Petzl Vertex Ventilated Helmet Review

Petzl Vertex Ventilated Helmet Review
Petzl Vertex Ventilated Helmet Front Side



Vent holes, Textile suspension, Strong chin strap


Not unisex


This helmet sets the standard in head protection for workers at height.

Our Rating


Whether you’re going bouldering, you’re a climber, or even if your career demands you work high above the ground, you’re going to need some sort of protection for your noggin. After all, a fall from any height can be catastrophic if you land on your head!

Today, we are going to take a look at one of the leading helmets you can get, the Petzl Vertex Ventilated Helmet. In our review, we will go over the features that makes this helmet stand out from the rest.

We will also give you a brief summary of what other customers had to say about their experience using the product. At the end, we’ll give you our final recommendation.

We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s dive in!

About The Product

Petzl Vertex Helmet Ventilation

The Petzl Vertex Ventilated Helmet is designed to give the wearer ultimate comfort when they’re climbing or working at any height. The helmet’s design features a shock absorption system in the outer shell to give your head maximum protection should there be an accident or a fall.

Much of the comfort provided by this helmet is in part of the six-point textile suspension system. This suspension system allows the helmet to fit on anyone’s head regardless of head shape or size. Notable features of Petzl Vertex Ventilated Helmet include:

  • Shock absorption achieved through deformation of the outer shell
  • Strong chin strap (more than 50 daN) limits the risk of losing the helmet during a fall
  • Features six-point textile suspension that conforms perfectly to the shape of the head
  • Adjustment system adjusts the headband while helmet is centered on your head
  • Vent holes with sliding shutters allow the ventilation to be adjusted as needed
  • The VERTEX VENT comes with two sizes of headband foam

The helmet features a chin strap that is quite strong as the break strength is more than 50 daN (EN 12 492 mountaineering helmet). The polycarbonate outer shell meets EN 397 industrial standards as well as EN 12492 standards. This means its resistant to impact and wear.

This particular helmet features ventilation holes with shutters located on the side, thus promoting optimal air circulation without compromising the durability of the helmet.

The helmet was designed to accept a variety of attachments such as hearing protection, a VIZIR face shield, and the option to mount a PIXA headlamp or use the clips to mount a headlamp that uses an elastic band.

What People Are Saying

When looking at the user reviews for the Petzl Vertex Ventilated Helmet, we were impressed to see the majority of customers had great things to say about the helmet.

The most common thing about the helmet that people appreciated was how comfortable it is. People appreciated how well it fits their head, but also they like that the chin strap actually prevents the helmet from falling off their head.

There were a few people who commented that they had an accident while wearing the helmet and it was able to protect their head from considerable harm. People who wear this helmet for work were pleased by the ventilation slots on the side and they went on to say that their head didn’t overheat or become sweaty while wearing it.

A few people went on to say that they can put the helmet on at the start of the day, wear it for 12+ hours and forget it’s on because it’s so lightweight and comfortable to wear. While we love talking about the positive reviews, we have to be fair and report some of the complaints people had as well. 

The first complaint several people have had was that the helmet doesn’t fit a woman’s head properly – even after adjusting the fit. One customer reported that the band of the helmet sits on their eyebrows because the suspension area was too deep.

Speaking about the adjustment system of the helmet, several people commented that the adjustment capabilities were rather limited. When the head strap is at the maximum adjustment, it is still loose. A few people were disappointed that they couldn’t find the rating or class, which the customer was required to show proof of for their jobs.

Final Thoughts

Petzl Vertex Ventilated Helmet Back Side

If you’re someone who needs to wear a helmet for your work and it needs to have ANSI ratings, the Petzl Vertex Ventilated Helmet is a great product. This helmet meets the requirements of the EN 397 and EN 12492 standards for impact protection.

It also satisfies the optional requirements of the EN 397 standard concerning lateral deformation and use in cold temperatures.

We like this particular helmet because it features a shock absorption system throughout the outer shell that will protect your head should you have an accident or fall. The strong chin strap has a break limit of more than 50 daN, which significantly limits the risk of the helmet coming off during a fall.

We also like that the helmet features a six-point textile suspension system that makes the helmet suitable for any head shape. You can get a better fit by adjusting the CenterFit adjustment system, which helps to keep the helmet secure and centered on the head.

The ventilation holes and sliding shutters are another nice feature. The shutters allows you to open and close the vents as needed.

If you’re looking for a protective helmet that will protect your head while being comfortable and easy to adjust, this is a great option. For added functionality, this helmet is capable of accepting a variety of attachments such as headlamps, visors, and hearing protection.

It doesn’t matter why you need a helmet, you can purchase this helmet and rest assured that your head will be protected and you’ll be comfortable too. The Petzl Vertex Ventilated Helmet gets our stamp of approval!

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