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Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet

Weight360 g

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Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet
4.2 out of 5 based on 38 user reviews.

Cred: 40569
Review by marks on Jun. 23, 2008
Used this while climbing Rainier. Added insulation was nice and helmet was comfortable.
One size fits all, is one size fits most. I had the strap maxed out and it was extremely tight under my chin. I wouldn't be able to wear a thick liner with this one. I normally wear large helmets but haven't needed XL so I presumed the one size fits all would work. If they would add 2 inches to the strap all the problems would have been fixed. The actual diameter of the helmet is not the problem.

Cred: 1096
Review by jeepnphreak on Dec. 21, 2010
Save my melon, had a large rock come off a upper pitch and crack the shell; and I was able to complete the route.

Update: Just broke my second helmet, Was leading ice when a big icicle broke loose from above and cracked the my helmet, theres a three inch crack along the top; but my melon is just fine didnt even ring my bell at all. So afar I can fault this helmet, Im alive after two potential fatal events.
The adjustable piece that fits around your head can strip out after a couple of seasons.

Cred: 426
Review by eddiemack on Oct. 27, 2007
Fits well and easy to adjust. Has hooks for a light, priced right as a entry level helmet. Pretty light weight. Does the job. Nice color selection if you're into color co ordination.
The helmet doesn't have enough ventilation for hot summer days. You will feel the heat building up inside the thing. But this is a feature come colder weather when you welcome the heat.
Use this for a cold weather helmet... get a helmet with better Vents for summer.

Cred: 418
Review by snowman on Apr. 23, 2008
only had this helmet for over 3 years now, served me well and i hardly leave the house with it. ;0)
It has a tendency to pinch on the pack of my head and i just found a crack in it the other day, and i haven't been hit in the head with anything. The plastic could have been just a little bit thicker maybe.

Cred: 483
Review by mtnkid85 on Jul. 16, 2008
Fits fine
weight is fine
price is right
secure adjusting/straps
headlamp clips
Ive got the older style with the velcro strap to adjust sizing, simple enough. I adjusted it to my head and havent messed with it since.

What ever fits your noggin

Cred: 2643
Review by ndonaldj on Mar. 29, 2012
Very comfortable, holds a headlamp well, very light. I think it is more comfortable than the Petzl Elios, but for some reason I trust the Petzl version more.
Feels too light, doesnt vent very well.
Petzl Elios

Cred: 555
Review by rmcgibbo on Aug. 03, 2008
Fits well. Doesn't fall backward as some people have said. Doesn't get too hot on multipitch summer days. Protects my head when I bump into roofs. Not too expensive.
Petzl Elios

Cred: 2509
Review by livextreme41 on Dec. 17, 2008
a great all around helmet with mild insulation. Works well in most any condition. A great helmet. Light and simple
no vents and a little lining add up to a hot day in the summer
Petzl elios or altios

Cred: 578
Review by lonegreeneagle on Nov. 09, 2009
quick adjustment between my kids and new people to climbing giving them a first chance. Light and well cut for clear view.
chin strap rubber keeper a pain

Cred: 881
Review by evanwish on Mar. 30, 2010
-Fit is perfect for me (but obviously not everyone)
none that i've experienced

Cred: 3607
Review by Sapdawg1 on Aug. 13, 2011
Perfect for my use... a few times a year. Thankfully, can not tell you how it handles life-threateneing impacts. Comfortable, easily adjusts, hat fits well underneath.

Cred: 6
Review by kittensmuggler on Feb. 08, 2011
Awesome helmet, it has saved me from many large ice chunks falling on my head while ice climbing. I have also took it on mountaineering trips and love its light weight. I have had it for around 5 years or so and it is still working great with no problems. It fits well even with a thick hat on under it.
It sits high on the head and can look kinda funny.

Cred: 22
Review by climber42 on Jun. 27, 2011
easy adjusting for fit, clips to hold headlamp keeps snow out for alpine climbing, comfortable, lightweight
not a good hot weather helmet, the size adjuster tends to wear out
something with vents for hot weather

Cred: 245
Review by mattkampf on Apr. 07, 2011
so butter! fits well with a tight beanie on underneath for warmth, and has taken many dings and knocks, letting me shrug off headaches :)

Cred: 279
Review by tucktimt on Apr. 18, 2011
Great for winter/ice climbing. Great size/shape, fits well over a hat or under a hood.
Chin strap could fit a little more comfortably.

Cred: 330
Review by fb_668443182 on Feb. 17, 2008
matches my jacket, gotta look cool
doesn't have the beer holders attached to the sides. What's up with that did I buy the kids model?

Cred: 24
Review by djdittles2322 on Aug. 17, 2014
Use these at zipline I work at. Really adjustable and durable
do not breath well. After a few customers even the new ones stink. Not that its not expected lol

Cred: 584
Review by agoldstein on Mar. 01, 2011
Comfy, light, great size adjustments, holds a headlamp securely

Cred: 5
Review by braffty5 on Mar. 15, 2011
stable on the melon once it is adjusted to your head. Nice insulation/ breathable.
straps have this odd backing that make it difficult to adjust. the knob in the back used to adjust the fit to my head is difficult to turn.

Cred: 862
Review by 15dbarber on Aug. 26, 2012
very comfortable, very light
could have a better fit
Petzl Helios

Cred: 31
Review by fb_707385401 on May. 08, 2008
fits well, keeps you from dying
who likes wearing a helmet
death/permaent injury.

Cred: 44
Review by ltfrem on Nov. 03, 2013
Breathable, lightweight, adjustable
Cloth lining gets smelly with sweat

Cred: 17
Review by fb_794333804 on Jan. 19, 2008
Sits really high on my head. Looks REALLY goofy Gets hot due to lack of vents up higher.

Cred: 29
Review by Flymx23 on Sep. 14, 2009
Great protection and love that it's adjustable on the fly.
Difficult to adjust the chin strap.

Cred: 1250
Review by stephen on Apr. 19, 2011
comfortable and lightweight.
i managed to crack it.

Cred: 62
Review by fb_14222531 on Jan. 18, 2008
light, well ventilated.
sits high on the skull

Cred: 22
Review by fb_73201981 on Feb. 28, 2008
plain and simple
Quick adjustments

Cred: 38
Review by fb_590200209 on May. 20, 2008
Super light, super tight, yo!

Cred: 274
Review by lumineferusother on Jun. 25, 2008
Nice narrow profile

Cred: 9
Review by goclimb511 on Apr. 27, 2011
Easy to adjust for wearing a hat under it.

Cred: 49
Review by fb_598762461 on Apr. 19, 2008
all scratched up, looks silly on me sometimes

Cred: 464
Review by fb_14818194 on Jan. 16, 2008
it's a helmet

Cred: 147
Review by fb_829070088 on Feb. 06, 2008
Venting sucks!

Cred: 43
Review by fb_5216704 on Jun. 13, 2008
I'm still here

Cred: 5
Review by Antonio De Luca on Jun. 30, 2008
good and light

Cred: 23
Review by clevernamehere on Mar. 03, 2011
fit, durability

Cred: 67
Review by shoesbasecamp on Feb. 11, 2008
hate the fit

Cred: 225
Review by CustomWoodCreations on Apr. 15, 2008
Protects head
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