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A featherweight harness for technical and vertical adventure.

If your planked adventures take you to less-than-ski-friendly terrain, you'll be glad you packed your Black Diamond Couloir Harness. Since it weighs in at just 230 grams, consider this your reminder that it's even there. When you're about to work a short rappel or glacier traverse, just tie in and go.

  • Load-bearing and strength-rated design
  • Webbing gear loops and ice clipper slots for your hardware
  • Can be put on and taken off while wearing skis
  • Low-profile gear loops don't interfere with your harness

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4 5

Great for mountaineering

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a mountaineering-specific harness - don't buy it expecting lots of nice padding for long hanging.

It's great as a super compact, lightweight harness for mountaineering, skiing, or glacier travel. For any kind of trad climbing I would look elsewhere. I love it for the climbing gym as it packs down smaller than a Nalgene (and typically you're not hanging for very long in the gym). During two long rappels in RMNP (Colorado) this harness became quite uncomfortable with its lack of padding. Only 2 gear loops which makes racking a lot of gear during an alpine climb a bit of a hassle. The double-back buckle is also a hassle and the small diameter webbing is tough to adjust with heavy gloves on. The adjustable/unclippable leg loops allow you put this harness on over mountaineering boots and crampons easily (skis as well I imagine).

As long as you understand what you're getting into, this is a great harness. I bought a Petzl Aquila for sport/trad/long alpine routes and keep this one as a backup. Just my $0.02.

5 5

Initial Impressions

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Tried it on and thought to myself "this is a pile of junk, how is it going to hold my weight?" Well I tied a rope onto my stair bannisters and hung from it to test it before I went on a mountain. The Harness is super duper light, extremely durable and strong, can pack down just like a down jacket and most importantly, its comfortable.

5 5

Small size, Big punch.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For skiing in glaciated terrain, ski mountaineering or just even the quick ski cut, this is the best harness there is. So dang light and extremely packable making it easy to throw in your pack for when you don't need it and quick and comfortable to put on when you do. Skiing's best harness.

What is the sizing on this?

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S/M:
Waist: 28-35" (71-89cm)
Leg: 18-24" (46-61cm)

M/L:
Waist: 32-38" (81-97cm)
Leg: 20-26" (51-66cm)

L/XL:
Waist: 35-42" (89-107cm)
Leg: 24-30" (62-76cm)

XXL:
Waist: 38-44" (97-112cm)
Leg: 28-34" (71-86cm)

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

4 5

Strap up for that summit

Obiously light and geared toward mountaineering, so don't let that cheap price tag sway you. That said, you can put on over my skis (god send)! Only hitch is the sizing, make sure to go bigger than you think, you'll most likely be wearing more layers than you think. Better to have a harness that fits at the summit than the approach trail yea?

Strap up for that summit
4 5

Slim!

This harness is very basic and light. Not ideal for very long rappel, because your tapes may not have much comfort. But it is great for those who want to make tracks in which there are obstacles that require climbing or descending. I liked!

2 5

Decent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have used this harness for a bit of everything, mostly glacier travel but also ice climbing and rock climbing in a pitch.

Pros:
- tiny, lightweight. This is a very big pro, as it weighs almost nothing and packs enormously tiny. Note: not very padded, so I use a different harness if I plan to hang in it at all.

Cons:
- the front buckle is the worst buckle design in the history of buckles. It's really hard to double back in a warm room with bare fingers, and almost impossible to do when you are very cold with gloves. There is no earthly reason it needs to be so difficult.
- the little buckles holding the leg straps up (well, it appears that is their intended purpose, I don't see them actually doing much) have broken and now dangle forelornly. I would have to have them re-stitched in order to replace them with a different buckle. So I tie the little straps to something so they don't get caught. They are not weight-bearing but the buckle is still poor quality.

All in all it's decent, it's light and small and there are many occasions where that is the most important, but it could be made with better buckles and save us all a headache. You may want to consider other alpine harnesses.

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I would have to absolutely agree with the buckle design. Although I use this harness exclusively on cold trips where I am providing the padding with extra clothing, getting the front buckle going at 10 degrees during a pitch black alpine start is horrendous.

5 5

Love it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I spend a good deal of time on extended back-country trips so I've wound up using this harness for rappelling, rock and ice climbing, glacier travel, and moving on fixed lines. Once again, I love this harness.

As others have said: the size and weight are awesome and it's super easy to put on and take off so you don't have to fumble about when you're wearing large boots, crampons, or anything else on your feet. I'm also impressed by how comfortable it is, even when weighted, considering how minimalist it is.

As for sizing, I didn't have any problems at all. I wear size 6 in women's pants (an XS/S sport climbing harness) so I went for the S/M, figuring I would need more room for layering. Even when I'm just in base layers it fits me so that I have a few extra inches that I could tighten it, and when I'm dressed for warmth I have plenty tail to safely double back.

4 5

Very good skimountaineering harness.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light and comfortable, you can have it on for the whole day. The only disadvantage are the buckles that are hard to handle. Especially having your gloves on. Gear loops could be better, but how much gear do we have on them skitouring.

Light, yet stout

Light, yet stout

Approaching the summit of Three Fingered Jack in central OR.

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Awesome picture Karen !!!

I selected this image to feature on the homepage of backcountry.com in our Activity Feed! Congrats on being GOATWORTHY !!!

Glacier Country, NZ

Glacier Country, NZ

You know you're somewhere really cool when you have to fix a rope and clip in a harness just to go to the toilet!

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Awesome picture Richard !!!

I selected this image to feature on the homepage in our Activity Feed! Congrats on being GOATWORTHY !!!

Hope you are getting after it in the austral winter!

5 5

Size matters

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great harness for when you need something lightweight and compact. I use mine exclusively for canyoneering/rappelling, and for me it's great, even though that is not exactly the intended application of this harness. I do tons of canyoneering and have a few different harnesses. This is the one I use when there's a tough or long approach and I want as little weight as possible. If I know I'm going to ascend the rope or otherwise be suspended in the harness for a long period of time, I use a more padded harness. Best feature of this harness is how it folds into a very small carry pouch (see picture). Bottom line: great harness for the money.

Size matters
4 5

Lightweight and straightforward

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great minimalist harness for ski mountaineering. It doesn't take up a ton of room in your pack and you can put in on without taking off your skis. Nice. Sizing can be a little funky, having a 32in waist (yet putting it on over my ski clothes) i felt like i fell a bit between sizes. I went with the S/M, and it works pretty well, but not sure how well it would work over a large puffy. That said, it sounds like those went with the larger size also had issues. If you think you fall between sizes, i'd order two and return one.

4 5

Weird Sizing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great, lightweight harness, but the sizing is weird. I am 6ft 185, 32in waist. Went with the M/L based on the BC.com sizing chart. Turns out, the sizing chart isn't even applicable to the Couloir harness. The M/L is pretty much maxed out on me. If I would have seen the correct size chart on BDs website, I would have sized down. You can find that here: http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/climbing-harnesses/couloir-harness-BD651039BORGS_M1.html