Gear Review: Black Diamond Vector Helmet


I don’t think I have ever had a helmet that fits my head better. Unlike other helmets, Black Diamond’s Vector is almost “form” fitting. It doesn’t bulge off the top of my head and I haven’t noticed any pressure points that eventually lead to headaches. I can wear this thing all day long without noticing it much. Compared to the Half Dome, this thing is a Ferrari.

It is durable despite the denting after prolonged use and backpack storage where it gets jammed in next to other pieces of gear. The material is made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam with a polycarbonate thin outer shell. It ventilates well and the ratchet adjustment system in the back tucks away when being stored.

The one draw back I found while using the helmet are the headlamp clips. They are a pain to get your headlamp on. Most of the time I had to take the helmet off to get the straps under the clips.


  • Very light and good for weight sensitive trips.
  • The fit is awesome, probably the best thing this helmet has going for it.
  • It is durable despite denting easily.


  • Headlamp clips are a pain to get your headlamp in.
  • Dents easy.
  • Price tag.

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