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Remind rocks that they are for climbing, not hitting your head.

Your head is your most valuable climbing asset, which makes a good helmet key. The Black Diamond Vector Helmet keeps all your marbles where they belong: in your noggin and focused on climbing. A vented polycarbonate shell encases co-molded EPS foam for a versatile design that allows airflow without compromising protection. The Vector's ratcheting adjuster means you get the most ideal fit without fiddling around, and secure headlamp clips keep your light source from taking off for an adventure of its own.

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Is the Vector just a slightly more durable version of the Vapor?

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The Vector and Vapor will have similar fits but the Vector is slightly bulkier. It is about 2 oz's heavier and a larger profile. Similar fit, but just added bulk with less vents.

It is still an awesome helmet with great protection. The Vapor is just for those looking to be gram weenies.

Some of the weight savings in the Vapor comes from the sheet of Kevlar that it has whereas the Vector doesn't have that.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead

5 5

Great Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This helmet is fantastic. Extremely light weight and the fit is very comfortable.

The con I have: I got the color Black and scratches show up really easily, wish I would have gotten a different color.

Thats not really a con though, its a great helmet. I would definitely recommend it.

4 5

Dented my Dome.

Compared to any of the plastic helmets this thing can get dented with anything hard being pressed against it.

I have a few dents in it from being shoved into a pack and having something being pressed hard against it.

I prefer the Vector helmet to my plastic helmet. I just know it won't take the abuse any plastic one can take.

It is very comfortable and I have found my head really doesn't get hot nor does it get cold when wearing it depending on the conditions. The headlamp clips work great too.

If I could go back and not buy my plastic helmet I wouldn't have bought it and just gone with one of these. Now would I ever loan my Vector helmet for anyone to use? No way in hell. I know it would come back beat to shit and have the dents to prove it.

You aren't going to be seeing these in any outfitters rental gear.

For personal use.. I would recommend it because it is a great helmet.

5 5

Light and durable

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Has a few dings but has held its own. Its so light i forget its even on. I haven't taken any huge falls onto head so I cannot attest to how it will hold up, but it has been thrown around in the airport, stuffed into a backpack for several days, so its general durability is great. The vents do a good job at keeping your head cool on blistering hot days.

Light and durable
5 5

Survived 60ft fall with this helmet!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Crazy true story!! So I was debating whether or not to spend the extra money and get this Vector helmet over a normal plastic one. I thank God that I did buy this one.

Two weeks ago I freefell from the top of a 60 foot climb in Staunton State Park, CO. down to the boulders below. 911 was called and I got rescued down the mountain, taken by flight for life to a level one trauma center and then walked away from the ER 7 hours later. No concussions, spinal damage or even any broken bones! I had this helmet on and I honestly think that it helped save my life. I have a shallow 1 inch dent on the top of the helmet and a little blood but that is the only sustained damage from a fall 11xs my height! God used this helmet to protect me from having permanent brain damage and even death. Its a part of my miracle story and a big reason why I'm alive today.

Get the best protection possible, youre life is worth the extra money.

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Woah Asha!
Thanks so much for sharing your story!!
Thrilled to hear this helmet made a difference in your fall.

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Wow, great testimony for this helmet Asha!!

I'm in the process of ordering a replacement for an aging helmet that helped me out recently from a rock fall. You've got me pointed in the right direction and that's up, with a BD Vector.


I have a big head, really big. I tried on a Vector M/L and Elios size 2 today, both were almost comically small perched atop of my giant head. Any Ideas?

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Hey badp1148379,

I would suggest you check out the Grivel Salamander helmet (Item # GRV0082). The XL size can fit heads that measure 58cm-66cm in circumference. Have you measured the circumference of your noggin with a tape measure? I would think that it would fall under the XL variant of the Salamander. I hope this helps, the link below will send you to the helmet I am suggesting.

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That link doesn't list the actual Salamander XL. If anyone reading this knows where us large headed people could actually buy that helmet in the states please post.

Whats the deal with the sizing? I currently...

