sherbertwrote a review of Petzl Elia Climbing Helmet - Women's on February 9, 2017
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When I first started climbing I hired a guide. As a part of their insurance, guides make their clients wear helmets. As I bashed my head on a few ledges, when I first went lead climbing I wore a skateboarding helmet. Good thing too, because on my second lead I fell 20 feet and hit the back of my head on the wall (no, the rope was not behind my leg). Despite my helmet saving me from being a vegetable, some people thought it looked dumb. So I thanked the helmet for saving my life, retired it back to bicycling/skateboarding, and bought the Petzl Elia. It looks fantastic, and even though there is a pony cutout, it has protected my head from some impact. Thankfully 99% of the time I wear it, it's just for looks, and not actively saving my life. I saw the new Petzl Elia that came out. It does not look as good. Therefore, I am stocking up on this old version. It has given me confidence on 300 pitches so it is not money wasted.
PS I have the white with blue, white with pink, now pink with white. I don't have to show how tough I am by disowning the color pink or disowning an ice flower design.