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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)
    • Item #PTZ000M

    Tech Specs

    10 vents
    Fit Adjustment
    adjustable headband, adjustable chin strap
    CE EN 12492 (climbing), UIAA 106 (climbing)
    Claimed Weight
    [size 1] 10.6 oz, [size 2] 11.6 oz
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

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    Great long lasting helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This helmet is great! While it is not the lightest on the market it is very durable and very comfortable. It has all the features you would want for a climbing helmet that can meet the demands of every style of climbing from alpine to sport climbing. It has great adjustments to fit a variety of shapes of heads. It also has plenty of real estate for your favorite stickers!

    Simply, the Best!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Personally, I have never been one to take great care of my gear in the field. With products becoming lighter and smaller all the time, the question of durability is always there. Safety standards typically being equally met across the board for helmets, the Elios stands far above the rest in my eyes. I have had mine for over 3 years and it has shielded my cranium from many small rocks and chunks of ice without fail. When strapped to the outside of my pack, being dragged through trees and over rocks, the webbing remains unscathed as well as the shell. It is of the upmost importance to always inspect your personal protective equipment before and after every use, but my Elios has taken many a beating and still passes all of the safety checks.

    Pretty good all-around

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Lightweight, comfortable, almost everything I could ask for in a helmet. So much that it barely feels like I'm wearing anything. The chin strap is not too bad, either. People seem to say it runs small, but having a really small head for an adult, I wouldn't be the best judge of that. I find the sizing to be great for me and bonus it doesn't look like I have some awkward mushroom on my head. Because of my small head size I can get away with putting my nano puff jacket hood over it. I initially ordered a size 1 which worked perfectly for me, but a few years after I got my Elios in white, I had to get a cochlear implant. When I got a second cochlear implant nine months after my first, I had to move up to a size 2 in order to accommodate both headpieces without knocking anything off my head. It is a bit wide for my facial frame but I can get away in it OK and I'm able to tighten it enough so it fits securely. Depending on the season I wear a light balaclava do-rag style or a breathable skull cap underneath the helmet to keep the headpieces in place while climbing, which works. I also like how the adjustable mechanism works and how the plastic is contoured in relation to the webbing which allow my headpieces to sit in between some of those spaces, not overlapping with them. The headlight clips could be much more improved though.

    Better Options

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had this helmet for about two years with it's main use being alpine and ice climbing.

    Pros: Comfortable and durable

    Cons: Relatively heavy, vents do not stay open causing overheating, adjustment buttons are too small for use with insulated gloves, and finally the headlamp clips lack enough room to actually get the strap into them with moderate ease(very frustrating when you're exhausted and your hands are numb).

    Conclusion: This may be a decent cragging helmet in warmer weather but for scenarios where it's cold, I would highly recommend looking elsewhere. As seen above, there are many more cons than pros. There are much better options out there!

    The OG Climbing Helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is the helmet to bring it all back to the basics.

    Super light, room for a hat or beanie beneath - super low profile while wearing it - makes it easy to adjust with the system in the back. Keep that noggin safe!!!

    Caption - buddy crimping and pimpin on a already forgotten route "Kinabalu" Bell's Canyon UT

    The OG Climbing Helmet

    Wrong sizing, poor fitting

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I mesured my head and for the size chart i was a 1. This is totally wrong, size 1 is for kinds, not even for women. I had to replace the helmet for a 2 size which was ok.
    As regards the fit i must say i've use it several times and i still haven't found the perfect fit. I'm thinking in buying a new helmet to replace the elios.
    I guess there surely are better options for a similar amount of money.

    Finally i bought the edelrid shield helmet, very similar helmet but with an excellent fitting, good foam pads which makes the helmet really comfortable. The straps are also a great value. After trying this helmet i've changed my previous 3 star qualification, the fitting problem is really an issue when protecting your head is the goal to achieve.

    Good helmet, be aware of sizing changes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is the second Petzl Elios I've purchased, and it's a good helmet if it fits you. I have a previous version of the Elios that I love but it won't last forever. After I bought this helmet I found out that Petzl has changed the design with a new strap and a new liner. The changes to the foam liner and the padding on the straps makes this new helmet fit differently (smaller) than the old one, even in the same Size 1. I wouldn't be able to wear a hat under this helmet, while I can with the old one. I ended up giving this helmet to my sister and it fits her well. Also, depending where your ears are on your head the straps can be uncomfortable. Fit is very individual, so I prefer trying helmets on in person before buying. The picture below is of my crag baby trying on the Elios, waiting for his turn to climb! He'll have to wait a few more years.

    Good helmet, be aware of sizing changes

    Work horse / gets the job done

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've taken this helmet all over the place and really have no complaints about it. It's not the lightest or the the coolest looking helmet out there, but it is beefy and fits my head well. Fortunately I've never really put the protection aspect of it to the test, but I'm glad to have it.

    Photo: shameless selfie somewhere on the Ham n Eggs route, Mooses Tooth, AK. The hood of my Atom LT fits over this helmet really nicely.

    Work horse / gets the job done

    New model is not as good

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    Petzl has just updated the Elios and I must say, it's not as good. Here's a rundown of the changes I noticed:

    1. Circumference Adjustment. - Petzl has done away with the adjustment wheel system on the back, and instead there seems to be a double click system that you'd find on a 10 dollar walmart bike helmet. Maybe this is in the name of weight savings but it has a number of drawbacks: First, it's not as easy to adjust if you're sharing a helmet. Second, it's easy to get it asymmetrical and then it doesn't sit right. Not impressed with this change.

    2. Straps-- Most noticeably, the straps just don't sit flat. It's remarkably uncomfortable. They've also changed how the front and back straps join to the chin strap-- with the old model, the strap folds over at the bend and makes a generous, wide angle through the bracket. With the new model, the straps move parallel through the adjustment bracket, then bend to make the angle. And when straps bend, they don't sit flat. Also, no matter how I adjusted it, I couldn't get the straps to sit flat against my head without touching my ears. Couldn't get it comfortable even after finicking with it for a while.

    So unfortunately this one's going back. I'm going to see if I can find the old model somewhere else, or look into the half-dome.

    medida correcta

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

    Estaba dudoso en la medida de este casco, compre Petzl Elios 2, y la medida es excelente, puedes usar sin gorro que ajusta correctamente, para usar con gorra de frío se la medida se ajusta lo con facilidad. saludos desde Quito - Ecuador

    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.

    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.


    Old Reliable Saves, Time For New One

    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.