Black Diamond Primrose AL

Priced: $44.95 - $45.99 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 25 reviews.
Black Diamond Primrose AL
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The Women's Primrose AL Harness by Black Diamond is a four-season all-arounder. Designed with a women-specific longer rise and waist-to-legs ratio, the Primrose AL has traditional buckles on the waist and leg loops that allow fit to be dialed in depending on activity and clothing layers. The padded leg loops and bullhorn-shaped waistbelt take the ache out of those hanging belays, and when it's your turn to lead, the four pressure-molded gear loops carry the entire rack comfortably. The Primrose AL also comes with detachable/adjustable rear risers and a 15 kn-rated haul loop for the trail line.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Women's Primrose AL Harness.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Women's Primrose AL Harness.


  • 210d nylon twill + 150d polyester mesh
  • 4-way nylon knit


  • Women's specific, bullhorn-shaped OpenAir waistbelt built using Dual Core Construction two slim bands of high-tensile webbing on the outer edges of the waistbelt and a venting OpenAir foam insert in the center to offer breathable, lightweight comfort without pressure points


  • 4 pressure-molded gear loops
  • Patent-pending trakFit leg loop adjustments use a simple, secure slide adjuster to easily adjust the diameter of the leg loop
  • 12 kN-rated haul loop
  • Adjustable, releasable rear elastic riser
  • Always read and understand the warnings and instructions that accompany your gear.**
  • Patent-pending trakFIT leg loop adjustment for easy, worry-free adjustability of women's-specific OpenAir leg loops
  • For saftey, this product CANNOT be returned
  • The Primrose AL utilizes a traditional waistbelt buckle and the trakFIT leg loop adjustment system
Rock/Creek Outfitters

The Black Diamond Primrose AL Harness offers female climbers the same comfort, ventilation and durability that Black Diamond harnesses are known for, at a price fit for dirtbags and new climbers alike. Black Diamond's designers outfitted the Primrose AL with a traditional waistbelt buckle and our trakFIT leg loop adjustment system, which uses a simple, secure slide adjuster to quickly and easily adjust the diameter of the leg loop and provide a wide range of fit. The waistbelt is built with our Dual Core Construction, which uses two slim bands of high-tensile webbing on the outer edges of the waistbelt and a venting OpenAir foam insert in the center to offer breathable, lightweight comfort without pressure points.
If you want to get vertical while still getting great value, cinch down the Black Diamond Women's Primrose AL Harness. Offering pro-level quality without demanding a pro-level price, the Primrose features a bullhorn shape to naturally contour to a woman's body for an ergonomic fit. Speed Adjust buckles and TrakFit leg loop adjustment allows you to further customize your fit for optimal comfort even during long jam sessions or hanging belays.

Oregon Mountain Community
The Black Diamond Primrose AL is a high value women's harness with the Momentum/Primrose platform's balanced blend of comfort, ventilation and durability.

Appalachain Outdoors
Black Diamond revised their women's Primrose AL Climbing Harness this year. This women's specific harness features an Open-Air waistbelt and leg loops for comfort and safety.
Al's Sports
A combination of comfort with feminine fit, value and performance, the Black Diamond Primrose AL is functional across all disciplines. The Primrose is built with a longer rise, smaller waist and more supportive loops. Contoured for a woman, the bullhorn waistbelt and leg loops are padded and lined for all-day comfort. Adjustable, droppable leg loops allow for extra layers and quick exit/entry. Four molded gear loops and a full strength haul loop provide ample space for large racks.
Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
The Primrose AL gives female climbers of any discipline the same comfort, ventilation and durability that Black Diamond harnesses are known for, at a price fit for college students and new climbers alike.
Mountain Gear
You stay comfortable without sacrificing weight in the Momentum AL harness by Black Diamond.
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Review RatingNumber of Reviews
Adjustable Leg Loops:yes
Belay Loop:Yes
Fits Waist:XS-L
Gear Loop:yes
Gear Loops:4
Harness Class:Rock Climbing
Harness Gender:Womens
Haul Loop:yes
Leg:XS - 17-21 in
Leg Loop Size:Adjustable
Leg Loop Type:Adjustable
Legs:24 x 28" / 61 x 71 cm
Main Buckle Closure:Double-Back
Padded Leg Loops:Yes
Padded Waist Belt:Yes
Waist:33 x 36" / 84 x 91 cm
Weight:12 oz / 350 g(Medium)
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Black Diamond Primrose AL Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

This was my first harness I purchased and I think it's a great one. If you're just getting into climbing or have been climbing for a while I think you'll be as pleased with it's performance as I was. My waist is around 32 in and the medium fits me just right. The adjustable leg loops are great and it's makes it easy not have to worry about double backing them. It's also a plus that it has a haul loop. I didn't realize how much I needed one until I bought a harness that didn't have one! The cushioning is nice and great for those all day climbs. It fits most body types very well and the only difference between these and the guy version is the womens primrose has smaller leg loops.

