Black Diamond Vapor in Fire Red
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Pros Lightweight, great ventilation.Super light, very comfortable, great ventilation, versatile for use while ski mountaineering, protects all sides of headLightweight, easily adjustable with slider bar, not as expensive as Sirocco, well ventilatedFully adjustable harness, rigid plastic rear adjustment band, lightweight, excellent headlamp clips.Easy to adjust, light, comfortable, durable plastic top piece
Cons Fragile, chin strap doesn't adjust forward, removable headlamp clips are easy to lose or forget.Not as durable as ABS options, expensive, less easily adjustable, magnetic buckle not for everyoneMagnetic buckle collects dirt, not as cheap as BD Half DomeNot as well-ventilated as other lightweight helmets.Not as light as lightest helmets, pricey, difficult headlamp clips
Bottom Line Lightweight and comfortable but can't even be put in your pack without denting it.You want a helmet that you are never annoyed to wear, and this is that helmet.A highly adjustable climbing and ski mountaineering helmet made of EPS foam.Lightweight, comfortable, and adjustable.Not as light or as comfortable as the Sirocco, but may still be a better option for some.
Rating Categories Black Diamond Vapor Petzl Sirocco Petzl Meteor Black Diamond Vector Mammut Wall Rider
Comfort (30%)
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9
7
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8
Adjustability (20%)
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5
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6
Weight (20%)
9
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7
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7
Ventilation (10%)
10
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8
Headlamp Attachment (10%)
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7
Durability (10%)
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Specs Black Diamond Vapor Petzl Sirocco Petzl Meteor Black Diamond Vector Mammut Wall Rider
Measured Weight in Ounces (largest size) 7.0 oz 6.1 oz 8.5 oz 8.6 oz 8.5 oz
Shell Style EPS foam with Polycarbonate EPP and EPS foam, polycabonate top piece EPS, Polycarbonate EPS foam with Polycarbonate EPP foam, hard plastic top piece
Number of Sizes 2 2 2 2 2
Number of colors 4 1 3 4 2
Warranty 1 year 3 year 3 year 1 year Lifetime
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