/ Anyone using a Petzl Sirocco
I have one... It's really good, you hardly notice yer wearing it.
But you do look like you're riding the short bus with it...
Cheers for the replies, I wonder what went on at the product development meeting where they actually thought that the colour was a good idea, must have been some rejects from The Apprentice there, your fired.
It's made of Expanded Poly(Propene) aka. EPP, this is the same thing that's used in a number of high-end Ski and Paddling helmets, mainly because it's multi-impact. It's only easily coloured when it's initially being manufactured, but is definately available in other colours... I'm assuming that it wasn't cost effective to purchase lots of smaller quantities of differently coloured plastic (and correct for the slight changes in melting temp and expansion/contraction that the different pigment additives cause during manufacturing) and orange appealed to the person in charge of such things.
I don't mind the whole tangerine thing, it's nice and visible!
There's was an irate Frenchman behind us on a route a couple of weeks ago. He had a fancy patterned one which looked a lot better - didn't stop him from being a knobber though.
Incidentally, I got walloped by a big rock (bag of sugar size) on the head from 10+ metres whilst wearing my new style BD Half Dome and there wasn't a scratch on, or in it. Sounds unlikely, but true story - very impressed.
I use one because its way lighter than anything else. Figured if I got the lightest available I would have no excuse not to wear it.
You cannot see the colour when you wear it, and as I DGAF about what else I wear as long as it does its job, so what.
Had it a few weeks now and no gripes apart from being a bit warm in hot weather on the forehead, I intend to modify the removable foam bits on the front to sort this out.
The magnetic buckle seems OTT, would rather it was a few grams lighter.
Hmm I was told of someone called Ted using one and was going to phone him, wonder if its the same one?
Everyone laughs at me for wearing mine. They call me EasyClimber and tell me I've been Tangoed.
They're all just jealous.
Mine has a few little dints around the rim so you have to be a little careful.
The other thing is its capable of absorbing multiple impacts, without catastrophically deforming. Which would be very useful on long expeditions, or if you sit on it by mistake.
A nut ripped on my today, it hit my black diamond vapour and cracked it clean through, not exactly durable. I know it did its job but I wouldn't be buying another one!
Probably a bit late for you now, and sjc, but unless I'm mistaken the Vapour isn't tested against the UIAA standard. Might give helmet buyers something else to consider when deciding
I actually thought that the way helmets like the Vapour worked was that they are destroyed by the impact and that is how they absorb the forces, thats why I thought helmets such as the Elios and Roc are better for Multi pitch or Mountain routes sure, as they will take more than one impact, and this is why the Sirocco appeals in that it is very light and will take multi impact.
Course I`m not that bright so may have that all wrong :-(
It's not like you could just shrug off the the type of blow that would break a foam helmet if you were wearing a hybrid or cradle helmet and carry on climbing. Getting hit that hard on the head is a bad thing no matter what type of lid you have on!
I wrote this article http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=4905 last year and it goes into that discussion.
I've got one and think it's great. Although it looks similar in shape to a Meteor III it is a little more bulky so once or twice I've hit my head on something when I wouldn't have in my old meteor - but that says more about my spacial awareness than the helmet!
It may be because I climb mostly in the North of England but I haven't seen any of these sex god / godesses at the crag that look irresistable in many helmets but repulsive in a Sirocc, (Rick Graham aside obviously!)
> It may be because I climb mostly in the North of England but I haven't seen any of these sex god / godesses at the crag that look irresistable in many helmets but repulsive in a Sirocc, (Rick Graham aside obviously!)
Are you impugning the charms of Yorkshire folk? Go easy, lad.
> Are you impugning the charms of Yorkshire folk? Go easy, lad.
15km off target, Co Durham if you please. Codhead or Monkeyhanger.
I expect it passes the CE/EN test, or whichever it is for being sold in the EU, but my understanding is that the UIAA tests go a bit further.
I'd be happy to admit I'm wrong, though
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