A pictoral representation of the UIAA-106 and EN-12492 standards for helmets.
Penta is extremely lightweight, super-comfortable and fully ventilated climbing helmet. All this combined with a maximum head protection. For its comfort and lightweight design is ideal for use in sport climbing, mountaineering traditional climbing or via ferrata.
compact upper part protects the user from falling objects and stil keeps low profile
hard PC shell avoids sharp objects penetration while PS foam absorbs the impact energy
hard PC shell also protects the bottom edge from mechanical damage
inside padding is fully removable and washable
eleven large vents with more than 56 cm² allow excellent ventilation
robust headlamp clips secure any headlamp on the market
comfortable and flexible rear retention system conforms better to any head and provides space saving storage (can be easily folded into the helmet)
narrow straps of the retention system are very soft and light and do not press so as standard hard-plastic headbands
soft and wide chin strap with an extended length provides maximum comfort and allows to wear a hat under the helmet
ultra light helmet for all climbing activities
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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.
| 205 g|
One Size: 205 g / 7.23 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.
| 20.00 in - 24.00 in|
One Size: 51-60 cm / 20-24 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.
|CE, EN, UIAA|
No voice but the video shows all the features of Penta Helmet.
One of the reasons that I switched to a lightweight helmet is I realize that heavier helmets are simply not as comfortable and I'm more likely to wear a helmet if it's comfortable. After I tried on a friend's, I realized that I didn't even notice that I was wearing it, so I started wearing one all the time. The Penta comes in blue, gray, red, and white.
Campers’ Corner called me this week and told me the Penta arrived at their store and I was really excited to wear it and feel how the helmet stands up. When you first picked up the helmet, you can feel the lightweight foam without excessive plastic parts on it and it has a great CG with weight evenly distributed around the helmet. The adjustable straps at the back of the helmet eliminated the traditional plastic dials which I thought was a great idea. The plastic dials either breaks or it becomes sticky rubber/plastic mix after being in our tropical climate for sometime. These adjustable straps on the Penta, feels soft and skinny almost ‘g string’ kinda feel. It is also not hard to adjust the straps when you have your helmet on.
The Penta is CE and UIAA certified, and has a plastic veneer that protects it from being dinged by jiggling cams or ice screws when it’s in your pack, and from the everyday sort of damage that it might otherwise get from being dropped or tossed in the back of your car. Four plastic-lift tabs accept a headlamp strap quickly and easily. The helmet is foam and rides directly on your head without a suspension. Generous cutouts on the sides and back let air in, but sweat still builds up since foam helmets are basically insulated koozies for your head, a point you’ll appreciate on cold days, but not so much on hot ones.
The Singing Rock Penta is not only of the lightest, but also one of the most comfortable, helmets I’ve used. At just 208 grams (one size), it is slightly heavier than the lightweight champ Petzl Sirocco (170 grams, size 2) but a touch lighter than Petzl’s Meteor III+ (218 grams, size 2). This firmly puts it in competition with other lightweight helmets out there — but it’s significantly cheaper at just $70 USD msrp (vs. the others at approx. $120 USD). But regardless of the weight and cost, what really sets it apart from the others is how low-profile it is. It’s hard to see, and even harder to demonstrate, but the small size of the Penta is immediately obvious when you pull a hood over it. It sits low and the straps hug it close, so even with a tight hood you maintain good head mobility. This one thing alone has made it the one helmet I now wear everywhere, all the time.
The Singing Rock Penta is a good-looking helmet that is light and affordable. Buy it if weight and having a helmet that can be packed into a bag are important – just make sure it fits if you have a bigger head.
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.