How to use Edelrid Helmet, safety, lifespan, storage and care with instructional pictures.
Lightweight and extremely stable hybrid helmet. Perfect for climbing, mountaineering and via ferratas.
Robust and impact-resistant injection-moulded ABS shell
Expanded polystyrene foam inner shell for reliable shock absorption
Wing-Fit system and rear adjustment dial fits all sizes and guarantees outstanding safety and comfort
Fully adjustable chin strap with closure system under the ear for greater comfort
Large vents ensure a constant supply of fresh air
Ergonomically-shaped interior with removable padding
Cradle folds into helmet, significantly reducing pack size
4 robust head torch clips
Spare padding included
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In grams, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
If there are differences in weight (due to multiple size or optional accessories) we note those here.
| 359 g|
One Size: 359 g / 12.7 oz
This is the gender as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
We use the term "Men" and "Unisex" interchangeably, as there is no difference between these types of helmets.
The sizing options of the helmet according to the manufacturer.
| 21.00 in - 24.00 in|
One Size: 54 -62 cm / 21-24 in
Quick Adjust refers to the straps of the helmet. Do you want the ability to ability to "quickly" adjust the fit. This could be a dial, or other plastic pieces.
Really, most climbers don't need to change the fit of the helmet often, unless you're climbing with and without hats, or you have big hair that flattens and then requires tightening after climbing for awhile.
|Face Shield Compatable||No|
The main climbing gear certifications are CE and UIAA--and normally the UIAA creates the rules that the CE body also supports. When possible, we try to list all the certifications the product carries.
To sell a climbing product in Europe, the device must be CE certified. There are no official requirements to sell climbing gear in the US. The UIAA certification is a voluntary process.
This is the first Edelrid helmet I’ve tried and I love it. On first impressions it’s light and doesn’t feel too fragile, as though it will crack when stuffed in a rucksack with all my climbing kit – though of course you still need to be careful. The Zodiac is a hybrid helmet in that it’s made from an ABS shell outer and an expanded polystyrene foam inner shell. Plus it only weighs in at 359g (Edelrid’s Zodiac Lite weighs in at 335g). Whilst it’s not the lightest helmet on the market, at least I don’t feel like I’m carrying a brick on my head and I know it’s not going to blow away in the slightest of breezes – which I’ve witnessed can be a risk with some of the even lighter helmets that are now available.
At first glance, the Zodiac looks like something out of the movie Tron. When you snap the chinstrap buckle the first time, it’s hard to know whether to tie in or ride off on a light cycle. Behind its futuristic Euro elegance is a very functional and comfortable helmet. The rear adjustment dial and “wing-fit” cradling system conformed easily to awkward-shaped noggins. The helmet is fairly lightweight at 13.4 oz., but the EPS foam liner and the rigid plastic outer shell don’t compromise on safety. The Zodiac has good ventilation and a raised brow to give you plenty of room to see what’s above. Additional foam toward the rear provides added protection should you crack the back of your noodle. Edelrid has moved the buckle closure to almost directly under your ear, so it won’t rub under your chin as with other helmets, and the buckle is easy to open or close, even with bulky gloves.
A pictoral representation of the UIAA-106 and EN-12492 standards for helmets.
The UIAA equipment standard provides a baseline for equipment performance in a test lab under controlled conditions on new equipment. Although these test conditions are relevant to the conditions encountered climbing, conditions encountered at the crags and the condition of the equipment are equally important. This recommendation from the UIAA member federation The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) provides vital equipment information that is NOT explicitly addressed in the standard, particularly failure modes of the equipment and recommendations for the use, inspection, maintenance, and retirement of equipment.