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 The Primrose AL is officially retired.You've found a page of history! The Primrose AL 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.

Black Diamond Primrose AL Front
  • Black Diamond Primrose AL Front
  • Black Diamond Primrose AL Side

Primrose AL

Black Diamond


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The Primrose AL offers female climbers the same comfort, ventilation and durability that Black Diamond harnesses are known for, at a price fit for dirtbags and new climbers alike. We outfitted the Primrose AL with a traditional waistbelt buckle and our trakFIT leg loop adjustment system, which uses a simple, secure slide adjuster to quickly and easily adjust the diameter of the leg loop and provide a wide range of fit. The waistbelt is built with our Dual Core Construction, which uses two slim bands of high-tensile webbing on the outer edges of the waistbelt and a venting OpenAir foam insert in the center to offer breathable, lightweight comfort without pressure points.

-Traditional, fold-back waistbelt buckle
-Women's-specific bullhorn-shaped OpenAir waistbelt built with Dual Core Construction
-Patent-pending trakFIT leg loop adjustment for easy, worry-free adjustability of women's-specific OpenAir leg loops
-Adjustable, releasable rear elastic riser
-4 pressure-molded gear loops
-12 kN-rated haul loop

Retail price

US$ 45.95

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Weight (g)


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.

410 g

Gender Women
Sizes XS, S, M, L
Gear Loops

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.

Worth Considering

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.

No, 0
Belay / Tie-In One Loop
Waist Buckle Type Manual Doubleback
Leg Buckle Type Quick Adjust
Drop Seat Yes
Haul Loop

Haul Loop

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.

Yes  (12kN)
Certification ­
Size Chart

Waist: 61-69 cm / 24-27.2 in
Legs: 45-53 cm / 17.7-20.9 in

Waist: 69-76 cm / 27.2-29.9 in
Legs: 48-58 cm / 18.9-22.8 in

Waist: 74-84 cm / 29.1-33.1 in
Legs: 53-63 cm / 20.9-24.8 in

Waist: 84-91 cm / 33.1-35.8 in
Legs: 61-71 cm / 24-28 in
(we converted centimeters to inches)

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Rock and Ice Gear Review rating 4/5

This is a solid, useful and affordable all-around harness. The foam-padded waistbelt has a soft, smooth fleece lining, and both it and the leg loops are easy to adjust for adding clothing layers. One shining, easy-to-overlook feature is the four wide, protruding and accessible pressure-molded gear loops, which curve slightly at center to reduce cluster.
My only issue concerned the waistbelt, which I found a little short, having to crank to plug the end in its keeper tunnel. I have a pretty average build and haven’t heard any whispers about barrels lately, so my experience suggests you size large.

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.