The blue and white helmet we originally reviewed is no longer available. The Meteor is available in three new colors, one of which is featured in the main photo above. Product links will take you to new and old versions of the Meteor since nothing technical has changed (this way you can get the best deals). Keep reading to see the new color options.
For many of you, the most exciting change in the new Meteor is that it is now available in two sizes rather than the one-size-fits-all size of the previous model, which in reality fit medium and large heads best. We felt that one of the only flaws with the previous versions of the Meteor was that its single size sized out smaller-headed crushers. Petzl fixed this by releasing the current Meteor in two sizes. Similar to other Petzl climbing helmets like the Sirocco and Elios, the Meteor is available in Size 1 and Size 2.
Aside from the additional smaller size, the next biggest change to the latest iteration of Petzl's iconic helmet is the magnetic buckle used to fasten the chin strap. This buckle debuted on Petzl's Sirocco helmet. This buckle allows the chin strap to be quickly fastened with one hand, though we found that it has a few minor flaws. More on that below.
Along with the redesigned vent pattern, the new Meteor is available in four new colorways, however not all colors are available in all sizes. The smaller Size 1 is available in turquoise and raspberry, as it is likely aimed more at women. The larger size 2 is available in blue and coral.
The Meteor carries the CE EN 12492 and UIAA certification for climbing and mountaineering but no longer has the CE EN 1078 or EN 1385 certification for cycling or 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.
The new Meteor continues to be compatible with the VIZION eye shield for ice climbing, if you are into that sort of thing. The Meteor also carries the same three year warranty as all of the Petzl climbing helmets.