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    30 Reviews


    You'll forget you're even wearing it.

    Whether you're clipping bolts in Utah's Maple Canyon 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, so you don't have to wait for send temps to finish your project.

    • Helmet for climbing and staying cool
    • EPS foam and polycarbonate shell for low-profile protection
    • Ratcheting suspension for a customized fit
    • Geometric vents provide extensive airflow rates
    • Removable headlamp clips for securing your light
    • Item #BLD008Y

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    Impact Foam
    open-air design
    Fit Adjustment
    Claimed Weight
    [S/M] 6.6oz, [M/L] 7oz
    Recommended Use
    ice climbing, sport climbing, trad climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    This product can expose you to chemicals including Bisphenol A (BPA), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to

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    Great helmet, only downside is denting

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've owned a few different climbing helmets, but this is my favorite one.
    1) It doesn't look dorky
    2) It's super light
    3) It's pretty cool (temperature-wise)
    The only downside is that it dents pretty easily. Take care of how you are packing it and if you're squeezing in off-widths and off-widths realize that it may get dinged up pretty quickly. Better than your head, though.

    Fits large heads

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

    After doing a lot of research to find a helmet that would fit my large, oddly shaped head, I landed on the BD Vector and Vapor. Most climbing helmets claim a large max size is 61 cm, so I was immediately attracted to these two options. On paper, the vector and vapor both have a max circumference of 63 cm, but in reality, they are different. Where the Vector is just usable but not comfortable, the Vapor has plenty of room. I attribute this to the thinner shell due to the kevlar layer. It's extremely light and comfortable.

    While I have not tried too many climbing helmets, I have this issue with every hat, motorcycle helmet and any headgear (even some headlamps have too short of straps). So, if you're shopping for someone with a large head, the extra $40 is well worth the comfort this helmet imparts.

    Safety first, then team work!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    This is a super light weight helmet and will protect your dome. The air ventilation is CHILL! You can adjust the inside of it to fit your head perfectly snug. Bought this as a gift and haven't heard any complaints.

    Safety First Kids

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Love this helmet! Super light and comfortable and fits like a glove! Can adjust so I can wear a skull cap under it during colder parts of the year, and breathable enough to keep my head not sweaty during warmer months. No question it has gone with me on every climb and I've recommended it to friends, family, customers, and random climbers all over!


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've had the Vector for years and have loved it, but it was getting old so I thought I would replace it with the Vapor and I have not been disappointed. It is awesome! Comfortable, breathable, light weight. I highly recommend.

    Protect the good stuff.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My wife is a former climbing guide who studied brains and TBIs, so she lovingly badgers everyone she climbs with to ALWAYS wear a helmet. It's disturbingly easy to injure your brain, and both you and your beloved climbing parters' brains are worth protecting with a good helmet. This is a great one.

    You won't wear a helmet if 1) it's uncomfortable, 2) it doesn't stay on your head, 3) it's too heavy or bulky to bring along with you, or 4) you think it looks dumb.

    The Vapor (or the Vector) fixes that and chips away at your excuses to not wear a helmet because 1) it is inarguably the most comfortable helmet on the market due to its ventilation, 2) its bombproof fit system (it won't slide into "lobotomy style") with a wide range of adjustability, and 3) its featherlight weight, which you nearly forget when it's on your head. It's so light you barely notice it in a pack.

    4) If you're worried about looking dumb in a helmet, take a long, hard think about it. Being able to think and climb is great. Just wear the damn helmet. That said, the Vector and the Vapor are pretty clean and sleek, and you'll automatically look like less of a beater because you won't have an ill-fitting helmet flopping around, or even worse... a backwards trucker hat or climbing shirtless with a beanie.

    She wears this helmet herself, and puts everyone she cares about in one, too.

    Ultralight Effectiveness

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Wasn't one for having to deal with the weight of a helmet, but now I don't like not having this. I can barely feel it as I'm climbing. I've used both the S/M and the M/L and I have a huge head. I own the M/L I had to use a friends S/M because I forgot mine, yet with the fit adjustments maxed out, still fit my head comfortably.

    Love this helmet.

      This is the first climbing helmet I have used. Had gotten out of climbing for a while and at the time refused to wear a helmet. This thing breathes great and is super light. Do not feel like it affects me at all. Being easily adjustable is just a +.

      Super Light

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Like most of the other reviews I agree that you hardly even feel it on your head and it is really breathable. The only downside to this is it is very fragile, during travel it got dinged up pretty bad. Just make sure you keep it well protected otherwise it can get beat up pretty quickly!

      Highly recommend it!

      Super Light


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

      You only remember you're wearing it after your heading back to the car. So light, so comfy, thank you Black Diamond for a helmet worth it's weight in gold. I will probably make excuses for why I need to wear this thing, like, you never know when a bird has to go, it will protect my hair!


      Super lightweight and airy

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

      It's a super comfortable helmet that's so lightweight you'll forget you're wearing it. The vents also help with airflow when you're out climbing on a hot day. I do find that I have to be careful with it as it seems fragile and I have to pack it at the top of my bag so it doesn't get beat up by the rest of my climbing gear. Aside from this, I highly recommend this helmet!

      Like it's not even there

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The Vapor is so light and fits really well, even with a beanie on. You truly don't even notice it's there, which means there's no reason to not always be wearing it around the crag or in the alpine. Minor dents and scratches will happen fairly easily if it gets tossed around, but it's not too much of a problem.

      Love it!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have used this helmet for several seasons now and I love it!
      It fits the head perfect with or without a hat/beanie and doesn't shift at all. Not to mention how light it is. Overall it is just really comfortable and you don't notice it is there. Highly recommend it.
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      Love it!

      Great But Not Perfect

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love this helmet-- it fits and moves well and is the lightest weight helmet I have found. However, it dents very easily and seems very thin and fragile. I imagine if a sharp rock or high velocity projectile hit me in the head it would probably go right through this shell and foam and still penetrate my head, unlike some other helmets which are thicker and feel much more dense and solid. In addition, the giant openings in the helmet (which are great for ventilation on hot days) would easily allow smaller rocks or ice to pass right through my head. These openings in the helmet are so big that I have even caught carabiners and slings on them while putting them over my head/shoulder on multipitch climbs. This helmet is still much better than nothing, so I still use it primarily for hard or long climbs where exhaustion is a factor, but I don't use it where rockfall/icefall risk is particularly high.

      Damn Fine Helmet and Light Too

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I purchased the Vapor helmet to replace an older Black Diamond helmet and while I was sad to see my old partner leave...I love the new helmet. The helmet is uber light and fits snugly on the head with their quick adjust / fit functionality. Having experience with combat helmets from Team Wendy and Ops Core, it's great to see climbing helmets embracing quick fit / custom fit technology. The helmet is not designed to be banged around and stomped on but, it serves its purpose well...protect the head from incidental damage. The helmet provides plenty of ventilation which keeps condensation and sweat down to a minimum. In addition, the pads do not retain a lot of moisture so, a swampy helmet is not a concern. I would definitely recommend this helmet to anyone that is doing climbing where head protection is desired but, a heavy-duty helmet is not required.

      Damn Fine Helmet and Light Too

      Fits well, breaks easily.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Black Diamond's climbing helmets fit me really well.
      I appreciate how light and comfortable the vapor is - I hardly notice wearing it and it adjusts for a hat or beanie.

      Unanswered Question

      Would you be able to add a picture of the warning sticker inside the helmet? Does it say “For Rock climbing use only?” Is this helmet uiaa 106 certified?