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David_Parker

New Harness?

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I'm friggin sick of my BD alpine bod harness. The buckle sucks and I want some thing with a belay loop, good for everything including ice climbing. What's good and best place to buy it?

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Hey David, I like the BD Blizzard, it's actually lighter than the alpine bod, just more expensive, good for alpine and ice. Most shops carry it.

 

A buddy of mine used this ultralight Cassin harness, it's way skimpy looking but he loves it, didn't even complain when hangdogging his way up the Gendarme on Stuart...Promountainsports carries them (of course).

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Hey DP

 

Balck Diamond Chaos - I've used it on hard sport climbs. Did Levitation 29 in Red Rocks last weekend in it. And big blue Canadian ice in Banff. NF of Buckner, Baker. It's the only rig I'll tie into.

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I climb in the Wild Things Espresso. $50. Just like Alpine Bod, simple, durable, unpadded (not a prob. when mountaineering or ice climbing) and adjustable leg loops. Has 4 tough gear loops too. When I bought mine they were doing a deal with USHBA and I also received a free Big Wall Hauler. That was in the Fall of '98. I still love it though and it has been everywhere with me.

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I guess I should add that I do not use it for sport or trad climbs, although I could, but prefer cushier harness for that where multiple layers of clothing isn't required.

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I just use the leather thong I have left over from my gigalo days. I love the wedgie it gives me when I take a whip.

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yeah dave the buckle is changed

 

i would look at the arcteryx vario...same harness as the bd blizzard...but it has a longer rise in it so it will fit a little nicer...

 

both these harnesss i have used for walls, ice and the rest of the shizzy

 

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DP-

 

I just recently replaced my harness, and was looking for a simmilar light-do-it-all harness. I had been eyeing the Arc'terryx Verro for a while (1 oz heavier than the alpine bod). However I didn't like their two seperate leg-loop dropping clips.

 

I went with a knock off of the Verro made by Rock Empire. It was 1/2 the price ($30 US at MEC), has adjustable legloops, nice sized belay loop (small width webbing), and was actually more comfortable to hang in. The only draw back I've found is that the buckles are a little "tight" still.

 

but by all means, get rid of that alpine bod while you can still have children!! [Wink]

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quote:

Originally posted by dbb:

DP-

 

get rid of that alpine bod while you can still have children!!
[Wink]

I already have a kid and don't plan on any more so no worries!

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quote:

Originally posted by ryland moore:

I climb in the Wild Things Espresso. $50. Just like Alpine Bod, simple, durable, unpadded (not a prob. when mountaineering or ice climbing) and adjustable leg loops. Has 4 tough gear loops too. When I bought mine they were doing a deal with USHBA and I also received a free Big Wall Hauler. That was in the Fall of '98. I still love it though and it has been everywhere with me.

The bummer is that Wild Things no longer makes harnesses or climbing softgoods (runners, etc). It was basically because of rising insurance costs, and low priced overseas competition (rock empire, etc).

 

Their Espresso and Ice/Rock Raptor harnesses were pretty cool too. It is sad to see the number of options availible to us as consumers dwindle.

 

Metolious used to make a harness about 8 yrs ago (cant remember the name) that was VERY similar to the custom made ones above.

 

[ 10-24-2002, 10:36 AM: Message edited by: Ibex ]

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C&S is one way crazy bartacker!!! I'd forgotten about that manufacturer, we should get him to do a demo at one of our pub clubs!

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If we can get him to show up at a pubclub I promise great entertainment if somebody asks him about what he thinks of the Forest Service!

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quote:

Originally posted by mattp:

If we can get him to show up at a pubclub I promise great entertainment if somebody asks him about what he thinks of the Forest Service!

somehow i can think of a few things (at least) that would be a bit more entertaining! [Roll Eyes][Wink][Razz]

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