Black Diamond Vapor Climbing Helmet.
The Black Diamond Vapor Climbing Helmet offers a superb combination of low profile protection, excellent ventilation, and ultra-comfortable fit. As the lightest and most breathable climbing helmet Black Diamond has ever created, it proves that helmets are not just for extreme alpine and multi-pitch trad climbs. It fits comfortably but doesn't compromise reliable protection. Designed with a sheet of Kevlar and a series of carbon rods in between co-molded EPS foam and a polycarbonate shell, this helmet provides ultra-light protection. The geometric, open air design allows for unparalleled airflow. Plus, it has a ratchet adjuster with molded push buttons for easy storage to your backpack or haul bag. Whenever you feel like climbing before dawn or after dark, you can make use of this helmet's removable headlamp clips to secure your light and keep your headlamp from snagging on slings and clothing. The Black Diamond Vapor Climbing Helmet is absolutely great for climbers who are looking for a lightweight yet dependable protection.
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Whether you're clipping bolts in Maple Canyon, Utah or navigating through seldom-traveled trad pitches, strap on the ultralight Black Diamond Vapor Helmet for tough head protection. The low-profile design and featherlight weight of under seven ounces make it easy to forget you're even wearing a helmet. Plus, the geometric vents provide ample air-flow for hot summer days at the crag.
This helmet is as light, ventilated, and comfortable as everybody says. That being said, mine isn't holding up as well as I had hoped. I don't really care about the thin shell and consequent dents, but the foam in the back is very thin and without reinforceent, and I'm starting to see cracks throughout it; I can even feel that the back of the helmet has softened to flex in some of the more cracked up areas. I haven't treated my helmet that roughly, and it defintitely hasn't taken any hard knocks; I think the back is breaking up just from the stress of being stuffed inside my pack. I suppose that the primary protection offered by the helmet is supposed to be from the thicker foam on the top, so I'm not ready to ditch mine just yet, but for $140 I think a helmet should hold up to everyday climbing abuse.
I'm still giving this thing 4 stars because the light weight is really amazing, but be aware that it might not last through a lot of rough use.
Overall, an amazingly lightweight and well-ventilated helmet, that also fits very securely.
In more detail:
- Sizing: seems spot on.
- Fit:: personal of course, but so nicely contoured coming down around the sides of my head, that even w/ the strap completely undone, still very secure when pushed front-back and side-to-side.
- Appearance: actually quite nice, as the top is relatively thin, thereby avoiding that alien crystal dome effect.
- Vents: massive on the sides, and even more massive in back (to the extent it almost seems to be more air than helmet there).
- Back adjustment mechanism: effective, and easy to manipulate.
- Weight: size S/M is a wee bit over spec at 6.7 oz, plus 0.2 oz for the headlamp clips.
- Durability: shell is very thin, as are some of the foam sections in back (i.e., around all the vents).
Amazingly more comfortable, much lighter on the head and much for breathable.
However this comes with costs, first of all the helmet is incredibly fragile. If you throw this in your truck or gear bin, don't put stuff on top of it or it will crack. I think BD should offer a "case" or something so I can transport it without treating it like eggshells.
Also, the shell is pretty much an eggshell, it is a thin layer of plastic over the styrofoam. Can't help but think that there is some serious compromise in protection compared to a much heavier helmet. As someone who wouldn't wear a helmet otherwise, it's a reasonable tradeoff.
The helmet is light weight. So light it is easy to forget you are wearing it. The ventilation is superb. My head stayed relatively cool on a hot day of slide climbing in the Adirondack mountains.
Sizing: My head measured 23 inches in diameter and I ordered both sizes the S/M and the M/L since the high end of the S/M was 23 and the low end of the M/L was also 23. I found that for my head the S/M was much more comfortable. The ratchet adjustment in the back of the helmet helped to customize the fit and allow the helmet to sit securely on my head.
I made a cheap helmet work for a long time but had a big project to work on and decided to spring for the vapor. Quite glad I did - it is absolutely a revelation among climbing helmets. Doesn't droop in front of your eyes or roll back on your head - it basically fits like a nice bike helmet. The helmet isnt' going to win any style awards, but it is great for long multipitch days.