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Climb year-round.

Climbing is a four-season sport. That's the philosophy behind Black Diamond's Aspect Harness. This year-round workhorse utilizes proprietary Dual Core XP Construction to keep weight down and comfort at a maximum. A bullhorn-shaped waistbelt keeps you snug and secure during hang sessions while you work a technical sequence.
  • Dual Core XP Construction utilizes an OpenAir waistbelt with separate bands of webbing and a supportive insert to combine breathability with pressure distribution
  • Pre-threaded Forged Speed Adjust waistbelt and leg loop buckles allow for quick adjustment and optimal fit
  • Four pressure-molded gear loops and 12 kN-rated haul loop complement four ice clipper slots to provide an array of racking options
  • Abrasion patches offer 20 times the durability of nylon for added longevity

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5 5

Back problems solved.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used to climb in Singing Rock harnesses which ended up giving me lower back pain every time I whipped. I decided to switch companies after a while and Black Diamond does the trick with the Aspect. It's a simple design but gives you the durability and usefulness that you want out of a harness. Definitely true to size for me. Great for technical sport climbing.

5 5

well priced winter harness

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this harness at the start of this ice season and I am very pleased with it. The ice clipper slots are well placed and won't rip ( like the ones on my blizzard did). I got the large and it is bottomed out, but with warm layers on it is not a problem since I have another harness for summer climbing and what-not. I don't prefer to have an "all season" harness because the needs of climbing very so much from February to August.
I bought the men's version and it works just fine for me.

well priced winter harness
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Cool photo and great review!

5 5

This Harness truly does it all!!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Being newish to climbing , this is my first harness because i was unsure what style of climbing i was going to pursue the most so i wanted something that would do it all. i wanted to avoid having to buy different harnesses for different styles of climbing, and this harness has done just that.

the ice clipper slots were what made my decision final on buying this harness. if you find yourself needing more gear loops you can purchase an ice clipper or 2 (up to 4) and increase your rack size. this is great for trad and ice climbing. then in the gym when you want a smaller rack you simply remove the ice clipper(s). i love the ice clipper because it allows you to rack gear that would otherwise need a carabiner to rack (things such as, un used belay devices, nut tools, 8 rings, exc.) i dont see the need to carry 3 extra carabiners to rack those things, plus the things can't swing around as much on an ice clipper as opposed to a carabiner on a gear loop.

i love the haul loop (i prefer to rack a chalk bag with the haul loop, its more comfortable for me)

the rear gear loop is a nice place to put items you dont need during an ascent.

i love having the ability to fully undo the waist and leg loops so its easier to put on over winter clothing on with crampons on.

the comfort is great, although this is my only harness to compare with, it fits to the body and has no pressure points that dig in over time.

overall if you are unsure of what climbing you are going to get into, i would get this because it does it all and you wont need to buy a new harness for a new style of climbing you didn't think you were going to do.

Aspect gettin me up Division (5.11d)

Aspect gettin me up Division (5.11d)

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American Fork Canyon Utah - home of some seriously steep sport climbing. Here you can see the Aspect rocking it up Division, a popular 5.11d on the Division Wall.

What is the difference between this Harness...

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What is the difference between this Harness and the Ozone harness besides the price?

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The main difference is that the Ozone does not have adjustable leg loops.

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The Ozone is a little bit lighter and it also doesn't feature a haul loop on the back.

Black Diamond Aspect on the Grand Teton

Black Diamond Aspect on the Grand Teton

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Grand Teton - Owen Spalding Route

4 5

Favorite Alpine Harness

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing packs up nice and small for alpine climbing. I find the padding a bit thin for hanging belays or lots of hang dogging, but for Alpine climbing it's great. Nice and compact, good gear loops that are low and out of the way of backpack hip belt.

5 5

Droppable leg loops FTW

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this harness for about 2 years, and I've spent a lot of time climbing a lot of things in it. It's good, it's comfortable, it's durable - I was content. Then I snapped my ankle in half 100 ft up on the wall, and in the 7 hours between the fall and the ambulance, I noted two things. 1) It is really, really comfortable, even as I was dangling on the side of a cliff for a very long time. 2) Droppable leg loops. They're worth the extra $$$. When the very kind ER doctor tried to cut off my harness, I was able to simply undo it and salvage what little of my dignity was still intact.
Moral of the story: This is a great harness. It saves your life. And your dignity.

5 5

Does it all...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This a great harness for those that do it all. Fully adjustable accommodates winter layers or shirtless summer climbs. This is the second aspect I have had and I love the improvements from the old model. The new gear loop in the back is the best! I rack everything I need for the belay back there and it keeps the other loops open for pro. You can even throw your shoes back there for the walk off and you won't know you had them till you need them. My only complaint is the gear loops seem to set farther back that they were in the past which is a bit annoying . But it's a small price to pay for a sick harness.

4 5

Good for just about all.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this harness a few months ago. It's been great for just about any terrain. I'm not much of a huge multi-pitch climber, so I can't attest to the product's comfort on long routes. However, I have done a number of 2 pitch sport climbs and can say that I never had any discomfort concerning the harness. It's fast, easy, and built with BD love at a great price.

4 5

High Quality Harness

this harness is an excellent choice, especially if it's still on sale. it isn't as light or thin as some harnesses (ie arc'teryx), but has a great fit, good adjustability, and offers good support when hanging for such a sporty harness. only complaint is that the gear loops are tiny compared to other brands I've used (petzl and arc'teryx). i can fit 6 or 7 draws on each, but you wouldn't want to rely on these loops alone for a trad rack.

5 5

Top notch harness.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was looking for a harness that would primarily be for waterfall ice and mountaineering, but still be a good fit for some summer sport climbing. This was definitively the best harness that I could have gotten. I loved having the ice clipper slots on my harness (I know, I know, you probably hate them if you aren't an ice climber...) plus 4 good gear loops and a haul loop. The fit was great with a nice drop seat that made it possible to harness up while wearing my crampons.

Can anyone explain what the main difference,...

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Can anyone explain what the main difference, beside price, between the Aspect and the Xenon? They both appear to be "all-season" harnesses that specialize in ice / alpine. I'm just not seeing what differentiates the $50 difference at full retail. Thanks!

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The Xenos is a bit beefer, which is reflected in its weight?an etra 2 oz. The foam is a bit thicker on the Xenos from what I can tell and the harness belt is a bit wider. The leg straps in the back have buckles on the Xenos, looks like they have some type of hook adjustment on the aspect. The Xenos and included ice clipper for gear attachment.

I own the Xenos and love it, it is very comfortable, and easy to get on and off. I have used it for a tiny bit of ice climbing, rock climbing, and hitting the gym. It works well for all, but I bought it because I got an insanely good deal. If you can't really tell the difference personally I doubt it will make much difference to you.

2 5

Doesn't feel like a "year-round" harness

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I was surprised to find that the thin padding on this harness is really stiff. When I tried it on, the waist belt was digging into my sides and didn't conform to the shape of my waist very well because of the lack of flexibility. This was irritating. I only tried it on before sending it straight back (thanks Backcountry for a great return service!)
The momentum and most other BD harnesses are much more comfortable than this. I was intending to use this for rock climbing and thought it would be fine because it's supposed to be an all-purpose harness, but there was just no way it would work for me.
It might be more comfortable when wearing winter outerwear, which provides a thicker layer between the climber and the harness. For that, I'd just call this an ice climbing harness; not specifically an "all season" harness (although it could be used as a rock harness if the comfort doesn't bother you when just wearing a T-shirt.) I didn't climb or tie into this harness, but I assume it would perform just like other BD harnesses because all the features are in the same positions.

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