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Black Diamond Vector Helmet

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    4.5546

    46 Reviews

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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.
    • Item #BLD1409

    Tech Specs

    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year
    Recommended Use
    rock climbing
    Claimed Weight
    (S/M) 8.1 oz, (M/L) 8.5 oz

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Love the fit!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great fit and the EPS foam is always reliable in taking care of your noggin. I've only climbed with this and I barely notice it, I can see myself taking it out on some mountaineering trips and loving the weight. I usually have a hard time with helmets and have a larger head. This one fit my head perfect with no pressure points. I have more of a wider head than most people. The M/L fit great, I run at a 59cm head circumference. If you have questions, feel free to reach out.

    Love the fit!

    Solid Brain bucket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've only used this helmet a few times but so far I'm loving it. It's lightweight, has lots of vents to keep your head cool, and most importantly is highly protective. Another notable feature on this helmet is it's easy adjustment system that allows it to have a snug fit whether you're wearing a hat or hood under it or just rocking it over your hair. Bottom line, protecting your head is cool, and so is this helmet.

    Awesome helmet!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My main focus of this helmet purchase was for rock climbing. It definitely has worked out well for that. It is super light, the main reason I purchased it, as well as very comfortable. Besides climbing, I have loved it for mountaineering. Is is easily adjustable to fit a small hat underneath which has worked great on various summits.



    The only very minor complaint would be the durability. The outside material is similar to a bike helmet. Meaning one good impact and the helmet would be toast. I'm very cautious on where I set the helmet down or how I set it down, no tossing to the ground. If you're looking for a helmet you can throw around then I would not choose this one. You're buying this helmet for the weight for the most part.



    I have a semi large head, and the large fits me perfectly. With room for a small hat underneath if need be too!



    Let me know if you need some help comparing helmets, or climbing Little T in WA (photo).

    Awesome helmet!

    comfortable enough to wear

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Fits snug, with lots of airflow so you keep it on your head even on those hot summer days. Mine has lots of dings and marks from minor hits or knocking while on my pack for the approach, but overall has held up pretty well.

    comfortable enough to wear

    Not impressed with durability

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I had my BD Vector helmet for a little over a year and the thing is completely trashed. I try not to beat it up excessively, but it still has upwards of 10 cracks in the foam. My other helmets, including lightweight foam helmets have held up far better than the BD, and I'm not the only climber I know who's had durability issues with their helmets.

    I'll give BD some credit, it's a comfy and light helmet that doesn't look utterly ridiculous, but don't expect to get more than a season or two out of it if you actually use it.

    great helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I agree on this helmet it does sit a little high on the head but does a great job protecting your noggin. There is EPS foam on the sides and top which is key in this helmet so really covers you in most situations. The venting on this helmet is amazing and does a great job keeping your head cool on the wall. In winter time fitting a thin hat under works great. Let me know if you have any questions on this helmet or any other gear!

    great helmet

    Good light helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Vector Helmet is a little sturdier than the Vapor Helmet, which makes this my day to day go to helmet. I like the color options and the adjustment system in the back works great and fits my head really well, and also fits great over a baseball hat or wool hat. The headlamp clips work fine. I also have found this helmet to take a pair of goggles well, if used in winter and or for skiing.

    One thing to keep in mind with any of the new lightweight helmets is that they are not the good old plastic helmets and can break if you do not treat them properly. This annoys some people who want to have fairly indestructible helmet. However, the sleek design and lightweight properties of these helmets make up for the lack of durability for me.

    I have occasionally caught the back adjustment when stacking coils around my head, and or putting up or down hoods. Not a huge issue but something that could be improved upon.

    Sits high

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    The helmet did not fit my head well. It sat high and was not exactly low profile. I did not like the look and it seemed clunky. It was very light weight and comfortable though.

    My review

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The first time i wore this helmet i was out climbing with a buddy, and as I looked up at him to see where he was on the climb, a rock had come loose and came rushing down with all its gravity to hit me in the helmet not my head glad I had it on! bought one the next day. never leave without it

    Protect yer noggin'

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This helmet is very light and breathable. You could probably get away with using it as a biking helmet as long as you don't hang out with those judgmental road bikers. The ratcheting adjuster makes things super easy if you like to wear a hat under your helmet on a sunny day at the crag.

