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When heavy loads and overhanging pitches try to flip you upside-down, fight back with the Vario Chest Harness.
- Adds stability to big-wall climbing
- Works with any sit harness
- Item #BLD1128
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Very nice, solid design. Love the use of a locking biner for the tie-in point. Very versatile.
Just wanted to let those who are curious know that the strap width measurement of this chest harness is 4.5 cm.
More comfortable than the speed harness
For a Zip line
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Purchased one of these for the rider of a zipline. Works great, no complaints from the wearers.
Good for what it is
We use a couple of these at my work, and while we don't use it often at all, the simplicity of this chest harness is appreciated. Much like the BD vario speed harness, there is no padding but the webbing used is wide so applies pressure to a wider area. It's clear if you get it twisted and easy to tell if someone els has it on correctly. Not the most useful but it does the job in easy style.
Simple and basic
As the title says, the harness is not elaborate but does the job. The webbing is wide so it is more comfortable than using standard 1in webbing to make a chest harness. Black Diamond also makes quality gear so I expect this harness to standup to whatever I throw at it. The harness also has a great deal of adjustment and I have a large chest with a tall torso and was still able to get a good fit without any trouble. No tie-in for the back but it isn't needed. Using the tie-in in the front works perfectly well by itself.
Could you use this as a simple harness to lower a person down a 10" cliff?
No, you need support from underneath to do something like that. Consider the Alpine Bod harness, which isn't exactly luxurious, but is light and cheap and durable and will get the job done.
Check out http://www.backcountry.com/camp-usa-alp-racing-harness?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6Y2FtcCB1c2EgaGFybmVzczoxOjQ6Y2FtcCB1c2EgaGFybmVzcw&skid=CMP3304-RED-S its lighter than this chest harness and is perfect.