Petzl Elios

2 reviews
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This is a lightweight, well ventilated helmet for…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $65


This is a lightweight, well ventilated helmet for your head. Best used while rock and ice climbing. The headband has a quick tightening knob on the back for size adjustment. It has headlamp clamps that you don't notice until you need them. The chin strap is easy to connect. Every connection point on the straps has teeth, so it is time consuming to adjust, but once you get it adjusted it doesn't move. There is no sun visor lip. The front comes right down to your eyebrows.


  • Quick tightening knob for the headband
  • Lightweight
  • Well ventilated
  • Headlamp clamps


  • Chin strap angle is hard to adjust
  • No sun visor lip
  • Chin strap can cross the lower part of your ear lobes
  • A little expensive

This is a lightweight, well ventilated helmet for your head. Best used while rock and ice climbing. This is a unisex design but does not have a pony tail cutout on the back like some helmets do. There are two sizes available.

Over all, this helmet does its job well.

The strong points are the light weight and ventilation of the helmet.

The drawbacks are the small adjustment rangeĀ and the difficulty in adjusting the chin strap.

The headband has a quick tightening knob on the back for size adjustment. You can wear a thin beenie or hat with this helmet by just rotating the adjustment knob a few clicks. When you remove the beenie, just a couple of clicks of the quick adjustment knob, and you have it adjusted snug again. Nice, quick and secure.

The chin strap buckle is nice and easy to snap, you can do it once handed. It is easy to adjust the tightness. It also doesn't move once you get it set. I have a slightly "longer" or "taller" head than normal. For me, I wished I could lower the Y junction on each slide of the chip strap to clear my ear lobes, but this is not possible with this strap system. You can only adjust the chin strap angle forward or backward. To do so, you have to remove the helmet and pry the strap out of each connection point (every connection point has teeth) to feed or take up slack to adjust the chin strap angle. It's very time consuming, but you should only have to do it but once, if any. Once you get it adjusted, it doesn't move or slip.

The helmet has headlamp clamps that you don't notice until you need them. I've never caught them on any gear or rock feature. They are out of the way and do not cause any problems. The headlamp strap securely slides under the clamps and stays put.

There is no sun visor lip or "bill" on the front edge. The front edge comes straight down to your eye brows with just a slight lip. This allows you to squeeze into holes while caving and to get real close to the rock while climbing. A few times I've been in the rain and wished it had a bigger lip to keep the water drips out of my face.

This helmet fits very close to your forehead but much higher on the top of your head where the padding is. This causes you to have a slightly alien look. But I'd rather look weird and have the protection than not have any protection.


Great Helmet. I use it for alpine and rock climbing.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $65

Great Helmet. I use it for alpine and rock climbing. Most of the time I don't even know that I have it on, it is that comfortable. Head lamp fits perfect on the clips. Wheel ratchet for the fit is easy to use even with gloves on.

Rock Climbing:
Pros- Light, comfortable, vents great in summer, and adjustable.

Alpine Climbing:
Pros-Light, the part that ratchets down folds into the helmet for easy packing, and adjustable to what is on your noodle.

Cons- none

I would buy this helmet again!

Manufacturer's Description

Visit Petzl's Kids' Elios page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Petzl designed its Elios Climbing Helmet with versatility in mind so you can stay safe whether you're rock or ice climbing, mountaineering, caving, canyoneering, or hitting up a via ferrata. Its lightweight ABS shell meets all the standard certifications for climbing. The expanded polystyrene liner is breathable and prevents the helmet from moving around on your dome while you climb, and the comfortable PE foam absorbs the moisture off your head so you stay dry. You can adjust the headband and chin strap for an ideal fit across your noggin. Petzl integrated shutters over the vents so you can close them when you climb in colder temps. And this helmet is compatible with Petzl's headlamps and the Vizion eye shield (sold separately) so you can be ready for whatever route comes your way.

- refers to the unisex version

Free Shipping. Petzl Elios Helmet FEATURES of the Petzl Elios Helmet Designed to offer maximum durability and versatility Lightweight, durable shell of injected ABS Expanded polystyrene foam liner Sliding shutters to adapt ventilation Absorbent comfort foam Adjustment buckles are placed to the sides, away from the chin Quick and easy headband adjustment, even while the helmet is being worn Headband height adjustment Chinstrap can be positioned forward or back Headlamp can be attached using the four integrated clips SPECIFICATIONS of the Petzl Elios Helmet Material(s): ABS shell, expanded polystyrene liner, polyester webbing, PE foam Certification(s): CE EN 12492, UIAA 106 Guarantee: 3 years SPECS for Size 1 Head circumference: 48 - 56 cm Weight: 300 g SPECS for Size 2 Head circumference: 53 - 61 cm Weight: 330 g

- Moosejaw refers to the unisex version

The lightweight, durable Petzl Elios is a low-profile helmet that's easy to adjust, comfortable, and super versatile to adapt to climbing, mountaineering, caving, canyoning, or via ferrata.

- EMS refers to the unisex version

Very versatile and durable, the ELIOS helmet adapts to climbing, mountaineering, caving, via ferrata, canyoning, etc.. It offers effective impact protection with its ABS shell and polystyrene foam liner. It is entirely adjustable and adapts to all head shapes. The sliding ventilation shutters allow the user to open or close them depending on conditions.

- RockCreek refers to the unisex version