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Black Diamond Technician Harness

£80 www.blackdiamondequipment.com

It’s not an alpine style, super lightweight affair, but if you are going to be wearing the harness for most of the day, in variable weather, then this will fit the bill far better and last longer. The fabric seems incredibly durable and fairly quick to dry. Mine still looks new even after a few scrapes on Cairngorm granite and lots of late season scrambling at the tail end of Scottish winter. The waist and leg buckles are easy to adjust and the leg loops are wide and stiff enough to sit in comfortably. The gear loops are also nicely stiff and moulded to sit proud of the belt, so access is easy even with fat winter gloves on. There are 4 ice clipper slots for racking screws or stowing axes too.

Compared to my skinny Alpine harness, this weighs more and is about double the pack size when stowed, but is far more comfortable and less fiddly. It works well for UK winter suffer fests as well as mucking around on my local crag getting eaten by midges. Perfect, then. Weight 380g on my scales.

► Verdict: Super comfortable do-everything harness. Will probably outlive me (but hopefully not in a bad way).

► Best for: Everything, except perhaps fast n’ light alpine or glacier trips. But it would be fine for those too.

Review by David Lintern @selfpwrd