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Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet

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El Cap Climbing Helmet

Named for the looming vertical master, the Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet boasts a tech-savvy design that its namesake would deem worthy. Protect your head and focus on your vertical progress.
  • Visor helps block the sun while the narrow design cuts down on unnecessary bulk
  • Hybrid uses a hard plastic shell combined with a 2K-EPS foam core for low weight and shock-absorption
  • Slide-lock headband lets you achieve the optimal fit for height and size
  • 12 vents encourage natural ventilation and air circulation without compromising on integrity
  • Item #MAM0730

Fit Adjustment
slide-lock headband
Certifications
UIAA 106 (climbing), CE EN 12492 (climbing)
Claimed Weight
12 oz
Recommended Use
climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 1

Be honest about your sizing, Mammut

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
52-57 "small"

The 52-57cm size is 100% for kids, doesn't even fit on my head. If you are at all an adult sized human, do not get the "small". I saw Mammut's comment that it used to be their kids size helmet but they took away that specification. I suggest putting it back so people aren't mislead. I wish I hadn’t had to look 20 reviews deep to find that out. Not the end of the world, but I'm annoyed I now have to return it and figure out a new helmet all over again.

>Rating: 5

One Word

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

Comfortable. That’s it. That’s all you need to know. I could sleep in this helmet.

>Rating: 5

light weight

runs a little small in my opinion but super light weight and comfy

>Rating: 5

comfy and durable

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Everyone at the crag has one of these, it seems, and for good reason. Comfortable to wear for long days, easy on/off, nice adjustability. Cover it in stickers to keep track of whose is whose!

>Rating: 2

The helmet for ants!?!?

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

Smith helmets I'm a 51-55... This one not so much. If you see the picture of the woman online with the tiny helmet, that's relatable. I don't have a large head but this was too tiny! If I can get a larger one I'll do so but this has me disheartened as my first mammut product.

>Rating: 5

convenient

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

The Mammut El Cap is a comfortable helmet with a convenient quick adjustment in the rear

>Rating: 5

Protect that noggin

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Super good helmet, gets the job done, fits great, lightweight, has a visor, looks cool. What else do you need?

>Rating: 5

So good I'm buying a second

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I bought one of these three years ago for rock climbing. I use it a lot. Fits over my baseball cap or without it, every other helmet I've worn either fits with a hat or without, not both. This one's super comfy both ways and crazy easy to adjust - no drama. It's nearly time to retire my old one, so I'm buying another of the same. Color choices are different than three years ago, wish they still made the orange one.

>Rating: 5

Good for that Mountaineering

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Great fit, literally would wear it for 8 hrs a day 5 days a week. I lived with this helmet on. The ventilation is great with this helmet. Bought the red but hindsight would have gone with the white (for those hot summer days). Got me through many a tight spot feeling safe. Sturdy helmet and visor is a huge plus for rainy days. No complaints this helmet is a second skull.

>Rating: 5

Illest Helmet I've Ever Worn

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Style: I got tired of looking like a doofus with the classic Black Diamond half-dome bucket. I wanted something that wasn't as perceivably flimsy as a plastic-covered styrofoam bike helmet protecting my noggin from rock fall (you know the equally-safe helmet I am talking about - the one that makes all us bucket wearers self-conscious on Instagram). Enter the Mammut El Cap. I'll talk about safety in a minute, but let's talk about what really matters when making this purchase: how cool you look. The El Cap has that nice throw-back visor on the front. That's all you need to know. You'll look like the guy or gal that got into climbing before it was cool - like you are a true first ascensionist throwing irremovable, permanent gear into every feature as you work your way up that never-before-climbed 5.4 route. But, then, you pull this baby out of the box and all that sets in is disappointment: what happened to that pronounced visor in the marketing picture? This looks only marginally better than my doofus helmet. At least, that's what you'll send your first route in your new helmet thinking. But, let me tell you, once your partner's photos are thrown up on Instagram, all that doubt will wash away. The visor is there and full on. Safety: The only concern I had when first working with this helmet (you know, day one) was the lack of flexibility of the straps. Those suckers _hurt_ to adjust. It was bad enough to where I wasn't sure if I wanted: (1) to adjust the helmet even when it was a little loose on my first climb with it; (2) return the helmet. Solution to immovable straps: wear the helmet a couple times, sweat all over it, shove it in an alpine pack a couple times and the straps will loosen up enough to where they are adjustable. The plastic adjustor on the back of the head strap is poorly designed and a disappointment, for sure. Particularly for what is a totally stylin' helmet. Tip(s): - Make sure you properly measure your head before you order it (I used a piece of string and a ruler). - Put it through the proverbial wringer. The straps will lose their stiffness and become more adjustable.

Style:

Awesome review!!! Thanks so much, Thomas.

>Rating: 4

Runs Small

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I bought this helmet to replace my BD half dome. I decided on this helmet because it has a built in visor and from the images it looked a little cooler than most of the other bucket style helmets out there (style, safety then style). Initially when I tried it on I thought it was way too small. I have a big head but after a bit of adjustment it fit just right. However if the strapping was any smaller it would not have worked out for me. Overall I'm happy with the helmet just be aware that it does run small.

