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Alpine Bod Harness

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

Material
nylon
Padding
none
Adjustable Leg Loops
yes
Gear Loops
4
Haul Loop
no
Claimed Weight
14 oz
Recommended Use
alpine & expidition
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 4

packable

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.

>Rating: 5

First harness ever

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

super excited to break this in!! fits true to size

>Rating: 4

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.

>Rating: 5

Simple and Light

Use this for ski mountaineering, works great, not a ton of features but that's to be expected.

>Rating: 5

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.

I've
>Rating: 4

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.

This
>Rating: 4

A classic

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Simple, easy and perfect for ski mountaineering. Simple and easy to put on and take off. Has all you need and packs up so small it takes up very little space.

>Rating: 4

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 4

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

This
>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

Bought
>Rating: 4

Nice and simple

Bought a couple of these for my son and I to do the via ferrata down in Telluride and used them on the glaciers of Mt. Rainier. Packs light and small.

>Rating: 4

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.

>Rating: 3

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.

>Rating:

would you recommend the bod for rappelli...

would you recommend the bod for rappelling?

yes, this harness would work well for rappelling. However it is intended as a lightweight harness for mountaineering so it's pretty bare bones. There is no padding.

>Rating:

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.

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.

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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

XS = 23-27" S = 26-30" M = 29-33" L = 32-36" XL = 35-39"

I have a 34" waist but the Medium was definitely the best fit, the sizing chart is close but may be best to try one before you order if you are at the cusp.

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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.

Size your true waist size, not where you'd normally where your pants. Thinnest part of your torso.

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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

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.

Take look at the Coulior by BD

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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?

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 agree with AB, but I think that the Bod is a better harness. If you are going to do any vertical or near vertical climbing, look at the Black Diamond Iris. It is a female specific harness and from what I have heard is very comfortable. http://www.backcountry.com/store/BLD0287/Black-Diamond-Iris-Harness-Womens.html

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The sizing chart specifies a XS size, but...

The sizing chart specifies a XS size, but it is not listed by BC, does anyone know how to get an XS?

From Black Diamond. www.bdel.com

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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.

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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

There are better harnesses for Trad and Sport.