Best Overall Women's Climbing Helmet
Black Diamond Vector - Women's
The runaway winner for Editors' Choice was the Black Diamond Vector - Women's
because it is lightweight, comfortable, stays in place, and offers full coverage protection. It competes with the unisex Editors' Choice winner, the Petzl Meteor
, weighing the same, costing less, and being debatably better looking. The smaller size of the Meteor also comes in more feminine colors, so be sure to consider that helmet as well as the women's Vector. The unisex version of this helmet, the Black Diamond Vector
, is identical except that it comes in different colors and is also offered in a larger size.
Best Bang for the Buck
The best value women's helmet is the Petzl Elia
. This hard plastic helmet is more durable than the light foam Vector, so is likely to last longer, and it costs $30 less at the outset. We like that it is not as delicate as the Vector, so you aren't required to be as careful with it when you throw it on the back of your pack. This is also the only women's helmet that offers features unique to females, and the ponytail accommodating rear band may be a big selling point for some women and in fact may make the case for buying a women's specific helmet at all.