Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 39
Rated 5 out of 5
by Kevin 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 Erik 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 Nat 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
Rated 5 out of 5
by Sylvain If you love it, you wear it... Everywhere.
The greatest benefit of wearing this one is you forget you have it on.
Fit best over a toque, buff or headband.
Don't over stuff it in your pack, a little more fragile than other helmets.
Even though it is more fragile, this helmet deserves full star rating for its fit & weight.
Used for Alpine, Rock & Ice climbing.
January 13, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Lucas Very light, one fit and one design issue
Finally upgrading from my ancient but much beloved Ecrin Roc. This Vapor helmet is outrageously light. It feels good when on my head but I wish I could fine tune the straps that encircle my ears to dial in the fit on my head. Secondly, when coiling a rope over my shoulders or when wearing more bulky clothing, I have had the rope and clothing snag the tightening system and either tighten or, more often, loosen the helmet. Seems to me a poor design to have the cinching system able to be snagged by random things.
November 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Steve In an unaticipated rock fall the Vapor performed beyond all expections.
My Vapor is lite, very comfortable, and I really like it when I am backpacking into distant sites. I do a lot of work with youth and those who are just beginning to become accomplished on rock. Thus, there tends to be less finesse on the part of many of them. As a consequence, rocks, and even a stray carabiner, sometimes become lose under the influence of gravity. One hard hit on your Vapor and you instantly appreciate that it was worth every dollar. There was the call; “Rock, Rock, Rock”, tucked the chin, and then the hit. Location of impact was just to the right of center in the mid forehead area. Even with the Vapor, I could tell that it was a very solid and significant impact. I don’t think that the Vapor even moved on my head, but I could feel the energy being dissipated across my entire skull area. Amazingly, there was no headache or sore neck following the event. On later inspection there was a one centimeter deep dimple measuring three centimeters across in the impact area. I still think about what it would have done to my forehead, and even my face, without the energy absorption built into the Vapor. I’ll have to replace it, but will keep it in a place of honor forever. Now that there is more than one color, I might even go with white instead of grey. But, I want to let the folks at Black Diamond know that you did a great job on this piece of gear. Thanks forever.
September 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tyler Closest you can get to wearing nothing.
Love this helmet. You can barely tell you are wearing one. Fits well, crazy light and stylish too. The only thing I would like to see would be a removable visor for sunny days.
September 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Will So Light its Nuts
If you are looking for a light helmet this is it. I have worn mine on countless alpine trips and it has served its purpose exceptional well. Its light enough to wear on long days in the alpine without making you feel like a bobble head, but its still very protective. From my experience when I'm not on lead, it protects from falling rock very well. Mine has caught a rock and it has yet to show signs of damage. My advise, just get one. Believe me it will be worth it.
September 8, 2015