Description

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

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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.

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Could you measure your head in cm? Do that and let me know what you come up with and we can go from there. What helmet do you have now from those brands that fit?

Responded on

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.

3 5

Disappointed

  • 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.

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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?

5 5

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!

5 5

My favorite helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This helmet is both comfortable and functional. I tried on several and also watched/read other people's reviews. I'm so glad I decided on the Grivel. Absolutely love everything about it.

5 5

Brain Box

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Keeps your hat holder safe from rock, ice, and bears. Oh my. Comes in vibrant colors and super easy to adjust. The headlamp clip is a nice add-on for night climbs.

Brain Box
4 5

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.
4 5

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.

3 5

Meh...

  • 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

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.

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What I meant to say is I climb cell phone towers will this helmet withstand a good fall and is it approved by OSHA

4 5

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.

5 5

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!
5 5

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.

Where is it Made?

Where is it Made?

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This helmet is made in Italy!

2 5

Don't Like It

  • Gender: Male
  • 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.

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

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I'd go with the manufacturer's stated specs. The folks at Backcountry are good, but sometimes they mess up too.

4 5

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.

5 5

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!
2 5

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.

5 5

Very Comfortable Full Protection

I have used it once so far while climbing Royal Arches at Yosemite National Park. Nothing has fallen on my head so far, but the helmet feels very secure and doesn't shift at all once adjusted correctly. The chin strap has a felt sheath that adds to the overall comfort of the helmet. We climbed for about 11 hours that day, and not once did I feel the urge to take it off. I highly recommend it.

Very Comfortable Full Protection