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By Mitch Musci
Nov 16, 2012

I've been thinking about getting a face shield to attach to my helmet while ice climbing and just want the community's opinion on this "accessory". Petzl makes the Vizion which can attach to Meteor III or Elios but it's $50 yikes!

Seems like it would be awesome for deflecting ice and spindrift, but I feel like I never see anyone climbing with one. Thoughts?


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By Ksween
From Wakefield, RI
Nov 17, 2012

Ive always used sunglasses, safety glasses, or ski goggles. Theres nothing wrong with protecting your face, but there are cheaper ways to do it.


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By Sdm1568
From Ca
Nov 17, 2012
Mt Whitney April

I've always used sunglasses - but if you want something more protective here is an idea....

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Perhaps some extra duct tape to retrofit it on to your Petzl Helmet.


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By Linnaeus
From New England/ Baltimore
Nov 17, 2012

Guy Lacelle used to wear one, so that's bad ass enough for me. I also wear glasses but would really like to get the shield, but $50 is more than I spent on my Elios!


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By RockinOut
From NY, NY
Nov 17, 2012
Gear

+1 Ski goggles or Sun glasses with the poly lenses. If you dont want the tint paintball goggles work, I have a friend who uses them.


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By funkyicemonkey
From Colorado
Nov 17, 2012

I bought one for my wife. Surprisingly good.


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By Gunkiemike
Nov 17, 2012

Grivel used to sell a shield that was beefy enough to stop an adze coming at your forehead. I looked something like this:


OK, so you'd look like a dork at the ice crag, but it is still an option.
OK, so you'd look like a dork at the ice crag, but it is still an option.


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By Dane
Nov 17, 2012
Cham '11

It is true I have made fun of you....and now I wear one. Something on your eyes at the very least makes sense to me. The visors are expensive but cheap by comparison to a few stiches or a serious eye injury.

coldthistle.blogspot.com/search?q=petzl+visor


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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
Nov 17, 2012
Stabby

This
They are under $20. General Air Welding Supply


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By shoo
From Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 17, 2012
Rock wars, Red River Gorge

Any clear work glasses will work just fine. Super cheap, more comfortable, plenty safe.


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By Medic741
From Pittsford, New York
Nov 17, 2012
When I was a bum at Frey

I wouldn't chance it to cheap garbage lenses. Oakleys have saved my eyes a few times... Just sayin.


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By Bang
From Charlottesville, VA
Nov 17, 2012
Thanks Hank Caylor!

Maybe you can DIY a shield for your Petzl helmet? Just find some flexible plastic and screws?


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