Black DiamondVario Chest Harness

When heavy loads and overhanging pitches try to flip you upside-down, fight back with the Vario Chest Harness.

Use the Black Diamond Vario Chest Harness in conjunction with your regular harness to keep you upright when jugging a fixed line, aiding a roof, or rappelling with a heady load. Don't risk being flipped upside down because of a unique climbing situation, just clip the rope though the Vario to keep you upright. You can even use this chest harness to keep yourself upright in the event of a crevasse fall during glacier travel.

  • Adds stability to big-wall climbing
  • Works with any sit harness
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great chest harness

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use mine for ascending on rope out of caves. It works great for me with my frogger system or my rope walker.

Could you use this as a simple harness to lower a person down a 10" cliff?

No, you need support from underneath to do something like that. Consider the Alpine Bod harness, which isn't exactly luxurious, but is light and cheap and durable and will get the job done.

Great Harness

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very nice, solid design. Love the use of a locking biner for the tie-in point. Very versatile.

Strap width

    Just wanted to let those who are curious know that the strap width measurement of this chest harness is 4.5 cm.

    More comfortable than the speed harness

    More comfortable than the speed harness

    For a Zip line

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Purchased one of these for the rider of a zipline. Works great, no complaints from the wearers.

    Good for what it is

      We use a couple of these at my work, and while we don't use it often at all, the simplicity of this chest harness is appreciated. Much like the BD vario speed harness, there is no padding but the webbing used is wide so applies pressure to a wider area. It's clear if you get it twisted and easy to tell if someone els has it on correctly. Not the most useful but it does the job in easy style.

      Simple and basic

        As the title says, the harness is not elaborate but does the job. The webbing is wide so it is more comfortable than using standard 1in webbing to make a chest harness. Black Diamond also makes quality gear so I expect this harness to standup to whatever I throw at it. The harness also has a great deal of adjustment and I have a large chest with a tall torso and was still able to get a good fit without any trouble. No tie-in for the back but it isn't needed. Using the tie-in in the front works perfectly well by itself.