Pro Review – Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet

Dave from Climbing Gear Reviews takes another look at his favourite climbing helmet: the Black Diamond Half Dome.

“Our durable, comfortable and supremely adjustable workhorse, the Half Dome is built for the relentless pursuit of all styles of climbing.”

I looked at the re-vamped Black Diamond Half Dome climbing helmet back in June 2013 and concluded that it was a great value, all round climbing helmet that was suitable for all types of climbing. My view hasnít changed and the 2015 version is still a five star helmet that has really stood the test of time.

The fit is excellent with or without a hat on and the profile is low enough so that a hood easily goes over it. The cradle adjuster dial is nice and big and easy to use with gloves on and the cradle is super easy to adjust.

I constantly wear a climbing helmet when working and often for all other recreational climbing except valley sport climbing. For work I exclusively wear the Black Diamond Half Dome because itís so comfortable. Iíve worn it in all weathers including some hot days in Riglos recently and it hasnít let me down.

Well ventilated for fast moving winter ascents.

The advantages of using a rigid ABS helmet against a more lightweight helmet is durability, this has meant that although the Half Dome gets a lot of wear and abuse I havenít had to buy a new one. With polystyrene ones I would have to replace it every year as my helmets get banged about a bit when Iím teaching climbing and generally leading climbing activities.

Comfortable for a long day out: Fiesta de los Biceps, Riglos.

Overall rating: ★★★★★

So, two years later and Iím still recommending it. For the price itís a great helmet and it will last you many seasons. Of course, itís not the lightest helmet in the Black Diamond range but is probably the most versatile. A five star helmet!

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Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet Features:

  • Hybrid design with moulded EPS foam
  • Generous ventilation
  • Highly adjustable suspension system
  • Suspension’s custom wheel adjuster
  • Headlamp clips
  • The most durable helmet Black Diamond makes

Colour: Orange or Blizzard
Weight: 290g
Sizing: S/M Fits 48 – 57cm, M/L Fits 55 – 61.5cm

Full Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet description here.

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