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Black Diamond Vapor Helmet

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    Worth It

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Don't let the price point scare you away. I'm in love with this helmet for so many reason.
    1. 5 panel hat fits under it really well
    2. Ratcheting suspension tucks into the helmet for compact storage. It ALSO, grips the back of my head very well to keep the helmet in place
    3. It looks stinking cool!
    4. Super strong and light weight
    5. Breaths very well
    My favorite part about the Vapor is that I forget it's on. That has been a huge selling point for me since other helmets can be a hassle or uncomfortable.
    This helmet is for ALL types of climbing and I've used it for cragging, multi-pitch, alpine and ice. It'll do it all.

    Worth It

    Rad Helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this for a trip to Red Rocks and haven't been disappointed. At the first crag where we climbed, I put it on and completely forgot about it. It is well ventilated for warmer weather, or can be worn with a hood and hat in the cold. Naturally, the finish got pretty scuffed up by the rocks and cacti around, but the helmet itself stayed intact.

    Light is Right

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This helmet is near-perfect.

    Having previously worn a BD Half Dome and tried on about every other climbing helmet available, I believe you can't do much better than the Black Diamond Vapor. It's comfortable enough to wear all day and forget it's even there. It's low-profile design keeps you from bumping against everything in sight, and doesn't look like you're wearing a mixing bowl on your head. It ventilates extremely well, and adjusts to fit anybody quickly and easily. The only complaint- it's not as sturdy as other hardshell helmets. It sheds bumps and scrapes and even minor rockfall well; but take a big hit or put too much weight on it and it'll fracture and require replacement. Just don't stow it at the bottom of your pack and it'll last you a lifetime, or at least prevent your time from being cut short.

    You can't go wrong with this helmet. Try one on; if it fits your head-- buy it.

    Light Weight Helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The lightest helmet Black Diamond has on the market - I hear rumors they are coming out with a women's specific version and can't wait to get my hands on that. IF you don't like wearing a helmet while rock/ice climbing - this is the one for you - barely know it's even on your head.

    Light Weight Helmet

    WOW! Now this is a lightweight helmet!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I was a little worried about ordering a helmet online. I know Backcountry perfect return policy, but didn't want to deal with the whole back and forth with trying on helmets via the mail.
    BC had a sale and I bought this helmet due to its original price, weight, and the amount of ventilation. How could you go wrong with a BD product anyway?
    Initial impressions... wow, it is like wearing nothing at all. Almost feels as comfortable to wear as my daily baseball cap. It is very easy to fit the helmet to your head due to the ratcheting system.
    I had cracked my forehead as a kid, wasn't wearing a helmet, and most helmets have a pressure point on the front of my forehead. This helmet has a very comfortable feel and has never given me a headache that I unfortunately associate with helmets.

    Wait, Where's My Helmet?

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Vapor helmet is so light and breathable that I've actually forgotten it was on my head. I picked this up as an alternative to my hardshell helmet for hot days and FL ski ascents, and it works great. The headlamp clips were a little hard to snap in place, but they hold a headlamp well and will definitely not pop out on their own.
    The adjustment system is neat, but it's possible to tighten one side more than the other, making the helmet sit awkwardly on your head. It's an easy fix, it just takes a little more time to fit the helmet correctly vs a dial-style closure. Once the Vapor is on and adjusted correctly, though, it feels like it's not even there.
    This definitely isn't your burl hardshell helmet that you can toss in the car, stack stuff on top of, and generally abuse, so take care of it. If you do, it'll last.