What's new in this version?
- now comes in two sizes
- is slightly lighter at 7.6 ounces (in the larger size 2) as opposed to 7.9 ounces for the previous version
- comes in four new color patterns
- has a redesigned vent pattern, which is supposed to increase ventilation
- now uses the same magnetic buckle found on the Petzl Sirocco, which allows for quick one-handed buckling
- has redesigned headlamp clips which are shorter and wider than the previous version
- has a new more flexible rear adjustment band which adjusts by pressing two small buttons
- uses smoother more comfortable webbing to form the harness
- still uses hardware which integrates the buckle with fore/aft adjustment of the chin strap
The biggest problem with all previous versions of Meteors was that they were only available in one size. The new Meteor is now available in two sizes similar to the Sirocco and Black Diamond helmets. Our test helmet is the larger size 2 and is identical in fit to the previous one size fits most model. Petzl recommends size 2 for heads from 21 to 24 inches in circumference. Size 1 will cover smaller headed folks that found the old Meteor too big. Size 1 is recommended for heads from 19-22 inches in circumference.
The buttons on the newly redesigned rear adjustment band took some getting used to since we were so used to the old plastic tabs. Once our fingers learned the new buttons we found the new band to be easy to adjust as well as more comfortable than the previous, more rigid band.
The new version still carries the CE EN 12492 and UIAA certification for climbing and mountaineering as the Meteor III +, but no longer has the CE EN 1078 or EN 1385 certification for cycling and whitewater. As much as we like this helmet for climbing, it wouldn't be a great helmet for either cycling or whitewater so we don't miss the lack of certification.
We expect to have a full review of this helmet live by the fall and expect that it will score very highly in our tests and likely replace the old version as our Editors' Choice for best climbing helmet.