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- Super light and still comfortable
- Can be added or removed while wearing skis or crampons
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Minimal and light.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This harness is great for skiing and ski mountaineering. Super light and minimal, no unnecessary stuff. No padding yes but no need when your using it for glacier travel or an alpine assault. Easy to take on and off even with boots and crampons on.
Light, Fast, Great Mountaineering Choice
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When you have a love for mountaineering you'll most likely find this harness in your bag. Yea, there is no padding but you'll not be setting much on the side of a mountain in this. It's fast to slip into with no need to take off your skis, boots or crampons.
I've been using this harness for a few years and there's many more left. Picking up another just to have for friends who are without gear.
would you recommend the bod for rappelli...
would you recommend the bod for rappelling?
yes, this harness would work well for rappelling. However it is intended as a lightweight harness for mountaineering so it's pretty bare bones. There is no padding.
Does the job
This is my harness that I use for glacier travel and splitboard mountaineering. It is fairly light, inexpensive, and is super easy to get in and out of with your gear on. The sizing is pretty consistent with the size chart but that size chart is more based off of a boyish figure in my opinion. I would say if you have a feminine figure and are on the cusp between two sizes to go with the larger one.
The classic alpine harness
I have used this harness so many times in so many different situations and it has never let me down. However, since I now use it exclusively for ski mountaineering, I replaced it for the Black Diamond Couloir Harness.
Is tri axial loading the carabiner an issue...
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.
Easy and Light
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.
Actually pretty comfy
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
Nice and simple
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.
Good for what it is, NOT A SPORT HARNESS
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.
Good harness to have
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...
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.
Fish or Foul?
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'm glad I have it.
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.
Simple design, simply uncomfortable
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...
Black Diamond Alpine Bod Harness
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.
Best Harness Ever!
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!