Black Diamond Aspect

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Black Diamond Aspect - Black Diamond Aspect Rock Climbing Harness - For those who climb it all, all year long, the Black Diamond Aspect Climbing Harness provides four-season performance and comfort. Dual Core XP features a waistbelt with two thin bands of webbing around the outside of the frame and an EVA foam insert to evenly distribute load without pressure points. Pre-threaded Forged Speed Adjust buckles are on the waistbelt and leg loops to accommodate varying layers through the seasons. The Aspect is designed with 4 Ice Clipper slots to accommodate your tools and screws, plus 4 pressure-molded gear loops and a 12 kN-rated haul loop. Bombshell abrasion patches (20 times more durable than standard nylon) are added to finish off this great harness. Ice routes in Canmore, sport climbs in Rodellar, or splitters at Indian Creek, the Black Diamond Aspect Climbing Harness is ready when you are.

Lining and Layers:

  • Forged Speed Adjust buckles on the leg loops accommodate bulky layers in winter and just a pair of shorts in summer; undo the buckles to get the harness on while wearing skis


  • Abrasion patches offer 20 times the durability of nylon for added longevity
  • 4-way nylon stretch woven
  • Waistbelt has an abrasion-resistant nylon shell that stands up to frequent use and a soft, quick-drying lining that keeps you comfortable on summer days
  • Bullhorn-shape waistbelt with Dual Core XP Construction™ features 2 separate bands of webbing and a supportive polyester insert to distribute pressure
  • Bombshell abrasion patches are 20 times more durable than standard nylon fabric for all you crazy off-width climbers
  • 420d nylon twill + 250d nylon oxford
  • The Aspect provides four-season performance and comfort in any climbing situation with our Dual Core XP Construction
  • 4 extra-large, pressure-molded polyethylene gear loops are reinforced with nylon webbing to provide excellent racking space with high strength


  • Dual Core XP improves upon the Aspect's legendary padded comfort by using two thin bands of webbing surrounded by mesh and EVA foam to evenly distribute load without pressure points and improve ventilation


  • Pre-threaded Forged Speed Adjust waist belt and leg loop buckles are double-backed and slide to tighten so you won't be left with any excess webbing
  • FSA buckles have raised side rails to prevent webbing abrasion over time


  • Rear elastic straps on the Black Diamond Aspect harness adjust easily and can be released


  • Clearance Harness - Old Model*
  • Four pressure-molded gear loops and 12 kN-rated haul loop complement four ice clipper slots to provide an array of racking options
  • Bullhorn-shaped waist belt
  • Rear haul loop is rated at 12kN
  • Designed to accommodate bulkier winter clothes
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty
  • 4 slots are designed to accept the Black Diamond Ice Clipper (sold separately) for racking ice screws on your harness
  • Lightweight aluminum Forged Speed Adjust buckle at the waist is prethreaded for quick and secure 1-handed operation; buckle is easy to adjust yet won't slip when climbing
Get four-season performance with the Black Diamond Aspect Harness. Perfect for the year-round climber, the Aspect Harness features Black Diamond's Dual Core XP Construction: a waistbelt with two bands of webbing around the frame and EVA foam. The Aspect Harness has 4 Ice Clipper slots for all your tools and screws, 4 pressure-molded gear loops and a 12 kN-rated haul loop. Pre-threaded Forged Speed Adjust buckles accommodate layering when it get's cold out. The Aspect Harness also has Bombshell abrasion patches, 20 times more durable than standard nylon!

Appalachain Outdoors
The Aspect from Black Diamond is a year round harness designed for both summer sport routs and the latest ice test piece. For those who climb all year long, the Black Diamond Aspect provides four-season performance and comfort with our Dual Core XP Construction. The Aspect is designed with 4 Ice Clipper slots to accommodate your tools and screws, plus 4 pressure-molded gear loops and a 12 kN-rated haul loop. Pre-threaded Forged Speed Adjust buckles on the waistbelt and leg loops, and Bombshell abrasion patches allow adjust-ability and durability.
FEATURES of the Black Diamond Aspect Harness.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Aspect Harness.

Featuring four-season performance, the Aspect Harness from Black Diamond lets you keep climbing all year long. Black Diamond's Dual Core XP Construction evenly distributes the weight load without causing pressure points.
Climbing is a four-season sport. That's the philosophy behind Black Diamond's Aspect Harness. This year-round workhorse utilizes proprietary Dual Core XP Construction to keep weight down and comfort at a maximum. A bullhorn-shaped waistbelt keeps you snug and secure during hang sessions while you work a technical sequence.

