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Put on the Black Diamond Focus Harness, tie in, and send.

Black Diamond constructed the Focus Harness with a unique bullhorn waist-belt to allow unrestricted movement yet provide support and comfort on long climbs. This versatile harness includes every feature you need for everything from sport cragging to multi-pitch trad routes. Four of Black Diamond's molded gear loops hold a large rack of cams, and the Focus Harness has a full-strength haul loop to help you trail a tag line when you need it.
  • Versatile design for all-around use
  • Full-strength haul to bring a tag line on multi-pitch climbs

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Would this be a good harness for somebody...

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Would this be a good harness for somebody just getting into trad and sport climbing?

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Yes, this is a good all-around harness, and on sale it a great price.

4 5


The second i opened the box i was satisfied. The harness is made of very strong materials and very very comfortable. The same night i took it out of the box i rappeled our my dorm window and it was extremely comfortable. Big hooks in front back and sides to tie on tie off place gear and get to it with ease. The harness feels pretty comfortable to sit back in while being lowered after a climb and is very sturdy. I haven't tried rappelling inverted yet so i don't know how well it works for that but am looking to do that soon. Overall a great purchase. I would recommend to anyone.

4 5

Good Durable Harness

Have had this harness for 3 years now. I've climbed alot in it, and it has weathered well. Gear loops are still pretty stiff. Non adjustable leg straps are nice, smooth and simple. This harness doesn't seem to get all twisted up in a gear bag.

4 5


This harness is ok, but after a couple times wedging your hip into a chimney, the plastic holding the gear loops in an outward position seems to break and not point outwards anymore. They are still attached, and it doesn't really affect anything, its just annoying. Otherwise, it does everything you could want a harness to do, but is just kinda in the middle as far as weight goes. Find it on clearance at REI or something and its a great deal.

I've use a BD harnesses and while comfortable...

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I've use a BD harnesses and while comfortable and easy to use i've noticed the soft loops aren't very big and get crowded after roping in with a 10mm. Any other brands out there with bigger soft loops? Basically becomes difficult to use a daisy chain or purcell due to crowding. All the non-adjustable BD harnesses seem to have the same size loops and was wondering if anyone uses a different brand and doesn't have this problem.

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Are you asking about the size of the "tie in" points? If so, that's a hard question. There are no specs on the size of tie in points. What is the issue you are having with crowding? Are you tying in double or twin 10mm ropes? Do you have a sling girth hitched to tie points also?

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Every harness will essentially give you the same problem. I have climbed in Petzl, Mammut, BD, BW, and Trango. What i do is girth hitch my anchoring sling on one side of the belay loop and tie-in on the other. That usually keeps things under control. I climb in two BD harnesses now and 7.7 twin ropes or a single 10.2 is always fine for me. Hope this helps.

5 5

I like it

Works well... gear loops are big, and easy to use.
leg loops work well... no problem wearing pants with it.
I don't really notice it, so that's probably the best thing I could say about it.

4 5

pretty good - sizing has changed

Bought this for my husband to replace his which was WELL worn. Ordered the same size he's been wearing for years and I had to send back. The leg loop sizing must be a bit smaller. Got the size larger. His only complaint has been that they changed around which direction you do the waistband. Its on the left (??) side now which is foreign to him. He'll adjust and be fine though (:

4 5

Gets the job done, well

Own it, use it, like it.
Favorite feature? The hassle-free non-adjustable legs loops, lets face it I never find myself in a situation where I've put so many layers on my legs I can't fit the loops around them.