Whether it’s indoor climbing, designing the 5.14 or climbing the Serro Torre in Patagonia, you need the right belt for the job. Harnesses are not only an essential part of every climber’s safety, but they also offer different levels of comfort, fit, organisation and weight. Our list of the best mountain trailers for 2020 includes a wide range of state-of-the-art models for all disciplines, including sports, retail, high walls, mountaineering and fitness. More information can be found in our comparison table and in the purchase tips under selections. And to make your mountaineering equipment complete, check out our articles on the best mountaineering shoes and helmets.
Best stage arrangement in total
1. Arc’teryx FL-365 ($145)
Best use: Sport, trade, alpine construction: Split strap What we like: ultra comfortable and slim; first class design.
What we don’t do: Oh, my darling.
The Arc’teryx FL-365, very shiny, is the reference in climbing harnesses. It is light, comfortable, moves well with the body and makes small bags. Yeah, it’s $145, and for this price you can buy Black Diamond Momentum armor, and they’ll keep you just as safe. But as with many Arc’teryx products, the extra effort is worth it for those who climb a lot, appreciate the comfort and quality of the assembly and really test their technique for resistance.
What distinguishes the Arc’teryx FL-365 from the straps below? Deformation Resistance Technology – essentially a piece of fabric stretched vertically across the lower back, distributing the load across the waistband and providing great comfort without the need for large padding. We think Arc’teryx is doing better and with less material than any other company. And almost everything about FL-365 looks great: The straps are wide but not intrusive, the straps are comfortable and stretchy enough for the body, the rear elastic outlets with a hook for quick toilet breaks and the carrying loops and slots for ice scissors allow universal use. For serious mountaineers who spend a lot of time in their equipment, we find the powerful FL-365 worthwhile.
see Arc’teryx FL-365 Female Arc’teryx FL-355
Best Budget Climbing Arena
2. Black diamond solution ($70)
Weight: 11 oz.
Best use: Gymnasium, sports building: The foam and the fraction we like: Rationalization, comfort and accessibility.
What we don’t do: Small knurled hinges; no force.
The Black Diamond Solution was launched a few years ago and since then we have seen it in all its glory. The belt features a foam layer and three separate wires in the low-profile Fusion Comfort slotted design – a design that moves with your body for load distribution and comfort. And it gets rave reviews – the solution that comes closest to the aesthetics and functionality of the Arc’teryx FL-365 arch is higher, but at a much lower price.
What are the disadvantages of this belt? This solution is more specific – it has no nominal pull loop or adjustable foot loop and no mounting points for the ice rattle (if you are looking for these features, please contact your technician below). The serrated buckles aren’t very big either, but the leg loops and waistband are wide for support and comfort, and the fabric is quick-drying and breathable. Despite its drawbacks, it is one of our best choices for hard climbing, and at an affordable price of $70 it is an excellent entry-level model and a great fitness package. In addition, the Black Diamond makes the seatbelt version shown below more durable and more belt friendly.
See the decision of the men with Black Diamond See the decision of the women with Black Diamond
Best ultralight mountaineering equipment
3. Petzl Sitt ($200)
Weight: 9.5 oz.
Best use: Sports, alpine construction: Split tire. We love that: Light, but with a first-class peppered body.
What we don’t do: More expensive than the Arc’teryx FL-365, but not as versatile.
Originally designed as ultralight mountaineering and climbing equipment, Sitta was soon adopted by top climbers looking for something light and flexible for difficult climbing. At first glance you may wonder how such an incredibly light sling can provide sufficient support and comfort. The answer: Yarn technology, a Petzl innovation that uses ultra-light and strong parallel strands of Spectra to distribute the load across the hip belt and leg loops. In contrast to the BD solution presented above, Sitta offers durability and comfort without weight and foam padding.
Please note that the Sitta, with its unregulated foot straps and minimalist material buckles, is not as versatile as some of the other slings on this list. For alpine rock and sport climbing, however, this is one of the best belts that money can buy. It is surprisingly light, weighs only 9.5 oz (almost 3.5 oz less than the FL-365 above), is surprisingly comfortable and features practical details such as split-tooth hinges and foot height adjustment. In the foldable version Sitta is very expensive for $200 and is not the best choice when it comes to the comfort of a hanging harness.
Look at Petzl Sitt.
Best arch for climbing a large wall
4. Gun with large black diamond ($120)
Weight: 23 oz.
Best use: Large wall
What we like:Loaded with functions.
What we don’t do: The heaviest bundle on this list.
