|The Bod and Alpine Bod harnesses reviewed
Manufactured by Black Diamond - £40 and £30, added Dec/2003
reviewed by Dave Hunter
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First and foremost both Bod versions are light. Now, if you want really
light then the Alpine Bod is the way to go and it shares many excellent
features with the Bod. The Bod has much wider tape than the Alpine Bod (much wider than
on any other harness), making it significantly comfier on hanging and
semi-hanging belays, in fact more comfortable than many padded harnesses!
Secondly it is very quick and easy to put on (again a feature shared by
the Alpine Bod). This is because the design of the harness is such that
it allows plastic clip buckles to be used on the leg loops. So, no messing
about with frozen fingers trying to thread through metal buckles on your
leg loops. There is a metal buckle on the waist of course but the wide
waist belt means that threading this is significantly easier than on many
harnesses. It comes with a belay loop (which the Alpine Bod lacks), four
good-sized gear loops and a haul loop at the back.
The downsides? Well, by no stretch of the imagination is it a sport cragging
harness, the unpadded tape would chafe a bit on bare legs, and might be
a bit uncomfortable with thin summer trousers. Some might worry that the
plastic buckles are a bit flimsy, but there seems to have been very few
problems with breakages.
Sizes range from Small to Extra Large and it’s worth bearing in
mind that you’ll want to fit for your winter clothing system when
you try one on.
Generally speaking either version of Bod Harness would be an excellent
choice for long mountain routes, winter climbing and any situation where
weight is an issue.
Black Diamond Bod Harness© Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. 2003
Black Diamond Alpine Bod© Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. 2003
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