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Elia 2015



My vote: None ( 5.4 avg )


The ELIA helmet was designed and developed to respond specifically to the needs of women. The innovative OMEGA headband system (Petzl patent) allows the helmet to be put on and removed easily and offers maximum comfort. In addition to this exclusive feature, the helmet has a new headband and webbing adjustment mechanism. It allows the helmet to be precisely adjusted for different head shapes.

Comfortable on the head:
- OMEGA headband system specially designed for easy donning and removal of helmet
- absorbent comfort foam
- adjustment buckles are placed to the sides, away from the chin
Totally adjustable according to head size:
- quick and easy headband adjustment, even while the helmet is being worn
- chinstrap can be positioned forward or back
Designed to offer maximum durability and versatility:
- lightweight, durable shell of injected ABS
- expanded polystyrene foam liner
- helmet suitable for climbing, mountaineering, caving, via ferrata...
Adapts easily to the activity:
- headlamp can be attached using the four integrated clips

Retail price

US$ 59.95
Weight (g)

Weight (g)

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.

285 g

One Size: 285 g / 10 oz
(we converted grams to ounces)



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.

Size Range

Size Range

The sizing options of the helmet according to the manufacturer.

20.00 in - 23.00 in

One Size: 52-58 cm / 20-23 in
(we converted centimeters to inches)

Quick Adjust

Quick Adjust

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.

Vents Adjustable
Headlamp Compatable Yes
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.

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Elia Women Helmet

This video is long but it shows all the features of Elia helmet in details.

Petzl Elia Helmet Review by Glacier Travel Guide
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Petzl Elia Review by Outdoor Gear Lab
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Petzl Elia Helmet Review

Audio is not very good but worth watching.

Watch a tour of Petzl's facilities as they explain all the testing involved

Warning: This video is dubbed in English. If you're getting antsy, skip to section 7:40-8:15 for one of the most interesting parts, where they show a hardware specific camera inspection.

( 5.2 avg )
( 5.2 avg )

Mine is purple too!

side size adjusters

I just changed over from an Elios and find the fit of this helmet to be MUCH better, although I do prefer the adjuster knob on the back of the Elios. No comments yet on durability or feel in different conditions -- will have to update the review over the seasons.

Also, I feel more feminine in this helmet. Not too much, I'm climbing after all, but the right amount. :)

( 5.2 avg )

Because it came in PURPLE.

easy to adjust
Ponytail slot
Padding at headband is pretty thick and makes for a warm wear
sits high

I gotta admit, for an impulse buy, this is one divine helmet. Having seen that this lovely helmet came in a great, bright purple color, I decided to buy it (because everyone can use a 'spare' for when their friends visit, right???) and have been absolutely thrilled.

I can now keep my ponytail up (instead of having to take it down and deal with the flyaway hair) since it has a ponytail slot. There is enough adjustability in the sizing that I can wear a hat underneath for cold days, and the straps stay in place once you've adjusted them.

Aside from how it sits a little high, my only complaint is that the padding in the headband is pretty thick. On a hot day, this is uncomfortable, but quickly goes to the back of your mind when working a climb. Definitely not enough to make me think I need a different helmet. Elia FTW.

Outdoor Gear Lab Gear Review rating 5/5

This is the best deal for a women's helmet. If you already own a unisex helmet and find squeezing it over your hair is uncomfortable, then you may want to consider an upgrade to the Elia.

Climbing Report Gear Review no rating given just a review

We did a lot of climbing and a lot of testing and can happily say that the Petzl Elia helmet and Luna Harness are solid versatile choices for all of your climbing adventures. Both are reasonably priced and often on sale at a number of brick-and-mortar and online retailers.

Crux Crush Gear Review no rating given just a review

I like to think of myself as a safety conscience, responsible climber. I carefully maintain my equipment, regularly retire old gear, and always do a pre-climb harness and knot check with my belayer. Despite my focus on safety, I’m embarrassed to say that it took me 5 years of climbing to finally purchase a helmet! Maybe it’s the fact that I started climbing in the relatively safe environment of a gym, or that I never saw my friends or the pros climb in a helmet, or the fear that it would be hot and uncomfortable, but I never gave much thought about not wearing a helmet while sport climbing outside. That all changed when I started climbing at Safe Harbor and Birdsboro, PA. Both areas feature excellent bolted routes on man-made crags (a road cut and old quarry) that have quite a bit of loose rock. I bought the Petzl Elia women’s climbing helmet and now that I own the helmet I’ll never go back to climbing without it.

Splitter Choss Gear Review no rating given just a review

Now, it’s not all roses, but the only real gripe I have with the Elia is the size of the helmet (52-58 centimeters). This range is a little big for my head, and it’s a bit puzzling to me that they didn’t offer it in two sizes like their popular Elios and Altios models. Both of those have a small size with a range of 48-56cm, which is ideal for someone like myself. So if you know you need a smaller helmet, you should keep that in mind while checking out the Elia, as it might not offer a proper fit, despite all its other benefits.
Overall, though, the Petzl Elia is an excellent helmet with thoughtful features that most women climbers will find is a worthwhile step up from what they are currently wearing.

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Women generally care about fit and comfort more than men (and rightly so), so this helmet was specifically designed to hug the entire head evenly, rather than the rear-center weighting most helmets feature.

Climberism Gear Review

The helmet is designed for adjustment around the hair, so no more hair getting caught and yanked out in the sizing twist knob on the back of the helmet. The Elia takes the climbing helmet in a new direction with the sizing adjustment happening on the side of the helmet, breath easy, no more teeth gripping hair pulling ladies, climbing with curls could never be easier! The more obvious features on the Elia are the of course headlamp clips, the typical head padding for the comfortable fit, and some vibrant colors to top off any climbing outfit (blue/pink, gray/yellow, and white/blue).

Climbing Gear Review

Petzl’s patented OMEGA headband system is contoured in the back to rise up and over a ponytail. It’s also exceedingly comfortable and makes helmet on/off easy.
On the ELIA’s sides are quick clicking adjustment buttons, allowing for on-head, on-the-fly size tweaking, ensuring optimal fit.
Inside the lightweight, injection-molded ABS shell and the expanded polystyrene liner are a set of removable, leaf-shaped, soft foam pads for comfort. Peel ‘em out and wash ‘em after a dozen trips to the crag, rejuvenating that new-helmet smell.

Alpinist Gear Review rating 5/5

Several sleek-looking vents keep you from getting too sweaty, and give the helmet a feminine vibe without resorting to any of those shiny swirls that seem to be ubiquitous among women's outdoor gear. In fact, the vents are so sleek-looking, I used them as inspiration to transform my helmet into a work of art. At least I'll know it's mine once all my friends start showing up with this helmet on, which is bound to happen thanks to its adjustability, durability, comfort and, of course, the ponytail hole.
Pros: Very adjustable; well-ventilated; accommodates ponytails; lightweight; slim webbing straps.
Cons: Not face shield-compatible; tight headlamp clips; only available in one-size-fits-most.

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.