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Which size you have The small size is 52-57 And my head is 55.8 Would it be too small The large size is 56-61 might be too big My head has a very complicated size to fit between

>Rating: 3

A Good Helmet that isn't Petzl Or BD

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I needed a new helmet after retiring my ancient Camp bucket. My list of requirements aren't long. A helmet needs to fit me well and offer adequate protection. The El Cap helmet fits my rather large head well and keeps me cool here in the Utah heat. My only complaint is the placement and seemingly loose fixture of the EPS foam. It moves inside the shell a little too much for my liking (when not on my head) and I fear a side impact might not be protected well. That said, I trust Mammut quality enough to keep wearing the helmet in spite of my reservations.

>Rating: 3

Too Small!

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

Runs a little small but thanks to Kayla W. at backcountry, hopefully she saved the day with a replacement. We'll see if I get a new helmet tomorrow. I tried to send her this derp picture of me in the helmet to try and assess if it was too small but she passed on getting this photo. Instead she helped me order a new helmet overnight for my trip this weekend. I will be returning this as it look like it should fit a kids head. Hope this derpy photo helps other people decide on the helmet!

Runs

Haha, great photo. If you ordered the 52-57 cm it is definitely the kids size. Previously the 52-57cm was branded as Kid's El Cap. It's no longer branded as such, and the El Cap is just available in the smaller size.

Which size you have im thinking to get The small size which is 52-57 Cus my head is 55.8 Would it be too small The large size is 56-61 might be too big My head has a very complicated size to fit between

>Rating: 4

Love It!!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I currently climb in this helmet and it is amazing. I love the fit and the look. Most helmets make me look pretty durpy but this one is stylin' and high profilin' for my head shape. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is I wish the chin strap was longer because I have to buckle below a magnificent beard so I need the extra strappage to get under the woolly beast.

>Rating: 5

Bomber Bucket

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Solid hardshell helmet to keep flying rocks at bay. Nice brim too. And, the stripes look cool while descending Cassidy Arch!

Solid
>Rating: 4

Comfortable but needs some improvements

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

Helmet is really comfortable but front clips are not deep enough if you're trying to hold a headlamp for caving or sketchy night activity. Trying to fit my black diamond icon on this helmet for caving was a nightmare. This will definitely be a great helmet for rock climbing but I'll keep searching for a good headlamp compatible helmet.

>Rating: 5

Great helmet

Excellent for the price, great adjustments.

>Rating: 5

Really nice

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

the helmet fits really well and looks great. I especially like the little lip on the front that prevents water from dripping on your face. The harness slides back into the helmet when not in use and the helmet bag protects the helmet when not in use.

>Rating: 5

Climbing/Spelunking Helmet

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

Great helmet, great sale price. Use it for spelunking and climbing and it fits the bill nicely.

Hey what headlamp do you use? I had a hell of a time getting my BlackDiamond Icon on there. Ended up having to ditch the top strap

>Rating: 5

Snowboard Mountaineering/Summer Climbing

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Great Helmet, would highly recommend for anyone who needs a versatile summer/winter helmet for mountaineering. Easily adjustable to fit a winter hat and or a summer baseball cap. Would not recommend for resort usage.

Thanks for your review! Nailed it on the perfect splitboard mountaineering helmet.

>Rating:

Has anyone tried this helmet on wearing belay glasses at the same time?Any hindrance from the visor on the vision on the glasses?

>Rating:

I just bought this helmet on steep and cheap in the smallest size (56-61). The straps seem to fit my head comfortably, but as one of the reviews pointed out, it looks like a child's helmet-- the shell is tiny! I'm not very familiar with fitted helmets or how this helmet should fit. How much of the back of your head should be covered by the shell? If anyone has pics of a good fit for this helmet, that might be helpful.

Hi, the smallest size should be 52-57 cm I believe. 56-61 is the larger helmet; however, you're right. The fit on the small one is WAAAAAY off. You should let Backcountry know and exchange it for the larger size. My head was 55 cm, but the larger one fits MUCH better on me. This is just a picture I found on google, but the fit looks good here. The small one sits way high on the head and is very tight--not good.

>Rating:

So apparently this isnt a very popular...

So apparently this isnt a very popular helmet?

At this point, I think you're right, but based on the fact that it's a relatively new helmet and also hard to find in stores to try on. Here's a link to a Backpacker magazine review, http://www.backpacker.com/gear-guide-2012-mammut-el-cap-helmet/articles/16549.

I just tried this helmet on at a local shop. It's extremely comfortable. I currently have a Mammut skywalker 2, that I seriously considered swapping out for this. The one thing that stopped me however was that the clips for a headlamp are very small and feel very fragile. To be honest I think they would probably break or lose their strength to keep the headlamp on after a few uses. My other concern was the visor. If you fall, that edge is going to catch and your face is going to go right into the rock or snow/ice. Just something to consider. If you don't plan on using a headlamp with this helmet then I would definitely recommend it.