Black Diamond brings increased safety and versatility to beginning climbers and groups.
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I received my certification with a Swiss-seat (or Swiss nut cruncher) and have used many tactical and rescue orientated harnesses. I also have a Petzl that I use at the gym that I go to. This Black Diamond is built to high standards just like all the other Black Diamond products Ive seen & used. The Quality is top notch and the buckles are smooth and feel secure. I have had no noticeable slippage from the straps. The webbing is wide enough that I dont feel any cutting around my sides or my legs. The buckles are self locking so you dont need to double them back on themselves. The tie in point or clip in Point is large, easy to get to and reinforced. This harness is perfect if you are SWAT, SRT, or some sort of first responder and or rescue person. It will also work well in your local gym or climbing wall center. If you are looking for top of the line rescue equipment, or doing outdoor rock climbing then this is not for you, but if you want a light weight, short hang time, comfortable well build harness that is at a great price, then this might be perfect for you.
I love these harnesses for taking out groups. I bought five and I'll probably buy five more. The speed buckle system is great and they are morecomfortable and easier to put on than any other universal fit harnes that I've tried or owned.
This harness looked promising for mountaineering; the wide webbing looked more comfy than the alpine bod. I figured that with the tie in point as part of the waist belt would make it easier to go pee without removing the harness or fighting with the belay loop as I do with my regular harness (I use a freshette and sometimes the harness combined with clothing layers makes it challenging to use).
Unfortunately, the rise on this harness is practically non-existent so I returned it. Also, there is no way to undo the pre-threaded buckles so you always have to step into the harness.
I am wondering whether this would be a good 1st harness for somebody just starting out to sport climb? Thanks.
Bala,I assume your looking for a mens harness??? This harness is more suited for students or gyms where the basics are being focused on, or for top roping. Sport climbing requires gear loops for your draws. I recommend the B.D. Momentum harness, its for the guys, comparable in price and has what you need, link is below. Keep in mind, climbing harnesses are alot like climbing shoes, size them appropriately. You may want to visit a local retailer that sells harnesses to make sure you get the correct fit, and please remember that hangers are not for fingers...My climbing team at school had these for years, for god's sake please don't inflict them on anyone else. They are unbelievably uncomfortable and get tangled all the time. I'm not sure why James assumed you were looking for a men's harness, but if you are, get the Momentum or Momentum AL (Adjustable Leg). If it's for a woman, the Primrose AL. There really is no good reason, in my opinion, to buy this harness ever.www.backcountry.com/store/BLD0289/Black-Diamond-Momentum-AL-Climbing-Harness.html
"They are unbelievably uncomfortable and get tangled all the time"
I second this.
They use these in my gym and I also hate them, but they last forever (figure of speech) and that's why my gym and your climbing team has used them for years and years.
The harness really has one function. It is to introduce new folks to the sports of climbing, rappelling, etc. As I don't run a climbing school or anything like that, I needed a single harness that would fit a wide variety of individuals with little to know climbing experience. This harnesses has a wide adjustment range and a single tie-in point which makes it the best for that application. If I introduce someone to the sport who wants to take it up a notch, I point them towards other harnesses. Of course, I trust BD with my life and this harness has lived up to BD expectations thus far.
I am always taking groups from 10 to 30 rock climbing and rappelling. More than half of those are usually beginners. I have been looking for a harness that would fit many sizes and would be easy to use; but of course, the most important things are dependability and safety. The Vario Speed Harness is exactly all those things. It's everything I have always wanted and more. And it looks pretty cool too.