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The 3 Best Helmets for Rock Climbing Review

The 3 Best Helmets for Rock Climbing Review

If you haven’t already, please read our buyers guide for buying a helmet for rock climbing by clicking the image below!

We have put this guide together to help you find the best helmet on the market. We will be looking at the features explained in the buyers guide and will choose a helmet that we think provides the best value for money.

These are the 3 helmets that we thought stood out from the crowd:

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TitlePetzl Meteor III + Climbing Helmet (Red/Orange)Petzl Elios Climbing Helmet - Size 2 / WhiteMammut Skywalker 2 Climbing Helmet (White, One Size)
BrandPetzlPetzlMammut
FeatureLightweight, low profile and very well ventilated helmet (the most ventilated climbing helmet available)
Adjustable chinstrap, nape height and headband for an extremely comfortable fit
Retractable adjustment system for easy storage and transport
Expanded polystyrene liner absorbs impacts. Interior comfort foam is removable and washable
Compatible with VIZION face shield. Headlamp attachment with four optimally placed clips
Injection molded ABS shell is both lightweight and durable
Expanded polystyrene liner absorbs impacts
Adjustable chinstrap, nape height and headband for an extremely comfortable fit
Easy-to-use molded adjustment wheel quickly dials in the headband size, even while the helmet is being worn
Chin strap position adjusts forward or backward and redesigned side-release chin strap buckle is positioned off to the side for comfort
Durable hard plastic shell, upgraded, tougher EPS inner.
9 openings for good ventilation. Headlamp clips integrated into design
Thumb wheel for effective and quick adjustment to head size
ONE SIZE. Fits sizes 53-61cm. Weight: 380g
All-round, fully adjustable chin strap for ideal fit
Price$82.50$46.17$54.60
Rating3.2 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product prices and availability are accurate as of Aug 1 8:22:28 UTC but are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the merchant site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
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TitlePetzl Meteor III + Climbing Helmet (Red/Orange)Petzl Elios Climbing Helmet - Size 2 / WhiteMammut Skywalker 2 Climbing Helmet (White, One Size)
BrandPetzlPetzlMammut
FeatureLightweight, low profile and very well ventilated helmet (the most ventilated climbing helmet available)
Adjustable chinstrap, nape height and headband for an extremely comfortable fit
Retractable adjustment system for easy storage and transport
Expanded polystyrene liner absorbs impacts. Interior comfort foam is removable and washable
Compatible with VIZION face shield. Headlamp attachment with four optimally placed clips
Injection molded ABS shell is both lightweight and durable
Expanded polystyrene liner absorbs impacts
Adjustable chinstrap, nape height and headband for an extremely comfortable fit
Easy-to-use molded adjustment wheel quickly dials in the headband size, even while the helmet is being worn
Chin strap position adjusts forward or backward and redesigned side-release chin strap buckle is positioned off to the side for comfort
Durable hard plastic shell, upgraded, tougher EPS inner.
9 openings for good ventilation. Headlamp clips integrated into design
Thumb wheel for effective and quick adjustment to head size
ONE SIZE. Fits sizes 53-61cm. Weight: 380g
All-round, fully adjustable chin strap for ideal fit
Price$82.50$46.17$54.60
Rating3.2 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars
ReviewsRead ReviewsRead ReviewsRead Reviews
LinkMore InfoMore InfoMore Info

Product prices and availability are accurate as of Aug 1 8:22:28 UTC but are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the merchant site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Petzl Meteor III + – ($85-120) –  – Read Reviews

Meteor III Polycarbonate

Pros:

The Petzl Meteor + stands out as being one of the lightest climbing helmets on the market.

The biggest benefit of this is that it is not a burden to wear the helmet all the time, which is good for those long climbs – In fact, it is easy to forget you are even wearing a helmet like this. If you sometimes abstain from wearing your helmet because you think that it throws you off your game, then a helmet like this is going to be better for you.

This helmet also has outstanding features for the climbers comfort. There is plenty of ventilation on the head to prevent the head from ever getting over-heated and the shell sits on a suspension system that is closely fitted to the head to prevent the entire helmet from slapping around when you look up or down – this is obviously helpful when belaying and looking up at your partner on the wall.

The chin strap is easily adjusted with one hand as with all Petzl helmets which can come in handy for quick adjustments on the wall and the helmet has all the required capabilities to mount a headlamp.

Cons:

The first thing you’ll notice about this helmet is the large price tag. This helmet is expensive and is definitely not for the budget-conscious climber or for the beginner.

As this helmet is polycarbonate, the light-weight comfort comes at the cost of the overall durability of the helmet. A helmet like this needs to be treated with care and you need to be careful when setting the helmet down or when storing it. Any mistreatment could cause the helmet to crack and this would definitely compromise the protection when on the wall.

