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Climbing gear review – Innovative harness designs

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Innovative harness designs

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

Innovative harness designs

Product Features

  • The 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
  • 235 g (M) size
  • Comes in a women-specific version

Black Diamond AirNet Harness

Petzl Sitta

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

WC Mosquito

Product Features

  • Lightweight, smooth abrasion-resistant, ripstop fabric
  • Integrated wear indicator at lower tie-in point
  • Lightweight aluminium buckle for a 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

WC Syncro 1

Product Features

  • A dual buckle system to accommodate thick clothing and enable central adjust of the waist belt
  • 6 gear loops for carrying extra gear on long multipitch route
  • Adjustable and removable leg loops
  • 2 attachment points for ice screw/tool holders

Black Diamond Big Gun

BD big gun

Product Features

  • The 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 holster slots with one hammer holster

Singing Rock Dome

Singing Rock Dome

Product Features

  • Harness fabrics designed to withstand serious abrasion
  • A dual buckle system on the waist belt allows the harness to be perfectly centred
  • Adjustable and removable leg loops
  • 7 gear loops with a load capacity of 5 kg
  • One rear haul loop with a load capacity of 50 kg
  • 2 colour 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

BD zone men new

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 a rear fifth loop
  • Two ice clipper slots
  • Comes in a women-specific version

Black Diamond Zone Harness

Edelrid Moe

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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