Black Diamond - Couloir (Spring 2016)
Technical specifications & features
|Gender||Men's & Unisex|
|Other Features||Fast drying nylon webbing construction with traditional buckle
Quick release leg loops for easy on/off even while wearing skis or crampons
2 webbing gear loops and 4 Ice Clipper slots
Low-profiled and flat enough to be worn comfortably under a pack or clothing
Packs down into a stuff sack small enough into a jacket pocket
12kN rated belay and haul loops
Small/Medium: 28-35 in
Medium/Large: 32-38 in
Large/X-Large: 35-42 in
XXL: 38-44 in
- Great for it's purpose.
I've had the harness for a while now and wanted to put it through the ringer before I wrote a review. I have used other "super light" harnesses before and though, they feel great walking in them on a glacier, they scare the living scree out of me when I'm using them in a weight bearing situation. This harness is super light (not as light as the CAMP harnesses made from ribbons,) so it is easy to throw in the pack, or walk all day in on the glacier. However I think the true beauty comes when you actually need to use it. You feel plenty safe and it has a few loops as well. I've done some alpine leads, a few raps, and for kicks and giggles I also did a 200' rappel, and it felt fine. If you get it and use it for it's designed purpose you will love it and be thankful that someone finally came out with strong light alpine harness that doesn't feel like lingerie.
Cons- $60 for a lot less material and padding. Hmmm....
-It looks like BD isn't making the black any more, we're going back to the 90's mentality that you have to see climbers from space.
-And finally, the buckle, yes that is everybody's main gripe. BD, fix it if you want but really how many times do those guys take their harnesses on and off when above tree line. Not really a problem for me.
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