Climbing gear review – Innovative harness designs

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In this gear review, we take a look at climbing harnesses with innovative designs. These harnesses have unique designs specifically for competition, big walls as well as all-around climbing.

Ultra lightweight harness

Climbing harnesses come in a variety of designs that caters for a particular style of climbing. Equipment manufacturers have produced a series of ultra-lightweight harnesses specifically designed for competition climbing and redpoint attempts. These ultra-lightweight harnesses are very thin with minimum padding. So as to bring the overall weight of the harness down to the bare minimum.

Black Diamond airNet

Product features

  • 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 molded gear loops in front; Lightweight low-profile webbing gear loops in back
  • 235 g (M) size
  • Comes in a women specific version

Black Diamond AirNet Harness

Petzl Sitta

Product features

  • Extremely thin and flexible waistbelt and leg loops with WIREFRAME Technology
  • Very compact, freeing up room in your pack
  • Two very large, rigid gear loops in front with mobile separators optimize for organizing and quick access to gear
  • The elasticized fixed leg loops
  • 270 g (M) size

Petzl Sitta

Wild Country Mosquito

Product features

  • Lightweight, smooth abrasion-resistant, ripstop fabric
  • Integrated wear indicator at lower tie-in point
  • Lightweight aluminium buckle for secure and comfortable fit
  • 280 g (M) size

Wild Country Mosquito Harness

Big wall harness

Heavy duty is the basis for a harness made for big wall climbing. Big wall harnesses are solid, incorporating innovative designs. By using ample padding on the waist belt and leg loops for comfort. Up to 6 gear loops to accommodate the extra gear you’ll need to bring along. Big wall harnesses leg loops are designed to be removable. This allows the climber to have a change of pants or to take a dump. While still securely clipped into safety.

Wild Country Syncro

Product features

  • Dual buckle system to accomodate thick clothings and enable central adjust of waist belt
  • 6 gear loops for carrying extra gear on long multipitch route
  • Adjustable and removeable leg loops
  • 2 attachment points for ice screw/tool holders

Black Diamond Big Gun

Product features

  • Waist belt and leg loops have thick comfortable paddings for maximum comfort
  • Adjustable and removable leg loops
  • 7 gear loops for carrying extra gear on long multipitch route
  • Two colour-coded belay loops and 12 kN-rated haul loop
  • Come with a holster slots with one hammer holster

Singing Rock Dome

Product features

  • Harness fabrics designed to withstand serious abrasion
  • Dual buckle system on the waist belt allows the harness to be perfectly centered
  • Adjustable and removeable leg loops
  • 7 gear loops with a load capacity of 5 kg
  • One rear haul loop with a load capacity 50 kg
  • 2 color belay loops for proper tie-in/attachment point, strength 15 kN

All-around harness

Are you going to buy just 1 harness for climbing? And if that is the case, an all-around harness is what you are looking for. Although an all-around harness is not purpose-built. But it is relatively lightweight and comfortable. Suitable for gym sessions, outdoor sport, trad and single day multipitch.

Black Diamond Zone

Product Features

  • Patented Infinity Loop for belaying, which is durable, lightweight and seamless.
  • Fusion Comfort Technology
  • Speed buckle adjustment
  • Fixed leg loops
  • Contoured fit
  • Four pressure moulded gear loops with rear fifth loop
  • Two ice clipper slots
  • Comes in a women specific version

Black Diamond Zone Harness

Edelrid Moe

Product Features

  • Center fit construction: movable padding at the hips for optimally adjusting and positioning the harness
  • 4 symmetrical gear loops and 2 attachment options for ice screw clips
  • Tie-in loop with an indicator that reveals red threads in the event of increased wear, signalling that it is time to replace the harness
  • Tie-in point with abrasion protector made from Dyneema®

Edelrid MOE Harness

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