Like the foggy mountain Cadillac and Metolius Safe Tech Deluxe below, the Black Diamond Big Gun offers a wider, softer belt and footstraps than your standard mountain belt. It is the most functional trio: Seven adjustable hinges make it possible to use multiple holders for cams, assistants, walking sticks, carabiners, shoes, water bottles and much more. Two belt loops hold a pair of daisies and a fifi hook, and the removable foot loops allow you to sleep comfortably without removing the belt. And even the draw job is nominal, so you don’t have to worry about your line falling out of the harness.
Despite his weight, Big Gun attracts the body, breathes well and offers freedom of movement. It is slightly less elastic than the Cadillac Foggy Mountain, but is still the best choice for climbers who perform on large walls, or for those who alternate relief and release, such as the high speed climbing of El Cap. However, we absolutely do not recommend it for sport climbing or on days when you are trying to go quickly and easily in alpine conditions. And if you need a harness for pure climbing, there are certainly more muscular models, even if you don’t want to be wary of free-climbing.
Look at the big gun with the black diamond.
The best of the other
5. Cadillac Misty Mountain ($145)
Weight: 18.7 oz.
Best use: Trade, large wall
What we like: Impressive, comfortable and handcrafted in the United States
What we don’t do: Archaic characteristics and weight.
While Black Diamond represents the culture of the alpine elite in its hometown of Salt Lake City, Foggy Mountain is the image of western North Carolina: dark, chubby and completely legal. This small company has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing handmade climbing harnesses and stapling mountaineering equipment. If you support local businesses and craftsmen, Fog Mountain is your jam tree (see company details) Cadillac is their most popular playroom, and you’ll immediately notice that it’s not light or crowded, the curls are heavy and there are no bright colors. However, it is as practical as any of our lists, very well built and offers all the features we are looking for for trade or mountaineering support.
The Cadillac is made to run 24 hours a day on the granite domes of North Carolina: Six serrated buckles make it a perfect multi-stage harness, while the padding provides a high level of comfort for hanging from straps and protruding slopes. The bundles are surprisingly flexible and offer more freedom of movement than some of the softer bundles on our list (e.g. the Big Rifle above). However, the Cadillac is heavier and bulkier than most sports or mountaineering models, and we do not recommend it for steep climbs or mountaineering. It is also worth mentioning that Misty Mountain adapts the harnesses by adding hinges for linen or extra loops for the equipment, slots for ice shears and adjusting the size and length of the legs. Whatever your idea is, they’ll listen to you.
Appearance Male Misty Mountain Cadillac Appearance Female Misty Mountain Cadillac Appearance
6. Noblerida J. III ($60)
Weight: 14.5 oz.
Best use: Gymnasium, sports, trade
What we like:Well designed and well adjustable.
What we don’t do: It’s not easy and it’s not easy to pack.
If you are looking for a quality belt with adjustable tilt that will not break the sofa, Jay III is a good option. The Jay – or the female version is called Jayne – is Edelrid’s best all-round harness for workhorses and is perfect for everything from sports halls and sport climbing to commercial and ice sports. It’s one of the most suitable slings on our list: One of our favourite features is the ability to tighten and adjust it so that the belt loop is always in the middle of the body. In addition, Jay is equipped with adjustable foot straps, a feature that many people will find necessary. Finally, the men’s version is available in three sizes and the women’s version in four, which means that this belt has to fit well, regardless of your morphology.
Unlike our best collectors above, Jay III is not a light and compact belt, nor is it meant to be. Although it will never be our first choice, we think the catapult will be okay. We recently noticed the team of students from the National Open Air Leadership School (NOLS) in Smith Rock – another proof that it is a sustainable and versatile choice for many mountaineering disciplines. In their latest update, Edelride decided to manufacture the harness entirely from Blues certified materials, giving you the added benefit of buying a durable product.
Look, look, look, look, look, look. Edelrida Jane III, male. Look, look, look, look, look, look. Female Edelrida Jane III.
7. Petzl Sama ($70)
Weight: 14.6 oz.
Best use: Gymnasium, sport
What we like: Great comfort and high quality of construction.
What we don’t do: More difficult than the solution described above.
Sama (and selenium for women) is a well-equipped and durable mid-range belt made with Petzl’s reliable know-how and high quality materials. As with the above solution, a combination of foam and split fabric is used, with fixed straps and a sleek design that is ideal for trekking or gymnastics. With a sled like Sitta you don’t gain much weight, but you probably don’t need it either. For comfortable, well-made and low-priced belts, Sama is an excellent choice.
The Sama is a heavier (and bulkier) package than the black diamond solution, which ultimately raises the question: what do most athletes and climbers prefer? But keep in mind that with this extra weight comes a very important strength and comfort that makes the best workhorse day after day. And for mountaineers or those who need a closer landing, Petzl Adjama (and the female Luna) offers a similar design, but with adjustable foot straps and a fifth gear loop for an extra $10.
