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Be like the salamander.
You never see salamanders slip off steep surfaces, but you slip off of them all the time—lucky for you, Grivel's Salamander 2.0 Climbing Helmet is here to protect your dome when you do. Its outer shell helps prevent penetration when your your head hits jagged rocks, and the foam liner absorbs impact. Top vents allow air to pass through the helmet, and the adjustable system tucks away for compact storage in your climbing pack. Grivel also attached clips to keep your headlamp secure when you're up on a route later than you have planned.
- A simple and straightforward helmet designed for vertical pursuits
- Penetration-protecting outer shell with impact-absorbing liner
- Top vents allow cool air to pass through and heat to escape
- Adjustable system tucks into helmet for compact storage
- Clips attach headlamps to helmet
- Item #GRV001T
- Q & A
Big Head/ Happy
I had to return a helmet made by CAMP USA because the largest setting was not big enough to accommodate my larger than average noggin. I spoke to my Backcountry âGear Headâ and he recommended the Grivel Salamander. I took his word for it and ordered it right then. I flipped through some reviews after the fact and was a little worried to hear that people werenât too stoked about the sizing strap system. When I received the helmet and tried it on, my concerns were immediately quelled. The helmet fit my fat head perfectly and I actually really like the simpler design of the rear strap, I feel like thereâs less that can go wrong with. Aesthetics are great, looks awesome!
Almost had it.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I had gotten the salamander 2.0 as a helmet I could use and abuse on sport routes while working in North Carolina over the Summer. For what it is, it did a great job at providing protection and felt like a study helmet that could take a rock or two off the dome. It fit my head well too, and had enough adjustment straps to lock down a fit. However, I found that after lapping a few routes that the helmet had a tendency to slide back on my head and expose my forehead. I tried to lock down all the straps and tighten them further, but after one pitch it would slide back. Super irritating when your trying to focus in on a climb.
I then threw on a hat underneath the helmet and it locked it down and prevented it from sliding. But then that fix made the chin strap almost impossible to fit around my chin. I think maybe a small cycling cap with a short brim would do the trick? In the end, its a solid helmet, I've always liked Grivel, but it might be better going the route of a Petzl or BD helmet.
Fits my chrome dome.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I dig the Grivel Helmets because the fit larger heads (like mine). The original Salamander was made for bigger domes, and the Salamander hasn't dissapointed. I almost went with the Grivel Stealth, but now I'm glad I went with the salamander 2.0. Smooth lines. I havn't had any trouble adjusting the rear strap. Nice and tight and doesn't move around once i have it adjusted.
Could've been good
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I think the shell of this helmet is really good- like any ABS helmet, I'm sure it's highly durable, and the size and shape are very nice. It's a little bigger than a BD Half-Dome and can better accommodate my big head, even with a thin beanie underneath. By comparison, the BD fit is barely acceptable on my bare head, and becomes ridiculous when you pair it with, say, an MH Microdome.
It is, however, let down by an utterly terrible strap system. The rear strap, in addition to being more cumbersome to adjust than a typical click wheel or sliding plastic strap, MUST be adjusted every time you put it on. Until it's on your head, there is no friction to hold the sliders in place. And, unless you get the strap adjusted perfectly (and pretty tight), the helmet will fall forward over your brow. Even then, I have a lot of doubt that it will stay put.
I was willing to give it a try, though...but then the fixed chin strap is a total deal-breaker. It sits too far back, so it hits my throat instead of being properly under my chin. And the openings rub my ears.
If you paired this helmet's shell with the straps on a Half-Dome, it would be great. I wish I could get the old Salamander XL, which seems like it would be perfect for me, but it was hard to find that helmet, even when it was still being made.
This one's going back, and I'll have to try something else.