Black Diamond Vario Speed

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Black Diamond Vario Speed Climbing Harness Features.

Black Diamond Vario Speed Climbing Harness.
The Black Diamond Vario Speed Climbing Harness offers the reliable protection you need while climbing. The harness comes in a one-size-fits-all, simple design that easily adjusts to suit climbers of a variety of shapes and sizes. Incredibly well-made and secure, this dependable climbing harness was constructed from a wide nylon webbing that is extremely durable, you can use it for a long period of time. It features a large quick-adjust buckle on the pre-threaded waistbelt that does not require doubling back. Quick-adjust leg loops are also included for added convenience. Great as a beginner harness, it can be used for guide schools, rock gyms, and outdoor programs. It offers flexibility for users with different needs, sizes, and shapes. So, whether you re a budding climber, a rock gym goer, or a free climber, the Black Diamond Vario Speed Climbing Harness can absolutely cater to your needs.
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Key Features.

Lining and Layers:

  • Rear Haul Line.


  • Constructed from wide nylon webbing


  • One-size-fits-all design is durable and versatile.
  • Fits absolutely anybody


  • Combine it with the Vario Chest for improved upright stability.
  • Also recommended for gym use
  • Large quick-adjust buckle on waistbelt is pre-threaded and doesn’t require doubling back
  • Speed Buckle System at waist and on the leg loops.
  • Fully-adjustable harness; great for guide services, gyms and outdoor programs.
  • An excellent choice for climbing clubs
  • Quick-adjust leg loops
The Black Diamond Vario Speed Harness' one-size-fits-all design allows your entire family or a whole climbing class to use it. A favorite of guides and climbing instructors, this Black Diamond harness includes fully adjustable waist and leg loops equipped with speed buckles for minimal hassle and increased safety. The pre-threaded buckles on the Vario Speed Harness eliminate the need to double back, so a beginning climber will never be in danger of forgetting. Black Diamond designed this harness with a single, durable tie-in point so you never look down to see your friend tied in incorrectly.
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Harness Class:Rock Climbing, Alpine
Harness Gender:Mens, Womens
Leg:17-27 in
Legs:17 - 28" / 43 - 71 cm
Upc, Ean, Isbn:793661081982
Waist:23 - 42" / 58 - 107 cm
Weight:15.9 oz / 450 g
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Black Diamond Vario Speed Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I received my certification with a Swiss-seat (or Swiss nut cruncher) and have used many “tactical” and rescue orientated harnesses. I also have a Petzl that I use at the gym that I go to. This Black Diamond is built to high standards just like all the other Black Diamond products I’ve seen & used. The Quality is top notch and the buckles are smooth and feel secure. I have had no noticeable slippage from the straps. The webbing is wide enough that I don’t feel any cutting around my sides or my legs. The buckles are self locking so you don’t need to double them back on themselves. The “tie in point” or “clip in Point” is large, easy to get to and reinforced. This harness is perfect if you are SWAT, SRT, or some sort of first responder and or rescue person. It will also work well in your local gym or climbing wall center. If you are looking for top of the line rescue equipment, or doing outdoor rock climbing then this is not for you, but if you want a light weight, short hang time, comfortable well build harness that is at a great price, then this might be perfect for you.

tru100415754 at on 12/11/2009

The harness really has one function. It is to introduce new folks to the sports of climbing, rappelling, etc. As I don't run a climbing school or anything like that, I needed a single harness that would fit a wide variety of individuals with little to know climbing experience. This harnesses has a wide adjustment range and a single tie-in point which makes it the best for that application. If I introduce someone to the sport who wants to take it up a notch, I point them towards other harnesses. Of course, I trust BD with my life and this harness has lived up to BD expectations thus far.

Eric McCammond at on 12/09/2008

I am always taking groups from 10 to 30 rock climbing and rappelling. More than half of those are usually beginners. I have been looking for a harness that would fit many sizes and would be easy to use; but of course, the most important things are dependability and safety. The Vario Speed Harness is exactly all those things. It's everything I have always wanted and more. And it looks pretty cool too.

yp42527258 at on 12/03/2008

This harness is simple, easy to inspect, and well built. I feel confident handing this out for rental because I know the novice climber cannot go wrong with it. It fits pretty much all sizes except the jolly green giant. and it's cheap. I wouldn't buy for my personal harness but if you needed to buy a harness or 2 for a group, this is the way to go.

david graham at on 08/15/2013

I love these harnesses for taking out groups. I bought five and I'll probably buy five more. The speed buckle system is great and they are morecomfortable and easier to put on than any other universal fit harnes that I've tried or owned.

Harvey at on 07/01/2009

Neutral Reviews:

This harness looked promising for mountaineering; the wide webbing looked more comfy than the alpine bod. I figured that with the tie in point as part of the waist belt would make it easier to go pee without removing the harness or fighting with the belay loop as I do with my regular harness (I use a freshette and sometimes the harness combined with clothing layers makes it challenging to use).
Unfortunately, the rise on this harness is practically non-existent so I returned it. Also, there is no way to undo the pre-threaded buckles so you always have to step into the harness.

dubu at on 04/23/2009

Not built for extended wear. I'd only use it when I had to. Purchased for a zipline switched it out for a padded climbing harness.

Dan Lexie at on 12/28/2013