Whats the deal with the sizing? I currently wear a Petzl Elios which has a max size of 61cm, my head is roughly 62cm and the Petzl fits ok. Went to try the M/L (says it fits up to 63cm) BD Vector on and couldn't even begin to get my head in. I know manufacturers size things differently but this is ridiculous.

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I realize this is probably too late, but for anyone else reading, try this:

Loosen the straps at the back of the helmet that the rear head retention (hard plastic strap things) is attached to. Pull the head retainer down and out, then try on the helmet. I had the same issue with this and the Vapour due to my large head, but it turns out that the issue is that they're set up at the smallest size of M out of the box rather than the much larger L sizing they are capable of attaining.

5 5

Spend the extra money

I originally bought the half dome, returned for this. The Vector is much more comfortable and significantly lighter (to me). You could honestly forget you are wearing this thing. Weight was important for me and my ski mountaineering pack gets heavy, so I was very glad I made the step up from the Half Dome.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

VERY comfortable. This is the only piece of headwear I own that I can stand to keep on longer than I have to! Sometimes I belay with it on because I forget I have it on... The only downside is that unlike the plastic suspension buckets, the Vector is soft and will dent easily.

5 5

Great helmet, but know the tech

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great helmet, lightweight, comfortable, and it looks cool - understand though that it is different technology than a suspension helmet. Construction is typical of a bike helmet - light outer shell and dense but light foam core. This helmet is designed to be used once - once it takes a shot, it goes in the dumpster. It also scratches easily so don't expect it to stay pretty. Finally - its a lot more bulbous than some of the suspension helmets - if you have a big head you might not like the fact that you'll look like an alien.
I have a big head, and some of my friends have make snarky comments that it makes my head look even bigger, but bottom line its so light weight and comfortable I don't care..

We'll see over the long haul, but I definitely prefer this to a suspension helmet. Does not stay wet either.. buy with confidence.

Can you wear ski googles with this?

Can you wear ski googles with this?

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Hi Aaron,
you totally can, it depending on the goggle it will push them down on your face a bit. and you have to put the goggles on before the helmet and run the strap under the helmet. I use it with the smith I/O and it pushes them down, its really annoying at first but then you forget about it once you start skiing.

Protecting my noggin on Wolf's Head

Protecting my noggin on Wolf's Head

Climbing Wolf's Head in the Cirque of the Towers

5 5

Great Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The helmet 8oz, which you easily forget you are wearing, until you come in contact with a surface, which is the reason you are wearing it. I prefered the BD half dome one hand adjustment, but the two thumb adjustment with the BD Vector is dismissible. The venting at the back is also a feature to admire. I would recommend this helmet if you have the extra credit.

5 5

Very comfortable helmet!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

My previous helmet was a Petzl Elios helmet, but it felt awkward, either not well adjusted or too tight around my forehead. So, I tried both the Petzl Meteor III+ and the BD Vector, and even though the former is also very lightweight, the Vector was a much better fit for my head. The fit on the Vector is so seamless that I find myself walking back to my car without realizing that I still have my helmet on. That me, for me, is a telltale sign of a perfect fit--and a great product. In addition, the helmet is very lightweight, yet provides good coverage around your head. So lightweight, again, that I totally forget about it. What more can I ask for?

5 5

Awesome Helmet!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great helmet. Its super lightweight and it protects the side of your head well for falling on lead. It also looks really cool for a helmet, which is huge (even if it is a little shallow). It is expensive, but it is worth it to protect your nog. Try it on before buying it! Same with other helmets.

5 5

Use Your Head!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This helmet is great! Perfect combination of light weight and comfort. Hardly even know it's on and it's got nice big vents for good air circulation.

5 5

A must for any sport climber

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet is fantastic,black diamond knew what they were doing with this.

It is light,VERY light, so light that when its on your head all you notice is the sound the styrofoam makes. In a pack, it doesn't weigh you down at all.

It's very comfortable, easily adjustable and is one of the first helmets able to fit my big head, due to how there are two sizes to choose from!!

When you unbox it, you may be concerned about how well it will protect you as it feels way too light to protect you from anything; believe me it will, this sucker will save your noggin, whether its a small rock that your climber kicks off while you belay, or if you take that gnarly lead fall...

Overall easily a 5/5, little spendy but you get what you pay for.