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Black Diamond Vector Helmet - Women's

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    18 Reviews


    Stay safe. Stay light.

    When you're scaling big walls for hours at a time, your helmet starts to seriously weigh on you. Alleviate this problem with the barely-there feel of the Black Diamond Women's Vector Helmet. Its combination of co-molded EPS foam and polycarbonate shell provides full protection while keeping weight to an absolute minimum. Generous ventilation ports reduce weight further while helping you stay cool on sun-blasted rock faces. The ratcheting suspension tucks away for convenient storage, and in-mold headlamp clip provides a secure attachment point when your climb extends past sunset.

    • Ultralight protection for big walls and long routes
    • EPS and polycarbonate construction is light, yet protective
    • Generous ventilation ports keep fresh air flowing through
    • Ratchet adjuster makes it easy to lock in perfect fit
    • Tuck-away suspension allows easy storage
    • Headlamp mount offers secure attachment point
    • Item #BLD1410

    Tech Specs

    Fit Adjustment
    micro-adjust ratchet
    CE, UIAA
    Claimed Weight
    8.1 oz
    Recommended Use
    rock climbing, alpine climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Light weight with a perfect fit

      I use this helmet primarily for canyoneering and I LOVE IT! It's super light weight and easily customizeable to fit your head perfectly. Is super snug without being constricting. Only con is that the outer material is not very resistant to abrasions or even minor dings on sandstone; even after one trip, there were some pretty big, but purely aesthetic, dents. Regardless, would HIGHLY recommend!

      Lightweight is Key

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Like another reviewer mentioned, if you don't like the helmet, you aren't going to wear it. This is my first personal helmet and I went back and forth between the men's version and women's because of sizing. I have a fairly large head, about 23" or hat sizing 7 1/4.

      I ultimately went with the women's as it expanded more than enough to accommodate and the S/M is ounces less than the larger size. The helmet is easy to adjust with the ratchet and worked with a bun or low pony. I appreciate that is well ventilated, as I sweat a lot. The best part is how light the helmet is, which really adds to the overall comfort. It's great for traveling.

      If it's hanging on the outside of your pack, expect it to get banged up. Mine does has small dents, but the integrity of the protection is not compromised. The price point is steep and I either used a coupon or got this while it was on sale.

      Simply the Best

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Finally - a helmet that fits my head, looks good, and is lightweight!

      I've been searching for a helmet that fits these parameters, but it's been hard to find. My first helmet was the Black Diamond Half Dome. It fit pretty well but I thought it was a little too heavy, and it gave me headaches when wearing it for more than an hour at a time - not ideal for multi pitch climbing!

      After using the Half Dome for a season I decided to purchase the Petzl Elia. I love the colors it comes in (green!) but it was just way too big for my pea head. It was constantly shifting and I was always adjusting it which is again, not ideal.

      After saving up some money I decided to pull the trigger on the Vector. My boyfriend has one himself and I thought it looked super light and sleek. I'm so glad I finally purchased this! It fits my head PERFECTLY, and it adjusts with ease so I can wear this with a bandana or beanie underneath if I want to. The straps are comfortable and also adjust easily, and BD added a little tail catch to keep it from flopping around under your chin. The EPS foam and polycarbonate construction make this helmet so light, you barely notice it's on your head. The EPS foam saves weight while the polycarbonate layer adds a little bit of structure to it, so it can handle more bumps and dings than a traditional foam helmet. As a bonus, it looks great.

      I would wear this helmet for basically any outdoor sport that requires or recommends a helmet (rock climbing, mountaineering/alpine climbing, ski touring, ice climbing, etc).

      Here's a cheesy photo of my boyfriend and I wearing our matching BD helmets - climbing in Rock Canyon, Provo Utah!

      Simply the Best

      Lightweight, Durable, and Fits Well

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

      My mom's one condition for me rock climbing was that I always wear a helmet, which I promised her I would. Trying to find the right helmet for me has been a multi-year long process. However, I think I found it with this one! This helmet fits great (I have an smaller than average head I would say, and I bought a small/medium). It sits nicely on my head and doesn't flop around. I still have a lot more room to make it larger or smaller as well. It is pretty easy to adjust. Not as easy as the helmets that have the dial in the back, but those are also way heavier.

