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The lightest, most breathable and most comfortable climbing helmet we’ve ever made, the Vapor provides reliable, ultralight protection. READ MORE
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The lightest, most breathable and most comfortable climbing helmet we’ve ever made, the Vapor provides reliable, ultralight protection. Learn More


    Providing ultralight, low-profile protection, unparalleled ventilation and a secure and super-comfortable fit, the Black Diamond Vapor helmet is a go-anywhere cragging lid that proves helmets aren't just for multi-pitch trad climbs and big alpine faces. We engineered a sheet of Kevlar and a series of carbon rods in between co-molded EPS foam and a polycarbonate shell to keep the weight at a minimum while keeping you protected. The Vapor's ratcheting suspension tucks into the helmet for compact storage in your pack or haul bag, and removable headlamp clips secure your light on pre-dawn starts or when rapping after dark.

    • Co-molded EPS foam with polycarbonate shell is lower profile than the Vector
    • Geometric, open-air design provides unparalleled airflow
    • Ratchet adjuster with molded push buttons
    • Headlamp clips are removable for reduced snagging on slings and clothing

    Tech Specs

    Weight :  
    [S/M] 186 g (6.6 oz)
    [M/L] 199 g (7 oz)
    Size Range :  
    [S/M] 53-59 cm (21-23 in)
    [M/L] 58-63 cm (23-25 in)



    Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 44 reviewers.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Glad I upgraded I've been climbing with the Vapor Helmet for over a year and I am extremely pleased with hit. After climbing with the BD Half Dome helmet for nearly 7 years, I decided it was time to upgrade. Contrasting the old Half Dome helmet with the new Vapor helmet, there are a few things that I noticed. The Vapor helmet: -has several more air vents, allowing your head to keep cool. Literally, I can feel the wind blow through it almost like a cycling helmet. -is much lighter. It's noticeably lighter when you pick them both up. -has both soft (fabric-like) and hard padding. -Fits snug and secure; I have a size 7 3/8" head and chose the M/L size. -Rear strap collapses into the helmet for storage, which is my favorite feature. I'm very pleased with this purchase and glad that I upgraded. May 24, 2016
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Uber light and comfy This is my go-to lid for rock and ice. I have used it for over a year and it shows a little wear, but I grab it every time! It's not too hot to wear in the summer, it fits over my hoody in the winter and is so light I don't think twice about bringing it or wearing it. It does not slide down over my eyes and the chin strap is easily adjustable too. May 18, 2016
    Rated 5 out of 5 by 2 words: comfortable and light Fortunately I haven't had to actually "use" this helmet yet, but I've worn it and it is by far the lightest and most comfortable helmet I have ever worn. LOVE it! April 1, 2016
    Rated 5 out of 5 by When light is right, this is your helmet. I love this thing. It's a pricey ounce-and-a-half compared to the Vector, but it's worth it if you're shaving ounces. Surprisingly durable for the weight, my Vapor has stood up well to an entire year of regular use. March 15, 2016
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Great, lightweight helmet Super comfortable, lightweight, and breathable. A solid product and I like the headlight compatibility. March 3, 2016
    Rated 5 out of 5 by light, well ventilated, and comfortable This is my fourth climbing helmet in the past 15 years, and is by far the best. The lighter weight, and superior ventilation makes this helmet well worth its price. It has excellent adjustably, and I am always comfortable even when wearing a beanie or hood. The harness does a good job of holding the helmet square on your head, whereas my previous helmets would often wind up sitting crooked causing me to look like even more of a dork than I am. The headlamp clips work perfectly, although I haven’t felt the need to remove them, so I am not sure how well that works from an operational standpoint. I haven’t tried using goggles yet, but sunglasses cause no interference or discomfort. Because of the alarming lack of weight, I was initially concerned about its durability. But after throwing it in my pack (often with a rack on top of it), and after banging it against rocks, and brush-busting with it dangling from the outside of my pack etc., that concern has been put to rest. It has nothing more than the typical scuffs and nicks that inevitably appear on any climbing helmet. The Black Diamond Vapor is a great product! February 10, 2016
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for SAR I use this helmet on search and rescue. A great feature is the headlamp attachment clips it comes with. Very secure and solid. They don't stick out to far from the helmet body and do a fine job of holding my headlamp in place. The helmet is comfortable and light. Good air circulation. February 6, 2016
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Put in on and forget about it... Fits great and is incredibly light. I often forget that it's even on. I use it for all of my climbing and backcountry skiing. The foam is a little on the fragile side and is prone to getting dinged up a bit but that just adds character. Put it on and forget about it... February 5, 2016
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