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Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet

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    • White/Iron, 52-57cm
      $69.95
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      $69.95
    • Ontario-white, 52-57cm
      sale $55.96
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      $69.95
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    41 Reviews

    Details

    Because your head is your most expensive piece of gear.

    Named for the looming vertical master, the Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet boasts a tech-savvy design that its namesake would deem worthy. Protect your head and focus on your vertical progress.
    • Visor helps block the sun while the narrow design cuts down on unnecessary bulk
    • Hybrid uses a hard plastic shell combined with a 2K-EPS foam core for low weight and shock-absorption
    • Slide-lock headband lets you achieve the optimal fit for height and size
    • 12 vents encourage natural ventilation and air circulation without compromising on integrity
    • Item #MAM0730

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [shell] hard plastic, [lining] 2K-EPS foam
    Number of Vents
    12
    Fit Adjustment
    slide-lock headband
    Certifications
    UIAA 106 (climbing), CE EN 12492 (climbing)
    Claimed Weight
    12 oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    LightWeight, Comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This helmet is an all around great helmet, is lightweight, and fits like a glove, I do suggest to size up as the largest size is even a bit small! I wear this helmet while belaying and it protects me from any unwanted falling rocks and the sun!

    Good all-around helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I recently bought this helmet to use during a week-long Girl Scout Encampment. Every day was spent outside in full sun, teaching rock climbing and rappelling. Initially I bought the helmet because I like the way it looks, and because Mammut makes quality mountaineering/climbing gear. I wore it while belaying and climbing with a thin b-ball cap underneath (to help block the sun). It was comfortable to wear with and with out the b-ball cap and it was light enough for me to quickly forget that I was wearing it. I chose the white helmet to help keep my head cool while in the sun, and it worked great. The size adjustment sliders in the back are very easy to use, but since I am used to the typical knob adjuster it took a little time to learn. I found it takes two hands to adjust the helmet evenly on both sides, rather than just one hand to adjust a knob. The helmet sits a little bit higher than I expected due to the design of the interior foam (like a bicycle helmet). I will have to get used to it. I think this will be a great all-around helmet for belaying, climbing, rappelling, and general mountaineering. I plan to purchase a separate clip-on visor so I can ditch the b-ball cap (helping to keep my head cool and the sun off of my face).
    ps. backcountry.com customer service rocks!

    Just bought my second one

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I use mine mostly in the warmer months to facilitate climbing walls and high ropes. I haven't experienced a sizing issue with either helmet, and love the sliding adjustment in the back. The only downside is very rarely the small visor will block my vision when belaying, but only if I'm very close to the wall and it's very easy to fix. I haven't taken a fall or hit that affected the helmet, but the first one held up to two years of summer camp abuse (hanging on a backpack most of the day, kids trying it on, stuff like that) and is still around as a backup. It's comfortable for long sessions, but the visor makes wearing a hat underneath feel awkward if you're one of those folks.
    Overall, my favorite parts of this helmet are that it's not very bulky, it holds up very well, and the slide adjustment on the back is comfortable to use and stays in place during long use.

    Safety First

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

    This helmet looks great and will protect you too. This helmet is an impact from above protection system. With the EPS foam being only on the top portion of the head. I really like the brim on the helmet, and am super stoked to see how it performs outdoors. The adjustment system on the back of the head can really make for a comfortable fit. Great buy!

    Quality Helmet!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This helmet has been used on 10 or so climbing trips. So far it has performed outstandingly as you would expect any Mammut product to do. I have been nothing but pleased with the protection provided by this helmet. While performance is the main factor in purchasing any form of protective gear, the price of the product and the way it looks are also key factors to many buyers. At the end of the day, all of our biggest goals are to stay safe, look badass, save some cash, and reach the top of that route! All of these things are easily accomplished with the Mmmut El Cap helmet!

    3/4 helmet only good for climbing

      I have been using the helmet for climbing, via ferrata and canyoneering. For climbing is good and confortable good protection thats why I got the 3/4 helmet, but in the via ferrata whe you turn up your head whit a backpack some times the helmet is uncomfortably when touch the backpack and the helmet moves to the front. The same when you are in an active canyon and get in to the water the helmet some times moves to the front because of the backpack, is not polyvalent like some other helmets I used.

      Headlamp clip sucks

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      As a helmet it works pretty well and the visor is nice. It was as comfy as the Petzl and BD equivalents.

      The thin front headlamp clips are not great however. If you look up with your face close to the wall on a sketchy night descent, the headlamp scrapes out of its clips and in rare hilarious cases, overtops the visor and smacks your eyeballs.

      What's so frustrating about this is that the insane design choice to put tiny clips up front seems purely aesthetic. I mean this is a great looking helmet. It's got awesome contrasting colours and little scribble scrabbles on it's edges. I hate when I fall susceptible to gear companies marketing to 'cool' factor rather than 'actually works' factor.

      Some would say that they kept the clips short to get slings off easier but it falls short here too. The back headlamp clips seem to snag'n snap frequently as they are not inset like the BD and Petzl equivalents.

