Black Diamond Vario Chest

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Black Diamond Vario Chest
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Use the Black Diamond Vario Chest Harness in conjunction with your regular harness to keep you upright when jugging a fixed line, aiding a roof, or rappelling with a heady load. Don't risk being flipped upside down because of a unique climbing situation, just clip the rope though the Vario to keep you upright. You can even use this chest harness to keep yourself upright in the event of a crevasse fall during glacier travel.


  • Constructed from wide nylon webbing

Lining and Layers:

  • Offers upright stability to climbers juggling fixed lines, climbers with heavy rucksacks, or those who are rapping with large loads


  • Wide fit range fits over big down jackets
  • Fit range 61-117 cm (24-46")
  • One size fits all adults


  • Wide, burly webbing for comfort


  • Adds stability to big-wall climbing
  • Lightweight, durable and affordable
  • Traditional buckles
  • Large aluminum buckles for durability
  • Must be worn with a sit harness; cannot be used alone
  • For use in situations where upright stability is critical

The Vario Chest Harness by Black Diamond offers excellent upright stability for climbers jugging overhanging fixed lines or rappelling with large loads. NOTE: Adjustable Chest harness must be used with a sit harness. It cannot be used alone.

The Black Diamond Vario Chest Harness is essential for glacier travel where flipping upside down is a real possibility. The Vario also excels at jugging fixed lines or those rapping with large loads. Wide, burly webbing and large aluminum buckles provide long lasting durability.

Mountain Gear
When used in conjunction with a sit harness, the Black Diamond Vario Chest harness offers excellent upright stability for climbers jugging overhanging fixed lines or rappelling with large loads.

When upright stability is needed, the lightweight, durable and affordable Vario Chest is your choice.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
A lightweight low-profile chest harness that adds a little security in sketchy situations.
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Adjustable Leg Loops:no
Carabiner Shape:D
Chest:24-46 in.
Country of Origin:Philippines
Fits Waist:23-42 inches
Gear Loop:no
Gear Loops:0
Harness Class:Chest & Body
Harness Gender:Mens
Haul Loop:no
Leg:17-27 in
Main Buckle Closure:Double-Back
Upc, Ean, Isbn:793661081999
Waist:23-42 in.
Weight:9 oz / 255 g
Weight (Grams):225 g
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Black Diamond Vario Chest Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

As the title says, the harness is not elaborate but does the job. The webbing is wide so it is more comfortable than using standard 1in webbing to make a chest harness. Black Diamond also makes quality gear so I expect this harness to standup to whatever I throw at it. The harness also has a great deal of adjustment and I have a large chest with a tall torso and was still able to get a good fit without any trouble. No tie-in for the back but it isn't needed. Using the tie-in in the front works perfectly well by itself.

saberclaw1076489 at on 02/16/2012

We use a couple of these at my work, and while we don't use it often at all, the simplicity of this chest harness is appreciated. Much like the BD vario speed harness, there is no padding but the webbing used is wide so applies pressure to a wider area. It's clear if you get it twisted and easy to tell if someone els has it on correctly. Not the most useful but it does the job in easy style.

david graham at on 12/26/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Purchased one of these for the rider of a zipline. Works great, no complaints from the wearers.

Dan Lexie at on 12/28/2013