Mountain Gear
Designed to offer more flexibility and comfort, the Aspect Harness from Black Diamond gives you the ability to tackle 4 seasons worth of climbing.

Oregon Mountain Community
The newly redesigned Black Diamond Aspect harness looks leaner than years past, yet dishes out the same four-season adjust-ability and performance. New Dual Core XP technology improves ventilation while remaining comfortably padded and adjustable in case you find yourself at a hanging belay on a sport route at Smith, racking up for a splitter at Indian Creek or ice route in the White Mountains.


The all-purpose Black Diamond Aspect climbing harness is designed for year-round adventures, from ice climbing in Ouray, Colo., to the warm weather and splitter cracks in Indian Creek, Utah.


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Adjustable leg loops:36 - 39 inches
Belay loop:27 - 30 inches
Country of Origin:Philippines
Droppable leg loops:Yes
Fits waist:Climbing
Gear Loop:yes
Gear Loops:4 Pressure-molded
Harness Class:Rock Climbing, Alpine
Harness Gender:Mens
Haul Loop:12 kN-rated haul loop
Leg Loop Type:Adjustable
Leg loop size:30 - 33 inches
Legs:24 x 28" / 61 x 71 cm
Main Buckle Closure:Pre-Threaded
Padded Waist Belt:Yes
Padded leg loops:33 - 36 inches
Padded waist:Climbing
Waist:36 x 39" / 91 x 99 cm
Waist/Leg Sizes:Small fits waist
Weight:14 oz / 410 g (Medium)
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Black Diamond Aspect Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Being newish to climbing , this is my first harness because i was unsure what style of climbing i was going to pursue the most so i wanted something that would do it all. i wanted to avoid having to buy different harnesses for different styles of climbing, and this harness has done just that.
the ice clipper slots were what made my decision final on buying this harness. if you find yourself needing more gear loops you can purchase an ice clipper or 2 (up to 4) and increase your rack size. this is great for trad and ice climbing. then in the gym when you want a smaller rack you simply remove the ice clipper(s). i love the ice clipper because it allows you to rack gear that would otherwise need a carabiner to rack (things such as, un used belay devices, nut tools, 8 rings, exc.) i dont see the need to carry 3 extra carabiners to rack those things, plus the things can't swing around as much on an ice clipper as opposed to a carabiner on a gear loop.
i love the haul loop (i prefer to rack a chalk bag with the haul loop, its more comfortable for me)
the rear gear loop is a nice place to put items you dont need during an ascent.
i love having the ability to fully undo the waist and leg loops so its easier to put on over winter clothing on with crampons on.
the comfort is great, although this is my only harness to compare with, it fits to the body and has no pressure points that dig in over time.
overall if you are unsure of what climbing you are going to get into, i would get this because it does it all and you wont need to buy a new harness for a new style of climbing you didn't think you were going to do.

boap855004 at on 11/19/2013

I've had this harness for about 2 years, and I've spent a lot of time climbing a lot of things in it. It's good, it's comfortable, it's durable - I was content. Then I snapped my ankle in half 100 ft up on the wall, and in the 7 hours between the fall and the ambulance, I noted two things. 1) It is really, really comfortable, even as I was dangling on the side of a cliff for a very long time. 2) Droppable leg loops. They're worth the extra $$$. When the very kind ER doctor tried to cut off my harness, I was able to simply undo it and salvage what little of my dignity was still intact.
Moral of the story: This is a great harness. It saves your life. And your dignity.

Stacy W at on 09/17/2013

This a great harness for those that do it all. Fully adjustable accommodates winter layers or shirtless summer climbs. This is the second aspect I have had and I love the improvements from the old model. The new gear loop in the back is the best! I rack everything I need for the belay back there and it keeps the other loops open for pro. You can even throw your shoes back there for the walk off and you won't know you had them till you need them. My only complaint is the gear loops seem to set farther back that they were in the past which is a bit annoying . But it's a small price to pay for a sick harness.

Matt Park at on 09/17/2013
This climbing harness mostly caught my eye because of the color. My only other experience with harnesses are the rental ones, so I am certainly an amateur. I have been using it now for about a month with weekly indoor climbs. This one fits really well. It's adjustable in many locations. It feels like it has the right amount of padding to remain comfortable, but not so much that it weighs you down. The legs and waist straps are adjustable to fit around varying thicknesses of clothing. For the price, this one is a great value for a casual climber.
TheJuggler at on 03/04/2013

I was looking for a harness that would primarily be for waterfall ice and mountaineering, but still be a good fit for some summer sport climbing. This was definitively the best harness that I could have gotten. I loved having the ice clipper slots on my harness (I know, I know, you probably hate them if you aren't an ice climber...) plus 4 good gear loops and a haul loop. The fit was great with a nice drop seat that made it possible to harness up while wearing my crampons.