You see the skin of men. You see women’s skin, Selena.
8. Black Diamond Moment ($60)
Weight: 10.7 oz.
Best use: Gymnasium, sports, trade
What we like:. One of the cheapest seatbelts on the market.
What we don’t do: Quality and comfort are sacrificed at the price.
Black Diamond’s freshly designed Momentum is not the most comfortable, high quality or innovative belt on the list, but it does have one thing above all else: price. For only $60 you can get a well-made and durable belt from the best brand. With the TrakFit foot adjuster for easy adjustment and the rear traction loop, Momentum is versatile enough for use indoors or outdoors, in sports or at work. What’s more, the latest version saves more than a gram of the previous weight and is therefore lighter than all but two other bundles. In general, there are good reasons why Momentum has long been a favorite among climbers of all disciplines.
If you are willing to give a few extra dollars, we find the Edelrid Jay/Jayne above a little better and a better belt. In addition, Black Diamond’s Solution for those who do not plan to spend a lot of time in the suspension, offers a much more streamlined fit that improves freedom of movement for novice climbers. As with all foam harnesses, the moose padding must wear out over time and we have found that the fabric is more vulnerable than most (beware of climbers and chimneys in width). But in terms of price and features, it is a proven and reliable option at an excellent price.
Look, look, look, look, look, look. The moment of the sight of the male black diamond? The moment of a woman’s black diamond.
9. Metolius Safe Tech Deluxe ($130)
Weight: 20 oz.
Best use: Retail, large wall
What we like:. It’s literally bombproof. Do something with the zipper or thread it and it should hold.
What we don’t do: Big, heavy and unmanageable.
Metolius Safe Tech Deluxe clearly distinguishes itself from our best offers in this list. If there ever was a stupid package, it’s her. Almost everything on the Safe Tech is designed to descend at least 10 kN, even the harness of the rope detector at the lower attachment point. No other safety belt on this list comes close to this level (usually only the anchorages, the belt buckle and possibly a pulling buckle). The end result is maximum safety, whether you sketch a tie or just tie it (which both beginners and experienced climbers do). Metolius is the only company that produces such tapes, so we think it’s worth taking a look at Safe Tech.
Although the Metolius Safe Tech is not as light or as flat as the other models on this list, it must offer optimal comfort throughout its life. This can increase the volume and weight of your mountaineering package, but the benefits are tangible. The muscle bundle provides significant support with suspension straps and a route paving, making it a solid choice for both beginners and more experienced climbers. It’s not alpine reinforcement steel and it’s not the best choice for shipping your 5.13 sports projects, but Safe Tech Deluxe is the reliable choice for long, everyday equipment.
See Men Metolius Safe Tech Deluxe See Women Metolius Safe Tech Deluxe
10. Black Diamond Solution Guide ($100)
Weight: 13.9 ounces.
Best use: Tread
Construction: Foam and crushing
What we like:Popular solution belt, now stronger for commercial climbing.
What we don’t do:We prefer adjustable toe buckles on the belt.
The Black Diamond Solution suspension was an instant hit with athletes and climbers known for its simplicity, comfort and good looks. But make no mistake, this is a sports harness, and the soft, thin facial tissues cannot be compared to the more physical climbing of traditional routes. Enter the Trade Mountaineers Solution Guide and replace the Black Diamond with your favourite Chaos Belt. Made from BD’s durable Super Fabric, the guide version retains its sleek look and impressive comfort, but is designed to withstand the impact whether you’re scraping chimneys or lying on the edge of El Cap.
The version of the guide remains faithful to the simplicity of the original solution, eliminating the need for adjustable straps and points for the ice scissors (see the black diamond technician below for these functions). The only notable differences between this belt and its distinctive sporty character are the fifth buckle on the back and the increased resistance, which adds more than two ounces to the design. In general, the solution for climbing Yosemite or scraping off the sandstone towers is one of the strongest belts on this list, with the strongest Cadillac of Mist Mountain at the top. But for those who have ventured into the alpine cliffs, we can’t help but wish Black Diamond would combine the design and fabric of the Solution Guide with the versatility of technology to make it all real.
Look, look, look, look, look, look. BD Guide for Women’s Solutions See the BD Guide for Women’s Solutions.
11. Dia Mamut Ofir 3 ($65)
Weight: 13 oz.
Best use: Gymnasium, trade, alpine construction : Foam and crush. We love that: Respiration and comfort at a low price.
What we don’t do: The foam has an expiry date.
