Weekly Monday Gear Review: Black Diamond Primrose SA Harness

The Black Diamond Primrose SA Harness is a great women’s-specific harness for all climbing uses: sport, trad, multi-pitch, gym, snow and ice!  This is the second Primrose harness that I have owned.  Recently, I have been wearing it regularly for alpine climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park.  The speed offered by the pre-threaded adjustable waist is a great feature when I need to adjust layers.  All I need to do to put on an extra layer is loosen the harness slightly, tuck my jacket in and tighten my harness – all of which can be done with one hand.  BD’s “trakFIT” leg loop system is also quick to adjust and provides a wide range of fit.  I can adjust it accordingly if I am wearing thin summer pants or layers of thick winter gear.

This harness is comfortable!  It features a “women’s-specific bullhorn-shaped OpenAir waistbelt”. It’s Dual Core Construction™ features two bands of webbing that distribute pressure while providing breathe-ability.  To give an idea how comfortable this harness is, I used it as my go-to while climbing in the hot temperatures of Red Rocks, Nevada while participating in an AMGA Rock Guide Course this past October.  Comfort is the reason that I continue to choose the Primrose harness.  Another selling point for me is that you do not need to spend much to own a quality harness like the Primrose SA – it is very reasonably priced.  I highly recommend this harness to any level of climbers.  Thank you Black Diamond for developing a comfortable and affordable harness specifically for female climbers!

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Norie Kizaki
Colorado Mountain School Guide
AMGA Rock Instructor


Check out a short clip of Norie teaching snow anchors just this past weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park in her Primrose SA Harness.