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You'll forget you're even wearing it.

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.

  • A low-profile polycarbonate shell and co-molded EPS foam lining allows the Vapor to weigh in at under seven ounces
  • Ratchet with molded push buttons allows you to adjust the helmet for a perfect fit
  • Geometric shaped vents provide maximum air-flow without compromising impact resistance
  • Headlamp clips can be removed to shave additional weight from the helmet

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Helmets even on approach

Helmets even on approach

On the approach to the base of Eleventh Hour in BCC.

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

More Climbing in LCC

More Climbing in LCC

Enjoying the view with a protected noggin atop Hand Jive in LCC.

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

Climbing in LCC

Climbing in LCC

Enjoying a beautiful day climbing in LCC with fellow Expert Gearhead Kyle Brady.

Sporting the BD Vapor Helmet

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

5 5

saves the noggin

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

love the fit and weight, breathable and hardly know its on.

4 5

Feels like its not even there.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Besides the sweat that builds up in any helmet you will not notice this thing a top you're head. I like how the adjustable back strap hides in the helmet when you are storing it, makes packing it way easier. Ive used it biking, in a pinch when it was the only thing in my car. Wouldnt expect it to really protect in a huge crash but, definitely would protect small rock fall and things like that though.

Feels like its not even there.
5 5

Low Profile and Non-Noticable

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm digging this helmet a ton. Just wish there were some better color options.

Sizing:
My dome is pretty awkward but the S/M fits great. It's nice having the range of head sizes that can work with it especially if I'm at the crag and a friend needs to protect their melon for a quick pitch.

Adjustability:
The adjustable ratchet in the rear is awesome. It's super easy to size up and down. Usually when I put it on I adjust it to my head and when I take it off I loosen it up at the rear first, then I undo the regular strap first. I'm curious to see the durability of the ratchet but so far I'm really enjoying it.

Weight:
This is a light weight helmet. When I'm on a route I don't notice it is there and the low profile is nice too. I only notice the helmet once I take it off because usually it's filled with sweat.

Versatility:
So this helmet is one that I foresee me using for many activities. Right now I've been using it for rock climbing but I can totally see me using it this up coming winter for a variety of things.

Protection:
I'm not expecting this to hold up in a crash or fall the way a thicker helmet would, but I am more comfortable with the EPS foam that I am a plastic shelled lid such as the BDE Half Dome or other similar helmets.

Jared D.
Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055

Staying classy on Rainier

Staying classy on Rainier

This helmet is awesome for long days of mountaineering, believe it or not heavy helmets start to wear on you after 12 hours of grovelling up some icy slope. so having a light weight lid is the best! and c'mon, it looks damn good.

5 5

Nothing about this Helmet sucks

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a bit of a long face, and when a helmet does not fit right I look weird. and the #1 rule of climbing is sexy first right!? Well... not falling to your death might be #1 but sexy first is a close runner up :)

I love the look and feel of this helmet. Its light, breathable, and fits your head so well it feels like its a part of you, not some mushroom living on the top of your head. I have used it with ski goggles and it fits great! it breaths well enough you can wear it on the way up while touring for added safety.

I also love that the cradle will fit up inside the helmet so it does not snag on stuff when you put it in and out of your pack. And I do not think I will ever be so concerned with weight that I remove the headlamp clips to shave grams but its cool they are removable.

4 5

It's light! Good for rando racing.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It is light - probably not the most durable. A pretty amazing step up from my old plastic helmet. Got it to try to stay a bit cooler for skimo races and it seems to work well. Much less noticeable, the strap system is comfortable, and ski goggles can be easily attached w/ gorilla tape or zip ties.

Unanswered Question

Can anyone compare the fit of this with...

Can anyone compare the fit of this with say Smith, Giro helmets? I wear large in those, and can't find a climbing helmet that even gets close. Can we request that BD and Mammut make one more size up?

5 5

Light and breathable

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Super light barely there fit. Sits nice and low like a helmet should, not as high as most climbing ones. Amazing venting. True to size chart, great mountainering-touring/climbing helmet

5 5

Great Lid

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is really light, low profile, cool (temp wise) for a helmet, and works great. Its light so it can't take a real beating, but its a great helmet.

4 5

Amazingly more comfortable than others

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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.

4 5

Incredibly light, awfully fragile

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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.

When will s/m grey be available again? I...

When will s/m grey be available again? I loved, and lost, my first...

Responded on

Those helmets should be available within a month or so! Once we have those in stock the website will be updated, so keep checking back!

5 5

Nice Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

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.

Alternate shot of the vapor

Alternate shot of the vapor

This is me climbing Squawstruck in Rock Canyon, UT - a 22 pitch project that required the most comfortable helmet I could find.

5 5

Best helmet ever, but pricey

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.

Best helmet ever, but pricey