One of the most important safety items for tree climbing is the climber's helmet. Anyone working or climbing at heights must wear a climbing helmet and not a hard hat. Hard hats are designed to protect from objects falling from above only, and climbers face potential injury from the sides as well, making a climbing helmet designed to protect from side and back impact necessary. Today's climbing helmets are also designed to stay put in case of a fall, with adjustable suspension and chin straps. Without these, a hard hat is nearly useless in the tree if it falls off during an incident. Besides the obvious safety benefits of a helmet over a hard hat, they will also be much more comfortable and most can mount face or eye shields and hearing protection for added safety and convenience.
The newly redesigned Petzl Vertex 2 helmets are our most popular choice for work at heights. The new Centerfit adjustment system with two adjustment knobs ensures optimal fit and stability by centering the head inside the shell. Compatible with Peltor ear muffs and Peltor wire mesh visor or clear plastic Petzl Vizir. The vent holes on the Vertex 2 Vent have shutters to adjust air flow. Shock absorption is achieved through deformation of the outer shell. Range of adjustability is 20.9” - 24.8”. Weighs 16 oz. Made in France.
Rated: Good Review by: Corey
“I upgraded from the vertex vent to the vent 2. I like the new visor option as this is great for windy days. My only complaint is that the new dual dials loosen up on their own and need adjusted often.”
The new Alveo Vent is Petzl's lightest weight and most ventilated helmet yet. It fits closer to the skull than the Vertex and is therefore more stable and less noticeable. The new Centerfit adjustment system with two adjustment knobs ensures optimal fit and stability by centering the head inside the shell. Compatible with Peltor ear muffs (SAF203 and SAF205) and Peltor wire mesh visor (SAF127) or clear plastic Petzl Vizir (SAF177). Shock absorption is achieved through deformation of the expanded polystyrene liner. Weighs 12 oz. Made in France.
A popular choice for climbers who work in rainy climates or who don't want debris, critters, or other nuisances coming in through the vents in their helmet. Compatible with Vizir, Peltor ear muffs, and peltor face shield (with ear muffs or adapter.) The Vertex 2 Best meets ANSI Z89.1-2009 Type I Class E standards for electrical insulation. Weighs 16 oz. Stocked in Yellow, available in other colors by special order which normally ship in 5-7 days.
This lightweight helmet work is a closed-top version of the popular Alveo above. The closed tope is required by some industries, and also good for tree work in rainy or very cold weather. The Alveo Best will fit all the same accessories as the Vent, including ear muffs, Vizir or mesh shield, and head lamp. Lightweight, adjustable with one size fitting most.
Stocked in Yellow, also available in Red or White. (Allow an extra 3-5 days for delivery for non-stock colors.)
Kask Super Plasma helmets are the 2nd generation of this helmet which has become popular for it's compactness, stability, and low profile. Fitting closer to the head than other helmets, the Super Plasma is compatible with a full range of eye and ear pro, including a visor which is custom-fit to the helmet to seal the top and keep out chips.
The Plasma is lightweight, compact, comfortable and well ventilated with 10 air intakes that provide efficient cooling and ventilation. The air intakes on the outer shell are equipped with protective aluminum anti-intrusion grille that prevents entry of debris into the helmet. Size is quickly adjustable with wheel adjustment. Made in Italy.
The Super Plasma Hi-vis helmets feature the same comfort and safety innovations as the Super Plasma helmets above, but with fluorescent colors and reflective decals for added visibility.
Kask's Visors for the Super Plasma helmet are a popular add-on that provides eye-protection and sits close to the helmet. The Visor overlaps the edge of the helmet for a seal that keeps out water, chips, etc. Available in 3 colors - clear, smoke (grey), or mirrored. Replacement screws for the Kask Visor are also available.
The new Kask Zenith helmet is a closed-top helmet without vents which allows it to meet electric shocks protection. Compatible with ear muffs and Zen Visor attachment, features head lamp clips, removable front pad, and comfortable chin strap. A great helmet for those who prefer a non-vented shell.
This helmet does not fit the standard Kask visor.
Hi-Vis version of Kask Zenith helmet. This closed-top helmet meets electric shocks protection. Compatible with ear muffs and Zen Visor attachment, features head lamp clips, removable front pad, and comfortable chin strap. A great helmet for those who prefer a non-vented shell.
