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    63 Reviews


    The classic.

    The Black Diamond Alpine Bod Harness had been around for about 100 years for a reason. It's simple, lightweight, and extremely versatile. Two gear loops hold just enough gear for an alpine climb, and the diaper-style design can be put on and taken off even when you're wearing skis.
    • Super light and still comfortable
    • Can be added or removed while wearing skis or crampons
    • Item #BLD0099

    Tech Specs

    Adjustable Leg Loops
    Gear Loops
    Haul Loop
    Claimed Weight
    14 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expidition
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Good canyon harness

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this harness for canyoneering, which tends to be very hard on gear. I've managed to burn up my first alpine bod, but I'm here to buy another one because it lasted so well. The minimal design is tough, and doesn't add a lot of bulk, which is nice. It's also easy to put on over boots, shoes, wetsuits, whatever. Also, canyon-style descenders attach to the leg/waist loop carabiner in the correct orientation. Only complaint is that you can't attach a Scuttlebutt or other butt-protector, but I think that's a small price to pay.

    Not comfy, but does its job

      This is not the type of harness you want to spend all day in, but it’s perfect for fast moving alpine activities where you only need it for a few pitches. It’s that simple. I am taking this to Mexico for glacier travel and I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.


      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      This is a great harness for backcountry skiing or patrolling. It can pack down to a reasonable size to fit in a backpack. The clips on the legs also make it possible to put this harness on without taking your skis off.

      Great! But......

        I love this harness! It’s great and I have loved using it! Because it is a alpine harness. This is more used for rappelling and caves. My only issue is not with the harness. It’s that most climbing gyms will not allow this kind in their gyms. I would recommend another harness if you want to gym climb.

        Super simple!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I've used this harness last summer on a trip up Rainier. As a newb to glacier travel I found this harness easy to use and the price is on point! I look forward to using on more glacier trips and ski mountaineering. I have a 34 to 36 inch waist and went with the size L.

        Super simple!

        Does the Job

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This Harness works great, I know it is not designed for all of these I have used it for Mountaineering, Climbing, Caving and Canyoning. It's simple it's light, and relatively comfortable and it's super easy to put on.

        Only downfall is that you have to clip/tie in though two loops and this can be a bit of a pain especially harness is on tight.

        Does the Job

        No muss. No fuss

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

        Great for ski mountaineering trips and really anything where you have a layer or two of clothes that can act as padding. Good amount of loops and attachment point for carrying gear.

        Minimal and light.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This harness is great for skiing and ski mountaineering. Super light and minimal, no unnecessary stuff. No padding yes but no need when your using it for glacier travel or an alpine assault. Easy to take on and off even with boots and crampons on.

        Light, Fast, Great Mountaineering Choice

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        When you have a love for mountaineering you'll most likely find this harness in your bag. Yea, there is no padding but you'll not be setting much on the side of a mountain in this. It's fast to slip into with no need to take off your skis, boots or crampons.

        I've been using this harness for a few years and there's many more left. Picking up another just to have for friends who are without gear.

        Does the job

          This is my harness that I use for glacier travel and splitboard mountaineering. It is fairly light, inexpensive, and is super easy to get in and out of with your gear on. The sizing is pretty consistent with the size chart but that size chart is more based off of a boyish figure in my opinion. I would say if you have a feminine figure and are on the cusp between two sizes to go with the larger one.

          The classic alpine harness

            I have used this harness so many times in so many different situations and it has never let me down. However, since I now use it exclusively for ski mountaineering, I replaced it for the Black Diamond Couloir Harness.

            Joshua, I am wondering how you would rate the couloir harness against this Alpine Bod Harness now that you have both. I have been considering the couloir and almost purchased it but pulled back at the last moment wondering if it is as user friendly as the Bod. It occurred to me that the Belay loop on the couloir poses a bit of a dilemma when you want to add or subtract a pant layer and might require that you take the harness off completely to do so, which would require that you also remove your ski's or crampons. I would love to get your (or anyone else's) feedback on that. Thanks in advance.

            Easy and Light

              This harness is perfect for alpine climbing. Easy to put on and remove. It packs fairly small due to its simple construction and is light to carry. Even though it doesn’t have any padding it is actually comfortable to wear. I would recommend this for any mountaineer.

              Easy and Light

              Simple. Light.

                I got this harness for alpine climbing and just light weight endevours. It works perfectly for that. No frills, no padding, just simple webbing with some gear loops...its all ya need!! I recommend this to everyone.

