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How to Buy Climbing Harnesses

A Climbing Harness plays an important part in Rock Climbing. It provides support and security to the climber. Thus, you need to have one which meets your Climbing needs. Take time in selecting the right harness. In this section, take a look at these basic guidelines in choosing the appropriate Climbing Harness:

Climbing Harnesses - Parts and Features Climbing Harnesses - Parts and Features
Knowing the different elements of a Climbing Harness can greatly help in narrowing down your selection. In this section, get familiar with the various parts and features of a typical harness and learn the function of each part.

Climbing Harness Buying Guide - How to Buy Climbing Harnesses
  • Climbing Harnesses have various components that you need to know before buying one. Our Climbing Harnesses - Parts and Features section can give you ideas on the functions of each component.

  • Decide what type of climbing you'll be doing most. Will you be mixing your climbing? If so, don't make the mistake of purchasing a specialized type of harness such as a full body harness for Mountaineering with limited racking or a beefy big-wall felt-fast that will jab your love handles on free-climbing high steps. There are many fine all-around harnesses out there and you need not fret over safety - no manufacturer is foolish enough to use a dangerous design.

  • Try it first. Consider the fit and how it feels when you wear it. A harness forms a chair when you tie-in. A good fit in the waist and leg loops is critical. Male climbers should make sure the loops don't cut off circulation to the groin if they want to preserve their family line. Heavier climbers should choose a harness with wider leg loops and a thick padded waist to support their lower back. Wider straps may cut into your flesh less, while narrower straps are lighter and allow ease of movement. A woman's harness has a smaller waist with proportionately larger leg loops. Moreover, the rise (the distance between the leg loops and tie-in loop) is longer and adjustable to the pelvic shape.
Here is a practical matrix to help you choose the right Climbing Harness.

Rock climbingSports Climbing MountaineeringBig Wall
Padded leg loops
and waistbelts
Slim designLow weight and bulkLots of padding
Maximum comfort Narrow webbingNon-absorbent
Multiple gear loops
Detachable leg loops Little paddingHighly adjustable
haul loop
Gear racking loops Few frills or extrasDetachable
leg loops

These are the basic things to consider when buying a Climbing Harness. If you already know enough, then go to our shop and buy the right Climbing Harness.

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Article Comments
Wednesday 9th April 2008 at 10:21:22 PM  

If you can get the chance try a harness on while hanging on some rope. Take a few bounces to see how it absorbs the shock.

Tuesday 9th February 2010 at 8:34:29 PM  

One thing you might like to consider is whether the leg loops are adjustable. If you will be using the harness in variable climates where you have more or less clothing on your legs, it is beneficial to have adjustable leg loops. However it is common that a harness with adjustable leg loops will be slightly heavier than one without.

Saturday 28th May 2011 at 4:22:03 PM  

Hi, I am a roofer and do alot of really steep roofs. I am wondering would I be leagally able to use a rock climbing harness, full body I guess with D-rings all over it....

Thursday 9th February 2012 at 11:06:21 PM  

I''m actually in the process of researching harnesses. I want one so bad! This article came in handy, thanks!

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