Black Diamond Kid's Alpine Bod Harness

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Black Diamond Alpine Bod Harness
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Black Diamond Alpine Bod Climbing Harness.
The Black Diamond Alpine Bod Climbing Harness gives you the protection you need to deliver your maximum performance. It is designed with a traditional buckle that makes this harness very easy to put on and take off. The harness comes with a quick release leg loops system that gives you more freedom when using it. Its materials help to reduce chafing and keep you secure in every situation. This climbing harness has a total weight of 14 oz., it is easy to carry with you everywhere you go. The entire harness is constructed from a quick-dry nylon webbing that makes this product very durable and also resistant to prolonged use. The Black Diamond Alpine Bod Climbing Harness provides you with the stability and safety you need.
This product can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

Key Features.


  • Sewn from durable quick-dry nylon webbing and is designed to fold up tightly for easy storage

Lining and Layers:

  • Can fit over several layers of clothing


  • Medium fits waist 30 - 33 in., leg 21 - 23 in.
  • Large fits waist 32 - 35 in., leg 22 - 24 in.
  • X Large fits waist 34 - 37 in., leg 23 - 25 in.
  • Adjustable, quick release leg loops for a secure, comfortable fit around the thighs
  • X Small fits waist 26 - 29 in., leg 19 - 21 in.
  • Small fits waist 28 - 31 in., leg 20 - 22 in.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Wide waistbelt and leg loops are supportive and non-binding


  • Super light and still comfortable


  • Wide unpadded waist belt
  • Quick release leg loop buckles for easy ins and outs.
  • Always read and understand the warnings and instructions that accompany your gear.**
  • Can be added or removed while wearing skis or crampons
  • Ultra-light, frill-free and fully functional, this harness is an ideal choice for ski mountaineers and alpine climbers
  • Weighs only 14 ounces (medium); great for ski mountaineers and ice climbing
  • 12 kN-rated haul loop
  • Traditional buckle
  • Light weight makes this a perfect alpine harness.
  • Four gear loops keep racking climbing essentials close at hand

The Black Diamond Alpine Bod is the alpinist's harness with proven performance since sometime around the Pleistocene the A-Bod is simple, minimal, perfected and classic. The Alpine Bod features quick-release leg loop buckles for easy on or off without removing your crampons. The lightweight design is sewn from durable, quick-dry nylon webbing and packs tightly to fit inside your pack. Each size is widely adjustable to accommodate clothing layers and features four handy gear loops.

A featherweight version of the Bod Harness, the Alpine Bod Harness retains its basic design without sacrificing function. Designed to fit over several layers, with gear loops for easy racking of gear, the Alpine Bod is an excellent choice for any climber or alpinist seeking the ultimate in lightweight gear.

Appalachain Outdoors
Black Diamond Alpine BOD Climbing Harness is designed to fit over several layers and built with gear loops for easy racking, the Alpine Bod is a solid choice for any climber or alpinist seeking the ultimate in lightweight, no frills gear. Return Policy: Climbing equipment sales are final. In order to guarantee the life saving integrity of the climbing gear we sell -- we cannot accept returns on any life safety climbing or mountaineering equipment.
The Black Diamond Alpine Bod Harness had been around for about 100 years for a reason. It's simple, lightweight, and extremely versatile. Two gear loops hold just enough gear for an alpine climb, and the diaper-style design can be put on and taken off even when you're wearing skis.

Mountain Gear
Black Diamond's classic Alpine Bod harness, sized to fit kids ages 8-12, is easy and comfortable for your little dudes to use and it has a wide fit range for quick growing sprouts.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Lightweight and minimalist, Black Diamond's classic Alpine Bod Harness features quick-release leg loop buckles for easy on/off without removing your crampons, or even your skis.

Alpine Bod climbing harness is designed for climbers who want just the essentials in a harness at a minimal price.

Weight (see spec chart) is based on size Medium. See specifications below for size detail:


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Also available for: Men
Adjustable Leg Loops:yes
Average weight - metric:375 grams
Belay Loop:No
Country of Origin:Philippines
Droppable leg loops:Yes
Fits Waist:26-37 in. (depending on size)
Gear Loop:yes
Gear loops:4 loops
Haul Loop:no
Large Waist:32-35" (81-89 cm) Legs
Leg:XS - 19-21 in
Leg Loop Size:19-25 in. (depending on size)
Leg Loop Type:Adjustable
Main Buckle Closure:Double-Back
Medium Waist:30-33" (76-84 cm) Legs
Padded Leg Loops:No
Padded Waist Belt:No
Padded waist:No
Small Waist:28-31 " (71-79 cm) Legs
Waist:XS - 26-29 in
Weight:14 oz / 395g
Weight (Grams):397 g
X-Large Waist:34-37" (86-94 cm) Legs
X-Small Waist:26-29" (66-74 cm) Legs
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Black Diamond Alpine Bod Harness Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great basic harness

I've been using this harness since October of 2010 (second hand from the boyfriend after he used it for about 6 months with no major falls), and this thing is STURDY. It's been outdoors, indoors, on lead, on top rope, over Tyrolean traverses..