                Actually pretty comfy

                  Bought this puppy for do it all duty and it has not disappointed. I use it primarily for ski mountaineering and alpine climbing. Plenty of gear loops to hold your rack and solid feeling buckles and straps to add security. I've even used it for sport climbing. I think it's pretty comfortable, but maybe I don't know what I'm missing with a nice padded harness.

                  Actually pretty comfy

                  Good for what it is, NOT A SPORT HARNESS

                    I bought mine several years ago for use in adventure races (carry it in a pack all day, put it on for one rappel, put it back in the pack). This would be an ideal use, along with mountaineering where you need to rope up but don't expect to fall or weight the rope often. For these types of activities it's perfect as it's light weight, packable, and goes on and off quickly.

                    For the beginner out there, please keep in mind that this is NOT comfortable to sport climb or toprope, and lots of gyms won't be comfortable with you using it there (they may even have a policy against any harness lacking a belay loop). For a more general purpose inexpensive harness, see Black Diamond Momentum AL.

                    Good harness to have

                      Very easy to put on. Not to heavy and packs well. Not the harness you want to me hanging in for a long time though. So if you plan to be hanging a lot - find another one. Great for glacier travelling or ski mountaineering because of how easy it is to put on.

                      Is tri axial loading the carabiner an issue...

                      Is tri axial loading the carabiner an issue with this harness? I feel like the lack of a belay loop encourages this and I am concerned about the safety aspect.

                      Best Answer

                      Yes, and for that reason, many gyms won't let you use it. This harness is designed for tying into directly, and not intended for multiple falls and prolonged loading. It's more suited to ski mountaineering and other light uses where you're not likely to take a full factor fall.

                      If you're looking for an inexpensive harness with a belay loop, look at the BD Momentum AL. I've had mine a little over a year and I love it. Very comfortable and safe.

                      What are the waist sizes that go w?ith the...

                      What are the waist sizes that go w?ith the XS, S, M. L. XL, etc provided in the options for orders

                      Question about sizing the BD alpine bod...

                      Question about sizing the BD alpine bod harness (or any harness). Should I order my normal waist size? My concern is the harness fitting over several layers of clothing. Thanks Much.

                      where is the belay loop?

                      where is the belay loop?

                      Alpine Harness does not have a dedicated belay loop. You run the carabiner through the loop between the legs and the waist belt. Alpine harness is meant to be minimal if you want a belay loop look at more traditional harness. The picture is of mammut harness but you get the idea

                      Alpine Harness does not have a dedicated belay loop.  You run the carabiner through the loop between the legs and the waist belt.  Alpine harness is meant to be minimal if you want a belay loop look at more traditional harness.  The picture is of mammut harness but you get the idea
                      Best Answer

                      For this harness there is no "belay loop". The idea is to take a locking carabiner and put it on the waist belt and the loop that comes up from in between your legs. This carabiner keeps the leg loops closed as well as serves as your belay loop.

                      Is this Harness as good as everyone says?...

                      Is this Harness as good as everyone says? Is it okay? Is there a better one at this website that I should know about? Is there any others that you like better?

                      Best Answer

                      There are lots of better harnesses on this site. Dozens of them. But if you are only using the harness for walking around on glaciers and other alpine stuff, go for it. Anything steeper or more technical you need a padded harness, keep shopping.

                      I bought this to climb the mast on my...

                      I bought this to climb the mast on my racing yacht. I have since discovered that for a safety inspection we need a hanress or bosun chair that meets a certain standard. Does this hanress meet any recognised international standards I can quote?

                      I used to spend a lot of time on boats and I've never heard of any such standards, but I would not be surprised if this harness didn't meet them. Black Diamond is mostly a climbing company, and I would guess that it is not a priority for them to check their products against sailing standards. That said, most climbing harnesses are built more comfortably, lighter, and stronger than any sailing harness I've come across, so if you can convince the inspectors of that, you're golden! Also, I'm not sure how long you'll be in the harness, but be aware that this harness isn't really intended for long hangs. For just a slightly higher price, you can get something like the BD Momentum with padded straps that will be way more comfortable.

                      BD's harnesses are UIAA and CEN certified... check with the race officials, but it's likely more than adequate. That said, you will need a bosun's chair attachment for longer work sessions. The leg straps won't be very comfortable to sit in for more than a few minutes.

                      anyone use this much for just sport/trad...

                      anyone use this much for just sport/trad climbing? I've taken it mountaineering and it did great, just not sure if I want to leave my padded Focus at home.

                      I have used mine a ton for sport climbing and am planning a trad climb this summer and will be using it for that to and it works great. I have taken some pretty big falls on it and yes its not padded but the webbing is much wider then most padded harnesses so it spreads the wait out alot more and makes it the most comfertable harness I have ever taken a fall in