    Light protection

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a pretty light helmet, but I can only hope and imagine that it will do the job that it is supposed to. As with any thing you get that is light, there may be some loss in the durability department, which is understandable since it usually can't be light and extremely durable. After reading the other reviews, I can't say that I haven't seen anything out of the ordinary for a helmet of this weight and price. Not to say mine is special, but it has definitely taken a beating. From climbing at the local crag, to high in the alpine, or even just rolling around the back of my truck, it is fairly dent free. Sure it has some scratches, but what wouldn't. The headlight clips are a nice feature as well, super secure and does the job. The retention system could be more refined in my opinion as far as the adjustments, but it is extremely comfortable and I forgot I had it on for the better half of 17 hours. It vents well too and hopefully I don't have to test the full capacities of this helmet.

    Light protection

    Worth the money

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Iv had this helment over a year now. It seems to vent well. Adjusts easy and is lightweight. With a gopro and headlamp I can easily forget that it is on. It does dent easy but seem to have good protection the weight ratio.
    Only complain is sometimes it is aggravating to put on..one of the strap seems to roll over and it makes it feel like it's adjusted to small. I have to take it back off and place my thumbs up in it as I slide it one.. no biggy but something I have to remember. All in all good helment.

    Fragile but good

      Foam helmets are notorious for being lighter duty. Mine has held up after a season of abuse with a few dents and dings, but nothing structurally wrong yet. Reasonable ventilation in the summer, reasonably warm with a hat or hood under/over in the winter. Exactly what I expected for a middle of the road foam helmet, but will probably switch to the Petzl Sirocco for my next foam one.

      Saved my life

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I made an account just to review this helmet. Yes, this helmet dents easily.... but its a lightweight helmet and really not meant to 'look pretty'. I've had several rocks and ice chunks land on it as well as keeping it in my backpack for weeks at a time..... Even after being dented and rough looking, I took a 40 foot fall after a bolt blew on an aid route.... Fell headfirst and smashed my head twice. The helmet is crushed but I am still alive and did not even get a concussion. A few broken bones though :( Thank you Black Diamond!

      Saved my life

      Excellent brain bucket

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      What can I say? It fits my enormous egghead and I wore it for hours on end without complaint. It never wobbled or became cumbersome when I would have layers under or over the thing. Took it ice climbing all winter and it will be going rock climbing this summer!

      Good Helmet

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Had this for over a year now and I have no complaints. It had protected my head from falling rock and ice. I think it is comfortable and my head has never gotten too warm while climbing in the summer. Good all around helmet in my opinion.

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

      Chris,



      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

      801.736.4336

      jdowns@backcountry.com

      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?

      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.



      http://www.backcountry.com/grivel-salamander-helmet?ti=UExQIENhdDpDbGltYmluZyBIZWxtZXRzOjE6ODpiY3NDYXQ4MTExMDAyMQ&skid=GRV0082-BK-REG

      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.

      S. Lee,



      I would suggest The Grivel Salamander helmet, http://www.backcountry.com/grivel-salamander-helmet?ti=UExQIENhdDpDbGltYmluZyBIZWxtZXRzOjE6ODpiY3NDYXQ4MTExMDAyMQ&skid=GRV0082-BK-REG. The XL size measures 58cm-66cm so it would accommodate your head circumference at 62cm OR the regular maxes out at 62cm so if you are comfortable with being at the very largest setting you will be fine. I hope this helps.

      Best Answer

      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.

      Thanks for the tip on the back plastic strap piece! Something else I discovered about this helmet is that the pivot point of the plastic strap is adjustable. So if the above tip isnt enough to get your big head in you can pop the plastic strap out and move it back to the next set of holes (about 1/2inch back). Not sure why black diamond doesn't post any of this stuff.

      Thanks for the tip on the back plastic strap piece!  Something else I discovered about this helmet is that the pivot point of the plastic strap is adjustable.  So if the above tip isnt enough to get your big head in you can pop the plastic strap out and move it back to the next set of holes (about 1/2inch back).  Not sure why black diamond doesn't post any of this stuff.

      Can you wear ski googles with this?

      Can you wear ski googles with this?

      Best Answer

      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.