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The go-anywhere, climb-anything helmet.

Petzl designed its Elios Climbing Helmet with versatility in mind so you can stay safe whether you're rock or ice climbing, mountaineering, caving, canyoneering, or hitting up a via ferrata. Its lightweight ABS shell meets all the standard certifications for climbing. The expanded polystyrene liner is breathable and prevents the helmet from moving around on your dome while you climb, and the comfortable PE foam absorbs the moisture off your head so you stay dry. You can adjust the headband and chin strap for an ideal fit across your noggin. Petzl integrated shutters over the vents so you can close them when you climb in colder temps. And this helmet is compatible with Petzl's headlamps and the Vizion eye shield (sold separately) so you can be ready for whatever route comes your way. 

  • ABS shell
  • Expanded polystyrene liner with PE foam
  • Adjustable headband and chin strap
  • Sliding shutters over vents
  • Compatible with headlamp and Vizion eye shield (sold separately)

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4 5

Solid Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up the Elios as my first climbing helmet. While I haven't tried out any others, I can say that it's secure, lightweight , it breathes and is comfortable. If you're looking to pick one up, I can definitely recommend it.

4 5

Safety for your melon.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had mine a few years now and it's still working well. The white color is fading slightly, but I threw a few stickers on it from my favorite climbing companies and it's lively again.


I have dreadlocks and so it's always been hard finding a helmet that fits well. The one size fits all system is great, though I use a small beanie underneath (especially while winter climbing), and it helps keep the helmet perfectly snug.

I really appreciate the headlamp tags as well. A headlamp can easily strap on top and due to this feature it stays in place without impeding movement whatsoever.

It's lightweight and as far as helmets are concerned, I find this relatively fashionable. I think Petzl could use some cooler colors, but otherwise its a fantastic piece of gear.

(Pitch 1-South Bubble M.D.I.)

Safety for your melon.
4 5

Has kept my noggin' safe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I fortunately haven't taken any falls to the head, but this helmet has kept my cranium safe from many rocks!

Has kept my noggin' safe
Old Reliable Saves, Time For New One

Old Reliable Saves, Time For New One

I've had my Petzl Vertex for a few years and recently became very thankful for it. After a free climb on Utah's Pfeifferhorn I was scrambling up a ridge line when a goat kicked loose some rocks above and one hit me directly on the top of helmet. It's time for a replacement and will be picking this one up.


5 5

Great Entry-Level Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have really enjoyed this helmet so far. I was worried about the fit initially because my head is 56cm which is the max of the size 1 but only slightly into the size 2. I went with the size 2 because I wanted to be able to use this during winter months with hats etc. It turned out the be the perfect choice.

The helmet is very light and durable. The additional padding on the inside makes it super comfy and I hardly ever know I am wearing it.

If you are looking for a helmet that doesn't break the bank but still provides you with ample protection for any outdoor climb, I would suggest this to anyone.

3 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

We've rented the helmet on several occasions, but decided to take the plunge and purchase our own. The 2014 model is shaped rather oddly...conehead-like. It sits kind of high. I'd suggest measuring head size. This is going back.

5 5

Great Helmet

This helmet is great it is light and comfortable. It easily adjusts and you can make it bigger if you need to wear a hat under it. I like the opening and closing vents, they come in handy in the winter. This is an all around great helmet for the price range.

4 5

Decent helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Good helmet, although it pinches the back of my head and I usually have a headache by p3 of any long multipitch route. Make sure your helmet fits just right and not too tight.

5 5

nice helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

in my opinion helmets are like baseball umpires, when they're good, you don't really notice them and everything runs smoothly. but when they're bad, it affects the you alot. this helmet is good because it is comfy, light, and easy to adjust, I usually forget that its on my noggin and just climb without noticing it.

5 5

Lightweight Staple

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

Not much more to say about this guy. I take it everywhere and barely know it's on or that I'm carrying it. It's protected my dome from rocks, flying rollerballs, dropped gear, and a thrown Cliffbar.