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So light you'll forget it's there.

The Petzl Meteor III Climbing Helmet's ultralight design suits sport and trad climbers who don't want to get on the rock with a heavy brain bucket on their heads. Thanks to a well-vented, in-molded design, this helmet hardly gets noticed when you're up on a pitch. Whether you're getting after it in the middle of the summer or the dead of winter, the Petzl Meteor III Climbing Helmet adjusts to accommodate beanies.

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Could this helmet double as a helmet to...

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Could this helmet double as a helmet to wear when I a riding a river in my Kayak?

5 5

Great brain box

This helmet is super lightweight and adjusts great to fit over a hat, or just your head. Its so light that you forget its even there until tiny little chunks of ice tink off of it. I use this for ice climbing and trad climbing, and the comfort is amazing. Luckily I've never taken a rock to the head, so I can't really comment on the protection properties, but I've always been a believer that a helmet is really just an insurance policy that makes your loved ones feel better, and if you can forget that you are even wearing it, that is a success for me. I give it a 5/5!

I have this helmet as well, I love the...

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I have this helmet as well, I love the feather weight! Is this helmet adequate for backcountry skiing/ski mountaineering?

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It should be fine. If it was designed to handle the rigors of climbing and mountaineering, it should certainly protect your noggin while ski mountaineering. The thing about helmets is that you're supposed to retire them after a good hit, as they're designed to break on impact. When the material breaks, it absorbs the forces that would otherwise break your head. So I would keep that in mind. If you take a good fall while skiing, you should think pretty hard about replacing the helmet.

Stephen Koch doing his morning stretching on Golden Tears

Stephen Koch doing his morning stretching on Golden Tears

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Near Dubois, WY in the Southern WInds.

Photo Copyright - John DeNeufville

5 5

Best in Class

Pretty simple really, Petzl nailed it with this one. Easy to adjust, great fit with or without a hat on, and super light. A great reason to wear your helmet more often.

In the past I've worn really old petzl helmets and more recently Black Diamond Half Dome and Tracer. The tracer is the closest competitor to the Meteor and I think the Meteor beats it on fit and how comfy it is, not to mention it's a little bit lighter.

Best in Class
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This helmet fits great and you forget you are wearing it, it's so light.

5 5

Worth every penny...

1. Light - You hardly notice it's on...
2. Dry - Doesn't wick moisture into your hat when the ice starts dripping... I've found other 'webbing suspended' helmets to be particularly bad about this. It also fits nicely under taller hoods.
3. Safe - I'm pretty sure the polystyrene setup is more bombproof than others. The top is extra thick too...

Helmets are one of those things that you hope to never really 'test', but for the comfort provided this is worth every penny.

Worth every penny...
Nov 5 in UT

Nov 5 in UT

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5 5

good for backcountry skiing

I like this helmet. I like it so much that I'm on my second one. The first one met its sad end when I packed it in a duffel that was stuffed onto a raft and someone, maybe me, sat on it. So, I bought another one.

I use this helmet for climbing and skiing. I don't think its rated for frontal impact, so it's not certified for use during fast-moving sports like skiing. In contrast, CAMP makes two helmets, the Pulse and Speed that are certified to protect noggins from both rockfall and ski crashes. The thing is, it fits really comfortably, more so than CAMP helmets.

Meteors fit over hats, both thick and thin, though I don't recommend large pompoms. It also fits under and over my assortment of hoods and snugs down around the back of my head so that it never slides forward over my eyes or backwards revealing a dreaded gaper gap. On that note, I have a few pairs of goggles and they fit neatly against the front of the Meteor helmet. Unlike ski-specific helmets, I've found my goggles fit most comfortably and securely under the helmet.

The downfalls of the helmet, as I see it, are these: They're somewhat fragile and the kind of thing you'll want to carry on rather than check with that 49.9lb duffel at the ticket counter. Secondly, it's tall on top (presumably to protect from falling rock) and makes me look like a walking asprin tablet. That's not a huge price to pay for an intact IQ, but still... Third, I'm no fashonista, but the graphics could use some tweaking. Edgy is fine, but so far 'white' has seemed to me the most responsible color choice. Obviously, these are objections I've gotten over. It's a good product.

