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Black Diamond Tracer
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Designed for the superior lightweight protection and comfort needs of alpinists and climbers moving fast.

-Mesh-covered vents offer protection from falling objects
-Molded EPS foam with a hard polycarbonate shell
-Easy, one-handed ergonomic adjustment; comes in three sizes

Retail price

US$ 89.95
Weight (g)

Weight (g)

In grams, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.

If there are differences in weight (due to multiple size or optional accessories) we note those here.

245 g­


This is the gender as stated by the manufacturer/brand.

We use the term "Men" and "Unisex" interchangeably, as there is no difference between these types of helmets.

Size Range

Size Range

The sizing options of the helmet according to the manufacturer.

19.30 in - 25.00 in­
Quick Adjust

Quick Adjust

Quick Adjust refers to the straps of the helmet. Do you want the ability to ability to "quickly" adjust the fit. This could be a dial, or other plastic pieces.

Really, most climbers don't need to change the fit of the helmet often, unless you're climbing with and without hats, or you have big hair that flattens and then requires tightening after climbing for awhile.

Vents Yes
Headlamp Compatable Yes
Face Shield Compatable No


The main climbing gear certifications are CE and UIAA--and normally the UIAA creates the rules that the CE body also supports. When possible, we try to list all the certifications the product carries.

To sell a climbing product in Europe, the device must be CE certified. There are no official requirements to sell climbing gear in the US. The UIAA certification is a voluntary process.

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Peak Mountaineering Logo

The Tracer is an excellent helmet. Comfortable, simple, lightweight and effective. The instructions rate it for rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering. I prefer a hard shell for ice climbing but that’s a matter of personal choice. I am certainly confident it will excel for rock climbing, mountaineering and ski mountaineering. Even better, it’s so comfortable maybe more climbers will be tempted to wear one!

Zion Adventures Logo

This is a fairly new helmet from the folks at BD. For those with very large or very small craniums, the Tracer may be the answer to your prayers. Because one size does not fit all, this helmet comes in three sizes. The price is quite reasonable ($89.95), the colors are subtle, and the fit is okay. One drawback is that the adjustment system is cheap. The dial requires some help to tighten or loosen the headband, and the padding is minimal, so make sure it is the right shape for your head. I am also frustrated by the positioning of the chin strap; it tends to pull against the back of the ear and can be quite irritating. (You can re-thread one of the sides to get it farther back, but the other is fixed.) Overall I like this helmet, and I suspect future generations of the Tracer will deal with the comfort and adjustment issues.