If you want a basic harness with no frills and no belay loop, this one is pretty solid. I keep my biner and ATC on the loops when I'm hanging out, or even un-clip the leg loops if I'm feeling really confined. My boyfriend wants it back for trad climbing because the belay loop in his current harness gets in the way when he's setting the anchor points.

My only real gripe, and the real reason I got another harness, is the comfort level. I'm not sure if it's because of the way my hips and thighs are proportioned, but resting on the wall and when the climber is resting while you're lead belaying... it digs really uncomfortably.

All in all, great basic harness for more gear heavy and technical climbs like trad. If you're new and looking for something just to use indoors, I recommend shelling out the extra 20 bucks and get something padded.
skyfall at REI on 02/02/2012

Highly specialized Harness

I give it 5 stars, but it is highly specialized for specific uses. If you are new, DO NOT GET THIS HARNESS. I've been climbing for 10+ years and use 3 different kind of harness' regularly. One for Big Wall climbing, a different one for Trad, sport, and ice climbing, and then this one for the rest. This harness should be used if 95% of your time is spent walking on the ground, trecking, glacier hiking, scrambeling, and alpine mountaineering. As you can see there is NO Padding. Which isn't needed because you shouldn't be hanging in it for more than a few minutes. If your spending more time on vertical terrain (rock or ice), you will want something with some cussion.
I love it! It's light, inexpencive, hikes well, fits over big clothes, and is simple. The last thing I'd want to do is take a big fall in it. The little support would cut you in half. Big vertical falls and even several rappels are doable, but not ideal for this harness.
I think folks see the low sticker price and buy with out knowing what they are getting.
climbinghalfdome at REI on 01/01/2009

Great Harness

This is a great harness, some of the complaints must be based on improper use, you need to wear it snug just like other harnesses, I've taken long falls and climbed for full days in this harness and been perfectly comfortable. One of the keys to this though is to make sure the leg loops are snug, it matters more on this harness than on others in terms of getting a comfortable fit, overall a great buy at a great price.

Also about the belay loop: the segment between the leg loops and the waist belt act as your belay loop, it is slightly more of a hassle to setup belay devices than on a harness with a vertical fixed belay loop, but this allows it to be much easier to put on and take off especially over boots/crampons than other harnesses.

I am considering the Black Diamond Colouir harness soon, as it is even lighter and packs smaller.
Adventure Matt at REI on 09/09/2011

Alpine and everything inbetween harness!

Well I'll start out by saying I have the old deluxe version with the fleece waistband liner and it's downright cozy! I've worn this thing on Rainier, sport climbing, and gym climbing. I took a 10+ foot lead fall last week on it, and was glad to be wearing a beefy old school harness! the wide nylon straps distribute the weight better than you might think. I've never climbed in a proper sport harness so maybe I just don't know what I've been missing but hanging in this harness has never been a deterrent to "occasionally" stopping every bolt for a hanging rest! Only bad thing about this harness... it looks goofy at the gym with big straps and no belay loop... be ready to get made fun of. But my buddies always seem to appreciate my harness when I'm catching their big whippers!
Harry44 at REI on 10/10/2011

Great Minimalist Harness

Love this harness, got one for my wife too. It is easy to put on over clothing, especially when mountaineering and having to wear the harness over a base layer and insulated pants. It is light and folds up very small, takes up very little space in my pack. Durable, easy to clean (which is needed after wearing it in a mine), and comfortable as long as you don't have to hang in it for long.

On the downside, the groin strap has to be adjusted properly or it really hurts when you fall or hang on the harness, and the waist strap seems to stretch a little after a year of use( and I mean every weekend use!)

Other than that, great harness and I highly recommend it for alpine climbing or anywhere you have to backpack before climbing.
Go Big or Go Home! at REI on 08/08/2008

I've been using this harness for years for indoor and outdoor rock climbing and mountaineering. I've tried others but keep coming back! I find it plenty comfortable for a day of climbing and I like this style better than the full leg loops which I always fidget with and never quite feel right. I also LOVE that it's easy to put on while keeping both feet on the ground - way important when you're perched on an icy slope trying to get your harness on - and it's fast to adjust for different layers. I have a 24" waist and small hips and the XS fits well. I find that many other brands don't go small enough to make me feel secure when I'm just in one layer. Great harness!

Mads at on 08/06/2010

I bought mine several years ago for use in adventure races (carry it in a pack all day, put it on for one rappel, put it back in the pack). This would be an ideal use, along with mountaineering where you need to rope up but don't expect to fall or weight the rope often. For these types of activities it's perfect as it's light weight, packable, and goes on and off quickly.
For the beginner out there, please keep in mind that this is NOT comfortable to sport climb or toprope, and lots of gyms won't be comfortable with you using it there (they may even have a policy against any harness lacking a belay loop). For a more general purpose inexpensive harness, see Black Diamond Momentum AL.

