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Black Diamond Vapor Climbing Helmet Review


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Northeast Alpine Start · · Conway, New Hampshire · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 132

Only an ounce heavier than my Sirocco I've really been enjoying the all day comfort of this lid this summer!


Full review here:

https://northeastalpinestart.com/2018/08/28/gear-review-black-diamond-vapor-climbing-helmet/
Jason4Too · · Bellingham, Washington · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 0

I have had a Vapor for nearly 4 years and it's has mostly held up well but a couple of weeks ago I noticed that the plastic shell had delaminated from the foam across most of the crown of the helmet.  I've retired it and just went to a new Scirroco but have only had one day in the new helmet.

Gunks . · · Gunks, NY · Joined Apr 2007 · Points: 195

Both cracked at the same spot from carrying them around inside the pack.  Both lasted less than two seasons.


Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 1
Gunks wrote: Both cracked at the same spot from carrying them around inside the pack.  Both lasted less than two seasons.

I think it makes sense to not stuff a fragile helmet into a pack, at least not in the bottom of the pack. I put mine either on the outside with my shoes(stink factor) or on the very top of the inside of the pack. But I baby my gear.

Gunks . · · Gunks, NY · Joined Apr 2007 · Points: 195
Buck Rio wrote:

I think it makes sense to not stuff a fragile helmet into a pack, at least not in the bottom of the pack. I put mine either on the outside with my shoes(stink factor) or on the very top of the inside of the pack. But I baby my gear.

I also put mine on the outside or on the very top inside my pack.  They are just very fragile.  

Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 1
Gunks wrote:

I also put mine on the outside or on the very top inside my pack.  They are just very fragile.  

That's a lot of money spent on something you only got two years out of....can you still wear them?

Gunks . · · Gunks, NY · Joined Apr 2007 · Points: 195
Buck Rio wrote:

That's a lot of money spent on something you only got two years out of....can you still wear them?

I got new helmet.  The crack may compromise the strength of the helmet.

gumbie gene · · NJ · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 0
Gunks wrote:

I also put mine on the outside or on the very top inside my pack.  They are just very fragile.  

A real downside imo
Mike Womack · · Sherman Oaks, CA · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 1,684

Mine also got a crack from being inside of my pack.  It's pretty minor, so I've been wearing it still

nathanael · · Riverside, CA · Joined May 2011 · Points: 518

The expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam used in the Mammut Wall Rider and Petzl Sirocco is much more durable. The foam is flexible instead of brittle and bends without cracking.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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