I ski in helmets often and the Meteor is my go-to when I anticipate wanting a helmet on the way up. I've never worn my Meteor to the resort, but then again, my resort helmet is both heavier and more insulated and so it's just too much for uphilling even during that annual January cold snap. At the other end of the spectrum, the Meteor is so well vented that it's fine even when full-steaming uphill on warm spring days. At temps near or below freezing I usually pop on a toque when I peel climbing skins then wear the Meteor over whatever hat/goggle combo I have going for the ride down.

good for backcountry skiing
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i am just getting involved with climbing and i am wondering here. i am very interested in this helmet, but your kidding me...you sat on this thing and it broke. im in construction, and you do not wear a hard hat for the comfort it, u use it for the strength of it protecting your head in case something of mass or weight comes down on you. i would think the same would be in mind when climbing. i myself, unsless explained unto of why this is tolerable in mountaineering, would not leave the most important part of my body in the "comfort" of something that will break if i sit on it. wow, i am really dumbfounded...no offense, as i enjoyed reading your review...i would love to hear comment from others on my concerns as it may be nothing to be conbcerned about. lol.

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Climbing helmets, especially ones like this are actually designed to break. It sounds counter-intuitive, and it sucks if it breaks because you sit on it, but these helmets can absorb an incredible amount of shock, and part of the way they do that is by breaking. If you want a climbing helmet that will take a beating day after day, and will last for a long time, look elsewhere. However, this is hands down the safest climbing helmet out there.

5 5

Feather Weight

This helmet fits great, feels great, and is so light weight I often forget I have it on. It's almost like wearing nothing at all! It does scratch easy, but hey it's a climbing helmet.

Feather Weight
5 5

Light light light

This brain bucket is ridiculously light easy to adjust, all around awesome, the venting is great on hot days.

5 5

Awesome featherweight and well vented

This helmet's awesome, comes with replacement padding and protective cover. It's super well vented and has worked great on the hottest days, it's low profile and is really easily adjustable so it can sit squarely and securely on your noggin'. I had previously used another superlight foam core helmet from a rival manufacturer which was great 'til the padding started peeling off, I thought I'd fix it with some barge cement and that managed to melt the foam. The Petzl has all straps and pads well attached and Backcountry's stellar return policy swapped out the helmets no questions asked.

5 5

Great Product

On more than one occasion, after a day of ice climbing when wearing a hat underneath, I have forgotten to take my helmet off and have not realized it until looking in the rear view mirror on the drive home... The only question to ask with a helmet this light and comfortable is: will this thing work? In fact, better than most and I can testify. I got hit with a rock about the size of a softball on the Grandes Jorasses last summer and had I not been wearing this helmet things could have turned out bad. Fortunately this did exactly what it was designed to do. The helmet was dented and cracked pretty badly, but my head was not! In my opinion this is the best helmet on the market and there is no excuse not to have one on your next climbing adventure.

5 5

I absolutely love this thing.

I hate helmets because they are uncomfortable, bulky, clunky, inconvenient to carry, and generally get in the way. But if you're going to play outside, they're really non negotiable. This helmet gives more coverage than most rock specific helmets which makes it safer for a wider range of potential impacts. It is so lightweight and comfortable that I've forgotten to take it off until I bang it against the car when getting in to go home. I use it year round for rock and ice climbing. It fits well under a hood and/or over a hat (in winter I use a windstopper hat because of all the vents in the helmet). This is the only chin strap that doesn't annoy the *$%& out of me. Unlike my shell helmet (Grivel Salamander) this helmet does not get ice crystals inside it. Wish it came in a matte color though.

5 5

Great Buy

The Petzl Meteor III is a great light weight helmet for any climber. It breaths well and sits comfortable throughout the climb. I enjoy mine and would recommend it to others as a great product!

Great Buy

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