The Big Gun Harness by Black Diamond is loaded with features to make your long days laboring in the vertical more comfortable and efficient. Organization of monster nailing racks is A1-simple on the Big Gun's seven color-coded gear loops. Two belay loops (color coded, as well) ensure simple, separate connections with daisies or a belay device, and the haul loop is rated to 12 kN. The bullhorn-shaped waistbelt (five inches wide in the crucial-to-comfort lumbar region) is constructed with ultra-luxurious thermoformed dual-density foam, and the leg loops are fully adjustable and removable-a must-have for fine-tuning fit over layers, scoring some solid zzz's on the portaledge or using the big-wall lavatory. The Big Gun comes with a holster (and two holster slots) to stow your hammer when you're not slinging iron.
The Black Diamond Big Gun Harness is the ultimate in comfort and efficiency for any big wall, aid climbing endeavor. With the Big Gun's seven color-coded gear loops you can efficiently place your gear in their respectful places, creating a much better way to find your pieces quickly. Two belay loops (color coded as well) provide a simple, yet separate connection with daisies or a belay device and is rated to 15 kN for a safer connection.
An incredibly wide, bullhorn shaped waistbelt gives you extreme comfort as you sit belaying an aid pitch, and an ultra luxurious thermoformed dual density foam is added for those long days in the vertical. The leg loops are fully adjustable giving you a secure fit when changing layers or using the bathroom, and the Big Gun also comes with a holster (and two holster slots) to stow your hammer when your not pounding in bashies or copperheads.
The Black Diamond Big Gun was designed for multi day big wall ascents, where hanging belays and tons of gear are the norm. The Big Gun has a thermoformed bullhorn waistbelt with a trad buckle. Seven color coded gear loops and two belay loops give you all the clip in points you'll need. This is the harness for livin' on the wall.
|Adjustable Leg Loops:||yes|
|Country of Origin:||Philippines|
|Fits Waist:||27-39 in. (depending on size)|
|Leg:||24 x 28" / 61 x 71 cm|
|Leg Loop Type:||Adjustable|
|Main Buckle Closure:||Double-Back|
|Padded Leg Loops:||Yes|
|Padded Waist Belt:||Yes|
|Waist:||36 x 39" / 91 x 99 cm|
|Weight:||1 lb 7 oz / 660 g (M)|
|Weight (Grams):||700 g|
I recently purchased this harness for use during Big Wall climbing. Reading reviews about wall harnesses can be a little daunting especially when you don't have much experience aid climbing. I waited until I had about 20 aid pitches, and one major aid route (2 nights on the wall) under my belt before I purchased my first aid specific harness. After my first wall I had terrible "wall hips" that were bruised for day's after the climb, and I promised myself I would take strides to reduce this uncomfortable pain. So I practiced better hauling, and jugging techniques so that I wouldn't be constantly hanging in my crappy old harness until I had perfected my own systems. I believe that even if you have the biggest most plush wall harness out there (Yates Shield Harness) you will still experience "wall hips" if you're technique is bad.
Anyways like I was saying...after some practice I jumped in, and bought this harness. Once I received it I immediately loaded up every single gear loop with every last bit of gear I owned (which is wayyyyyyy to much) to see how this baby would sag once full loaded with a 3x rack + hauling gear. As with any harness you need to cinch it down tight to avoid having to 're-cinch' it a few pitches up, but you don't need to over tighten it to avoid harness sag. As for the multitude of gear loops I figured out a good system for myself.
We decided to climb Touchstone wall 5.8 C2 in a day without fixing, and my lead was the first few aid pitches. Immediately this harness began to show me why it stands apart from others. The 'Upper Tier' gear loop can be used to carry extra gear, but I feel like slings, and cams with snag to become a huge cluster. Instead I used these as my dedicated ladder/daisey clip in points...'Genius!' I thought to myself as I easily cruised up the first few pitches in an hour or 2. When waiting at the hanging belay's for my partner the harness felt like I was sitting in a Bosun chair (well not really, but it was real comfy), and I really new I was on the right track with this harness. The last thing the harness did to prove itself worthy was the upper free climbing pitches. All rated 5.8 to 5.10 (depending on your willingness, and level of psyche) the harness never felt clunky or bulky while free climbing.
All in all I would recommend this piece of equipment to any climber looking for a comfortable, versatile, and light weight aid/wall/multipitch harness. SEND IT!!
I bought this harness when I was a pretty new climber. I haven't regretted that decision. This harness is unbelievably comfortable! I always tell people that my harness is made from Swedish Memory Foam that was developed by NASA (probably not true, but you get the point).
My friend is a route setter at the local gym, and he says this is the only harness that he can hang in for hours at a time without his legs going numb.
Also, the plethora of gear loops is fantastic!
Another cool feature, is the double belay loops. When I first bought the harness, I didn't really understand why there are two belay loops. But the first time I used them, I really appreciated their value! They come in handy more than I would have ever guessed.
I wore this harness all day long while bolting routes in Colorado. The wide leg straps were especially nice while hanging on a rope for long periods of time. In addition to it's comfort and light weight, the seven gear loops were great keeping all my equipment organized.
I highly recommend this harness for climbing on long pitches, trade climbing, and route setting.