Kaitlyn Barger at on 12/02/2013

Great price for a decent harness.

This harness is great for anyone who is just starting to climb. Most people wont want to invest all those big $$ in a super lightweight super compact harness if they're just starting out. In the beginning there isn't really the need for that. Just something sturdy and comfortable. Which is exactly what this harness is. I've had this harness for about a year with no visible structural damage, and this baby is still going strong. I think any of you ladies who are starting to think about climbing, but may be kind of freaked out by the cost, should try this harness. If it fits, its a great affordable option to get your foot in the door.
AshBatch at on 08/08/2012

Comfy and great for a beginner

I am a beginner, and for now, I'm only climbing indoors. This harness was recommended to me as a good starter and I've been really happy with it so far. It fits, it's comfortable, and it's not overly complicated for someone without much experience.

I don't have a lot to compare it to, but I'm really happy with the product at this point. It seems like it was the right choice for my first harness.
Becky at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 11/11/2013


I bought this product as a gift for better half, and she loves it. Before this she just used the gym's harness and she loves this one in comparison. She says it's comfortable, fits well, and she loves the color and simplicity of the design. The adjustable leg straps are fantastic as well. It gives it a much more custom fit.
Ryan Y at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 02/02/2009

One harness I'd always use

I've been using this harness for over a year and a half and it hasn't let me down. just as comfortable as it was in the early days of climbing. Took it for a spin in thailand and was fantastic to wear. lots of space for gear.
Kels at Mountain Gear on 04/04/2013

Picked this up as a gift. The harness fits her perfectly, but also has several adjustment points for fine-tuning if necessary. It's also very light and packs down nice and small in its mesh storage sack. All around great harness for women getting into the sport.

John Langer at on 03/04/2013

A great all around harness

For the price, this is the perfect harness for indoor climbing and light outdoor use. I love that I adjust it once and put it on after that. Of course, always check that the adjustments haven't changed, but when they're needed, they are small.
Sandra D. at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 08/08/2011

I've been climbing in this harness for about 3 months now. It's held up well and it's really comfortable. It makes for a good basic first harness. I'm 5'10" 140 lbs. and I got the medium.

Jaime at on 02/27/2012

Used this harness for mostly sport climbing and is a great harness for someone getting into the sport. The adjustable leg straps allows the user to really dial it to their specifications.

Sully at on 10/08/2012

Great harness for beginning climber

Comfortable and lightweight harness for a beginning climber. I was especially pleased that EMS offered the Black Diamond Primrose with the manual double-back option for the belt, and at a great price!
Shelley C at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2012

Neutral Reviews:

A woman I go climbing with just bought the Primrose a few weeks ago. During a fall on a dyno route one of the speed adjust buckles on the leg loop snapped in half. The metal bracket holding the straps together on the front of the thigh maintained, it was just the plastic tightener buckle that broke. Kind of a bummer that they'd use plastic buckles for the leg loops when the rest are metal.
She's going to talk to BD to see what can be done. I own the BD Momentum AL which is the male version of this harness and I personally have never had problems with the leg buckles.

Nate at on 11/20/2013

This was my first harness, I bought it for indoor climbing. At first I loved it. It came at a great price and does what it's supposed to. However, once I started climbing outdoors on hot summer days (which involves drinking more water) I hated removing the double backed hip belt. If you have a small bladder like me, I would recommend either buying a "Go Girl" or sticking with a speed adjust hip belt.

Jess McCandless at on 11/11/2013

Ordered this for my sister for her birthday, she climbs indoors. Guess I didn't realize it was a double backed harness making it harder to put on than other harnesses so I had to return. Heard this kind is good for long trips/multi pitches where the tightness around the waist can come loose

alep665420 at on 10/30/2013