Ophir is a complete and robust tool that offers many additional features and a better design than the other options up to $70 on our list. With a buckle for the seat of the hood, a four kilo traction tyre and adjustable foot straps, it is ready for various climbing adventures, both in sport and in trade. Meanwhile, at only 13 ounces, it’s decent light and compact enough to be a reliable choice for rock faces with longer approach routes. Finally, Mammut has built-in wear indicators so you know when it’s time to remove the bow, which is a good addition.
Compared to other budget envelopes such as Momentum and J described above, Ophira’s design is remarkably low in foam. This means more freedom of movement and breathability, but also less comfort when hanging up. In addition, the elastic belt flexes slightly when the seatbelts are under load. However, sporty climbers and climbers climbing the Alpine peaks with glow sticks will appreciate the clarity of nature, especially in warm weather. Overall, the Ophir at its entry-level price is a very effective option for light and fast beginners.
Dia Mammy Ofir 3 for men Dia Mammy Ofir 3 for women
12. Edelid-Orion ($120)
Weight: 14.1 oz.
Best use: Sport
Construction: Shredding of foam and dust
What we like: Comfortable and carefree.
What we don’t do:Exposed webbing makes this belt less durable over time.
The Orion is one of Edelride’s highest quality belts. Like Petzl’s wire technology, it effectively distributes the load generated when it falls or hangs over the meshes of the net structure, what Edelrid calls the 3D-Vent technology. Orion, however, increases comfort by adding super-ventilated foam, which is ideal for climbing in hot weather.
A surprising problem with Orion is that the structural component of the fabric is subject to external wear and tear (almost all other harnesses cover their structural components with a thin fabric to protect them from wear and tear). We don’t know exactly why Edelrid didn’t follow this example, but at first sight it seems a bit problematic – like a rope without a shell. This construction should not be a problem for sports climbers, but we do not recommend Orion for professional climbers who pull up their harness across the width and chimneys. In addition, some climbers report that the belt padding is not at the front, causing the buckle to dig into the stomach. Orion looks like a first-class package in most other places, but these takes make us reluctant to give it a higher rating.
See Edelrida Orion men See Edelrida Solaris women
13. Mild rebel bean ($80)
Weight: 11.5 oz.
Best use: Sports, alpine construction: Shredding of foam and dust
What we like: Available at a price that makes it possible to obtain such a lightweight harness.
What we don’t do: Limited functionality; a rope from the hip belt can be dug up at the waist.
Not to be outdone, Bill joined the party’s technique of fractional combing with the rebel. The Web Core, as Beal calls it, attaches two small pieces of fabric (the straps you pull to adjust them) to each end of a larger piece of fabric that is wrapped by a net wrapped around your waist. Their design includes two loops instead of one, so that the straps remain centred and the tine loops rest directly on both sides. The rebellious parts are just as clean as the Arc’teryx FL-365 above, and it really competes with the belts at the top of our list.
However, Beal Rebel has some remarkable omissions that prevent us from recommending him to a higher degree. First of all, the bundle does not protrude under the belt buckle, and we notice that the bundle penetrates the waist uncomfortably. In addition, the foot adjustment clip can slip, which can weaken the foot tires over time. Rebel is limited in its versatility without traction loops, ice points or large gears. But when worn over multiple layers of clothing, Rebel is comfortable, and we like the fact that the price is much lower than that of the lightweight competitors.
Look, look, look, look, look, look. Do you see a man rebelling? The Venusian ascent of women.
14. Black Diamond Technician ($85)
Weight: 13.3 oz.
Best use: Tread, alpine construction : Shredding polystyrene and knives that we love: Versatility in four seasons at a low price.
What we don’t do: Not as sustainable and practical as the above solutions.
Strapping for technicians is a modern Black Diamond offer for mountaineers for whom weight is important and who want to change seasons. It uses the same foam and panel separation design as the above solution, but adds slots for ice shears and adjustable foot straps for added versatility. And while this technology is heavier than the Arc’teryx FL-365 (another great four-season arcade game), it’s available for just $60 less.
With a relatively new technician, however, we feel that there is room for improvement. The most obvious is that the strut hinges can be profiled, resulting in an enormous loss of comfort in the suspension. In addition, fabric technology is not measured by Super Fabric or Black Diamond’s extremely hard solution guide. On paper, the Solution Guide to Crossing Cracks and Scratches and Chimneys in Rock Walls (Indian Creek is an excellent example) is a clear winner. But for the occasional ice climber, the technology offers great versatility for just $85.
Look, look, look, look, look, look. Technician of the men’s black diamond Sm. There’s a woman who’s a black diamond technician.
