A pictoral representation of UIAA-105 and EN-12277 standards for harnesses.
The Flight is officially retired.You've found a page of history! The Flight is no longer produced by Black Diamond and it is not available to buy from major online retailers. You can still check out all the specs and claim your ownership.
Designed for sport climbing or going light on long routes, the Black Diamond Flight Harness expertly balances comfort and breathability thanks to our Dual Core XP Construction. The Dual Core bullhorn-shaped waistbelt (with Forged Speed Adjust) uses two thin bands of webbing and 3D mesh paneling to distribute the load and keep you comfortable, while the leg loops are constructed with a single strand of high-tensile nylon for added support and comfort while hanging in the harness. We also added our innovative trakFIT leg loop adjustment system for quick and easy fitting, Mondo gear loops for increased racking space and Bombshell abrasion patches for unparalleled durability which are 20 times more durable than standard nylon fabric
Adjustable, releasable elastic risers
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.
| 330 g|
M : 330 g / 11 oz
BD doesn't provide the weights for other sizes so we're working on gathering this info by hand, stay tuned!
|Sizes||XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL|
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.
|Size Chart|| |
S (will fit the upper range of XS)
No voice explanation but the video highlights the key features of Flight and Siren Harness.
The Black Diamond Flight harness (women’s is the Siren) easily met our requirements for a superb sport climbing rig: lightweight (11 oz.), comfortable, and little fuss. Our testers used this harness from Spain to the Red River Gorge, and praised the clean, auto-doubled-back design on both the waist belt and leg buckles. “It’s a big plus that there’s no extraneous material hanging off like on other adjustable harnesses,” one tester claimed of BD’s trakFIT slide-adjustment system. The elastic and adjustable leg loops worked well for climbers of different sizes; adjustable back riser straps helped customize fit as well. After about five months of steady use, the Flight showed almost no signs of wear. Falling proved comfortable, with a waist belt that distributes pressure across two bands of webbing and a mesh panel, so there are no points of irritation. However, the thin padding was not enough for long belays or hangdogging. Testers’ main grievance was the “mondo” gear loops: They’re stiff and sturdy, but the connected loops made racking clumsy.
The UIAA equipment standard provides a baseline for equipment performance in a test lab under controlled conditions on new equipment. Although these test conditions are relevant to the conditions encountered climbing, conditions encountered at the crags and the condition of the equipment are equally important. This recommendation from the UIAA member federation The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) provides vital equipment information that is NOT explicitly addressed in the standard, particularly failure modes of the equipment and recommendations for the use, inspection, maintenance, and retirement of equipment.