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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?
Mitch Musci
From Estes Park, CO
Joined Apr 8, 2002
717 points
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. Ksween
From Wakefield, RI
Joined Jul 22, 2011
36 points
Nov 17, 2012
Mt Whitney April
I've always used sunglasses - but if you want something more protective here is an idea....

Perhaps some extra duct tape to retrofit it on to your Petzl Helmet.
From Ca
Joined Aug 7, 2012
95 points
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! Linnaeus
From New England/ Baltimore
Joined Aug 22, 2011
4 points
Nov 17, 2012
+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. RockinOut
From NY, NY
Joined May 8, 2010
106 points
Nov 17, 2012
I bought one for my wife. Surprisingly good. funkyicemonkey
From Colorado
Joined Nov 21, 2011
4 points
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...
OK, so you'd look like a dork at the ice crag, but it is still an option.
Joined Jul 29, 2009
1,773 points
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.

Joined Jun 18, 2008
581 points
Nov 17, 2012
They are under $20. General Air Welding Supply
Mike Lane
From Centennial, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
839 points
Nov 17, 2012
Rock wars, Red River Gorge
Any clear work glasses will work just fine. Super cheap, more comfortable, plenty safe. shoo
Joined Aug 9, 2010
74 points
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. Medic741
From Pittsford, New York
Joined Apr 1, 2012
51 points
Nov 17, 2012
Thanks Hank Caylor!
Maybe you can DIY a shield for your Petzl helmet? Just find some flexible plastic and screws? Bang
From Charlottesville, VA
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