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Petzl Meteor Climbing Helmet

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One of the most ventilated helmets on the market.

Petzl designed its Meteor Climbing Helmet to keep you safe while you climb with the utmost comfort in mind. The first thing you might notice is how many ventilated slits there are for maximum air circulation that helps cool your head on the hottest days on the mountain. Petzl used polycarbonate for the shell in order to keep it both lightweight and ready to take the impact. The helmet's polystyrene liner is breathable and comfortable, and it stabilizes the helmet on your head so you don't have to readjust it after every pitch you climb. Its headband cinches across your head for an ideal fit, and it folds into the helmet for easy travel. The adjustable chin strap has a magnetic buckle so you can clip it on with one hand. This helmet is also compatible with a headlamp or Petzl's Vizion eye shield so you're ready to send whatever route comes your way. 

  • Polycarbonate shell
  • Polystyrene liner
  • Adjustable, stowable headband
  • Adjustable chin strap with magnetic buckle
  • Fourteen ventilation slits
  • Compatible with headlamp and Vizion eye shield (both sold separately)
  • Item #PTZ000K

Tech Specs

[shell] polycarbonate plastic, [liner] polystyrene foam, [straps] polyester
14 large vents
Fit Adjustment
adjustable headband, adjustable chin strap
CE EN 12492 (climbing), UIAA
Claimed Weight
[size 1] 7.7 oz, [size 2] 7.9 oz
Recommended Use
rock climbing, mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years

Tech Specs

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Not a fan of chin strap design!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Lol, unlike all the other positive reviews I had big time trouble with the magnetic closure all along. While in every other way this helmet is comfortable and gets the job done, I could not for the life of me keep it on my head sometimes because the chin strap would come loose. The magnet picks up a lot of micro dust from often being set in the dirt and such which doesn't give you an inspiring feeling when attaching it! I was never 100% sure it was really fastened, and truly while climbing sometimes the helmet would come loose. It actually even came off entirely while leading P1 of Fine Jade. There is nothing worse than cruxing with your helmet coming off! This honestly happened a couple of times. THEN, we finally figured out how if I wiggled the buckle a lot, these two micro snap closures would lock it in place. Finally! THe solution. THEN, the next time, I went about trying (quite hard) to wiggle it to lock just right, and I broke it off completely! Such a bummer. Maybe I'm being a dumb-dumb, but I had so much trouble with this one. I now tie it on my head. It's working ok now.

Strange sizing

    I purchased this helmet on sale in the turquoise color and I have to say that this is some funky sizing. Size 1 might fit a child and should be labeled child size or mini human size. I never thought my head was that large, but this helmet made me think it was. Unfortunately I had to return it, and have since been using an older version of the meteor that fits a normal adult.

    Loving the Meteor Climbing Helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have been using the Meteor Helmet for about a year, and I have no complaints. It is comfortable, lightweight, and practical! It fits my head perfectly, because I can adjust the size easily to get the right fit. My overall favorite feature is the magnetic closure. This helmet makes me feel more comfortable climbing on routes where I feel there may be a risk of rockfall or head impact. By wearing the Meteor, I have the confidence to go all out and try my hardest without fear getting in my way.

    Fits kids with big heads

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    A couple notes worthy of report:
    -The size 1 fits my (tiny) 9-year-old daughter, and her long hair works fine.
    -The size 2 fits my (potato head) 11-year-old son.
    -I bought one for myself, a size 2, but didn't feel like it fit. I would expand the head strap as far as it went, and it just felt like the whole thing sat on my head like a fedora. I'm new to climbing helmets, but wear a bike helmet almost every day. Compared to my Bell bike helmet, it felt skimpy and ill-fitting. So I sent it back. After that, I tried on some other full coverage helmets and found they fit better, ones where the foam itself wraps around the base of the skull. But I didn't buy them b/c they weren't on sale, and even if they were, I had spent too much on the kids'!
    -Then I had to climb at several areas where I just had to have a helmet, so took my son's along. What I gradually learned was that the head strap functions independently from the shell, and so you have to manually pull it down in the back to cradle the base of your skull. When you do that, it feels comfortable like my bike helmet. I recently wore it for about 6 hours a day for a long weekend of trad climbing and by the end, I forgot it was on. So I might buy this again if I need my own.

    One of the best

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

    Did tons of research before I bought my mountaineering helmet and all signs pointed to this piece of cranial protection. Lightweight and very well ventilated. The magnetic buckle does a great job of helping secure it on with one hand. Was nice to score it at the end of season sale for a discounted price. Tempted to wear it in non mountaineering situations for the added protection and it just feels good to have it on. Safety first and foremost!!

    It's so comfortable and lightweight

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love the Meteor helmet. It's extremely light weight. The streamline padding is super comfortable. The Meteor is very easy to adjust, it has magnetic closure and a secure harness that cradles your skull nicely. In addition, it is really cool looking!!
    I have used this helmet so much that I can put my headlamp on without taking the helmet off, headlamps easily fit around it and stay in place.
    Highly recommend it. One thing you have to be careful of, not only with this helmet, but with any lightweight one, is to pack it properly for transport or on the approach. All lightweight helmets need to be carefully stored!
    Absolutely love the Meteor!!!!

    Good helmet, just didn't fit

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Objectively this is a great helmet, and I bought it after reading a bunch of reviews. I purchased the size 2, but after wearing it climbing many times, it was just a bit too big. I could tighten down the inner frame, but the shell still moved around too much for my liking. So I returned it for the size 1, but that was way too small. So sadly, I'm returning both and going with the BD vector S/M which fits great and is about the same price. I still think this is a fantastic helmet--just not for my head I guess.

    My favorite rock climbing helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had at least 8-10 helmets over the years and this is my fav all rounder! For light and fast alpine climbing I still like the Sirocco, but this is my go-to for day to day guiding work and play.

    Photo: my wife rocking hers at work in the Cordillera Blanca

    My favorite rock climbing helmet

    bright, light, & perfect for small heads

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Had the women's Petzl Elia before and it didn't quite fit — the Meteor in size 1 however fits perfectly! Really light, breathes well, tightens down tiny and the magnetic clip is pretty plush. Easy to pull through a bun/pony tail +1

    bright, light, & perfect for small heads

    Super Light... Super Awesome

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this helmet because I heard it was super light and it's rated for side impacts and as a bicycle helmet. It definitely lives up to the hype, this thing is super light, comfortable and well ventilated.

    One downside is how fragile it feels. And that's kind of the point, with foam like that, the fragileness is what makes it light, but it is a little annoying having to always worry about hitting it on things. I also worry about standing up and crushing it against roofs and things, but eh, comes with the territory.

    The only reason I really took off the star was I don't like the side adjustment straps, but once you get it set once it isn't so bad. Overall, great helmet.

    I have the previous model of this helmet, so not sure how useful this is anymore.

    Edit: After owning this for a year, and recently dropping it 30 feet onto concrete, I'm no longer concerned with how fragile it is. This thing is a beast and you shouldn't worry about damaging it.

    Unanswered Question

    How do you attache a Vizion eye shield to this? I have a previous Metor III that had screw holes on the sides for the visor, but this one does not.