Reviews for Alpine Bod
Average Rating : 3.87 out of 5
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Review by: rockofglove, 2009-09-15
I've tried padded harnesses in the past, and I personally, contrary to a lot of other reviews, like the no padding. It is much more comfortable for me, weight is evenly distributed over the surface area, conforming to my waist and legs, like a pair of sheer nylon stockings..... =P. Just kidding. But really, I'm a hangdogger, and padded harnesses seemed to softly bite at the edges, whereas I don't even notice this thing is on. I like the clip in buckles, it's easy to get in and out of, no hopping around like your putting on pants. It's light, compact, no nonsense. The only thing I miss is the belay loop, so one less star.
BD Alpine Bod
Review by: dan2see, 2009-09-11
It's the lightest, cheapest, and most comfortable harness around.
And it works well for multi-pitch. You won't miss the rappell loop because on multi-pitch you stay tied in and never untie.
But if you do untie, the legs fall down, so you can still hold it together with a cow's-tail.
In summer I wear short-shorts, so maybe that saves me from the crotch problem -- I don't know -- but that's not a problem.
Also I never noticed the lack of padding.
One more thing: the leg loops are adjustable enough so that girls can fit into it, too.
Review by: MichaelCohen, 2009-03-17
I purchased the Alpine Bod harness at REI for $37 (plus tax). I have climbed in several harnesses, some with and some without padding. The harness is durable, light, cheap, and, although some say it is not, very comftorable. I have been using the harness for a long time and have not experienced any trouble with it. In fact, I find it easier to put on without the belay loop. Definitely a 5/5.
Light, No Nonsense, Short-Term Comfy, Keeps You Alive
Review by: bmwman91, 2007-11-27
This was my first harness purchase. I got it from Craigslist for $30 from someone who received it as a gift, but never used as he was not a climber.
It works, I can say that much. When I fall, it is wrapped around my waist & legs, and tied to a rope. 100% functional, no nonsense. Putting it on can be a little confusing as there is no dedicated belay loop (it is integral with the thigh straps). The design is innovative, but there is ZERO padding anywhere on it. After spending more than 30 minutes hanging in it, you will find yourself wanting more comfort.
Overall, it works as a budget harness, or as a lightweight Alpine harness for those wishing to shave ounces. However, anyone who is not performance psycho should look a little higher up the harness totem-pole as your bruised & chafed sides will be a constant reminder of your decision.
On a lighter note, having this as my first harness sure as hell makes me appreciate the BD Bod I am climbing in now! It is almost as light, but with just enough padding to keep me from griping.
Review by: bryanhowell, 2006-05-18
A good cheap harness if you're wearing it over some nice thick snowpants :)
If you're rock climbing, get the Bod, vs. the Alpine Bod. A little padding on the waist makes all the difference...