The Petzl Ecrin Roc Helmet is designed as catch-all professional climber’s accessory. It has a unique adjustment system that fits to your head with the helmet on. It is outfitted with not one but two separate foam liners for the best custom fit. The Ecrin Roc meets all UIAA requirements for a climbing helmet. Wildfire jumpers, S&R teams, tower climbers, and other pros use these helmets in demanding conditions. The stringent standards set by the UIAA measure shock absorption, the ability to withstand a conical impact, the security (load bearing ability) of retention straps and ventilation standards.
The chinstrap on the Roc uses polyester webbing to ensure a softer fit and feel. It can be adjusted whether the helmet is on or off. The helmet also features integral hooks to mount and hold a headlamp (by the way, Petzl also makes great headlamps). The sides of the Roc have an extensive grid vent to allow ventilation, keeping your head cool when it’s hot out. We would be remiss to not mention that it is available in two colors, a safety yellow and blazing orange.
The Bottom Line
This helmet falls into the higher end category, and the price is reflective of that. If you’re just starting out as a climber, a lower priced alternative may be a better choice, but as in all outdoor equipment, you really get what you pay for. The Roc’s quality materials, top of the line construction, and no nonsense aesthetic show you mean business. Since it is imported and it can only be shipped to addresses within the U.S.
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