Black Diamond Vector Helmet
The Black Diamond Vector Helmet combines lightweight protection, excellent ventilation and 'barely there' comfort that's ideal for long routes, alpine climbs and other weight-sensitive missions. The geometric, co-molded EPS foam and polycarbonate shell of the Black Diamond Vector Helmet provides full-coverage protection while remaining incredibly lightweight and comfortable, and the generous ventilation ports keep air flowing on warm days. The ratcheting suspension tucks away for easy storage, and when the sun gets down before you do, the Vector's in-mold headlamp clips provide an ultra-secure attachment.
|WEIGHT||[S/M] 231 g [M/L] 240 g|
|SIZE RANGE||[S/M] 53-59 cm [M/L] 58-63 cm|
Vector Key Features
Co-molded EPS foam with polycarbonate shell
Large ventilation ports provide max airflow
Ratchet adjuster with molded push buttons
In-mold headlamp clips for ultra-secure attachment
Tuck-away suspension makes for compact storage
Available in two sizes
3 product reviews
So... a while ago I was given the chance to try the vapour whilst watching Yuji Hirayama climb the Big Issue (sorry I cant remember the guy who was taking the pictures who let me try his vapour on but if he is sponsored, he was promoting the BD brand well and should be sponsored more ;o) ). The vector's combination of light and in my mind robust design really caught my eye. The design appears to have the low reaching back, ventilation and (more importantly) a funky orange colour! On the next Pembroke trip my climbing partner (who also tried the vapour helmet turned up with a shiney new Vector. His opinion... fantastic. Although I have been reluctant to buy light weight helmets since a (relatively small in my mind) chunk of ice split a previous one in Norway) I did buy a vector. After a little bit of faff with the harnessing system (probably not the best for use with numerous clients) the helmet fits snugly and is fantastically light. At half the price of the vapour I could also defend buying it. I haven't been disappointed since although I would say that it does need a adjustment if you have a flat head (and you lack the padding of hair) like myself.
...But not perfect! Very comfortable, well ventilated, fit perfectly and rear adjustment band is easy to use. Cons: the outer polycarbonate shell seems fragile (after five climbing days the helmet looks like my ten years rigid helmet...) and the lacing tends to loosen. I recommend it but use it....carefully! ;)
looks as good as in the photo and is pretty light too