Black Diamond Alpine Bod Climbing Harness.
The Black Diamond Alpine Bod Climbing Harness gives you the protection you need to deliver your maximum performance. It is designed with a traditional buckle that makes this harness very easy to put on and take off. The harness comes with a quick release leg loops system that gives you more freedom when using it. Its materials help to reduce chafing and keep you secure in every situation. This climbing harness has a total weight of 14 oz., it is easy to carry with you everywhere you go. The entire harness is constructed from a quick-dry nylon webbing that makes this product very durable and also resistant to prolonged use. The Black Diamond Alpine Bod Climbing Harness provides you with the stability and safety you need.
This product can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.
The Black Diamond Alpine Bod is the alpinist's harness with proven performance since sometime around the Pleistocene the A-Bod is simple, minimal, perfected and classic. The Alpine Bod features quick-release leg loop buckles for easy on or off without removing your crampons. The lightweight design is sewn from durable, quick-dry nylon webbing and packs tightly to fit inside your pack. Each size is widely adjustable to accommodate clothing layers and features four handy gear loops.
A featherweight version of the Bod Harness, the Alpine Bod Harness retains its basic design without sacrificing function. Designed to fit over several layers, with gear loops for easy racking of gear, the Alpine Bod is an excellent choice for any climber or alpinist seeking the ultimate in lightweight gear.
Alpine Bod climbing harness is designed for climbers who want just the essentials in a harness at a minimal price.
Weight (see spec chart) is based on size Medium. See specifications below for size detail:
|Adjustable Leg Loops:||yes|
|Average weight - metric:||375 grams|
|Country of Origin:||Philippines|
|Droppable leg loops:||Yes|
|Fits Waist:||26-37 in. (depending on size)|
|Gear loops:||4 loops|
|Large Waist:||32-35" (81-89 cm) Legs|
|Leg:||XS - 19-21 in|
|Leg Loop Size:||19-25 in. (depending on size)|
|Leg Loop Type:||Adjustable|
|Main Buckle Closure:||Double-Back|
|Medium Waist:||30-33" (76-84 cm) Legs|
|Padded Leg Loops:||No|
|Padded Waist Belt:||No|
|Small Waist:||28-31 " (71-79 cm) Legs|
|Waist:||XS - 26-29 in|
|Weight:||14 oz / 395g|
|Weight (Grams):||397 g|
|X-Large Waist:||34-37" (86-94 cm) Legs|
|X-Small Waist:||26-29" (66-74 cm) Legs|
|Black Diamond A-Bod Harness||$35.95 - $39.95|
I've been using this harness for years for indoor and outdoor rock climbing and mountaineering. I've tried others but keep coming back! I find it plenty comfortable for a day of climbing and I like this style better than the full leg loops which I always fidget with and never quite feel right. I also LOVE that it's easy to put on while keeping both feet on the ground - way important when you're perched on an icy slope trying to get your harness on - and it's fast to adjust for different layers. I have a 24" waist and small hips and the XS fits well. I find that many other brands don't go small enough to make me feel secure when I'm just in one layer. Great 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.
I use this harness exclusivily for ice climbing. The front of the harness lacks a belay loop...which is really nice for putting it on with crampons on..but the harness is a bit floppy once on so I have a biner holding the belt and loop together. I love the gear loops they are perfect. I have a set of Petzl ice clippers in between them and that's enough. i have taken small falls in this and been top rope lowered...no more of my (Do I have to be PG and just say "male parts")being uncomfortably yanked about. I find that the padded harnesses move around on slick ice climbing pants more than the basic broad webbing of this harness. Really all you need for the alpine ice.
It does the job it was designed for: simple, cheap, lightweight harness (although there are much lighter harnesses now that have a more modern design) for general mountaineering and especially while wearing skis and crampons (since you can take it on and off with ease). Good right?
Well, as a guy, let's just say it isn't the most comfortable harness I have ever used. I get an instant surge of pain when I put my weight on this harness, no matter how I fit it! Since it was my first one, I didn't even realize that it was uncomfortable until I tried a modern style padded harness and immediately felt the difference. No wincing anymore!
It is now my lender...
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.
I'd never wear this harness myself, but I'm always glad I have it in my kit. I use this to get new climbers comfortable with putting on their own gear (it's pretty idiot-proof, easy to put on, and all the attachment points are easy to see) and for top-roping.
Thsi is an old design that has been around awhile. There are lighter harnesses that are easier to use for the same customer now. Still few harnesses at this price point.