      I was between the Vector and the Vapor, but after reading some reviews saying that the Vapor got dinged up pretty quickly, I decided to go with the Vector. I would probably choose the Vapor if I was going to be predominately alpine climbing where every ounce matters. But I mainly sport climb in places with approaches that are rarely more than 30-45 minutes. This helmet is so light! I have been climbing in the Edelrid Shield II for the past year, and I didn't realize how heavy it was compared to this. I hardly notice that the Vector is on when I put it on my head. Also, all of the air vents make it very breathable as well. I cannot wait to wear this helmet this climbing season!

      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 Vector (or the Vapor) 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.

      Protect the good stuff.

      Great light weight helmet!

        The best helmet I have worn! It is so light weight and comfortable that somtimes I even forget that it is on and where it driving back to camps. A great helmet to wear all day at the crag and not want to take off. Style points for the pop colors!

        Sleek, Fits My Pea Head

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I don't know why I put off buying this helmet - I've tried a few hard shell helmets that don't adjust comfortably (Black Diamond Half Dome) or were so big I had to wear a headband just to make it stay in once place (Petzl Elia). Not with the BD Vector!

        Aside from its low profile and good looks, the Vector fits even my small person head. The adjustment system is a little finicky at first, and adjusting it while on my head took some figuring out. But once you get the fit dialed, this helmet does not move around. Furthermore, it doesn't give me headaches like some of the other hardshell helmets I've used in the past.

        I'm excited to take this on more rock climbing excursions as well as ice climbing in Ouray this winter!

        Keeps my dome safe.

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This helmet fits well, and is easy to adjust. It's lightweight, but I still fully trust it to protect my dome. I would buy it again if I had another head.

        Keeps my dome safe.

        Light and actually fits

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

        My girlfriend says the s/m fits her tiny head without moving around, and she doesn't even have to tighten it to the smallest setting like she does with other helmets. It's light but feels like it's staying in place and protecting her head from all the things that she doesn't want to get hit by.

        My gf seems to like it

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

        This helmet does exactly what a climbing helmet should - it fits well and stays put, while providing protection and peace of mind. It is lightweight and easily adjustable.


        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have used the Petzl Elios for a few years, and it never really stayed right on my head - always off to the side or tilting back. This helmet wraps around the back of your head better and hugs my head perfectly to stay in place! Lightweight, great design, and looks way better than most helmets!

        I got the S/M glacier blue and love it. It's very adjustable and so light so you almost forget you're wearing it!

        Used and Abused

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I love this helmet because it's lightweight and low profile compared to the traditional hard top helmets. It won't last as long and isn't as durable, but it fits on your head instead of sitting on top, so it wont move around or get in the way.

        Used and Abused

        Finally look good in a helmet!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Ok, so maybe not the most important factor but it definitely counts!

        This helmet also fits really well and doesn't move around your head or block your eyesight or fall backwards. It's also so light that you'll quickly forget it's even there.

        I have the glacier blue in a S/M (5'5" and 115 lbs with normal sized head - I think!).

        Finally look good in a helmet!

        Rad - not that durable.

          I love this helmet because of a few things...
          1. It's light so when you don't need it you forget it's there.
          2. It fits well and doesn't make you look too dorky.

          It's not very durable which makes me nervous about what would happen when I actually needed it. It dents easy even just in your pack and won't withstand any accidental dropping while hanging around the crag.

          Rad helmet

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Before the Vector I had a half dome for about 3 years and constantly had trouble with it moving around while I was climbing. The vector is awesome, the ratchet adjustment is loads better than the wheel adjustment on the half dome. It's comfortable, light, fits well, has more noggin coverage and more EPS foam than the half domes.

          I also like to wear Buffs underneath my helmet because they keep my hair out of my face, this helmet easily fits a buff or a beanie underneath if needed.

          I'm 5'3" and bought the S/M.

          Rad helmet