Pro Review – Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet

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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.

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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.

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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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