15. CAMP USA Air CR EVO ($90)
Weight: 8.5 oz.
Best use: Mountaineering
What we like:. Lightweight and compact.
What we don’t do: Holding can be safe, but it doesn’t mean you really want to try.
The CAMP USA Air CR EVO is of course full-bodied, but otherwise this band is very simple. Only 8.5 ounces, air, as we shall call it, is the lightest belt on our list. It’s not designed for most mountaineering sports, but we’d like to offer it here for the climbers and mountaineers among us – especially for those times when you need a package but don’t intend to hold it much (or at all).
The elements we like most in the air are undoubtedly their weight and compactness. However, this minimalist belt has some of the most important features we’ve always looked for: serrated hinges, a self-locking buckle, a traction buckle, adjustable foot straps and even slots for attaching ice scissors. The CAMP has also improved its air cushions for greater comfort and durability. Of course it’s not your daily need, but if you’re making long trips to the mountains and trying to shave, it’s definitely worth considering. In this category we also advise you to pay attention to the height of Petzl and the Black Diamond Lobby.
Look, look, look, look, look, look. CAMP USA Air CR EVO
Comparison of arcana climbing Table
|Dishes||Prices||Weight||Better use of resources||Build||Adjustable foot straps|
|Arc’teryx FL-365||$145||12.9 ounces.||Sports, commerce, alpine.||Cut the seal||No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.|
|Black diamond solution||$70||Eleven ounces.||Gym, gym, gym.||Styrofoam, which splits the comb.||No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.|
|Petzl Sitt||$200||Nine and a half ounces.||Sports, alpine||Cut the seal||No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.|
|Large barrel with black diamond||$120||23 ounces.||Great Wall||Mousse||Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.|
|Misty Mountain Cadillac||$145||18.7 ounces.||Ted, big wall.||Mousse||Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.|
|Fellow Jay III||$60||14.5 ounces.||Gym, sports, retail.||Mousse||Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.|
|Petzl Sama||$70||14.6 ounces.||Gym, gym, gym.||Styrofoam, which splits the comb.|
|Black diamond torque||$60||10.7 ounces.||Gym, sports, retail.||Mousse||Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.|
|Metolius Safe Tech Deluxe||$130||20 ounces.||Ted, big wall.||Mousse||Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.|
|Black Diamond Solutions Guide||$100||13.9 ounces.||Trading house||Styrofoam, which splits the comb.|
|Mamut Ofir 3 Dia||$65||13 ounces.||Gymnastics, commerce, alpine.||Styrofoam, which splits the comb.||Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.|
|Edelid-Orion||$120||14.1 ounces.||Sport||Styrofoam, which splits the comb.||Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.|
|Soft body storage||$80||Eleven and a half ounces.||Sports, alpine||Styrofoam, which splits the comb.||Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.|
|Technician with black diamond||$85||13.3 ounces.||Ted, Alpine||Styrofoam, which splits the comb.||Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.|
|CAMP USA Air CR EVO||$90||8.5 ounces.||Mountaineering||Mousse||Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.|
Purchase of a climbing equipment Map
- Types of climbing supports
- Split tyre
- Hinges: Fishing gear, tug, rocket
- Collateral and credit ratings
- Dimensions and setting options
- Mountaineer harnesses for men and women
- Permanent and dismissal
Types of climbing supports
The first thing to pay attention to when choosing a harness is the kind of climbing you do most often. Of course, every belt from a reputable company has to keep you safe, but whether it’s comfortable or good for work is a different story. Do you need large hinges for your shop fitting? Slits for an ice scissors? Adjustable foot straps for different layers? Although transitions are common (e.g. gymnastics and sports, sports and crafts, handicrafts and mountaineering), you will find that most seatbelts are made with the specific mountain discipline in mind. Then you have to look for a sled for any kind of mountaineering.
The harness holds you by the rope and holds all your equipment.
Gymnasium for climbing
Lifting equipment shall be comfortable, affordable and durable. Don’t worry about fashionable hinges, weight-saving technology, packaging convenience or features such as towing loops and ice scissor slits. The only thing you don’t want to miss is the stuffing – you’ll probably fall and linger more often because it’s much easier to push yourself in than push yourself out. What you are really looking for in sportswear is a basic model of most companies. Save yourself the frills and the steeper runs for the stuff you take outside.
Recommended: Nobleman Jay III/Jay III, the black diamond moment.
If your main activity is sport climbing, you should focus on finding a lightweight harness that provides a soft grip and allows you to move with your body. Look for minimalist models where lifting comfort and not hanging comfort is the main goal. You can also remove the small hinges of the sports belt, as you only wear quick-release fasteners and buckles. Expect good sports equipment to drive up the equipment price.
