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Alpine Bod


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Alpine Bod

Manufacturer: Black Diamond

Your Opinion: 
 - 15 Votes


Page By: Ed F

Created/Edited: Jun 12, 2005 / Jun 12, 2005

Object ID: 1345

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A featherweight version of the Bod Harness, the Alpine Bod Harness retains its basic design without sacrificing function. Designed to fit over several layers, with gear loops for easy racking, the Alpine Bod is an excellent choice for any climber or alpinist seeking the ultimate in lightweight gear. Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL.

Simple and ultralight
Excellent for the weight-conscious climber
Gear loops for easy racking


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Ed FUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

This harness can't be beat for alpine climbing. A little more sparse than the Bod, it still has plenty of amenities and space for gear.

This harness can be put on without stepping in when you have crampons on. You can adjust the fit for summer or for when you are wearing a lot of layers in the winter.

Posted Jun 12, 2005 12:23 pm

fdoctorUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

A great harness for all round mountaineering. Easy to put on in the dark, at altitude and when you are wearing lots of clothing. Mine's been to the Alps and Nepal loads of times. A bit "cutting" though as things become more vertical or for rappels.
Posted Dec 5, 2005 3:29 pm

BixleyGetting rid of it

Voted 1/5

I initially bought this harness because of both the light weight and the light price. After doing a few water fall ice routes I quickly regretted the decision. Rappel after rappel left me feeling sore and very uncomfortable.

Then, while climbing a rock route, the leg loop slipped a couple of inches along the buckle. I was always suspicious of the buckle system before. My worries were valid.

If the strap had slipped another two inches it would have gone through completely. Had that happened the waist belt and other leg strap would probably have kept me from falling, probably. I began my descent immediately, not trusting to chance.

Regardless, it scared the crap out of me and I'm never climbing in the Alpine Bod again. I wish I would have shelled out the extra $10 for a Mammut or other higher end harness. One that is both more comfortable and safer, features well worth the extra weight.
Posted Apr 16, 2007 4:31 pm

Bill KerrGood for Alpine

Voted 4/5

Designed for and works well for alpine climbing and ski mountaineering. Light with no extras.
Posted Aug 19, 2008 5:07 pm


Voted 5/5

perfect for alpine climbing.

if it has any flaws, i guess i would say it could be lighter... but really in the end, it does what it was designed to do well.

i took at 20'+ whipper in this and didn't experience any pain at all. thats why they might be able to make it even lighter! falling 20' could hurt a little without killing... if there is weight to be saved that is!

and, in response to bixley's negative review of slipping buckles... the buckles on the leg loops on an alpine bod aren't weight bearing, they just keep the back part of the leg loops from flapping around. so you actually don't have to buckle those leg loop buckles, it would just be more uncomfortable. and if the slipping really bothers you, you cant double back on those buckles and they won't slip anywhere. :)
Posted Mar 7, 2009 2:30 am

OJ LoennekerEasy

Voted 3/5

Light and easy harness. But, males might find that a lead fall might be not so fun.

I feel it is more comfortable to hang in than my BD Momentum harness.
Posted Oct 10, 2009 12:47 am


Voted 4/5

a lightweight harness that i bring along for friends. Although it is uncomfortable to weight it does its job and is incredibly light. In addition is is quite cheap (I got mine for under $9 they are 30 new)
Posted Nov 24, 2009 4:18 pm

WMLAlpinism? Alpine BOD!

Voted 4/5

This thing is perfect when you have lots of layers on, want to shave ounces, or generally anything alpine. I have to admit though my go-to harness of late has been the CAMP Quartz CR-3 but only due to comfort! Only 2 oz more than the bod, but it can't compete with how small the AB packs down...

Overall a great harness for what it's meant for
Posted Apr 26, 2010 6:10 pm


Voted 4/5

Climb walls and mountains all day and you'll love the light weight, packability, and quick and easy on/off. Long rappels and or catching your buddy's fall while on belay with get you sore real quick.
Posted Feb 3, 2012 11:06 pm

Brian CGlacier travel

Voted 3/5

This harness seems to me to be suited for glacier work and that's about it. I've used it for tons of other stuff but there really is no reason. It's not comfy, it would SUCK to take a lead fall in, not many gear loops and is not that light compared to other modern things on the market. That said, this is great for glacier and alpine stuff where you need to put it on over crampons and the possibility of falling is low.
Posted Aug 6, 2013 9:12 am

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