Unlike many kid's climbing harnesses, the Black Diamond Wiz Kid has all the great features of an adult harness. It is a mini version of the Black Diamond Momentum and comes with comfy padding, self-locking buckles, and great gear loops. By comparison, a harness like the Petzl Simba is much less comfortable and much less versatile outdoors. The Wiz Kid is a great harness for a kid who wants a comfortable harness for the gym but also wants the option of going outside. By comparison, the Simba is better for big group situations such as birthday parties and intro to climbing classes. Also, the Simba is better for first-time climbers because the high tie-in point is more likely to keep a kid upright. The Black Diamond Wiz Kid at $45 is a great value and $15 less than the Simba. Because of its adjustability it works for kids 35-110 pounds.
Black Diamond Wiz Kid Review
Manufacturer: Black Diamond
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Most recent review: September 21, 2010
50% of 2 reviewers recommend it
My son, now 9 years, has used the BD Wiz Kid for a couple of years with great success and without falling out of the harness. As I can see from the pictures the 2008 version has the same buckle as the new one, and I see no problem with that. The first year he was unable to put it on and take it off completely. Now he needs help only with the tightening and releasing. I let him lead easy sport climbs - backed up with a top rope.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
I got one of these for my kids but returned it after trying it on.
I'm not a fan of "speed lock" buckles for kids. I prefer the old-fashioned double-back system. The speed lock buckles open too easily and a child could easily loosen the harness inadvertently when fooling around (which kids will do.)
The particular version of this harness that I got, also had a "quick release tab" that allowed the harness to open just by pulling a nylon tab near the buckle. When I tried it out at home, I could easily get my kid to fall out of the harness with just a moderate pull on the tab. Terrifying.
I think the newer versions of this harness no longer have the quick release tab, but still have the speed buckle.
A double-back buckle may take a moment more to buckle, but it's so much more bombproof.
A great kids harness is the Black Diamond Kids-A-Bod. It's just the clasic BD Bod harness in a smaller size. It has a double-back buckle, gear loops, belay loop, and is less expensive than the Wiz Kid. The Kids-A-Bod is simple, solid, and fits a wide range of sizes — which is good for a growing kid.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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