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Pros: All the gear it comes with is solid and should last a long time.
Cons: Wish there was a package with the regular Primroser harness and the ATC XP.
Best Uses: Ideal for a first-time climber who wants to get started, but all of the gear also would serve an experienced climber well.
This is the most popular climbing package on the market. All the items are solid and high scoring in our tests. That said, we wish it came with just the standard Black Diamond Primrose harness because we like that version without buckles on the legs. Also, it would be nice if this package came with the Black Diamond ATC XP because that device is better with skinny ropes and performed a little better than the regular ATC. It is because of this we created the Black Diamond/Wild Country Package. This package comes with the regular Momentum (swap that with the Primrose) and the VC Pro 2 belay device. This belay device scored almost as high as the ATC XP. Our package is $20 less than the Primrose AL Package.
Overall, considering you can usually get this package for a discount, it is one of the best deals going for a package you don't have to assemble yourself. The only thing left is to pick up a pair of climbing shoes and you are good to go at the climbing gym.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Black Diamond Primrose Package provides one of the best deals out there if you are starting to climb. It includes:
Black Diamond Primrose AL One of the best values in a women's climbing harness
Black Diamond ATC Maybe the best selling belay device of all time. Solid and smooth
Black Diamond Chalk Bag Standard climbing chalk bag. Solid. Tommy Caldwell climbed 5.14 on El Capitan with it so it must get the job done.
Black Diamond Quicksilver Screwgate Solid, compact, and relatively light belay biner.
Black Diamond White Gold One of the few "designed for climbing" chalks and winner of our Best Climbing Chalk Editor's Choice Award.
Overall, considering you can usually get this package for a discount, it is one of the best deals going. The only thing left is to pick up a pair of climbing shoes and you are good to go at the climbing gym.
The only downside to this package is minor: we wish it came a version of the Primrose without buckles on the legs. Also, it would be nice if this package came with the Black Diamond ATC XP because that device is better with skinny ropes and performed a little better than the regular ATC. But those are minor gripes. Overall its one of the best packages we know of.
Check out our Best Climbing Harness Review to see how the Primrose stacked up against the competition.
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