UIAA test has a higher control limit than the CE test. But when you go on the UIAA site and look at certified helmets, it shows the Salamander as being certified. Like I said, odd.

        I highly recommend the helmet. Just be ready to figure out a way to keep the dial parts together.

        Finding a large helmet!

          Greetings y'all! In the not to distant past, I took up rock climbing! Wish I would have long ago! that being said, let me cut to the chase! I have a large noggin! Was having trouble finding a suitable helmet till I came across this website. I looked around the site and saw that they had a XL which turned out to be a Grivel! Very light, very comfortable, very easy to use! i will buy another from here when the need arises!

          Finding a large helmet!

          helmet slides backwards

            This helmet has one major flaw in my opinion. The way the straps are set up allows the helmet to slide back off of your head if you push it. It doesnt matter how tight the chin stap is, it still slides backwards. I tried adjusting it for an hour with no luck. I have a petzl helmet that fits fine and does not slide back at all. This could potentially be extremely dangerous, because when it slides back the chin strap cuts into your neck. If you took a hard enough hit it could potentially strangle you.

            Can anyone compare the fit of this with...

            Can anyone compare the fit of this with say Smith, Giro helmets? I wear large in those, and can't find a climbing helmet that even gets close.

            Hey Skylar, Sorry for the delayed response!

            So the helmet I use now is a Petzl ecrin roc, I've had BD half dome, mammut skywalker, petzl meteor III. Recently tried on BD Vector and Vapor, the M/L fit ok but still very high.

            My had is 61cm circumference and 11cm from brow to crown.

            I've been using a Giro Feature and Smith Variant for mountaineering this year.

            I just wondering about the size of salamander...

            I just wondering about the size of salamander XL I saw the size on official web is 58/66 but I saw 56/62 here so which one is correct thank you

            Is this helmet "big head" friendly as all...

            Is this helmet "big head" friendly as all BD helmets fail to fit me?

            Will ski goggles work with this helmet? I...

            Will ski goggles work with this helmet? I need a helmet for ski mountaineering and the climbing helmets don't accomodate ski goggles with a goggle strap holder in the rear. i cannot tell from the photo if this helmet does.

            There's a bungee cord in the back that may work in a pinch but I wouldn't recommend it as your regular ski mountaineering helmet. The bungee cord attaches at the top and I find that my ski goggles tend to slip upwards and would probably pop off with this helmet. The Petzl and Mammut helmets have downward clips that might work better.

            So i know that climbing helmets are not...

            So i know that climbing helmets are not supposed to look "cool" but every one i've tried on so far has sat way on top of my head, unlike my biking and kayaking helmets which fit more comfortably. any suggestions? I normally wear a Large in whatever headgear i have

            Best Answer

            Check out the Petzl Elios, that seemed to sit pretty well on my head without looking too dorky. I have a Petzl Ecrin Roc, and that looks silly, but its easy to adjust so I keep it for anyone I climb with that needs one.

            The reason climbing helmets sit so high is mostly that our main concern isn't bashing our head against the wall on a fall, but rather that pesky flake that your climber just broke off, or the head-sized rock the occasional homicidal mountain goat just kicked off at you, coming from above you. Especially when on belay, with a rock screaming towards your head at a billion miles an hour... Ker-chunk its embedded in your head, at best you're just bleeding, worst, dead on contact... Very comforting for your climber, hah :D So, wear a helmet kiddies!

            What the largest size this helmet comes...

            What the largest size this helmet comes in?

            I wear a size 8+ (65/66) hat/helmet.