Vario Chest Harness


Vario Chest Harness
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Vario Chest Harness
Manufacturer Black Diamond
Page By Alpinist
Page Type Feb 12, 2017 / Feb 12, 2017
Object ID 8670
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Product Description

When upright stability is needed, the lightweight, durable and affordable Vario Chest is your choice.

- Traditional buckles
- Constructed from wide nylon webbing
- Must be worn with a sit harness; cannot be used alone

Retail cost: $44.95 (US)


Series: Classic Series
Weight: 255 g (9 oz)
Size Range: Fits chest sizes 61-117 cm (24-46 in)



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Alpinist - Feb 12, 2017 11:16 am - Voted 3/5

Could be better
The Vario Chest Harness is lightweight and designed primarily for glacier travel to help keep the climber upright in the event of a crevasse fall.

It's nicely designed except for one thing. The buckle on the back is made of a flexible plastic material and it doesn't stay in position under weight. It's fine if you're hanging in a completely horizontal position but if you're Prusiking up a rope in an upright position, the buckle will eventually slide up the webbing and end up behind your neck which means the harness isn't completely in position. It still helps to support your back but the higher up it slides, the less comfortable it is as the webbing moves away from the center of your back up towards the shoulders.

The Vario Chest Harness is still be better than rigging your own chest harness but it would be so much better if the buckle in the back was designed not to slip.

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