Recommended: Petzl Sitta, Black Diamond Solution.
Climbing often involves multiple passages, so we have grouped them here for simplicity. But whether you pull or look up, a professional mountaineering harness will be a little more functional than a sports harness. On the one hand, it must be made of stronger material – you’re more likely to squeak through disgusting low beams and lumpy chimneys. Secondly, it should be very comfortable for suspended or semi-suspended straps. This means a wide hip belt and foot strap and either foam padding or a well-designed split tube construction (the latter option increases your price). Finally, make sure your mountaineering harness has at least four large tooth loops and a back closure – you will need them.
Recommended: Arc’teryx FL-365, Black Diamond Solution Guide, Black Diamond Technician
Commercial belts must be very strong.
Climbing the big wall
So you want to climb El Cap If you don’t plan to go to Nose (NIAD) in one day, you need an arch in which you can spend a lot of time. Large wall tires that you can imagine in every way: They are very strong and comfortable for long suspension straps and hook buckles, have multiple serrated hinges to hold all your protection effectively, are equipped with a traction lift buckle and often have double belt buckles. If you want to cling to a mystery all day, there’s nothing else to do. They’re not fast or easy, but they don’t climb high walls. I hope I can pay a little more for them.
Recommended: Metolius Safe Tech Deluxe, Foggy Mountain Cadillac, Big Gun with Black Diamond
Think of climbing, but ultra light. Quick and easy is the name of the game in mountaineering, and your armor should be no exception. You need all the features of a commercial force, large tine loops, traction loops, but in a lightweight, packaged design. If you tend to stratify yourself in the mountains, look for a model with adjustable foot straps. And since mountaineering sometimes also means ice climbing or mixed climbing, most of these harnesses are equipped with ice axe slots for comfortable carrying screws.
Recommended: Petzl Sitta, Edelid Orion, Black Diamond technician.
There are two things you really don’t want to do when you are mountaineering: Hang and fall. If you do both, you probably have more important things to do than the comfort of your sled. Your sling should be more comfortable for walking than for climbing and should be easy to remove and put on (especially over shoes and staples). And because mountaineering is such an exhausting sport where every gram counts, you want to make your team as light as possible. Climbing harnesses are quite minimalistic, so expect a lower price than other types of harnesses.
Recommended: CAMP USA Air CR EVO
The mountain belts are ultra-light and minimalistic.
With the development of mountaineering, the straps have also developed. Half a century ago, when climbers rarely had to fall, harnesses were just in case. These nylon straps or nylon casings with bare bones are certainly not designed for comfort. But as the popularity of sport climbing and multi-functional routes grew, climbers demanded more and more of their safety harnesses and the need for extra comfort became a priority. Foam padding has been introduced, as well as hip straps and wider foot loops. And development will continue in 2020: In recent years, new technologies have made it possible to develop harnesses that can provide excellent comfort and load distribution without the use of bulk material. Today, the best choices are always a mix of soft, supple patterns, and we distinguish them by the materials used to distribute the load: Foam foil and slit.
Many modern packaging is constructed with a piece of tape of one centimetre between flexible foam. This construction offers a flexible structure and grip and distributes the load during suspension. The foam is soft and supple – certainly effective, but it has some drawbacks.
Foam is first and foremost bulky and heavy, which is not very good for those who like to walk light, and it is by far not the most breathable material. However, manufacturers have found several detours: Edelride, for example, contains a mesh fabric for extra ventilation in the foam, and Beal perforates the foam at the bundles. Breathability on the side, even the foam wears out over time, and if you climb a lot, the straps lose their padding before they have to be removed for safety reasons.
These disadvantages make standard foam harnesses an excellent choice for beginners in climbing or as a cheap exercise device, but we do not recommend them for much more. Currently many foam packaging uses split film technology instead of a single piece of fabric, which is discussed in detail below. If you are configured for foam filling, we recommend that you stick to this combination.
The whole with its foam structure is perfect for beginners in climbing.
Arc’teryx was the first company to develop a comfortable and rational alternative to foam, ushering in a new revolution in lightweight, foldable harnesses. They took the only piece of fabric we know from traditional foam bales and divided it into widths, dividing the strands up and down along the waistband and foot loops to distribute the load more evenly. Arc’teryx technology, based on the deformation resistance technology, completely eliminates pressure points and provides spring comfort without the weight or volume of the foam. Other brands have followed Petzl’s example with its wire technology, Black Diamond with its Fusion comfort construction and Mammut with its aptly named Split Webbing technology, which uses various high-strength materials such as Spectra, Vectran and nylon.