Amadeus DeKastle at on 08/03/2013

this harness is an excellent choice, especially if it's still on sale. it isn't as light or thin as some harnesses (ie arc'teryx), but has a great fit, good adjustability, and offers good support when hanging for such a sporty harness. only complaint is that the gear loops are tiny compared to other brands I've used (petzl and arc'teryx). i can fit 6 or 7 draws on each, but you wouldn't want to rely on these loops alone for a trad rack.

Chris Huntley at on 09/01/2013

Very Nice for long hanging times

Black Diamond knows how to make a harness. I was pulled between a petzl harness and this one. the BD won. The gear loops are easy to reach and strong to rack up, and enough room to hold everything you need for a lower/haul system for rescue. I spend long hours hanging in this harness setting routs or working in high ropes courses and its comfortable all day.

can adjust big enough to wear with snow garments.
ETB Photography at Mountain Gear on 06/06/2010

My old Petzl Caladris harness wore out this winter and I picked up one of these to replace it. BD did a really good job with the redesign and color scheme. It's got a wide haul loop on the back which is great for clipping on an extra pair of gloves, knife or V Thread tool. The waist adjust seems to be a little sticky and won't thread unless you apply pressure on the webbing.

Matt A at on 02/28/2013
Great product, not perfectly comfortable if you have to sit in it for extended periods but not the worst I've worn. The steel buckles are great, the last harness from BD broke on a leg loop but this has a much better design. Color is great and fun. Gear loops are stiff and perfect for anything one might need. The only complaint is that it did hurt to sit in after about 10 minutes.
Aaronmclimb at on 03/04/2013

I bought this harness a few months ago. It's been great for just about any terrain. I'm not much of a huge multi-pitch climber, so I can't attest to the product's comfort on long routes. However, I have done a number of 2 pitch sport climbs and can say that I never had any discomfort concerning the harness. It's fast, easy, and built with BD love at a great price.

Sam Dudley at on 09/10/2013

Negative Reviews:

I was surprised to find that the thin padding on this harness is really stiff. When I tried it on, the waist belt was digging into my sides and didn't conform to the shape of my waist very well because of the lack of flexibility. This was irritating. I only tried it on before sending it straight back (thanks Backcountry for a great return service!)
The momentum and most other BD harnesses are much more comfortable than this. I was intending to use this for rock climbing and thought it would be fine because it's supposed to be an all-purpose harness, but there was just no way it would work for me.
It might be more comfortable when wearing winter outerwear, which provides a thicker layer between the climber and the harness. For that, I'd just call this an ice climbing harness; not specifically an "all season" harness (although it could be used as a rock harness if the comfort doesn't bother you when just wearing a T-shirt.) I didn't climb or tie into this harness, but I assume it would perform just like other BD harnesses because all the features are in the same positions.

Peanut Butter at on 06/28/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Don't trust the sizing!

This seems to be a nice mid-price range harness, not really sure as I sold it to my son because it was way too small (he loves it, but I think he'll find it a bit small also come winter, gear loops too far back, he doesn't lead ice so it shouldn't be a huge issue for him).
I'm giving up on Black Diamond's sizing. If you can't try it on before buying, DON'T! The chart says medium fits 30-33" I have a 31" waist and this was WAY small, even with thin clothes. If I was to wear if for ice (heavy layers) I wouldn't even be able to get it around me. I have a BD Focus (for rock) in size large that I need to tighten as far as it will go to work ok (still slips some when carrying a heavy rack). So I bought a BD Ice in medium, works ok but too small (the gear loops are too far back). Then I bought a Xenos in large and it's back to sliding down when loaded with screws.
Extremely frustrating as there is not a gear shop in this city that carries ice specific harnesses so I end up buying online. But after so many strike outs with BD, I finally learned my lesson and bought a Petzl! Why can't BD have any kind of consistency with their sizing? It shouldn't be that difficult!!
pm317 at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 10/10/2013

Does it's job. - PeriodEnd

The Medium is almost too small for me, especially when I am putting it over my layers for Ice Climbs - but when I tried on the Large, it was HUGE.

It gets the job done, but is not the most comfortable to sit in during hanging belays. It sits on my hips a little funky.
Keegan Swihart at REI on 02/02/2013