If you’ve been around the outdoor block you understand that Black Diamond is no pony in a stud’s stable. Their brand has delivered head of the class, adventure driven products for climbing and skiing since their inception in 1957. With that much experience, outdoor enthusiasts can rest assured their interests are well preserved.
With that said, sometimes a product doesn’t have to be “new” to be new, if that makes any sense. I say this because the Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet has been completely redesigned and now has a better fit and cuts weight without compromising safety. In the spirit of climbing adventures, every ounce counts and the right fit could mean the difference between life, serious injury and even death. I’m not trying to sound too dramatic but often times it helps to get the message across.
As Black Diamond’s most popular climbing helmet, the Half Dome spans the gamut of the climbing spectrum; from alpine climbing to cragging it helps lighten the load for adventurers partaking in a sport which relies on technique, speed, agility and mental toughness. Available in two sizes: SM/MD and MD/LG, the Half Dome weighs in at 290 g/10 oz for the Small/Medium size and 320g/11oz for the Medium/Large size and offers great features that personify safety, comfort, and performance. Its ABS Shell exterior is well ventilated and is outfitted with molded EPS foam for superior comfort and breathability. Lighten up (figuratively of course); its head lamp clips are a market best. Equipped with tuck-away suspension, the Half Dome became more pack friendly. Another key feature is its new custom design wheel adjuster that allows you to quickly and easily dial in a precise fit on the fly. Every feature plays a roll in delivering a seamless climbing experience.
In closing, come the inevitable critiques helmets receive in the style department. However unflattering climbing helmets might seem to some, they bear the heavy burden of keeping your think tank in full working order; although I must give the climbing community due credit when it comes to checking this sort of vanity at the door. But all that aside, it’s a helmet engineer/designer’s duty to keep you safe. With that said, you can bet they understand that designing a lightweight helmet with a great fit that allows the helmet to remain relatively inconspicuous while not making you look like a total goon is preferred. Thus, this Half Dome redesign is not gaudy or flashy; it does not scream fashion or leap out at you; it is just a great design that exemplifies the proper blend of form and function. Cheers!