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Description

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

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5 5

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!
5 5

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.

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.

Responded on

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.
5 5

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.

El Cap Helmet

El Cap Helmet

The El Cap kept my buddies noggin safe while on El Cap

5 5

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.

5 5

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.

4 5

It's a helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Okay.
So this helmet is comfortable, the plastic is solid, the adjustability is nice. But.
I bought this helmet because I thought it was going to be low profile, since many climbing helmets make one look like a lawn gnome. I thought this helmet would be different, and I was wrong.

5 5

Safety first kids

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This has been an excellent helmet for my large noggin.
The fit is adjustable to you can dial it down just right, and let's be honest, it's a little better looking than those Half Dome Helmets...

To add to an already large head, my hair is pretty thick and there's lots of it. All the vents helps me keep my dome at a decent temperature, even during my hardest of tries.

Get this helmet and be the object of envy at the crag!

Safety first kids
5 5

Helmets are good

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

I put this on my head and it worked. Head still intact.

And it was lightweight, comfy and easy to fit. All good things.

1 5

Absolute Disappointment

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I ordered a Small/Medium based on the size measurements listed by Mammut for the El Cap. This helmet is comically small and I was convinced I accidentally ordered was a youth size. Even after making size adjustments, the helmet sits high on the top of your head with limited protection. I was pumped to see a brim on the helmet when ordering, however the brim is useless as it sits at the crown of your forehead. Please consider other negative reviews regarding sizing. I'm not the only climber to have this disappointment.

Responded on

Same happened with mine. Might try the large size to see if that fits better.

*EDIT* The larger size fits MUCH better!

5 5

A lid that protects in comfort.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I was looking for a helmet I ran into many helmets that seem to either compromise coverage of the head for comfort or comfort for coverage of the head. I find that Mammut has found a perfect combination with the El cap. I look forward to putting this helmet on for anything from sport to traditional climbing. Although I hope it never has to be put to use, Id trust this helmet to protect my head from rock fall or the diciest of lead falls. The visor on it is perfect on mornings when the sun is shining directly in your eyes. The helmet also packs well for the approach in and out. This is one piece of gear that is often forgotten about, especially in sport climbing circles. However anyone who has seen large rocks come off the wall seems to understand differently. Don't hold out on buying the helmet until you come to this understanding because it could be too late. Make it a mandatory purchase if you want to climb outside.

A lid that protects in comfort.
4 5

Best helmet I'v used.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I'm looking at a chossy pitch i'm glad I can pull this guy out. It's hard shell and suspension makes it very comfortable to wear and keeps it in place very well when you happen to knock your head on the wall. The visor helps keep a little bit of sun off, but not much. Headlamps stay it place.
And hey, for a helmet it looks pretty cool which is always a plus!

4 5

Functional, Light and OK looking.

I picked up the 56-61cm. I love it. Fits well without a beenie, fits well without a beenie. Easy to adjust for a snug fit. Protect your Dome.

2 5

anyone else have sizing problem?

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

i bought this helmet and will be returning it because mine is waaayy to small. it looked like a sweet helmet, i love how it looks and everything else about it. but mine came and it looks like it would fit a child. i had my 8 year old brother put it on and it fits him well. maybe they sent me the wrong one? or something. but there is no way the one i got would fit an adult.

Responded on

i had the exact same problem you described. when it arrived i was really excited but when i tried it on it looked and felt like it fit too tight. i measured my head and it's right around 55cm so the s/m should have worked. i really wanted to like this for all season climbing(i liked the brim for ice climbing) but I will be returning mine as well.

Responded on

has anyone with sizing issues with size do more than just write a complaint? did anyone try a larger size and report back on fit? I am in a similar position where i think the helmet needs a better fit but don't know if going up a size would help.

5 5

good stuff

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tried to find a helmet i didn't hate looking at and was comfortable. Love this thing. Its comfortable and light. Have had a bunch of climbers complement on it even though i could care less what others thought as long as i didn't hate it. def worth it

5 5

My favorite brainbucket...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Here's a photo of my favorite brainbucket on top of my favorite local crag. (Also...you can see the whistle on the buckle of my Petzl Tikka XP2 I mentioned in an earlier review...)

I've had three helmets, and I've tried out many more.
I love the Mammut El Cap for a few reasons.
For starters, it just looks cool. Any modern helmet you buy will be adequate for the job (of keeping your CPU in its hardcase), so it boils down to smaller details. The little brim on the front actually goes a long way to fend of the stray UVs and the rain, with the added bonus of it finally departing from the time-honored "Dude, Spaceballs, much?" helmet form factor.
And that's always a plus.
Secondly, the retention system is great, and imho, superior to my BD Half Dome. (<-- I still have that guy and still love it, but not as much as the El Cap.) The adjustment is a little pinch-thing, similar to my MTB helmet, and I love the simplicity of it. The little twisty knob on my Half Dome gets cranky sometimes...
With the El Cap, it's super fast and easy to accomodate a beanie or cap or nothing under the helmet, and I do that a lot.
It's way light, and ventilated enough that it never feels hot, if you're the kind person who climbs where things might get hot...
The headlamp clips work great and are hassle-free.
In short, it's the best helmet I've owned on many levels and I'll probably be wearing it for years to come, unless they invent one that injects glucose directly into my brain via some sort of weird European osmosis capability that we can't seem to invent here, so I can further refine my already highly-refined maltodextrin-solute-in-solution-only Kcal mountain nutrition system I currently use...

Oh and speaking of that, why didn't they name it the "Nordwand" or the "Walker Spur" or the "Mont Blanc du Tacul" or the "Grand Jorasses" or, if they HAD to go all US on us, why not the "Infinite Spur"?...

Anyway...5 stars.
I love this thing.

My favorite brainbucket...
4 5

Love this helmet

Love my new helmet. Fits my head well and I like the brim. A great improvement over my old helmet that would never stay in place.

5 5

Great Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first climbing helmet and I was happy to find that I forgot I was wearing it. I wear a 7 3/8ths cap normally and the bought the smoke 56-61. The helmet fits like a dream and leaves me plenty of space to wear a beanie under now that it's getting cold out here. My buddy even ended up buying one a couple days after I got mine he liked it so much!