Black Diamond Alpine Bod
Price Paid: $35.95
I bought two of these accidentally. I don't know if the retailer made the mistake or me but I am glad for the error.
I have five kids ranging in ages from 3-12. The 12 yr old is too old for this but the 3, 5, 7 and 10 yr old all can fit this harness fine. Two makes things faster because of less time spent swapping harnesses. The back padding is fleece which I thought was kinda cheesy but it actually does fine for the kiddos. They shipped two with different color padding so the kids claimed one as their own.
The fleece is kinda grabby so the little ones can't slip out with their narrow hips. The 10 yr old puts his own on just fine (always double check of course). None of them have ever expressed discomfort wearing it and they often hang in it for longer than I would want to in my own harness. The problem is that they forget they are wearing it and run off at the crag with the harness on and forget to leave it for their siblings.
The 10 yr old follows 5.9 sport climbs just fine with it and I like all of its features. The Belay loop is nice and stiff and it has gear loops just like dad's. I can't think of a reason to dislike it yet.
PARENTS: For your littlest climbers use a piece of webbing and make a figure 8 chest harness to keep these top-heavy kids from capsizing in a fall. Though unlikely in toproping, it's still a good idea.
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The Black Diamond Kids' A-Bod Harness takes the adult-sized Alpine Bod harness and trims it down to fit smaller bodies from ages 8-12 (the A-Bod is sized larger than the Wiz Kid). For kids who are aggressive climbers and working routes that require cleaning gear, the A-Bod provides functionality and comfort.
Black Diamond Kids' A-Bod Harness DECENT FEATURES of the Black Diamond Kids' A-Bod Harness Fleece-padded waistbelt with traditional buckle Quick-release leg loops for easy on/off 2 gear loops Constructed from wide nylon webbing Fits weight range 16-50 kg (35-110 lb) The SPECS Weight: 12.7 oz / 360 g Waist: 19 x 25in. / 48 x 63 cm Legs: 16 x 20in. / 41 x 51 cm Nylon webbing Polyester fleece ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL.
Black Diamond Kid's A-Bod Climbing Harness - The Kids A-Bod Climbing Harness by Black Diamond is a scaled-down Bod harness sized for kids. Constructed from wide nylon webbing and a fleece-padded waistbelt with a traditional buckle, this harness is comfortable and easy to use. With 2 gear loops and quick-release leg loops for easy on and off, the little rock climbers can be up and ready to go as quickly as you are. The A-Bod provides the essentials for all vertical adventures with a functional fit. When you are looking for a simple, versatile and comfortable harness for new recruits to the vertical world, look no further than the Kids A-Bod Climbing Harness by Black Diamond.
Black Diamond's classic Alpine Bod harness, sized to fit kids ages 8-12, is easy and comfortable for your little dudes to use and it has a wide fit range for quick growing sprouts. Recommended for top-roping only.
- Mountain Gear