Separate elemental structures like our top-of-the-line Arc’teryx FL-365 and Petzl Sitta models are lighter, more aerodynamic and breathable, more durable and perhaps even more comfortable than other models. In general, they are also associated with a higher price. But that’s the way the belts work, and we recommend jumping in the cart with the orchestra. And as mentioned earlier, split fabric and foam are not mutually exclusive – many technologies (such as Black Diamond’s Fusion Comfort) combine split fabric and a thin layer of foam to create an affordable belt that stays light and durable.
Arc’teryx was a pioneer in the development of the slit tyre, which is now flawless.
Hinges: Landing gear, towing and binder
The earrings on the belt are small plastic rings that run along the belt. You’ll hang your stuff there: Sport climbing bikes, commercial climbing cameras, line equipment, jackets, etc. As a general rule : The more technically difficult the lift is, the more loops are needed. If you mainly practice sports and sport climbing, you can only get two knurled hinges for basic necessities such as harnesses and stretcher holders. If you’re in trade or in the mountains, four should suffice, but you’ll be happy with a traction loop or a fifth loop for your shoe or trailer. When climbing the wall, make sure you have at least four knurled loops and a nominal pull loop at the back of the harness.
Hinges carry cams, slings, quick release mechanisms, snap hooks and much more.
Not all belts have or need a transport loop, but for many it is an extremely useful function. The timing buckle is located at the rear of the seat belt between two rear tooth hinges. You attach a drawstring, a second rope or shoes during a multi-phase ascent. If you don’t do multi-purpose climbing, we can’t imagine that we have much use for a trekking job. Most hinges are not designed to fall off and are therefore not suitable for attaching to a rope or anchor or for hanging particularly heavy objects. However, loops for transporting goods on large packages are often evaluated, such as a 12 kg loop on a large Black Diamond gun (see the chapter on safety and evaluations below for more information on kilowatts).
The belt loop
The belt loop is quite simple It is a super strong woven ring that connects the belt buckle and the foot buckle. This is also the point where you attach the device to the rope to run or slide. If you are looking for light, alpine or ice sports, look for a fine car wash. Look for thicker wash loops or double wash loops for retail or large walls. And the most important thing is to check the belt buckles for wear.
Lightweight belts often have preformed belt buckles.
Collateral and credit ratings
All mountaineering equipment that is part of your safety system (jump ropes, seatbelts, carabiners, cams, quickdraws, etc.) is certified to maintain a certain strength, a kilonuton (kN) class. Without going into too much detail: 1 kN means that the equipment can carry around 100 kilos (or 220 pounds) of static weight. The amount of weight in kN decreases with increasing fall force – for example, if the lead falls on your equipment, the force applied is much greater than when the top rope falls statically. Mountaineering equipment, including climbing harnesses, is generally calculated in the range of about 14 to 25 kN.
Hoisting belts are so strong that the number is not as important as which parts can withstand the force and which cannot. You can be sure that you will fully appreciate the attachment points of the belt and clothesline buckle, because this is where the rope and clothesline are attached. Apart from these main connection points, no other parts of the belt (e.g. tooth buckle or foot buckle) may be used for safety reasons. This rare belt has a nominal traction buckle, which is very important when attaching to a belt for carrying with a loaded bag. And then there’s the Metolius Safe Tech Deluxe: more reliable than any other belt on the market, all the buckles on this belt, including the leg rests, are designed to withstand a force of at least 10 kN.
Dimensions and setting options
The right choice of harness is just as important as the right choice of harness for your desired type of climbing. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as walking into the store and choosing medium belts, because that’s what you normally wear in your pants. Everything is taken into account in terms of size, starting with the length of the belt buckle (shorter buckles make the foot loops higher up in the crotch – uncomfortable for people with high hips), the physical shape of the belt, the adjustment possibilities at the waist and the foot loops. It is also important to note that not all slings have leg loops, but we recommend them for people with wider legs or for winter climbers who need to be able to add or subtract layers.
As with anything you wear, it’s a good idea to try on a bow tie before you buy it. Go to the shop, put it on, adjust it well (the hip belt should be higher than the trousers – just above the hips), and actually hang it up (most shops and climbing halls have a place to do this). If you get the chance, you can fall a little into the ark and see how it feels. Don’t forget that the straps don’t have to be super strong to be safe: you have to be able to put two fingers between your body and the seat belt or the toe buckles. All straps are fitted with elastic tubes to keep the foot buckles close to the top of the hips. Some are equipped with small loops, which allow an easy toilet break, while others do not. They should be strong enough to hold the straps in place, but not so strong that they restrict your movements.
