Black Diamond Primrose AL Harness – Climbing Harnesses

Black Diamond- Primrose AL (Adjustable Leg) Harness

Weight: 380g (Medium weight)

RRP: £50.00

When looking for a first harness there are a few things to consider before make that all important purchase; Comfort ability, price and design. Being a female in a male dominated market, it can be hard to find a harness that does it all without being bombarded with obsessive specifications or being involved in a tangled debate in a deep dark internet forum somewhere, remaining confused and harness-less.

When I made the leap of buying my first harness, all I wanted was simplicity and a simple price. Before I discovered that I had become obsessed with climbing, (seeing as I had to buy the whole outfit) I didn’t have the means to be shelling out for a fancy £110 neoprene harness, nor did I have the need for one. And that’s when I came across the Black Diamond AL Primrose.


Considering the amazing price, what more do you need a harness to do? With the Primrose AL harness’s smooth lined bullhorn waist belt, uncomplicated adjustable system and no ‘bits’ design, a newbie climber can trust that the Primrose will see them through from the climbing centre to a multi pitch without a hitch.

What I was particularly drawn to about this harness was that it looked like you could trust it before putting it in to practice. The buckles although not self locking (speed adjust), appear and feel very robust as the straps on the leg loops and waist easily double back over themselves. I am sure that all harness buckles are tested to take the fall of an adult elephant, but when starting out this is the beginning of a beautiful head game- firstly whether the harness will save you when it comes to crunch time!

Other features:

?       4 Moulded gear loops

?        Longer rise and smaller waist

?        Full strength haul loop

?        Adjustable, droppable leg loops

?        Padded for all day comfort

Good for: All climbing disciplines, first climbing set, skinny women, price vs. quality ratio

Bad for: Not the best looking harness on the market

Fitting: Slightly on the small side. {XS (UK 6-8) S (UK8-10) M (10-14) L (12-16)}

Rating: * * * *

Alternatives: Petzl Adjama Harness, Black Diamond Iris

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