Elios Class Helmet


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Elios Class Helmet
Manufacturer Petzl
Page By Michele
Page Type Dec 9, 2002 / Dec 9, 2002
Object ID 585
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Optimum use of shell, foam and strap elements ensure comfort and protection. Offers the size and weight advantages of a foam helmet and the durability of a hard shell. Contoured foam crown is expanded polypropylene foam (more durable than polystyrene), channeled for ventilation. Lightweight thermoformed ABS outer shell eliminates gouging yet keeps the helmet dimensions small for superior balance and clearance while climbing. Headband adjusts instantly with a nape-mounted dial, easily operated with one hand. Easy-adjust chinstrap and built-in headlamp clips.



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NYC007 - Feb 23, 2003 8:16 pm - Voted 5/5

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WHat can I say I am a big fan of light wear dependable gear. Mine has been hit with rock and ice, and didnt give me a head ache like some I have used.. A lil wierd looking on my cuz of my big head but thats ok.

its light, strong, and cheaper than its counterparts.

Glencoe - Apr 11, 2003 8:38 pm - Voted 5/5

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This is a great helmet with an unbeatable price.

If the BD half dome doesn't fit you then try this one (and vice versa). This one suits a round (rather than oval) head better - there are a variety of sizes for different diameters of noggin. All the adjustability is great and the lamp clips are good too. Headband is comfortable and so too is the chinstrap. This lid beats the BD Half Dome on weight, feels like a hat, not a helmet. Vents very well - tough to beat.

Andy Kennedy - Apr 23, 2003 9:31 am - Voted 5/5

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Ive been using this particualr lid for a little over a year and have to say that the main things that set it aside from the rest for me are its lightness and ventilation. Its easily adjustable and generally secure and comfortable.

This helmet has a high density expanded polypropylene foam headpiece on the inside and a thermoformed ABS outer shell, providing both lightness and strength. The ergonomic shape provides maximum protection while ensuring a clear field of vision. A single adjustment wheel in the back and an adjustable chinstrap allow for efficient and quick adjustments. Four exterior hooks and a groove in the outer shell are designed to attach and secure a headlamp (particularly useful I found). Nothing has been left out in this simple, but refined helmet.

Erik Beeler - Nov 18, 2003 8:31 pm - Voted 5/5

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This helmet has been redesigned. More coverage in back and more vents have been added for better cooling.

A great helmet. I do like the one handed adjustment which makes adjusting when you put or take your hat on or off easy and quick. The helmet takes hits better than the Meteor which will make it last longer.

A nice extra that can be fitted to this helmet is the face shield which is great for keeping those ice strikes from your face.

I saw a buddy take a 30 foot slide and land on his face and forehead and the helmet / face shield combo worked well and didn't suffer any damage itsself.

sshankle - Jan 4, 2004 6:47 pm - Voted 5/5

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After borrowing my brothers at the crag, I begged him to let me take it to the mtns. Did fine everywhere. SUPER easy adjustment!

HeMa - Jan 5, 2004 3:44 am - Voted 4/5

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A real nice helmet with a low volume. Thus far this helmet has been the only one that I could fit under the hood of my shell jacket.

The only bad thing in this helmet is the chin strap that could be padded for added comfort.

old5ten - Nov 22, 2005 1:51 am - Voted 1/5

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This may be a bit odd for a review because I don't own a Petzl helmet, but here is some food for thought.

A couple of years ago the Gazelle and I were walking along the base of El Cap near Zodiac and found a busted Petzl chin strap - the little piece of plastic that holds the webbing harness together opposite the clip had broken, rendering the chin strap (and thus the helmet) useless.

Thinking of the potential of not having a functional helmet because of a small, broken plastic tab did not inspire confidence and we decided to stay away from helmets that use this type of fastening system.

Poor Climber - Jan 20, 2007 6:50 pm - Hasn't voted

8 out of 10
I purchased this helmet becuase it is a hybrid design. It has a hard shell which typically offers better protection from rock fall, and it has foam liner which is typically offers better protection from hitting your head on large rocks....