Petzl meteor adjust

Also, a lacking feature of this helmet is the inability to adjust the tightness of the helmet (not the chin strap) with one hand using an adjustment wheel. This is one of the few helmets at this price level to lack this feature. The system Petzl have used isn’t particularly bad and does contribute to the feather-like weight of the helmet, but it does require two hands to operate which may be a turn-off for some people.

Bottom Line:

If you are an experienced climber looking for a helmet that is lightweight and comfortable this is the best of the bunch. If you are on a budget, then look towards a plastic-shell helmet such as the Petzl Elios. However, this is a popular helmet amongst the experienced and you may be lucky enough to find it on sale.

User Review:

“This is the most comfortable helmet I’ve ever owned, its so light I forget I’m wearing it. The chin strap is comfortable and the headlamp clips are a nice plus.” – Read Reviews

 

Mammut Skywalker 2 – ($50-80) –  – Read Reviews

Mammut Skywalker 2

Pros:

In complete contrast to the Petzl Meteor III + the Mammut Skywalker 2 is a highly durable helmet, the plastic shell will take a beating which makes this helmet perfect for beginners and those with budget and durability in mind who want a strong helmet. This is one of the least expensive helmets on the market. You may even be able to find this helmet on sale for as little as $40 in some places (We have it on Amazon.com for $55).

One of the stand-out features of this helmet is the comfort provided across the chin with the strap. We found it to be one of the most comfortable of any other helmet on the market.

The ventilation is good on this helmet – amongst the best for plastic helmets and the lining is easily removed for a wearing a hat or for washing.

There isn’t much else to separate this helmet from a lot of the other budget helmets out there but we give this one top marks for comfort and style. This is one of the best looking helmets on the market (We think).

Cons:

The main dislikes about this helmet are mainly around the weight of the helmet. This is one of the heaviest helmets on the market which is mainly down to the durable construction of the helmet, which may be a fair trade off for some people, but we found that other helmets managed to balance weight and durability better than this helmet. Some might not find this a problem at all, it really depends on the person (and their neck strength!)

Bottom Line:

We found the Petzl Elios a better value helmet and we actually found it for a cheaper price on Amazon.com than the Mammut (August 2012).

If you like the style of this helmet, then we think that this is good value and you can’t go far wrong as any differences in this category of helmet are not so noticeable and mainly come down to personal preference.

We would recommend trying this helmet on in-store opposite a few other helmets in this price range to find which you prefer.

User Review:

“Light and solid with a sharp look, I use it for tower climbing in the summer and you don’t even know its on your head” – Read Reviews

 

Verdict – ClimbingThings.com Favorite Helmet!

Petzl Elios – ($40-70) –  – Read Reviews

Pros:

The Petzl Elios is one of the most popular helmets amongst climbers and for good reason. This is one of the cheapest climbing helmets (We found it on Amazon for around $45 depending on size/colour) and with incredible value for money, this helmet is a true all-rounder.

Petzl have managed to balance the weight of the helmet with the durability of the shell perfectly. The only helmets that are lighter are the much less durable one that need special care to prevent cracking. However, the Elios is tons more durable than the other light helmets and will take more knocks without the danger of compromised protection.

The weight of this helmet is helped by the slim profile of the helmet that gives the helmet its sleek appearance and will fit closer to head to prevent it taking less knocks in those tight chimneys and roofs.

The Elios is easy to adjust as well. Using Petzl’s chin strap adjustment system is easy to do with one hand and the overall helmet fit is adjustable with the wheel on the back of the hat.

Features also come easy with this helmet as you are provided with the facility to fix a headlamp to the helmet leaving plenty of room for a camera mount if you so desire.

As for sizing, the Elios comes in 2 sizes:

Size 1 – (Kids & Smaller head sizes)

Size 2 – (General Adult Sizes)

If you think your head may be a smaller size, then we recommend trying the helmet on in-store to get a good fit.

Cons:

There aren’t really any negatives to this helmet. The biggest problem is that the ventilation could be better, but that isn’t really anything to worry about too much, especially for the price!

Bottom Line:

You won’t get a better value deal on a climbing helmet than this Petzl Elios you can pick this up on Amazon.com for $45 (August 2012). Listen to the crowd, so many climbers choose this helmet for a reason, get yours now!

If you are looking for something for real high performance climbing, then you may want to choose a lighter model, but you will pay much more money and get much less durability, but you already knew that.

User Reviews:

“I used this helmet for the first time this weekend, on a class 3/4 ascent of the NW ridge of Mt. Lindsey, a 14er in Colorado. The best thing I can say about it is that I wore it easily and never knew it was there. Due to the wind/rain, I wore it over a warm hat – it easily adjusted to fit comfortably, and I wore it for three hours without a second thought until I was out of the rocky portion and back on the trail. It never shifted, slid, otherwise reminded me I was wearing it at all.
Obviously, the real job of a helmet is to protect your head, and I was fortunate not to end up being able to test that part. So, the real-life test for a helmet is whether it will be comfortable enough that you’ll actually have it on when you need it. This helmet performed great on that task, and I am glad to have it in my pack.” – Read Reviews

 
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