- Super light and still comfortable
- Can be added or removed while wearing skis or crampons
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Is tri axial loading the carabiner an issue with this harness? I feel like the lack of a belay loop encourages this and I am concerned about the safety aspect.
Yes, and for that reason, many gyms won't let you use it. This harness is designed for tying into directly, and not intended for multiple falls and prolonged loading. It's more suited to ski mountaineering and other light uses where you're not likely to take a full factor fall.
If you're looking for an inexpensive harness with a belay loop, look at the BD Momentum AL. I've had mine a little over a year and I love it. Very comfortable and safe.
This harness is perfect for alpine climbing. Easy to put on and remove. It packs fairly small due to its simple construction and is light to carry. Even though it doesn’t have any padding it is actually comfortable to wear. I would recommend this for any mountaineer.
I got this harness for alpine climbing and just light weight endevours. It works perfectly for that. No frills, no padding, just simple webbing with some gear loops...its all ya need!! I recommend this to everyone.
Bought this puppy for do it all duty and it has not disappointed. I use it primarily for ski mountaineering and alpine climbing. Plenty of gear loops to hold your rack and solid feeling buckles and straps to add security. I've even used it for sport climbing. I think it's pretty comfortable, but maybe I don't know what I'm missing with a nice padded harness.
I know that this isnt what its made for but, It is a pretty good sport harness, and it has 4 GEAR LOOPS! get a better descrption backcountry
Bought a couple of these for my son and I to do the via ferrata down in Telluride and used them on the glaciers of Mt. Rainier. Packs light and small.
I bought mine several years ago for use in adventure races (carry it in a pack all day, put it on for one rappel, put it back in the pack). This would be an ideal use, along with mountaineering where you need to rope up but don't expect to fall or weight the rope often. For these types of activities it's perfect as it's light weight, packable, and goes on and off quickly.
For the beginner out there, please keep in mind that this is NOT comfortable to sport climb or toprope, and lots of gyms won't be comfortable with you using it there (they may even have a policy against any harness lacking a belay loop). For a more general purpose inexpensive harness, see Black Diamond Momentum AL.
Very easy to put on. Not to heavy and packs well. Not the harness you want to me hanging in for a long time though. So if you plan to be hanging a lot - find another one. Great for glacier travelling or ski mountaineering because of how easy it is to put on.
What are the waist sizes that go w?ith the XS, S, M. L. XL, etc provided in the options for orders
XS = 23-27"
S = 26-30"
M = 29-33"
L = 32-36"
XL = 35-39"
I have a 34" waist but the Medium was definitely the best fit, the sizing chart is close but may be best to try one before you order if you are at the cusp.
Thsi is an old design that has been around awhile. There are lighter harnesses that are easier to use for the same customer now. Still few harnesses at this price point.
I'd never wear this harness myself, but I'm always glad I have it in my kit. I use this to get new climbers comfortable with putting on their own gear (it's pretty idiot-proof, easy to put on, and all the attachment points are easy to see) and for top-roping.
It does the job it was designed for: simple, cheap, lightweight harness (although there are much lighter harnesses now that have a more modern design) for general mountaineering and especially while wearing skis and crampons (since you can take it on and off with ease). Good right?
Well, as a guy, let's just say it isn't the most comfortable harness I have ever used. I get an instant surge of pain when I put my weight on this harness, no matter how I fit it! Since it was my first one, I didn't even realize that it was uncomfortable until I tried a modern style padded harness and immediately felt the difference. No wincing anymore!
It is now my lender...
If you are spending more time going vertical, you might want a different harness. For non-vertical glacial travel this rocks. Light and simple, the way BD markets it. Fits well over layers.
This harness is pretty good. it is lightweight and simple. it is easy to take on and off. it doesn't have may gear loops or a belay loop but this makes it easier to take on and off.
I've been using this harness for years for indoor and outdoor rock climbing and mountaineering. I've tried others but keep coming back! I find it plenty comfortable for a day of climbing and I like this style better than the full leg loops which I always fidget with and never quite feel right. I also LOVE that it's easy to put on while keeping both feet on the ground - way important when you're perched on an icy slope trying to get your harness on - and it's fast to adjust for different layers. I have a 24" waist and small hips and the XS fits well. I find that many other brands don't go small enough to make me feel secure when I'm just in one layer. Great harness!
I wore this harness for a week in AK while heil-boarding glaciated terrain. It is super light and adjustable so I didn't even feel like I had a harness on while riding. The leg clips make it easy to get in and out of in my snowboard gear. I haven't actually used this for climbing/mountaineering yet but it seems as though it will perform as well as my indoor harness. Since I wear snowboard gear with it I'm not worried about the harness being less padded than others. As others have stated, don't forget an extra carabiner or webbing to use as a belay loop. I'm female, 5'4", 135 and got a medium, which is almost too big with layers for me but it works.
This is a great harness. Simple and easy to put on for the early alpine starts.
Nice to have a lightweight no frills harness for quick raps.
Great mountaineering harness. It's lightweight, stays out of the way, and super easy to get in and out of even with heavy boots and crampons. Used it ice climbing this season and it works great. With layers of clothing in cold weather you don't really need the extra harness padding of other climbing harnesses.
The Alpine Bod Harness is the perfect harness for me for mountaineering. It is simple to get into with crampons and other gear on. It is light. It is safe. It is comfortable enough. Great piece of gear!