A four-season workhorse for any climb on your hit list, the Technician features adjustable leg loops and offers durable performance for those with a passion for all things vertical. Learn More
Limestone sport routes, granite big walls, steep ice and alpine faces—for those who climb it all, all year long, the Black Diamond Technician Harness is a durable quiver-of-one harness that tackles any climb on the calendar. Made with adjustable leg loops and the lightweight support of our Fusion Comfort Technology, the Technician features a quick-drying, durable shell that stands up to abrasive rock and foul conditions. Speed buckles on the waistbelt and leg loops offer a wide range of adjustability to accommodate changing layers throughout the seasons. Four gear loops, a rear fifth loop, and four Ice Clipper slots secure any sized rack.
Lightweight, quick-drying waistbelt with Fusion Comfort Technology offers superior comfort and range of motion
Adjustable leg loops
Four pressure-molded gear loops with rear fifth loop
Intent on building a harness that would move with the body it protects, we designed a triple-weave webbing on the interior of the harness’s waistbelt that provides movement-focused technology while maintaining superior breathability, durability and strength. Also featured on the harness’s leg loops, this technology offers excellent load sharing, relieving pressure from sensitive points of contact.
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Technician Harness is rated
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Rated 5 out of
Awesome harness!I've used this harness about a dozen times now, and I absolutely love it. The Technician harness is perfect - Very light, supremely comfortable, just the right amount of padding in the right places. The only possible problem with it might be that the gear loops are smaller than normal, but I haven't taken it up a wall yet to be sure (the big loop on the back probably makes up for the smaller side loops).
For reference: The Technician is as light as, and more comfortable than the Aquila (without the slipping leg loop buckles), *much* more comfortable than the AR-395a, and much lighter and much more comfortable than the Corax. BD really nailed this one.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 2 out of
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Pressure PointsI really like the overall design and features of this harness. However, BD always seems to incorporate small and obvious design flaws into most of their products, which ends up negating any of the upsides of their overall function.
The hard plastic gear loops are sewn into the UNDERSIDE of the swami (the side that makes contact with your body), which results in 4 hard pressure points on each hip. Maybe it is the way that the harness fits me personally, but it seems like such an obvious design flaw that shouldn't have made it past the drawing board. If you look at any other company's harnesses you will notice how the gear loops are sewn into the outer side of the swami.
Also, if you are going to design a "quiver of one harness", at least put a burly haul loop on it. The plastic 0kn tab doesn't inspire much confidence when trailing a line.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 2 out of
Lightweight! Everything too smallMost of the features are great. It's light, comfy, 5 gear loops!! (lets get more of that)
but there are two-three things I HATE about this harness.
In the order in which they bother me, 1 being the worst:
1) The waist buckle is REALLY hard to loosen. very odd
2) The gear loops are small. how am i supposed to fit all my gear on these little tiny loops? I like that there is a 5th one, but I dont want to use that for everything
3) It runs small. I got what should totally be my size but I have to get it really tight for the gear loops to be positioned in any kind of normal way. the back one on the left is barely visible to me until its really snug.
This Harness could have been perfect. but there were just a couple little design choices they made that make me wish I had bought something else.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 4 out of
good value, easy to use, light weight and simpleBought this harness after i started questioning my much older one that had been through the wringer. First time going for the auto-double back buckles, and the more "stylish" model. I still prefer the old fashioned double back, and wish they were still being made. The functionality is about what i'd expect from any standard harness, and i appreciate that it is sleeker, lighter and more compact than older style BD harnesses. The belay loop is very stiff, and the way it is stitched can give the sensation that the carabiner is cross loaded and resetting. This may lessen as the harness breaks in. I don't love the way the leg loops ride, but i'm still happy wearing the harness, and would recommend it as a simple functional multipurpose harness.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of
Good all around harnessSo far I have enjoyed the Technician and found it to be light and packable with good comfort. It handles a mid size rack of gear and runners comfortably on the gear loops. The waist belt webbing is a somewhat stiff when it comes time to loosen the harness and I have to feed the webbing through the buckle to make it move. The only other odd thing that has happened was the sewn stop flap on the leg loops has managed to poke it's way through stopper wires racked on the front gear loops. Kind of odd but perhaps I can do a better job of racking or getting the leg loop tails tucked away. A great harness for the price I believe.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 3 out of
Room for improvementThe harness gets the job done but has a bit of room for improvement.
My biggest concern is that the gear loops are quite small. For a standard day of ice climbing with screws, quickdraws, anchor material and maybe a very very light rock rack the harness does fine. Any more than that and the gear loops would become quite crowded. There is quite a bit of space between the rear 2 gear loops and the 5th loop in the back. It's a shame that the front gear loops weren't made larger (like the chaos harness) to fill that extra space and be able to accommodate a larger rock
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 5 out of
Versatile and comfortableI picked this up about a month ago. I have been able to use it for ice, mixed routes, the gym, and skimo. Very functional and comfortable when hanging tools, stowing gear, or taking a fall. I can hardly tell it is there. I cannot attest to its durability as I haven’t had it long enough to know. However, I have not had any issues with it sliding down ice and snow or rubbing up against rock surfaces.
In terms of sizing; I picked up a XL. I have a 35” waist and am typically wearing the harness over insulation of some sort. It seems to be right on the money. Without insulation it is cinched up all the way. With insulation I have room to adjust if I am standing at the belay with my heavy belay jacket on.
Date published: 2019-01-12
Rated 5 out of
Great harnessMy first harness was a good choice! I bought this harness whilst getting into climbing and it has filled it shoes no matter what I have been sending.
The four ice clipper slots are really nice, and so is the fifth loop.
I did not mind it but the harness is on the paired down side, i'd try it on (sit in it!) to see if the fit is right for you. The loop on the back which the leg loop elastics are connected to is wearing out much faster than expected.
If you wanted a harness for ice, alpine, trad, or multi pitch rock, i'd consider the Technician. It easily competes with harnesses of similar function/weight.