Your climbing harness is a key piece of equipment for top rope rock, lead and sport climbing. The right harness for your type of climbing can improve both performance and safety.
Alpine Bod Harness
More...This harness is for climbers needing a light weight harness. It is a version of the Bod harness only constructed much lighter. T Alpine Bod keeps the fundamental good design and made to fit over layers of clothing and includes gear loops to make racking much easier.
Black Diamond Phoenix Harness
More...The Ozone Harness uses a Kinetic Core Construction to lower weight and improve comfort. It uses a design to spread weight along the width of the waist-belt and leg loops. A Speed Adjust buckle lets you in and out quickly, and two gear loops hold the quickdraws you need.
Black Diamond Bod Harness
More...The BD Bod climbing harness is an all-time classic. It has a heavyweight waist belt that is fleece padded that is very easy to wear. It is light weight and gives the climber excellent freedom of movement.
Simple maintenance will help prolong the life of your harness
Protect it from the elements. Keep it in a moderate temperature. When finished climbing, clean and inspect it. Cleaning with water should be sufficient. If you need to get out difficult stains or dirt and tiny rock grains, use a mild soap. Rinse the harness thoroughly to get the soap completely out of the nylon fibers. Let your harness dry in open air shaded from the sun before packing it back into its storage bag.
Extend usable service of the harness
Inspect your Climbing Harness. Look for signs of wear. Pay special attention to the stitching and tie-in points. When you see visible signs of wear, fading, scratches which tear the weave, or after it has held an extreme fall it's time to get a new one. After your harness has dried, inspect it for signs of wear and tear and fraying at all the seams. Signs of wear will show up better when the harness is clean and dry. Fraying will stand up as shown in the picture. Look carefully at the stitching and seams. Tug gently on the seams and anchor points to make sure they are secure and don't feel loose.
Storage for the harness. Put it someplace protected from sunlight, moisture or humidity, and in moderate temperatures. Exposure to these elements will cause the nylon and seams to degrade. Do not store it in the same closet or shed with paint, thinners, chlorine, bleach, acid or any oxidizing material. Vapors from these chemicals will also degrade the strength of your harness. Before climbing, check again for fraying or loose seams.
Factors to consider when choosing a climbing harness: