Features and benefits
- Athlete driven—designed in collaboration with Adam Ondra
- Patented airNET Technology is ultra-breathable for high-end performance while distributing loads evenly across the “net” during falls
- Patented Infinity Loop for belaying, which is durable, lightweight and seamless.
- Two pressure moulded gear loops in front; Lightweight low-profile webbing gear loops in back
With the Black Diamond airNET harness, the first thing that stands out is its weight. At 235 grammes, it is the lightest harness in the world (currently). With its innovative airNET technology, it allows less material to be used, whilst keeping its strength. The internal structure of the waist band is made from a materials called dynex, and shaped into a fishnet. Hence less material has been used. When you first pick up the harness, it feels so light, you may start to doubt whether it can hold your weight, let alone a fall. Just to reassure you, we tested the harness to its full capacity, with taking falls on it.
The harness feels very comfortable when you put it on. Its tapered shape on the waist belt and leg loops add to its comfort. And its lightweight design adds to the feeling of almost not wearing a harness. And when you are trying to perform at your limit, whether you are projecting a 6a or 9a, every gram helps.
The waist band also has a no-seam technology, to help with the longevity of the harness. No visible stitching, means no stitches to rub loose when climbing.
The infinity loop
The Black Diamond airNET harness has an infinity loop. “What is an infinity loop?” you ask. Well, it is a belay loop without the overlap which has been stitched together. As the belayer, it is a great feature, because there is nothing for your carabiner to catch on. Hence the name, infinity loop. Also, if as a climber you are dogging a route, and choose to clip onto a bolt, there is nothing to catch on the belay loop.
I think this is another great innovative design feature by Black Diamond. Adding to the longevity of the harness.
The one area Black Diamond have not tried to save weight on is the attachment points on the harness. As ever, these feel very hardwearing and strong. Giving the wearer the reassurance of quality and durability.