I have found that it fits well, vents well, holds my BD headlamp well, and it is pretty light weight for a hybrid design helmet. I have at times forgotten that I was wearing it, which is a good thing!

~ Light
~ Fits my head well. (This is subjective)
~ Vents well.
~ Holds my headlamp well.
~ In my opinion, it is the best of both worlds in terms of hard shell vs foam.

~ I wish it had more than one head adjustment wheel.
~ I also wish it came in RED.

Climber Dave - Feb 4, 2007 6:22 am - Voted 5/5

Fits my Melon
I had a tough time finding a helmet that would fit my large melon,let alone one that is light weight.
This one fits even if im wearing a thin beanie, and its fairly light too...

camerona91 - Feb 20, 2007 1:32 am - Voted 4/5

Pretty good
It is light and protects pretty well. The sides are protected as well. It fits well with a hat. I find mine slips a bit and does not stay in place really well sometimes. I took a good hit from a big chunk of ice last weekend and it didn't hurt at all. I find it almost fits better with a toque than without. The little dial is a bit of a pain in the cold with gloves on.

jck - Oct 20, 2007 4:50 am - Voted 5/5

THe fact that I live should be the enough. Saved me from serious injuries two times. Light, comfortable, easy to adjust, easy to put a headlamp on (even a giant like Petzl Zoom). 5 out of 5.

HappyCamper - Nov 10, 2007 12:16 pm - Voted 5/5

A pleasure
Light and comfortable for days on end, even with a hat underneath.

Mountain_girl - Mar 18, 2008 3:26 pm - Hasn't voted

My favourite
It is a perfect helmet, after a few minutes of wearing it I forget that it is at all there.

Tsuyoshi - Feb 23, 2009 4:43 am - Voted 5/5

it's cheap, sturdy and lightweight. i like my elios because it gives that extra boot of confidence on long routes with lots of rockfall. being much lighter than the ecrin rock but still sturdier than the new lightweight foam helmets, the elios fits right in the middle giving best of all worlds.

NCclimber - Apr 2, 2009 11:50 am - Voted 4/5

Finally a helmet I will wear
I switched to this helmet recently from a Camp Star, super uncomfortable. The Elios fits my head better, and with the inside foam with hard cover you get more comfort and better protection than the cheap bike helmet-type covering and it's pretty lightweight. I still don't look cool in a helmet, but at least I'll wear it more often.

strat1080 - Jul 23, 2009 11:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Very comfy
What can I say. You can forget you even have this thing on. Its light and very adjustable for comfort. Very good design. I find that this helmet doesn't hit my packs when I look up like some other designs. Its got a nice plastic shell over the foam so it doesn't feel like you are giving up on safety like some bicycle style helmets. I can't think of anything I would like instead.

OJ Loenneker - Oct 18, 2009 1:10 am - Voted 4/5

It's light, and hasplenty of ventilation. Has strap holders for you head light.
One thing is the buckle snap is right by my ear. When it snaps, it makes my ear ring a little. Other than that, all around good helmet.

RokIzGud - Mar 22, 2010 10:14 pm - Voted 4/5

Fits my big dome...
I had to shop around for awhile to find a helmet that would actualy cover my big forehead. This one worked!

asaking11 - Aug 17, 2010 11:22 am - Voted 5/5

Good helmet
This helmet is nice and lightweight, it's also really durable. It's pretty comfortable to wear, and ventilates good. It doesn't make me look a doofus when I wear it either, which most helmets do.

Brian C - Dec 14, 2010 8:57 pm - Voted 4/5

Good, not great
Very light and comfy but does not as durable as the Ecrin Roc. I used one of these for years until it got eaten by a marmot (sad day) and replaced it with the Ecrin Roc. The Roc is an overall better helmet but is not as light. I always found the Elios very hot on my head.

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