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A durable and comfortable helmet for women.

Petzl designed its Elia Climbing Helmet specifically for women so you can send safely and comfortably. Its lightweight ABS shell meets some of the most rigorous certifications for climbing so you know you don't have some cheap piece of plastic protecting your head. The expanded polystyrene liner is breathable and sticks to your head so the helmet doesn't move around, and the PE foam absorbs shock from rockfall. This helmet's innovative Omega headband gives you an ideal fit without getting in your hair's way even if you have it up in a ponytail. And you can attach any of Petzl's headlamps to this helmet for when you end up rappelling off the route after the sunset.

  • Women-specific design
  • ABS shell
  • Expanded polystyrene liner with PE foam
  • Omega headband
  • Adjustable chin strap
  • Headlamp compatible

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4 5

Glad I got it in blue...!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm glad I got this helmet whatever year they offered it in white/blue (2013 or 2014? not too long ago), since pink isn't really my thing. Probably a reaction to all the shrink-it-and-pink-it versions of men's gear that some companies try to call "women's" gear. For this helmet though, I haven't found that to be the case.

Vanity aside this is a pretty great helmet. I choose to wear helmets for all outdoor climbing, whether it's trad, sport, TR or ice. It's lightweight and adjustable, so easy to bring along, climb in (with or without a beanie and/or hood underneath it for cooler days or ice), and loan out to various newer climbers who might not yet have helmets of their own. It's not too hot in the summer and has a padded forehead for comfort and to act as a de facto sweat band. Headlamps stay on securely and don't budge.

I see the other reviewer who had coverage issues with the ponytail cutout. I hadn't considered that as a safety issue - though I'll give it some thought now - and I've always liked the cutout for my always-there ponytail. It allows me to keep my hair off my neck and climb more comfortably in the helmet (if a helmet isn't comfortable, the temptation to climb without it is greater!) when the weather's hot or humid.

I give this helmet 4 stars instead of 5 because I have trouble keeping it straight on my noggin...it always seems to tilt just a little bit left or right. The chin strap has clips that adjust where the strap comes together under each ear (that's not an easy-to-understand-sentence, sorry, but basically it means you can adjust the chin strap from either side), so it can take a little tweaking to make sure it's level.

The helmet stays in place and has protected me from falling objects (ice, rocks, the occasional spider), as well as from whacking my head into overhangs or other super-graceful moves. This one's a keeper, I'll be wearing it as long as it's in good enough shape to do the job!

Glad I got it in blue...!
Protection and Attachments

Protection and Attachments

Jen with her GoPro, the Elia also accommodated her headlamp at the same time.

Keeping the noggin safe

Keeping the noggin safe

My friend Jen with her Petzl Elia, onsighting the classic Outer Limits- Yosemite. Wear your helmet, don't leave it on the ground!

3 5

Short strap causes buckles to hit ears

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

I have last year's model (white helmet with blue-green accents). The design is the same as this one, it's just the straps for this one is slightly longer but my friends have this year's model and they still have the problem. It's just not as bad as mine. Despite adjusting the straps and those strap sliding things that also hook to the buckles as well as the two side adjusters on the outside, it doesn't help me lengthen the strap a little in order to get those buckles off my ears. By the end of every climbing day, my earlobes are chafed red and raw! To make matters worse, that cutout in the back for your ponytail was a great idea only if you have a lot of hair making your ponytail a thick one which is sort of a substitute for protecting your head back there. Otherwise, you're SOL. I slipped while rock scrambling and hit my head back onto this rock wall. That exact area was vulnerable and I hit my head. It wasn't a big hit or anything. I luckily was able to hold onto something nearby to soften my fall but it still gave me a headache. Imagine if I hadn't been able to prevent a heavier fall. I would have been out cold.

So overall it protects your head but only in the circumstances I mentioned - ponytail included. AND what is up with the straps?

5 5

"Head" of the Pack

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

Add this to your gear pile! Petzl has made great helmets for so many years now. I have owned previous models and I have to say, I love this helmet. Super light, comfy, stays in place, vents and padding where they should be and overall great style. Sits with a lower profile, which I like. Protect your Noggin. Happy Climbing!

"Head" of the Pack
4 5

Pretty in Pink

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

I'm not going to lie, I initially chose this helmet because it comes in pink (white and pink), because it matches most of my other climbing gear. It took a while for me to get the size right with the straps but now that I have it just right I love it! I'm really happy that its incredibly adjustable so in the winter I can wear a hat, or two, underneath and still stay safe! I also love that the ponytail cutout is there, rocking a side pony while climbing totally stinks!

2 5

Ponytail cutout in the back is bad idea

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used to have this helmet. I loved it until mountaineering this weekend when I experienced a rockfall. The helmet caught most of the impact, but the rock bashed my head as well -right in the cutout in the back for a ponytail. I will be using full coverage back from now on. The helmet saved my life for sure, but had I had full back coverage, I wouldn't have a gash in my head right now.

4 5

Very Satisfied

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

Trying to find a comfortable climbing helmet was a pain. I ordered the Half Dome Helmet and El Cap Climbing Helmet and disliked both of them regarding fit, comfort, and there ability to maintain placement on my head while climbing and belaying. ThePetzl Elia Climbing Helmet - Women's was AMAZING. I'm completely satisfied with all details of this helmet. It stays in place and conforms to my head and hair. Highly recommend. Wish it came in more color options, besides pink...

5 5

Stays in place

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

I recently went on a climb in Big Cottonwood Canyon, and got to use my new pretty pink Elias. The first thing I noticed was how well it sat on my head. Not only did it stay in place, but I barely even noticed it. It allowed me to have my hair pulled back without getting in the way and the brim is just enough to help block out the sun, but still allow you to see. It's super easy to adjust once you figure it out (I recommend reading the instructions). Overall, so far so good and I look forward to years of use.