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Get the fit you crave for the climbs you love. The Black Diamond Focus Harness features a bullhorn waist-belt to maintain full range of motion while keeping you comfortable during long jam sessions. Black Diamond's Dual Core XP Construction boasts tech-backed pressure distribution for an even feel, and ample padding not only adds comfort but manages moisture and ventilation as well. This multi-season workhorse takes a beating while steadfastly keeping your rack organized and at the ready for the next big send.

  • Four gear loops hold your kit on a multi-pitch route
  • Full-strength haul loop for bringing along a tag line
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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Coming from a harness with unpadded legs, this fits and feels like a dream. One of the big selling points for me was the elastic leg loops. While some people may struggle with this part of the harness I found it to not be an issue for my skier quads. Adjustments are very quick and easy. Gear loops are well though out and I found I've had just the right amount of space so far. I typically wear a casual mens pant in a 30 with a belt, so the size small harness fits perfectly.

Fantastic Harness!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this harness almost every day. I work at a climbing gym, so a lot of my time is used belaying, tightening holds, changing ropes, setting routes, etc... I really like the fixed leg loops. It makes it very easy to take the harness on and off, but still feels secure if I were to take a major whipper. It's super light, super comfortable, and a sick harness. I highly recommend it!

Used this harness all summer

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this harness all summer and some throughout this fall when I wasn't bouldering and absolutely loved it. Used it for a lot of top rope climbing and lead, it was very comfortable as long as you weren't hanging belay for hours. Really liked the fixed leg loops as well, pretty easy to get on and off. Sometimes it would ride up a bit in the legs but nothing major. I would def recommend this to a friend especially because of the quality of BD and the price is not too shabby

How well does this harness perform in the...

How well does this harness perform in the gym? It's mainly what I'll be doing with it and I'm not sure whether this one gives a comfortable fit. Any advice or thoughts?

i get pretty warm in gyms so you certainly could spend more and supposedly get some more breathability. as far as comfort, BD says their top of the line would have some more even weight distribution, but that this will be more comfy than cheaper harnesses.

bottom line, most anything works in the gym.

would this be a good harness for repelli...

would this be a good harness for repelling??

I have a 34" waist but my legs are only...

I have a 34" waist but my legs are only 21", are the legs loops going to be to loose if I get a size large?

I will be using this on both a Ropes Course and on an artificial climbing/rappelling tower - is this going to be a good choice?

I need to be able to clip in on both verses having to tie in while on the tower.

I'm wearing a small Momentum harness, and...

I'm wearing a small Momentum harness, and my legs are on the small end of this size. I notice the leg loops of small Focus is from 19-21, while momentum ranges from 17-21. Will Focus be too large for me? Thank you for your time.

Just got this, so I can't really post a...

Just got this, so I can't really post a review just yet.

The gear loops on mine are not as pictured here on backcountry. They're the standard gear loops, i.e. 4 individual loops, not 2 divided loops. Just wanted to give people a heads up. I'm definitely still happy with it though!

Looking for a after work/school cragging/trad...

Looking for a after work/school cragging/trad harness.....prefer lightweight would this work on 1-2-3 pitch routes? what about trad? (gear loops arent a problem because i use a rack sling...) any other suggestions?

I just got this harness today, the gear loops are the standard BD gear loops (think momentum harness), not the weird configuration in the picture. (which probably wouldn't be too bad anyways). I bought it for trad and sport, hung in it from my pull up bar for several minutes and it felt great. Granted, I've only owned it for a few hours, but I love it already.

Super light, very comfy, nice and minimalist (no straps flapping around getting in the way).

Anyone know how these leg loops fit compared...

Anyone know how these leg loops fit compared to, say, the previous model BD Chaos harness? And how comfortable they are to hang in on trad days vs the Chaos?

How rigid is that rear gear loop? Would it sag much after clipping gear to it? It looks like its not the same construction as the regular gear loops on the side.

Best Answer

I ended up buying this harness and here's what I found:

- The leg loops fit much tighter than on the older model (2009) orange-and-green Black Diamond Chaos, but this is accurately reflected in the size chart numbers on the Black Diamond website.
- Also on the BD website, there is an updated picture of the Focus with 4 normal gear loops; NOT the “mondo” gear loops pictured here on backcountry. The Focus harness I got has the normal gear loops. These gear loops are the same as on the new Flight/Siren and Momentum/Primrose harnesses. They are slightly different from the gear loops on the new Chaos and Ozone/Aura harnesses (because they don't have the little grey retention piece where the gear loop goes into the waist belt).
- The rear 5th gear loop is not rigid and does not have a plastic sheath like the other 4 gear loops. It is fairly taut however, so it doesn't sag much when loaded with gear. I can imagine it getting frayed with some use.
- The widths of both the waist belt and the leg loops are narrow – a little narrower than on the Momentum and much narrower than on my 2009 Chaos. The leg loops on the Focus are noticeably less comfortable to hang in.

I will keep this harness because it is the only 5-gear-loop harness that Black Diamond makes so far, and I like BD's rigid, straight gear loops. I hesitate to recommend it though – someone who wants a rear gear loop probably wants the harness for trad climbing, and this is a less-comfortable option. I wish they made a Kinetic-Core Construction harness with mondo gear loops, a rear gear loop, the narrow belay loop, and conical-shaped trak-fit legs.