Petzl Elios Climbing Helmet


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Blending the best of durability and weight, the Petzl Elios Climbing Helmet is excellent for multipurpose mountain endeavors. The polycarbonate shell and impact-absorbing closed cell foam liner is long lasting, lightweight, and doesn't feel like a milk bucket after 17hrs on route. Highly aerated with ten vents, a single wheel-ratchet at the back allows for easy adjustment along with a quick tab buckle chinstrap. Four headlamp clips help keep your mountain perspective when your watch runs on to 28hrs after a descending miscue. Whether climbing rock, ice, or mixed alpine terrain the Elios is the quintessential noggin protector.


  • Recommended Use: Rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing
  • Material: durable polycarbonate shell; closed-cell foam liner for impact absorption
  • Ventilation: 10 Vents
  • Adjustability: wheel-ratchet single adjustment point for the headband (at the nape), chin strap position slides forward or backward
  • Comfortable to wear
  • 4 headlamp clips
  • Certification: CE - UIAA
  • Weight: 12 oz. / 350g.

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

21 Reviews

  • Ease of use: 8
  • Great value: 7
  • Great design: 6
  • Build quality: 4

  • straps are short: 1
Durability: 4.9 / 5
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Comfort: 4 / 5
Performance: 4 / 5

21 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Searcy, AR

Worth it
December 05, 2010

I bought the anthracite "gray" one. It is a great color and is easily adjustable. It will fit great and like others have said, it has great ventilation! It is also a crazily light helmet, but I've heard it can withstand huge falls. People have also told me that it is stylish too. All in all, a great buy and a great price for an item that might possibly save your life!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
TypeOfClimbing: Alpine / 5
from Venezuela
25-34 yrs

Excellent helmet
January 06, 2013

Excellent hull very durable and comfortable, just feel you're wearing it because it is very light, very useful cover vent holes, I bought orange and is a vibrant color.

Pros: lightweight, robust, comfortable, good fit
Wesley Aston

Nice Helmet
September 07, 2010

I got this helmet to mount a camera on, and it feels great. Nice and lightweight!

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Performance: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Lexington, KY
25-34 yrs

Great Helmet
August 05, 2011

The first climbing helmet I've owned- so I don't have much to compare it to, but the helmet works great. I've mounted a ContourGPS camera to the right side and I've had no problems. Solid build, good fit. No complaints.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

January 17, 2011

I bought the Elios mainly to be used as a climbing helmet. I have been more than happy with it. It is well-made yet extremely light. At the end of long climb you don't even know it's there! Some people may consider this a "hard" helmet compared to a helmet such as the BD Half Dome but the Elios is still very comfortable. The highly adjustable straps make this helmet appropriate for a wide range of head sizes. (I wear a 7 1/4 hat size and wear this helmet towards the bottom of the sizing adjustment.) I have also used the Elios caving several times where it has taken quite a beating. This stands as a testimony to its durability. The headlamp clips are superb and seem to have a far more secure design than the Half Dome. All-in-all great helmet!

Pros: Great value
ComfortShoes: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
PerformanceHelmets: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Dominica
35-44 yrs

Great Buy!
September 21, 2010

Great helmet for adventure activities. Very comfortable and seems sturdy enough. Should have this for some time.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
from Colorado
25-34 yrs

Comfortable helmet
July 11, 2011

Comfortable and lightweight helmet, especially for the price. I've owned an Elios before, but somehow misplaced it. After trying on several other helmets, I decided to get another Elios. My husband and I both bought them. I didn't like the position of the adjustable strap behind the head on the Elia -- too high, didn't feel like the helmet was secure without the chin strap. A size 2 will fit most adults. I have a pretty average sized head and the size one could fit, but looked small.

Pros: Ease of use, Great value
from Ogden, Utah
55-64 yrs

Great Helmet
August 31, 2011

This is the first time ordering from Altrec and boy am I happy with their service. Easy ordering and extemely fast shipping. Got my helmet 2 days after placing the order. Altrec just went to the top of my list. Did I mention that Altrec has great pricing? As to the helmet, I am thrilled with the weight and adjustable fit of this helmet. Looks like it will keep my head protected in many different situations. I ordered the size 2 as recommended by Altrec. Looks like it will fit most average to larger heads.

Lightweight and strong
November 15, 2009

A great helmet that is light and strong. At a great price too! Would highly recommend it.

A high quality for a good price.
March 29, 2008

I'm rather a big gay, so I bought size 2 (bigger one). I feel comfortable in it but it looks too small.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
James Burwell

45-54 yrs

Pleasantly Surprised
November 01, 2010

I had not purchased a new helmet in years and when I bought the Petzl Elios Climbing Helmet a little over a year ago I was pleasantly surprised. This helmet is so much more comfortable than my old one; it almost feels like I'm not wearing it. Yes it's light but perhaps what I like even more is the positive fit. It moves with my head instead of bobbling a bit with every turn. The venting is good and it allows enough clearance around the ears so that I can wear an ear band on chilly days. The use instructions were clear (I really like Petzl's instructional illustrations) so I had a good fit in no time.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use
TypeOfClimbing: Alpine / 5

25-34 yrs

Good Quality,, for a great price
December 20, 2011

Great helmet! Doesn't surprise me. Petzl makes top quality gear whether its for rock or ice. Comfortable,, Really light,, Solid build, good fit,, great performance for a good price

Pros: light, cheap, easy to adjust
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

December 12, 2010

Great helmet, especially for the price! It is very breathable, comfortable and protective.

Pros: Performance, Great value

Great helmet
August 04, 2010

I bought this helmet a few weeks ago. Used it a couple of time and am very happy about it. Very light and comfortable for a fair price! I would recommend it.

good equipment for the price
September 14, 2009

I have had several helmets over the years(I won't mention names)and have paid twice the price for virtually the same quality helmet. I bought this one for my 12 year old Boy Scout for his first new helmet. I am also a climb instructor for the Scouts. the adjustability is as good as my higher priced helmet and is quite comfortable and very light. he had it on his head for the first time last week. 4 hours of climbing with no problem. temperature was mid to upper 80's and he said the circulation was good. I would recomend this definatly for the price.

Fits well, good price, comfortable/easy adjustment
April 26, 2010

Ive tried a number of helmets and this is by far my favorite. Intuitive adjustment, and lightweight low profile design.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Detroit, MI
35-44 yrs

Quality helmet
December 12, 2010

The elios climbing helmet is a quality helmet with style. It fits nicely on my head. My only suggestion for improvement is that the straps need to be longer.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: straps are short
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Performance: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Western NC
25-34 yrs

Protect your dome!
March 21, 2011

On long hot days I still forget this thing is on my head. The adjustable straps and wheel ratchet are easy to use and dial in perfect comfort. If your goal specifically lightweight they do make helmets that don't tip the scales as much. Beware, they will also show signs of abuse much quicker as a trade off. If you are looking for a comfortable, full featured noggin knocker that still has a respectable weight, look no further and buy this one!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Great value

Comfortable Helmet
April 24, 2010

Lightweight, streamlined design. It's easy to forget you're wearing it, really. Nice helmet, highly recommended.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from NJ
25-34 yrs

Great Helmet
November 06, 2010

This is my first rock climbing helmet so I have no comparison but its great, very comfortable, eady to adjust, durable and breathable so you will not end up all swety underneath.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Great value

Great lightweight helmet
December 20, 2009

Really like this helmet. Easy to adjust to fit with or without a winter hat. Good quality for a great price

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