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Petzl Ecrin Roc Helmet

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Petzl Ecrin Roc Helmet
4.6 out of 5 based on 35 user reviews.

Cred: 12137
Review by Troy on Dec. 12, 2007
Two thumbs up from a vertical caver. Thiws is pretty much the standard issue for cavers all over the world. The suspension is comfortable and allows good airflow, whereas the styrofoam based ones do not. Its thin enough to wear you can screw on and mount multiple headlamps. This is a favorite for scout groups and such that have to have a helmet fit multiple people, because its so easily adjusted via the wheels on the side.
There simply aren't any climbing helmets that have ear protection. I personally saw a guy take a boulder to the side of the head climbing out of a breakdown in a cave in Mexico that would have killed him, had he not have been wearing a lacrose helmet.
One thing that everyone should keep in mind when picking a helmet is whether or not they want a multiple impact helmet or one of the foam single blow absorbing helmets. For one hard blow (like if you decked off a climb) a foam helmet works better, but for multiple impacts (if you hit your Head several times on the way down) these work better.

Cred: 863
Review by brownie710 on May. 01, 2008
Great helmet for ice. Suspension style so it can take falling ice like a champ and still leave you with enough fight to top out.
Small space between suspension and helmet is enough to tape a small first aid rig (ibuprofen, tape, gauze.) inside.
Cons are that it is bulky and I go with a slimmer fite elios for rock lest you be bumping your noggin a bunch
Overall this seems to be the guides, rental gear, and my choice for an ice helmet.

Cred: 4460
Review by jonnymtman on Mar. 10, 2009
Great fit and easy to adjust with side wheels when putting on or off a beanie. No foam to crush and rend useless. I like the old school mountaineering look but the students I work with prefer the newer models of helmets.

Cred: 128
Review by rocksteady on Jul. 01, 2009
The only helmet for caving, since you expect to hit your head several times each trip. I'm convinced the suspension is better for bumps than the styrofoam ones. It also keeps a nice airspace over your gourd and has plenty of holes to keep you ventilated. The headlamp straps are key, but should be backed up with some duct tape.
Good for impact on the top of your head, although foam helmets may be better for side impacts.

Cred: 51
Review by q_t_m on Oct. 27, 2007
The suspension is very comfortable. Shell is very durable, takes the abuse of climbing and banging your head on overhangs and in cracks.
I've got a big head; 23" or 7-3/8. The helmet fits as far as the headband goes, but it is too narrow and pinches the sides, which gives me a headache after a few hours.

Cred: 426
Review by eddiemack on Feb. 14, 2008
Very solid, vent holes, nice adjust system. If I were to pick a helmet to get beaned off the head by a rock this would be it.
For colder weather I like the Black Diamond Half Dome.

Cred: 430
Review by sleepytom on Jul. 21, 2008
separate adjustment knobs for front/back and side/side make this helmet fully adjustable and very comfortable; big, beefy plastic
suspension system makes it stick above your head pretty far

Cred: 803
Review by ERock612 on Feb. 24, 2011
Lightweight and super adjustable. Comfortable to wear all day long
Not the most technically advanced out there, but hey a workhorse is a good thing.

Cred: 1364
Review by zephyr7863 on May. 13, 2011
the standard now. easy to adjust, solid, reliable, well ventilated
on the heavier side. suspension makes wearing it a bit awkward
Black Diamond Half Dome

Cred: 316
Review by diebetes on May. 07, 2008
Durability. This helmet will last me a lifetime.
Weight and profile - sometimes the helmet hits the rock and throws my balance off. A lower profile helmet would reduce this.

Cred: 158
Review by Subtracterall on May. 14, 2011
-Classic brain bucket, saves yer noggin
-nice fit
-built to last
-little heavier than others
Elios, Altios

Cred: 2643
Review by ndonaldj on Mar. 28, 2012
Great helmet for everything! Fits well, holds a headlamp great, doesnt get weird in water. Awesome.
They are discontinued.
Petzl Elios; Black Diamond Half Dome

Cred: 20
Review by fb_614048296 on Mar. 28, 2008
stays on your head better with out the chin stap on than the new styles
husqavarna tree surgeon helmet

Cred: 60
Review by Jon Cannon on Jun. 05, 2008
Been keeping my nugget pristine for 10 years now.
Basic design doesn't look nearly as pretty as some of the newer helmets.

Cred: 9
Review by kbashley on Feb. 12, 2011
Great fit, and the side wheels make it easy to adjust the helmet while wearing gloves.
A little on the heavy side.

Cred: 212
Review by rockabilly315 on Dec. 08, 2012
WELL WORTH THE EXTRA PENNIES!! I use this helmet for everything from Alpine, to Multipitch to Caving. I have never had any trouble and have had mine for close to 7 years.

Cred: 496
Review by chadcummings on Aug. 15, 2008
great helmet for everything. caving, rock, ice, mountianeering

Cred: 40569
Review by marks on Oct. 04, 2007
Good fitting system, comfortable.
Black Diamond Half Dome.

Cred: 83
Review by fb_5800777 on Jan. 20, 2008
solid, adjustability, head-lamp clips

Cred: 36
Review by nathanasher on Nov. 10, 2011
best helmet on the market! comefortable and safe!
little on the heavy side
lower profile

Cred: 881
Review by evanwish on Mar. 30, 2010
I used to use this helmet, very airy (great for a hot day)
good adjustment straps

Cred: 685
Review by Radoskier on Apr. 30, 2011
Worked good until the suspension broke. I guess it had been 3 years.
The padding could be better.

Cred: 147
Review by fb_829070088 on Feb. 06, 2008
soon to be in the mail to me!

Cred: 21
Review by fb_79302166 on Feb. 06, 2008
Comfy and easy to adjust

Cred: 10
Review by alban_holyoke on Mar. 02, 2008
Comfortable, Lightweight

Cred: 30
Review by fb_600342173 on Mar. 08, 2008
it's a helmet...what can you really rank it on?

Cred: 3
Review by Aoesterr5 on Mar. 16, 2008
Very Comfortable, adjustable, and solid!
Headlamp clips are little hard to work.

Cred: 38
Review by fb_555560325 on Mar. 21, 2008
Comfortable, easily adjustable, well ventilated.

Cred: 17
Review by la sportiva on Jul. 27, 2008
suspension straps

Cred: 102
Review by Delta V on Sep. 25, 2008
very comfortable helmet

Cred: 55
Review by mammut on Jul. 04, 2009
hair can get caught in thel adjusters

Cred: 67
Review by shoesbasecamp on Feb. 15, 2008

Cred: 14
Review by fb_124302839 on Mar. 14, 2008

Cred: 46
Review by fb_866120310 on Apr. 04, 2008
Old school

Cred: 0
Review by fb_1650390115 on May. 07, 2008
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