Adjustable toe loops can be a useful feature to select in an appropriate state.
Mountaineering harnesses for men and women
Speaking of size: Today, most belts are made for both male and female attacks. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and it is of course scandalous that a male climber wears a female climbing harness or vice versa. If you like it, go ahead. Note, however, that the water around the names of these different versions can be a bit muddy. For example, our arcana #3 is called Jay (for men) and Jayne (for women) – even more confusing are Petzl Adjama and Luna (same arcana, two attacks). Fortunately, Black Diamond is leading the way in optimizing these naming systems: Their boarding belts are available in a male and a female version, both of which are called Momentum (the female model used to be called Primrose). And to help you, we have linked both options in all of our product descriptions above.
It is worth the time and effort to make sure that the straps are properly adjusted.
Climbing harnesses can be used to split the range from 8.5 ounces for the minimalist CAMP USA Air to a massive 23 ounces for Black Diamond’s big wall specialist, Big Gun. As light equipment is often associated with higher productivity, weight is a major problem for many climbers. Classroom slides should not only be light but also save space (the last thing you want is for your movements to be limited by seatbelts). The same goes for climbers and mountaineers, who focus on weight reduction and ease of transport. In general: The more you walk or wear belts, the easier it should be for you. But weight doesn’t play a role for everyone: If you climb into the gym or accidentally hit rocks, you can almost completely ignore the weight indication – you’ll notice an increase in comfort that goes way beyond a few grams around your waist.
Durability and decommissioning
There are few things in mountaineering that depend on just one of them. Most things are superfluous, so they’re backed up. Anchors are always made with at least two bolts or gears. We attach our rope to different protectors as it leads. Many of us have secured ourselves with two lines of eyelets or two separate personal anchors. But for safety reasons, we only rely on rope and harness. That’s why – and we can’t stress this enough – it’s very important to make sure your dishes are in good condition. Examine it regularly for any blur or abrasions, paying particular attention to the buckles at the waist. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for care, maintenance and storage. And remove the straps when you put them on or when they have reached their intended life – whichever comes first.
When we talk about strength and straps, it’s mainly about surface materials and performance rather than absolute safety. The durability of the harness depends on the type and thickness of the materials used, but also on the quality of the construction and your desired style of mountaineering. Sports climbers will worry less about strength than shopkeepers, climbers and mountaineers with large walls, simply because of the way they come into contact with the rock (just think of a slight crease against chimneys that scratch, slide or hang down all day). Fortunately, most large or commercial wall coverings take this into account by using stronger fabrics, thicker belt loops and more stitching. For example, the Black Diamond Direction is made of an outer fabric that is much more durable than the Black Diamond Direction, and belts such as the Cadillac Foggy Mountain contain large buckles and large fabrics.
Make sure you check the health of your gastric loop regularly.
Many functions contribute to the comfort of the harnesses. These include wide lap belts and foot buckles, generous padding or split tube technology, breathable materials and a good fit. In general, there is a correlation between comfort and weight: The heavier the belt, the more muscular and flexible it should be hung without developing pressure points. The weight reduction removes the padding, makes the straps and foot buckles thinner and reduces comfort. But there is also an exception to this rule: Split belt harnesses are the best in both worlds. They are light and easy to store, but at the same time they distribute the load in an incredibly intelligent and uniform way. For everything except climbing it is our best choice.
All this shows that comfort while hanging up is not the only detail to take into account. Smaller, lighter and lower climbing harnesses may not be ideal for long harnesses or for hanging from a rope during the route, but they are easier to climb. Again, we think the seat belt is the predominant choice. In general, it may be useful to consider if you spend more time beating and hanging yourself than climbing and walking. If it’s the first, you’ll need a more muscular belt like the Metolius Safe Tech Deluxe or a high quality split belt like the Arc’teryx FL-365. If it’s the latter, you should consider something like Petzl Sitta or even Camp USA Air CR EVO.
Climbers need a tight belt.
Instead of focusing on style, type of climbing or materials used, it is sometimes useful to think about packages grouped by price. Between $50 and $80, think of entry-level models and mountaineer harnesses (as well as the sale of items from previous models). For almost $100 you’ll find typical middle class belts, where you’ll find both sporty mountain belts and a pair of decent belts. Options with large walls generally hover around $100, plus or minus $20. Finally, in the category 100+ we find the best harnesses for serious climbers. If you shop here, you’re probably planning on spending a lot of time in your sled and taking it to some pretty extreme places. Be careful with anything over $160, because most of the top bands we can imagine are just below (one exception is Petzl Sitta). Anyway, you’ll probably get away with a cheaper model if you don’t spend a lot of time in your sled.
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