2nd generation of PENTA is here
SINGING ROCK introduces the second generation of the popular PENTA climbing helmet. We seized this opportunity to ask our developer, helmet specialist Aleš Steklý, who designed and developed the helmet.
At first glance, apart from the colours, the new Penta doesn't look much different from the first generation. How is the new Penta different from the previous one?
The shape has changed, the new Penta has a lower profile and protects the back of the head more. It's also more ventilated and much lighter than the previous generation. And because we will be producing it in three sizes, it fits better on the head and offers more comfort.
Why did you choose 3 helmet sizes? We didn't find this choice in other climbing helmets.
For comfort. For a helmet to be comfortable, it has to fit well on the head and that's where the sizes play a key role.
The PENTA JUNIOR helmet is also newly available. Who is it for?
PENTA Junior is designed for children who have a small head circumference between 48 and 54 cm. This model comes with stickers, so each child can design their own helmet.
What materials is the helmet made from and what are their characteristics? What makes these materials a good choice for a climbing helmet?
PENTA is made with proven in-mold technology combining EPS foam for cushioning and a polycarbonate shell for durability.
When I'm looking from the back, it's impossible to miss the "frowny face". When you were creating the second generation, you couldn't make a "smiley face"?
Unfortunately, I couldn't. For me, function takes priority, and it was the "frown" that provided the necessary balance between structural strength and a high level of ventilation.
This is a climbing helmet, but what other activities is it suitable for? Can I use the helmet for canyoning or ski mountaineering, for instance?
PENTA is certified as a climbing helmet according to EN 12492 standard, so it is suitable for sport climbing, mountaineering, alpine climbing, via ferratas, rope parks and similar rope activities. You can use it for canyoning or caving. This helmet is not certified for ski mountaineering or skiing. It would not meet the requirements of the standard for ski helmets, which are tested by being impacted by a steel cone not only from above like climbing helmets, but also from the side. Because of the side vents on Penta, the requirements of the ski standard cannot be fulfilled. However, ski mountaineering is a combination of mountaineering and skiing, so it is better to wear a climbing helmet than no helmet at all.
What would you recommend when trying and choosing a helmet?How to adjust the helmet correctly?
First of all, the helmet has to fit you and you have to like it. Loosen the helmet with the back straps before putting it on and tighten it sufficiently after putting it on. The helmet should hold without the chin strap being fastened. Tighten it last. Only use the helmet in the ideal position, otherwise you will look pretty silly (and the helmet will not protect you sufficiently).
Don't forget to try a thin cap or a stretchy hoodie under your helmet. And at the same time, try drawing the hood of your waterproof jacket over the helmet! And last but not least, your helmet should match to your climbing outfit 🙂
And the last question: what colour of the PENTA helmet would you pick?
Definitely the olive grey!
Thanks for the interview.