      Comfortable, light, love the visor

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      What i like about this helmet:

      1) light and comfortable to wear all day
      2) the visor, though it seems small, does actually help with glare without getting in the way. It also improves the look of the helmet on.
      3) the ventilation holes are great and i like that there is a nice chunk of foam around them which provides extra protection vs more open holes
      4) i sized up as per the other reviews and the helmet fits me well. It also fits my husband adjusting larger though. I suspect it only runs a little bit small.
      5) good color selection for those of us that enjoy fun and bright gear. I do!

      Photo: climbing up the very crumbly and loose Lizard's Head summit at 13,113 feet, Telluride, CO.
      Also wearing Mammut shell
      http://www.backcountry.com/mammut-felsnadel-touring-jacket-womens?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6bWFtbXV0IHRvdXJpbmc6MToxOm1hbW11dCB0b3VyaW5n&skid=MAM0869-BK-M
      and Sportiva mythos shoes
      http://www.backcountry.com/la-sportiva-mythos-climbing-shoe-womens?s=a

      Comfortable, light, love the visor

      for Tiny Heads

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

      I typically wear a S/M in helmets and hats but this is by far the smallest helmet i've ever placed upon my head. it was tiny! be sure to go up a size and try it on if you can. i'm sure its a great helmet if you can get the fit right. i ended up selling it to a friend to recoup my money and purchased a different helmet for myself. my friend seems to like it.

      Impress your friends!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought this helmet for my summit of Mt Hood and couldn't be happier with it. It fits supremely well, stays on tight, and protects your noggin in style. Everyone in my group commented on how much they liked my helmet, and I have to agree with them!

      Impress your friends!

      Beware the Smaller Size

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

      If you're on/close to the borderline size difference GO WITH THE BIGGER ONE. This helmet runs waaaaay small. The smaller one doesn't even seem like an adult helmet--it honestly looks like it would only ever fit a child. I think almost every adult needs the larger size. The circumference of my head was only about 55cm, but the bigger one fits fine, even though it's not technically within the range. I don't even need to cinch it all the way down to fit. Thankfully, Backcountry was super helpful and gave me a free return and free two day shipping on the new one, so that's a plus. The helmet itself seems great. I haven't worn it climbing yet, but it looks good (nice matte color in the white) and feels light on my head. Obviously I can't comment on it's durability, but I got it on sale so it was a great buy either way. Just DON'T GET THE SMALL if you're an adult. Be warned.

      Protect your head in comfort.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have an abnormally large noggin, but this helmet seems to fit really well so far. The fit is adjustable and can be dialed down for a nice snug fit. Additionally, the vents are nice and keep you cool.

      Cool helmet for the money

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Have used this helmet mostly for ice climbing. Love the brim for wet weather or climbing on glacier ice, no water in the eyes! Fits exceptionally well. And its not very expensive. Has taken a fair bit of abuse and still goes hard.

      pretty darn cool

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I hate wearing helmets in any sport. However they are essential sometimes. I am glad a picked this up for a wet multi-pitch adventure up devils castle this weekend. Put some new dents and dings in it, but I guess that's better than putting them in my head. Sizing was not an issue for me in the large. Out of most of the helmets i've seen or worn, I feel less dorky in this one.



      adjusting the fit is super simple and the colors are cool I think. If you are looking for new helmet, this is hard to beat.

      I just bought this helmet on steep and cheap in the smallest size (56-61). The straps seem to fit my head comfortably, but as one of the reviews pointed out, it looks like a child's helmet-- the shell is tiny! I'm not very familiar with fitted helmets or how this helmet should fit. How much of the back of your head should be covered by the shell? If anyone has pics of a good fit for this helmet, that might be helpful.

      Best Answer

      Hi, the smallest size should be 52-57 cm I believe. 56-61 is the larger helmet; however, you're right. The fit on the small one is WAAAAAY off. You should let Backcountry know and exchange it for the larger size. My head was 55 cm, but the larger one fits MUCH better on me. This is just a picture I found on google, but the fit looks good here. The small one sits way high on the head and is very tight--not good.

      Hi, the smallest size should be 52-57 cm I believe. 56-61 is the larger helmet; however, you're right. The fit on the small one is WAAAAAY off. You should let Backcountry know and exchange it for the larger size. My head was 55 cm, but the larger one fits MUCH better on me. This is just a picture I found on google, but the fit looks good here. The small one sits way high on the head and is very tight--not good.

      So apparently this isnt a very popular...

      So apparently this isnt a very popular helmet?

      At this point, I think you're right, but based on the fact that it's a relatively new helmet and also hard to find in stores to try on. Here's a link to a Backpacker magazine review, http://www.backpacker.com/gear-guide-2012-mammut-el-cap-helmet/articles/16549.

      Best Answer

      I just tried this helmet on at a local shop. It's extremely comfortable. I currently have a Mammut skywalker 2, that I seriously considered swapping out for this. The one thing that stopped me however was that the clips for a headlamp are very small and feel very fragile. To be honest I think they would probably break or lose their strength to keep the headlamp on after a few uses. My other concern was the visor. If you fall, that edge is going to catch and your face is going to go right into the rock or snow/ice. Just something to consider. If you don't plan on using a headlamp with this helmet then I would definitely recommend it.