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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
Item# BD620215ENGRM_L1
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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)


Vapor Helmet is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 91.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought this soley on the reviews I am a woman that hates high profile helmets. I started climbing with an Ecrin Roc years ago... ... have been using a BD Half Dome and hated the fit. The Vapor is what girls want! Great ventilation. Huge and comfortable size adjustability. Soft webbing feel on the chin strap. I can easily slip my pony-tail between the helmet and occipital strap that sits at the base of the skull. Good job BD. Spend the extra bucks and get this helmet. Like everyone else, I forget its on my head. I will wear it all day, which is great because I am usually busy teaching others, so I can naturally rolemodel one more safe practice in climbing at no inconvenience of comfort.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight, comfy and durable! I've been wearing ski, bike and climbing helmets for 20 years, this is one of the best. The Vapor is lightweight, super comfy and durable. One major complaint I've heard is that these lightweight helmets don't last. I've been stuffing mine into my pack, which I am not careful with, smacking my head on overhangs, and generally abusing mine for several years now and it is still good to go. Another complaint is that they are uncomfortable or heavy. Well at 6 OZ you can protect your mellon and not sweat the weight. It's so light and comfy I often forget it's on my head. If your looking for a lightweight helmet that you don't have to baby look no further!
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent buy A cycling helmet of these materials retails for double this price, so you're not necessarily getting gouged in the grand relative scheme, but it still is a pricey helmet in the climbing world. super duper light. super duper comfortable. super duper low profile. super duper cool (temps and the chyll-brah-bro factor, which is why you wear a helmet, obviously). Dings up easily. Maybe it's cause it feels so light and minimal, but it seems to be as delicate as a flower. If you want a helmet to toss about in your bag, buy the hardshell protection, cause this will get shredded under those conditions.
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Poor Harness for Big Heads I've used this helmet over two years climbing ice and alpine as well as skiing. My head is larger than most. I really like the helmet for the first hour, the first two hours if I'm wearing a beanie under it. It adjusts easily, even with gloves, and fits securely. The construction is also great. I much prefer the construction and adjustments to the all-foam helmet we have. The biggest problem is, with my head shape, the plastic in the back digs in to the bony protuberances three inches behind my ears on the back of my skull and starts to give me a headache. My wife doesn't have that problem, so it may just be those of us with disproportionately large heads who have issues.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only helmet I wear when weight matters This helmet is simply astounding how light and comfortable it is. I've even slept in it when bivying on a route! Kudos to BD for making an amazing helmet in TWO SIZES! Yes, those of use with larger heads no longer have to settle for goofy helmets that don't fit properly! It does get a bit banged up through regular use (i.e., if you bump a rock, it will likely leave a small cosmetic impression on the helmet). But it is really not a big deal at all. I personally save the wear and tear on this helmet for when it matters, and use a second hard sided helmet for when it doesn't.
Date published: 2016-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best head protection ever... Been using the the Vapor Helmet for several years for all my mountain activities. Really like the lightweight. Can't almost feel that one is wearing a helmet. Fits well and the cooling system works doubtless... Use it for private and also for guiding purposes. The headband and the chinstrap is very easy to adjust and stays all day long in the correct position. Headlamp is simple to attach. Can recommend this product for sommer and winter adventures... clever heads protect their heads...
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helium head I've had a Half Dome forever, but wanted something lighter. Opted for the Vapor over the Vector in the middle of a 100 degree spell here in Utah. Happy with the purchase, even though it was a little more $$. It's airier than anything I've worn in the past, ridiculously light, and very easy to adjust into a comfortable fit. I use it for canopy work and was a little worried it wouldn't stand up to constant knocks, whacks and scrapes from branches. Not an issue, though I wouldn't recommend absently hucking it down on rocks after taking it off.
Date published: 2015-07-31
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