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The Black Diamond Couloir Harness is a packable harness for the alpinist and ski mountaineer. This eight ounce harness is so packable, it not only fits in your jacket pocket, but it even comes with it's own little stuff sack. Made for the ice and alpine, the nylon-webbing dries quickly and is low profile so you can throw it on under a pack or pile layers of clothing on underneath. The traditional buckle secures the waist tight and quick releases at the leg loops make for easy entry and exit, regardless of what is strapped to your feet (think crampons, people). Rack up on the two webbing gear loops and four Ice Clipper slots and tackle that mountain.
FEATURES of the Black Diamond Couloir Harness
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-profile and flat enough to be worn comfortably under a pack or clothing
Packs down into a stuff sack small enough to fit into a jacket pocket
Rated 2 out of
Great harness but terrible buckle.I was looking for a light weigth ski touring harness so I got this one because it seemed to fit the bill. I have used it three times this fall. Twice ski touring up 4000 meter peaks, Allaninhorn and Breithorn, and travelling on glacier up Sommet les Diableret. The harness is great and perfect over shell pants and bibs. But the buckle is so hard to thread. Way too small and the double buckle style is terrible when your hands are cold. Also as I ski tour I am always changing layers and it is impossible to adjust without bare hands and even then it is a fight. I won't use it any more because it is such a pain.
Date published: 2011-11-27
Rated 5 out of
the best lightest harness perfect for mountaineeringThis is the best harness I've owned. It is light, compact and it does the job. I climbed Rainier and it didn't add any extra wight. I was able to carry it in my pocket until I needed it. No other harness which is so light and compact has buckles which allow you to put it with mountaineering shoes and crampons without having to take them off. Moosejaw was the only company that had this harness in stock. I had been looking for it for months and no stores or online retailers had it. This is how I discovered moosejaw for my very first purchase. They were the only web site that had the harness when everyone else defaulted to backorders with no specific date in the future. Thank you moosejaw!
Date published: 2010-08-30
Rated 4 out of
Better than expected.The S/M size is too big to fit me right (5'5", 115 lbs), but it will fit most of the people I take climbing and it means I don't need a lot of extra weight. My boyfriend tried it out on a short rappel off a natural bridge and said it was more comfortable than he expected, although he might get uncomfortable if he had to hang very long.
Date published: 2015-11-04
Rated 5 out of
Perfect lightweight mountaineering harnessExcellent harness for mountaineering! I was suprised at how comfortable this is (obviously not in the same "comfort category" as sport/gym harnesses but about as comfortable as you can have for a light, simple, mountaineering harness). The real gem is that it has a proper belay loop (unlike the BD Alpine Bod harness) and gear loops which make it much more functional than a lot of other mountaineering harnesses. PLUS, it is ultra-compact and fits into an included stuff sack!
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 4 out of
Great Lightweight Adjustable Low-Frills HarnessGreat carry for a lightweight alpine harness. There are lighter harnesses out there such as the Camp Alp variations but with limited to no adjustability. Very burly compared to those other feather harnesses. If you want the absolute lightest harness, I would suggest looking elsewhere, but if you want good weight combined with solid features this is a great choice.,,,,As others have noted, the buckle can provide a minor challenge to double back on but nothing too significant. It is also put on a bit different from what I am accustomed to. Start with the harness behind you and pass the open leg loops and belay loop between your legs. Then pass the front belt webbing through the belay loop and attach the front leg clips. Rear seat straps are droppable.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 5 out of
kevin O from
Added this great harness to my arsenalThe Couloir harness is my third Black Diamond harness. I also own the momentum, and striped down alpine bod. I use the momentum for the gym and outdoor climbing and keep the alpine bod for if a friend needs a harness in a pinch. This Couloir harness packs down smaller than the alpine bod and has the belay loop. It's pretty much the top alpine harness, and I'll be taking it to over 22,000 ft this winter. As usually, the construction is solid and the bombproof webbing should have it lasting me a long time.
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 1 out of
Sizing Runs SmallBought this because I tried on the BD Alpine Bod for the quick-release leg loops and the Bod was too small in the waist (I'm a 41" waist and the XL Bod fits 34"-37"). The Couloir says the L/XL fits 35"-42". It fits exactly like the Alpine Bod, meaning that if I cinch and yank with all my might I can just barely get the minimum 3" strap length to protrude from the buckle.,,,,The rating is because it's climbing equipment so now I own it forever even though it doesn't fit.
Date published: 2010-05-13
Rated 3 out of
Lightweight harness, difficult buckleThis harness is lightweight and packs small, and is comfortable to use with an expedition pack. The buckle on this harness is really, really difficult to use, especially where it is cold. I used this on Denali, and my hands got cold pretty much whenever I needed to put my harness on or off. Also, the straps in back are somewhat difficult to adjust. I would probably buy arcteryx's lightweight harness instead of this one, although this definitely works.