Review: Petzl Elia Helmet

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Petzl Elia Helmet Rock Climbing Gear

The Elia’s OMEGA headband system maximizes comfort and optimizes fit by adjusting to the circumference and height of your head, and testers found it molded “really easily and comfortably to a range of head shapes,” especially thanks to the smaller size offered (52-58cm). It might seem like just a smaller version of the Elios, but the secret is in the ponytail slot that eliminates awkward pressure on the back of the head. “I used to get a headache from trying to keep my hair pulled back and wearing a helmet, so I just wouldn’t wear one. The Elia eliminates that problem with a smart design.” At 9.8 ounces, it isn’t the lightest helmet on the market, but the hard shell and harness construction will keep your noggin safe, and do it at a reasonable price.

Why It’s Great for Women

While the ponytail slot might seem a little gimmicky, our testers actually love it and use it all the time. The smaller size range fits petite women better.

$65; petzl.com

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