Built to trim every possible gram for ultralight performance on technical alpine routes, the Vision is the lightest fully functional harness we've ever made. Designed to satisfy the needs of the most discerning ounce-counters, the Black Diamond Vision Harness is a full-featured ultralight harness built for pushing the limits in the high, cold and loose. Clocking in at less than 250 grams, the Vision’s incredibly packable and quick-drying shell-less design is stripped to the core to provide gram-counting alpinists everything essential and nothing superfluous. Four pressure-molded gear loops, a rear fifth loop and four Ice Clipper slots accommodate a full alpine rack, and the speed waistbelt buckle makes for quick, simple and secure on/off.
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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.
| 224 g|
Black Diamond 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.”
|5 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||None (it stretches)|
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)
The Vision has its limitations, though. It certainly shines for casual cragging and can work well for longer routes, depending on how light you're willing to go or if you supplement it with a gear sling and/or backpack. At some point, you'll probably want something a little more substantial. I won't be using this for any big walls, but it's a great option to have for that Grade III 5.9 with a two-hour approach.