Black Diamond Technician - Women's Review
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|Pros||Extra gear loop, ice clipper tool slots, lightweight for a trad harness||Comfortable, very durable, five gear loops, simple design||Comfortable, easy to clip rigid gear loops, great value, adjustable leg loop system is light and easy||Lightweight, breathable, comfortable, and highly mobile||Sliding waist belt keeps the belay loop in front as you adjust it, comfortable to hang in, durable|
|Cons||Adjustable leg loops are uncomfortable, no padding in the waist or legs||On the expensive side, a bit bulky, stiff leg loops||Waist belt doesn't have the best ventilation||Uncomfortable if leg loops don't fit you||Rear haul loop isn't very functional, bulky especially around leg loops|
|Bottom Line||An all-around harness that's not comfortable to hang in||We love this model for its emphasis on durability and comfort||One of the best and least expensive all around harnesses in this review||A lightweight and thin harness that is comfortable to hang in||This all-around harness is a good beginner model and also good for gyms or programs|
|Rating Categories||Black Diamond Techn...||Black Diamond Solut...||Black Diamond Momentum||Black Diamond Solution||Edelrid Jayne|
|Hanging Comfort (30%)|
|Standing Comfort (25%)|
|Specs||Black Diamond Techn...||Black Diamond Solut...||Black Diamond Momentum||Black Diamond Solution||Edelrid Jayne|
|Designed for these Disciplines||Sport, Trad, Ice||Trad, Multipitch||Sport, Trad||Sport||Sport, Trad, Ice|
|Weight in Ounces (Size Small)||12.9 oz||12.5 oz||10.3 oz||11.4 oz||15.5 oz|
|Gear Loops||5 (4 rigid, 1 flexible)||5 (4 rigid, 1 flexible)||4 (rigid)||4 (rigid)||4 (rigid with flexible attachment points)|
|Haul Loop||Yes (not full strength)||Yes||Yes||Yes (not full strength)||Yes (very small)|
|Ice Tool Holder Slot||Yes (4)||No||No||No||Yes (2)|
|Waistbelt Construction||Fusion Comfort Technology (3 strands of webbing)||Fusion Comfort Technology (3 strands of webbing)||Dual Core (2 thin bands of webbing with foam in between)||Fusion Comfort Technology (3 strands of webbing)||3D mesh padding|
|Special Features||Leg loops have same wide construction as waistbelt||Extra padding in waistband||trakFIT leg adjusters are low profile and lightweight||Leg loops have same wide construction as waistbelt||Plastic protector over bottom tie-in point|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Black Diamond Technician had a host of "all-around" features, including adjustable leg loops, four ice clipper slots, a wide fifth gear loop in the rear, a rear haul loop, and low profile releasable leg loop holders. It weighs 12.9 ounces in the size small that we tested.
The Technician is a slim and light harness, and it felt comfortable when standing around and belaying. The rise on this one is suited to those who like to wear their harness on their hips, and we didn't have any gaping at the waist or pressure points digging into us.
We gave the Technician the lowest score in this review for hanging comfort. This is largely due to the weird construction on the leg loops, whereby there is almost more webbing than padding. The padding barely came halfway around our legs, so once we were hanging in it, all we felt was the webbing and buckle digging into our legs. We also weren't that impressed with the waistbelt either.
The Technician has a host of great all-around features, which we listed above. If you want to own only one harness and like to mix it up a bit, from sport to trad to ice, then this could be the perfect harness for you.
However, we also require some good padding from our all-around harnesses for those hanging belays or marathon belay sessions, and this one just didn't deliver in that department. We understand that manufacturers are trying to one-up each other with lighter and lighter harnesses, but we'd take a few extra ounces on our trad harness if it meant we were more comfortable on a long route.
At first, we thought the Technician would be a highly versatile harness, but after using it, we feel like we'd never take it on a multi-pitch route due to the uncomfortable leg loops. That made us knock down its versatility score a bit. However, it is versatile if you only do single pitch trad, ice or sport, and don't hang in your harness too much!
While this harness does have adjustable leg loops, they get more uncomfortable the more you have to loosen them. Once again, we wanted to give this harness a high score for this category but had to knock a few points off of it.
For a jack of all trades harness, the Technician could be a good option for you. However, we preferred other, cheaper, Black Diamond models for almost all disciplines.
The Black Diamond Technician seriously missed the mark for us. We've loved a lot of BD harnesses over the years, and have given many awards in our reviews, but this one was uncomfortable and ill-suited for its intended purpose, long routes where comfort is key.
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