The Couloir Harness by Black Diamond. A superlight, full-featured low-profile harness for skiing and mountaineering.
The Black Diamond Couloir is a superlight, full-featured harness for mountaineering and backcountry skiing. The Couloir harness has quick-release leg loops for easy on/off over boots and crampons. Two gear loops keep climbing essentials close at hand. Compact down to a very small size for easy pack storage.
Packable to the size of a soup can that easily stows away in a jacket pocket, the superlight Black Diamond Couloir harness is designed to be the essential skiing and mountaineering harness. Quick-release leg loops allow fast and easy changes while wearing skis or crampons, and low-profile webbing construction allows it to wear comfortably under packs or over clothing. Two webbing gear loops, four Ice Clipper slots and a belay and haul loop complete the package.
The Black Diamond Couloir mountaineering harness weighs only 230g (8 oz.) and packs down so small you can carry it in a jacket pocket.
Weight (see spec chart) is based on size Medium. See specifications below for size detail:
A superlight, full-featured low-profile harness for skiing and mountaineering. The Couloir packs down into a small stuff sack that can fit in your jacket pocket, and it has such a low profile it can be worn under a pack.
|Adjustable leg loops:||Yes|
|Available Color(s):||Burnt Orange|
|Average weight - metric:||230 grams|
|Country of Origin:||Philippines|
|Droppable leg loops:||Yes|
|Fits waist:||28 - 42 inches|
|Gear loops:||2 loops|
|Leg loop size:||20 - 30 inches|
|Legs:||28 x 34" / 71 x 86 cm|
|Padded leg loops:||No|
|Waist:||38 x 44" / 97 x 112 cm|
|Weight:||8 oz / 230 g|
This thing weighs and packs down to nothing, allowing you to easily take it on any alpine adventure. It's surprisingly confortable, too, given the lack of padding (especially if you have a couple layers on underneath). I'm sure a huge whipper or hanging in it all day would leave a couple marks, but that's obviously not the purpose.
Having the belay loop is clutch, too (vs. the Bod). You can still get it on/off easily (without having to go over skis/crampons/boots/whatever), but having the belay loop provides an idiotproof attachment for belays, raps, and the like. Likewise, it avoids the temptation to create a belay loop via a carabiner, which is a no-no due to triaxial loading.
The only improvement would be if they could figure out how to use speed buckles instead of the traditional, double-back variety. Dealing with the double-back is a huge pain in the ass with gloves. Make it happen BD!
I got this harness a few years ago and it was only available in burnt orange. Now it's in black! how exciting!
Forgetting the fashion talk for a minute, this harness is perfect for mountaineering and ski mountaineering. At 9 oz. it sits in the bottom of my bag next to a biner and ATC for that occasional repel during technical ski tours. I don't have to worry about making space for a full sized harness, yet I can climb vertical ice or rappel on this with confidence. It comes completely apart so you can get it on without removing skis That's key.
It's not much fun to sit in and weight. but it's not designed to be comfortable. Sitting is for a Lazy Boy, in his Lazy Boy.
Go to harness for ski mountaineering and alpine climbing where I don't anticipate any falls or extended time sitting. It does not have any padding so don't plan on using this for big days of "regular climbing" but it works great on alpine ice, and 5.easy rock climbing. Perfect for glacier travel, packs up tiny in the bag. I sometimes find that the haul loop sits uncomfortably on my tailbone when wearing larger backpacks. 4 ice clippers can be attached. Gear loops are a little flimsy but I don't think I have ever actually used them. The M/L size fits pretty universally well - go for the other sizes if you are far on either end of the spectrum.
Like all the other reviews say this harness is the bees knees for ski mountaineering, glacier travel and easy alpine climbs.
It's minimalist style makes it light and very compact which is a big advantage over any harness made for crag climbing.
The feature that really sets this harness apart from something like the Camp 95 (another ultra light skimo harness) is that you can easily get in on whilst you're wearing your ski boots, crampons or even skis.
The Couloir looks like a great alpine mountaineering harness that I want to be stoked on. Unfortunately the pitfalls were too many to stand behind and I ditched this harness after one guided course on Mt. Shuksan, North Cascades NP. I've used the BD Alpine Bod and several Arcteryx lightweight harnesses for mountaineering but I really liked the lightweight and packability features of the Couloir. When on an expedition, I generally only clip my gear to one gear loop on each side, so 2 loops are perfect. Unfortunately, the gear loops on the Couloir sit too far forward so my rack is always clanging on my thighs (folks who use the shoulder sling method need not worry). The sizing is also challenging, I'm 5'9" 145 lbs and the S-M is maxed out in tightness. If I'm in a wind shirt only, it feels like I'm a gangster in baggy pants. Also, the buckle is very tight fitting and small, so it's very difficult to adjust, let alone managing it w/ gloves on in bitter temps. All complaints aside, if this harness fits you well I highly recommend it: it's comfortable , affordable, and wildly lightweight, for everybody else though, the BD Alpine Bod is still around for a reason.