Mike Haines at on 04/27/2012

I use this harness exclusivily for ice climbing. The front of the harness lacks a belay loop...which is really nice for putting it on with crampons on..but the harness is a bit floppy once on so I have a biner holding the belt and loop together. I love the gear loops they are perfect. I have a set of Petzl ice clippers in between them and that's enough. i have taken small falls in this and been top rope more of my (Do I have to be PG and just say "male parts")being uncomfortably yanked about. I find that the padded harnesses move around on slick ice climbing pants more than the basic broad webbing of this harness. Really all you need for the alpine ice.

Edward Matt at on 03/05/2010

The essential harness

I had the previous version of the Alpine Bod and am still using it for summer/winter/indoor use 12 years on. I have fallen on it/hung on it/rapped off big routes with it and its 100% reliable and a piece of my kit that is part of me and I trust. Despite other comments about lack of comfort, if you wear clothes this is not an issue and padding becomes not a factor. My son has this updated version and he likes the uncomplicated feel and minimalist design. Nothing else touches this design or manufacture of this BD harness.
shunty at REI on 04/04/2010

Good for everything but the gym

I bought this harness for an introductory climbing class last year, where I used it for gym, trad climbing and glaciers. It's easy to adjust, fits over layers, works great for everything except hanging in it. It's a minimalist harness and not designed to support your weight comfortably for long periods, and if not properly adjusted the crotch loop can bind up painfully. Since you don't know it's there until you need it, I'll continue using it for alpine climbing, but have picked up a padded harness one for sport and gym climbing.
BoFord at REI on 01/01/2008

Negative Reviews:

Not Safe.

I went with my sisters to an indoor climbing gym, and we, along with one of the employees spent about five minutes just trying to figure out where the holes for the legs were. The loop for clipping on to hangs down instead of being placed along the waistline, making it very awkward and painful when you're hooked up. From the beginning, I found myself wishing I had padding along the legs and waist. But the worst part is that as I was at the top of the wall, coming down, the clip on the left leg's strap snapped open! I stopped and loosened and re-clipped it, and it snapped apart a few seconds later! I ended up renting one from the gym for the rest of the time there.
*My advice: never get one that has clips. They will snap under the pressure; get ones with metal loops. Also, try ordering through a climbing gym that knows which ones are safe, with their whole-sale prices.
Barefoot Soul at REI on 07/07/2012


yes i may not be experianced i am indeed only starting. but if you were to ask me the harness breaking after 5 times use if im not mistaken sucks. yup, that happened if you look at the picture you can see the were the leg straps clip in. that came undone just snapped out while i was rappelling down after a climb and as i mentioned after 5 times. they say its good for ice climbing i have no comment on that. i have never been ice climbing.
ricotomo at REI on 01/01/2009

Neutral Reviews:


I bought this harness for ice climbing and mountaineering. I used it ice climbing for two days and returned it because:

1. The leg straps always seem to align with the most sensitive parts of the male anatomy when lowering. I'd hate to take a big fall on this harness.

2. The clip-on leg straps are very convenient when dressed in winter clothes and crampons, but doubling back the belt strap is very difficult without removing your gloves.

3. The design of the front tie-in straps allows the rope to slide left or right much more than my other (Petzl) harness. If a foot slipped while being lowered this seemed to increase the body twist and it was much harder to recover gracefully (I cramponed a big hole in my pants his way).
Zeke at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2011

It does the job it was designed for: simple, cheap, lightweight harness (although there are much lighter harnesses now that have a more modern design) for general mountaineering and especially while wearing skis and crampons (since you can take it on and off with ease). Good right?
Well, as a guy, let's just say it isn't the most comfortable harness I have ever used. I get an instant surge of pain when I put my weight on this harness, no matter how I fit it! Since it was my first one, I didn't even realize that it was uncomfortable until I tried a modern style padded harness and immediately felt the difference. No wincing anymore!
It is now my lender...

Nick Stadie at on 02/03/2011

Alpine Indeed

I bought one of these for my first climbing harness because it was cheap and simple. This is a good harness if you're concerned with weight and packability above all else- but if you want any semblance of comfort, look elsewhere. I stopped using this harness in favor of tying a 1" webbing Swiss Seat out of concern for my reproductive system.
iamcountersteer at REI on 10/10/2011

Good for mountaineering not for comfort

this harness is Geat for using as a safety device for mountaineering! but if you get the urge to drop off the side of a cliff or into a crevase for the fun of it, you will find it gets very very uncomfortable. i will be looking for something with a little cushin next time.
Kfulk at REI on 07/07/2012

Very easy to put on. Not to heavy and packs well. Not the harness you want to me hanging in for a long time though. So if you plan to be hanging a lot - find another one. Great for glacier travelling or ski mountaineering because of how easy it is to put on.

Helgi Egilsson at on 02/17/2012

I'd never wear this harness myself, but I'm always glad I have it in my kit. I use this to get new climbers comfortable with putting on their own gear (it's pretty idiot-proof, easy to put on, and all the attachment points are easy to see) and for top-roping.
Happy trails!

Hunter Lea at on 02/10/2011

Thsi is an old design that has been around awhile. There are lighter harnesses that are easier to use for the same customer now. Still few harnesses at this price point.

Dane at on 05/09/2011