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Black Diamond/Wild Country Package Review

Best Buy Award

Climbing Harness Package

  • Currently 4.0/5
Overall avg rating 4.0 of 5 based on 1 review. Most recent review: March 31, 2011
Price:   $80 List
Pros:  Great products at a great price.
Cons:  Hard to assemble the whole package in one spot.
Manufacturer:   Black Diamond/Wild Country/Frank Endo
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ March 31, 2011  
The OutdoorGearLab gear review editors put together what we think is the best value in a harness/belay device/locking carabiner/chalk bag combo. Not only is this one of the least expensive packages at $80, the key items in this package scored very high in our gear reviews. This ain't just the cheap stuff. These are not items you will not outgrow or need to upgrade as you become a better climber. Our Editors' Choice Petzl Corax Kit only scored a little higher but was 50 percent more expensive (an extra $40). If we were just starting to climb, we would go with our climbing package. If you are planning to be a trad climbing addict, or just want to save some money on some of the best gear out there, get the Petzl Corax Kit. If you really like the Momentum AL Harness, the Black Diamond Momentum AL Package is a good buy. It also will save you from having to track down all the individual items in the OutdoorGearLab Best Buy Package (they are not sold together). That said, if you love the Momentum AL, we would recommend just buying it separately, then buying the other items in our package. It will save you $15 over the Momentum Al Package and give you a better belay device/carabiner combo.

RELATED: Our complete review of climbing harness packages

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

What's In the Package

  • Black Diamond Momentum harness ($45) - Winner of the OutdoorGearLab Best Buy award. If you must have buckles on the legs, check out the Momentum Al ($50)
  • Any chalk bag on sale $9-10. While there are differences in chalk bags, they are subtle, especially when you are starting to climb. So get a cheap one you like the looks of.
  • A block of Frank Endo Chalk ($1) - Winner of the OutdoorGearLab Best Buy award.

The whole package costs a mere $80 total!

Throw in a pair of Mad Rock Flash climbing shoes for $75 or just about any pair of on sale climbing shoes (often under $60) and you have all your climbing gear essentials.

The big downside to this package is it might be hard to assemble all in one place. If you are buying it online and pay shipping charges or have to drive to multiple climbing stores…those savings just went up in petrol fumes.

So if you are having trouble piecing this together. Start with the Momentum harness (that is the most important and expensive part). If you can't find the VC Pro 2, look for the best deal on an ATC or ATC XP. Link it up with the highest scoring biner from our locking carabiner review under $10.

Chris McNamara

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Most recent review: March 31, 2011
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