Kask's new Zen visor fits the Zenith helmet when used with the Visor Adapters (sold separately).
Pacific Kevlar helmets are made from hard resin with injected Kevlar fibers. 6 point webbing suspension and a ratchet adjustment at the back give it a customizable fit. This helmet is the most durable and long lasting helmet we have found. Available with attached face shield and/or ear muffs. Weighs approximately 1.2 lb Made in New Zealand.
Rated: Disappointing Review by: Colin
“The helmet sits with the brim pointing slightly down, not too annoying until you flip the face screen down and it rests on your nose and chin. You have to maneuver the earmuffs under the side of the helmet then up to get them to sit over your ears. the chin strap gets under the muffs. The helmet feels very top heavy with the muffs and visor up, like having half a bowling ball on the top of your head. The chin strap is pretty harsh and the big plastic buckle digs into my chin. Wish I had tried one on before buying. Comes in nice colors :-) ”
Rated: OK Review by: FCC TOWER 1
“I just received this helmet today and my first impression was WOW! I couldn't believe how light it was, I'm so used to my 48.00 dollar Husqvarna but after 4 years I figured it was time to upgrade, well this new helmet is a little bit different, I am sure I'll get used to it but after a more thorough inspection and after trying it on I found out that the earmuffs are not as effective at reducing the noise as my Husqvarna's, maybe because the chin strap gets in the way and it doesn't let the earmuffs seal around the ear completely, maybe I'm supposed to move the chin strap out of the way every time I need to put the earmuffs on (too annoying) they should make the chin strap removable or more efficient, chin strap also comes with some Velcro loops with very sharp corners that scratch your face every time you turn your head (minor issue but annoying). Another thing that I discovered is that the black trim around the helmet is not glued on, it was coming off on one side of my brand new helmet upon unpacking of it I hope it doesn't become a major issue in the future, I think I'll call WesSpur to find out if that's the way it is supposed to be, all in all I give this helmet a 70 out of 100. If I had had the chance to try it on before buying it I probably would have picked a different one.”
Pfanner put 12 years of research and product development into the Protos helmet for a unique helmet that combines eye, ear, and impact protection.
The face shield and ear muffs are integrated into the helmet, and both can be slid up and back when not in use, and removed for repair or replacement. The suspension is designed to be adjusted and then clamped with a wide lever at the back for a truly secure fit. The helmet itself is designed to absorb and deflect forces before they are transfer to the wearer.
The Protos is an all-in-one solution for arborist's safety headgear. Weighs about 2 lb with all components. Made in Austria.
CT's X-Arbor helmet is a compact and lightweight helmet for tree work. The lightweight shell is super-well ventilated and made from ABS with an expanded polystyrene liner. The headband is padded with absorbent, washable fabric. Like all professional helmets, the X-Arbor has mounts for ear and eye protection as well as headlamp clips.
One size fits from 19.5" - 24" (50cm - 61cm), weighs 12.4 oz (350 g), made in Italy.
The Rockman Ranger Pro helmet features integrated, retractable eye-protection and a 'crash-box' at the top of the helmet where impacts from falling objects are most likely. The Crash Box is designed with rods and pies inside which act like shock-absorbers on impact, reducing the force transferred to the climber. The Rockman Ranger Pro is compatible with standard helmet-mount ear muffs. Six-point suspension, dial adjustment. Made in Germany.
Now stocked in Size 2 for adults! This low-profile helmet is lightweight, sleek, and easy to adjust. Comfortable and well-ventilated. Weighs approximately 11.6 oz (330 g). Buy a matching helmet for your kids below!
This low-profile helmet is lightweight, sleek, and easy to adjust. Comfortable and well-ventilated. Stocked in a small size perfect for kids. Weighs approximately 10.5 oz (300 g).
This kit offers ear and eye protection that snaps into standard hard hat and helmet attachment slots. Works with Vertex and Pacific helmets, and aluminum and plastic hard hats. Includes ear muffs, wire mesh visor, and visor sealer to keep out dust and rain.
Replaceable cloth sweatband snaps around the headband of most helmets and hard hats to provide a comfortable solution for keeping sweat from running in your eyes.