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A versatile, hybrid-shell helmet for lightweight protection in any discipline, the Vector features excellent ventilation and a ratcheting adjuster. READ MORE
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A versatile, hybrid-shell helmet for lightweight protection in any discipline, the Vector features excellent ventilation and a ratcheting adjuster. Learn More


A revolutionary helmet that's ideal for long routes, alpine climbs and other weight-sensitive missions, the Black Diamond Vector Helmet combines lightweight protection, excellent ventilation and "barely-there" comfort like never before. The geometric, co-molded EPS foam and polycarbonate shell provide 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 in your pack, and when the sun gets down before you do, the Vector's in-mold headlamp clips provide an ultra-secure attachment.
  • 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

Tech Specs

Weight :  
[S/M] 231 g (8.1 oz)
[M/L] 240 g (8.5 oz)
Size Range :  
[S/M] 53-59 cm (21-23 in)
[M/L] 58-63 cm (23-25 in)


BD athlete Andy Houseman and Nick Bullock climb Denali's Slovak Direct

Vector Helmet is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 63.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best fitting helmet out there I've had this helmet for a couple of years now (just ordered a new one). As an avid climber and a guide and search and rescue technician, I've put it through the ringer. Often, it ends up on my students, as it fits much better than their own helmet - no dreaded "helmet bonnet" with the vector. I spent more than a decade of not wearing a helmet because they were uncomfortable. I now wear my Black Diamond Vector for EVERYTHING. I don't notice it while I'm wearing it, so why not? I even wore it bouldering this fall while recovering from a concussion. The only (very slight) issue I've noticed is that it dents pretty easily, so I try to carry it in my pack or under my pack lid. If you're on the fence, buy it; you won't regret it.
Date published: 2018-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! The helmet fits well and is easy to adjust the straps. Love the color.
Date published: 2018-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight, and great coverage. I’ve been using this helmet for a few years now, I think it’s the best climbing lid on the market. You forget you’re wearing it!
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sizing clips are annoying This is a comfortable, light-weight, helmet with one problem...if you like to store your slings over your shoulder when you lead, they invariably get caught on the little size adjustment clips on the back of the helmet when you try to remove them. On an easy climb it's annoying, on a difficult one, downright terrifying. Sadly, I've actually gone back to an old helmet for climbing and am using this for other things.
Date published: 2018-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Helmet I've Worn I recently purchase my second Vector helmet because I loved the first one so much. I wore it for four years and it was undoubtedly the most comfortable helmet I've worn. I wore it for everything from backcountry skiing to mountaineering to trad and sport climbing. Durability could be a bit of an issue and you have to be careful not to crush it by sitting on it or something, but any lightweight helmet these days will have the same issues.
Date published: 2018-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great helmet Comparable to the vapour. Fit is perfect. I have a normal size head for a woman and I can wear it comfortably with or without a beanie; size adjustment is easy. Super light which makes it feel like you're not even wearing a helmet but also useful for missions where lightness is important. Low profile so you don't hit your head all the time.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value Nice and lightweight, reasonably durable, could slightly improve ventilation, but overall very solid. My average size head was slightly in between sizes, wound up going for the S/M - fits fine for summer but will be a little tight once a beanie goes on for mountaineering.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vector Helmet Review This is a great product. It fits well, is super light, and provides excellent coverage. There are two things that I have run into that would make this even better. Make the headlamp clips permanent instead of removable. As a mountain guide, I use them all the time, and I've already lost them. I understand it makes the helmet lighter, but at an inconvenient cost. I catch the helmet adjustment system on my backpack all the time, and on my hoods as I pull them up, over and around. This loosens the helmet. While the system is very easy to readjust, this can get annoying. For those climbing without packs or hoods, this is a fantastic helmet. Thanks BD for the high quality products.
Date published: 2018-07-20
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