Climbing harnesses provide the interface between you and your rope, and so it's vital you select and fit an appropriate model. We feature a wide range of harnesses on the site, featuring something for every style of climbing. Consider the attributes your harness will need for your chosen climbing style and then try various brands for a selection of fits. Below are the 3 main considerations when buying a new climbing harness:
A good fit is essential for both safety and comfort. Adjustable harnesses have increased incredibly in popularity in recent years as they can be adjusted to ensure both security and comfort whether wearing shorts and a tee-shirt in summer or with full winter clothing. Women's specific harnesses have a tailored shape to ensure a correct fit is obtained and enhanced comfort when climbing.
Basic alpine harnesses are generally unpadded. They are secure and usually your extra clothing provides the padding. All other harnesses use additional padding - a combination of conventional webbing, hardwearing nylon, closed cell foam and comfortable inner-face fabrics. Sculpted waist belts provide enhanced lumbar support without undue bulk at the front of the harness. Most waist belts fasten with a single buckle. Designs featuring two buckles (one each side of the belay hoop) ensure that the tie-in point remains absolutely central and usually provide a greater range of adjustment for size.
Comfortable leg loops are vital when hanging in a climbing harness for protracted periods especially when you are sat on a hanging stance for an hour or so. Adjustable leg loops allow the fit to be tailored to the wearers leg size to prevent discomfort. Most harnesses have the drop seat facility, which allows the leg loops to be detached from the rear of the climbing harness to allow for toilet breaks.