Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $113
The lightweight, and seemingly styrofoam structure of this helmet make it intimidating, but after hard use it has turned out to be an excellent helmet.
- Extremely durable
- Looks ridiculous
- Scraping leaves marks
Finally fed up with my old Lucky brand helmet from the '90s I decided to shop for a new one.
The Meteor didn't fit me, so that went out. Originally I had thrown out the idea of the Sirocco as it looked too ridiculous. The bright orange bellend shape. No thanks!
The BD Vapour looks excellent! Very slick cool shape. It felt good, was lightweight and comfortable. But all this still made the price unsettling. If it took a hit it would have to be replaced. On a multi-day trip this could cause problems. A broken helmet would cancel plans. Naturally injuries sustained from a helmet shattering hit would probably cancel plans as well, but I didn't want to be left vulnerable, or empty pocketed by the incident. So I can back to the Sirocco.
And now that I have it I couldn't be more pleased. I've come to terms with the style (seeing badasses like Ueli Steck wear it has helped). But the helmet is excellent at 165 grams you don't notice it. It's just no extra weight. And on your head you quickly forget it's there. I was scrambling the other day and when I braked for lunch at the summit, I ate, lay down, and 20 minutes later remembered I was wearing it when I went to put a toque on due to my head getting cold in the wind.
All in all it's excellent. The polypropylene structure has repelled some hits already, though nothing major. One issue I have encountered is scrapping of the helmet across rocks leaves marks, and small dents in the foam. It's nothing that compromises the strength of the helmet, but it could add up. A plastic covering would have been nice, and altered the horrid fluorescent orange.
But it's the best helmet currently on the market hands down. It's more durable then any other, and since it is a dynamic construction it takes damage well. Definitely a good buy.
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With a maximum weight of 165 g, the SIROCCO helmet becomes the new standard in terms of lightness. The monobloc construction minimizes helmet weight while retaining excellent impact resistance, due to the mechanical properties of expanded polypropylene (EPP). The textile adjustment system also contributes to its lightness. This helmet comes with a new magnetic buckle which allows the chinstrap to be attached with one hand. The SIROCCO helmet also has excellent ventilation distributed around the helmet.
- Monobloc shell of expanded polypropylene (EPP) and textile adjustment system for an ultra-lightweight product
- Excellent ventilation distributed around the shell
- Entirely adjustable and adapts to all head shapes
- Removable comfort foam is quilted and lined with absorbent fabric; washable
- Magnetic buckle allows the chinstrap to be attached with one hand (Petzl patent)
- Two lateral holes for VIZION visor
- Two hooks and rear elastic for attaching a headlamp
- Available in two sizes
Here's what other sites are saying:
With a maximum weight of 165 g, the PETZL's SIROCCO climbing helmet becomes the new standard in terms of lightness. The monobloc construction minimizes helmet weight while retaining excellent impact resistance, due to the mechanical properties of expanded polypropylene (EPP). The textile adjustment system also contributes to its lightness. This helmet comes with a new magnetic buckle which allows the chinstrap to be attached with one hand. The SIROCCO helmet also has excellent ventilation distributed around the helmet.
The Petzl Sirocco Helmet won't 'strain your neck muscles' or 'weigh down your pack,' nor will it compromise your comfort or hot-headed antics. The Sirocco defies your lame excuses, so your helmet remains on your head, not back in the car. The 5 ounce Sirocco is lighter than your GriGri and offers stellar ventilation, adjustability and comfort. Monobloc construction minimizes helmet weight while retaining excellent impact resistance Made of expanded polypropylene (EPP) Adjustable to head shapes, hairstyles and hat preferences Adjustment system customizes fit, textile design contributes to overall lightness Petzl's patented magnetic buckle enables the chinstrap to be attached one-handed Two lateral holes for VIZION visor Two hooks and rear elastic for attaching a headlamp Quilted comfort foam is lined with absorbent fabric and is removable and washable Made in France
Protect your head without weighing it down. The Petzl Sirocco climbing helmet is so comfortable and so lightweight, you'll probably forget that you're even wearing it!
One of the lightest weight climbing helmets available, the Petzl Sirroco Ultralight climbing helmet protects against impacts during fast ascents of steep rock faces and glaciated peaks. Helmet is made from a single piece of expanded polypropylene that keeps the helmet weight down to only 165g (5.8 oz.) while providing excellent impact resistance. Strap adjustment system is fully adjustable and adapts to all head shapes; strap system saves weight over ratcheting designs. Removable foam inside the helmet is quilted and lined with absorbent fabric to keep you comfortable when you're working up a sweat; foam is removable and washable. Magnetic buckle on the chin strap can easily be attached with just 1 hand. Plenty of vents allow cooling airflow. 2 hooks in front and elastic in back let you attach a headlamp (sold separately). Petzl Sirroco Ultralight climbing helmet accommodates the Petzl Vizion visor (not included) to protect your eyes when ice climbing.