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A four-season harness designed for those who climb it all, all year, the men’s Aspect harness features a bullhorn-shaped waistbelt with SoftEdge™ construction for comfort on hanging belays. Leg loops with Speed Adjust buckles are quick and easy to adjust, while four gear loops, a haul loop and four Ice Clipper slots round out its all-season versatility.
Bullhorn-shaped waistbelt and leg loops with Speed Adjust buckles
SoftEdge construction on waistbelt
4 pressure-molded and contoured gear loops
4 Ice Clipper slots
15 kN-rated haul loop
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In grams, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
If there are differences in weight (due to multiple sizes or optional accessories) we'll list them here.
The default weight is the middle-most size, often this is size M.
| 420 g|
|Sizes||S, M, L, XL|
Number of Gear Loops
Gear loops are used to hold gear (quickdraws, cams, etc) onto your harness. 4 gear loops is most common.
0 - 1 Gear Loops
Most often on full body harnesses or guide/gym style harnesses.
2-3 Gear Loops
Mostly found on lighter harnesses made for [ski] mountaineering or high-end sport climbing where weight is a high priority.
4 - 5 Gear Loops
The standard/most common number for climbing harnesses. Perfect for sport and trad.
More Than 6 Gear Loops
Designed for long multi-pitch and big wall climbing, found on harnesses made to hold the maximum amount of gear.
Occasionally, the number of gear loops will change on a harness model depending on the size. There could be 7 gear loops for the med/large but only 5 gear loops for the xsmall/small. In this case we list the highest number for the filters, and then write an explanation on the product page like, “Size S/XS can only fit 5 gear loops.”
|4 Gear loops|
|Ice Clip Slots|
Ice Clip Slot
Ice clipper slots are made to fit a carabiner that holds ice screws. These slots are generally only used by ice climbers but there is no disadvantage to having them on your harness.
Less than 40% of harnesses will have ice clipper slots. And those harnesses will usually have 2 or 4 slots, often located next to, or between, the gear loops.
|Belay / Tie-In||One Loop|
|Waist Buckle Type||Quick Adjust|
|Leg Buckle Type||Quick Adjust|
Trad climbers often look for a haul loop as they're intended to haul a rope (second line) or pack (while you climb the chimney).
A haul loop can also hold shoes or other accessories. Although not the intended use, it is also commonly used to hold a chalk bag.
This video shows all the features of Aspect Harness and Lotus Women's Harness
Trying to get your gear room under control? Try a single harness that does it all. The Aspect is comfortable enough for working a route or belaying at a hanging station, light enough (14 oz.) for fairly serious sending, and tricked out for ice and alpine routes. “The waistbelt fit without pinching, even when I was hangdogging on my first mixed routes,” reported one tester after a winter trip to Utah’s Provo Canyon. Black Diamond uses two thin bands of webbing on the perimeter of its waistbelt and leg loops to distribute load, and EVA foam to dissipate pressure. The Aspect has four molded gear loops (plus a bonus gear loop in the back), four slots for ice screw carabiners, and a burly haul loop tested to 12kN. A pre-threaded waist buckle and leg-loop buckles accommodate a range of clothing layers— and reduce possible user error. Testers’ conclusion: “Rugged and versatile.”