There is a vast array of harnesses available for every facet of mountaineering and climbing. To help find the right one for you, we provide a fitting service. We highly recommend taking advantage of this, as harnesses are Personal Protective Equipment, and therefore we cannot accept returns, which means you want to know the harness fits before you buy!
Differences in harness design are governed by the different requirements for your chosen use, be that: Alpine, High Altitude, Winter, Big Walling, Trad or Sport climbing. The fit of harnesses also varies from ladies to gents and from stick legged sports climbers to muscular mountaineers.
If you are looking for a harness for a child, there are two basic types- sit and full body. Younger and smaller kids, particularly those that haven't developed hips yet, should definitely climb in a full body harness. Kids are top heavy, and a lot more inclined to flip upside down if they fall. We recommend the Edelrid Fraggle, DMM Tom Kitten, Petzl Oustiti and Petzl Simba. The Petzl choices have fun cartoons on them, while the Tom Kitten has a bit more of a grown-up look. For older kids, look at the soft padded and very adjustable DMM Tomcat sit harness, Petzl Macchu, Beal Rookie or Edelrid Finn III. If you need help choosing the right one for your child, don't hesitate to get in touch, and remember not to let your kids climb or abseil without a helmet.
Most harnesses will be fine for indoor use, but don't be fooled into thinking that a less padded harness will do for the gym- most climbers take more falls indoors, where it's easier to manage the risks involved in pushing your grade, than outdoors. For beginners (and everyone else, actually), we recommend the Ocun Twist Tech for men and women, the Petzl Corax or the Edelrid Jay or Jayne. They are all well equiped with padding for comfort and autolocking buckles you don't have to double back. They are also good choices for outdoor sport and traditional (trad) climbing, with plenty of gear loops.
Hardcore sport climbers after the lightest, quickest and neatest option should look no further than the Mammut Sender, a lightweight harness that removes even the need for a chalk belt, as you can clip your Sender or Comfort bag right into the Harness, perfect for those gram-conscious sport afficianados!
Multi- or single-pitch the one constant of British trad climbing is gear. Lots of it. For this you want plenty of gear loops, to rack your gear so it is visible and easy to get at. Adjustable leg-loops are a bonus, to account for the varying climate of our fair islands. The Petzl Corax and Ocun Quattro are two of the best and most adjustable, so you can layer up with warm clothes when you want to go ice climbing, or the weather on the crag isn't as warm as, say, Mallorca on a balmy summer day. They have two buckles at the waist, so you can keep the gear loops and padding symmetric when you change layers. The Corax has four well-sized gear loops, whereas the Quattro has six, for those who love organisation as well as volume of gear. For women, consider the DMM Puma II or the Petzl Luna, hosting between 5 and 7 gear loops depending upon the size.
If you're going big walling or mountaineering (you lucky thing), the Wild Country Elite Syncro has more gear loops than you could ever want, and is very adjustable, very well padded, and has a fully rated haul loop. Aid climbers love it too.
Alpine climbers are always conscious of weight. The DMM Alpine and Black Diamond Alpine Bod are examples of a light, unpadded alpine harness. The DMM Super Couloir and Black Diamond Bod have waist padding, which make them a bit more comfortable. All of these have a good array of gear loops.
For outdoor centres and groups, our favourite harness is the DMM Centre Alpine. It is highly durable, simple to put on, and very adjustable. The tie-in point is high, which means more stability for beginners. Some groups will also want to look at full-body harnesses for small kids (see above), and the 8003 Adult Full Body harness, which is a good choice for less able climbers.
Fully adjustable (ie adjustable leg loops and dual buckled or sliding belay waist belts) all-rounder harnesses often have plenty of padding and offer the best options for mail order and eShop all-round users. They are more likely to fit, and give a good level of comfort. The Petzl Corax and Beal Shadow Soft are good examples.
A fully adjustable group climbing harness that's ideal for a wide range of people. This centre style climbing harness features a full webbing construction and the adjustment is achieved by the zip lock buckles. General Features -------------------- Single Sized Option Fits a wide range of clients - 17.5"-45" Waists Webbing Construction - 30mm (approx) Ziplock Buckles - On the waist - on both leg loops Colour Coded Leg Loops - Left hand is Red - Right hand is grey (matches the rest of the harness) Free floating Padding - Removable for cleaning - Located on the waist - Located on the leg loops Waist Padding Panel - fitted with Two gear loops - one each side of the waist - fitted with harness ID badge panel Highly positioned tie in point --------------------
The Beal Aero-Team is a basic group climbing harness that comes in a single size. It's highly adjustable and is very easy to use. The main harness is constructed from tough and durable webbing which is about 26mm in width. Both the waist buckle and also the leg buckles are designed around the thread lock system which you simply pull to tension. The leg loops and waist belt also feature a floating set of padding; this gives added levels of comfort. Also located in the waist belt are two gear loops, one of each side of the torso. General Features -------------------- Single Size Fits a wide range of users - 17.5" to 45" Waists 30mm ish webbing construction Zip Lock Buckles - Waist - Legs Floating Pads for comfort - Located on the waist - Located on the leg loops High positioned tie in point Two Gear Loops - One on each side of the torso --------------------
The DMM Centre Alpine ABS, offering the same great features as the standard Centre Alpine. But this version has the addition of the zip lock buckle system on the waist and leg loops. The Centre Alpine ABS features a durable 44mm webbing construction and this incorporates a highly positioned colour coded tie in a point. The waist belt also incorporates a single gear loop. This can be moved to suit the user, but can also be removed if not required. There is then a colour coded leg loop which helps to make it easy for new climbers to get the harness son correctly. General Features -------------------- 3 Size Options (waist size in inches) - XS - 16-35" - Regular - 16-49" - Extra Large - 24-59" 44mm Webbing Construction Colour Coded High Tie In Point - XS - Blue - Regular - Yellow - Extra Large - Red Colour coded right hand leg loop - Red - For easy identification of correct fitting ABS Fast adjust buckles Single gear loop - Removable - Floating so it can be moved to suit the user Elastic leg retainers --------------------
The Edelrid Joker is a centre style climbing harness; it is available in two different sizes. The Joker Vario for the adults and the junior for the smaller rock climbers. It has a large raised tie in point which is located centrally on the front of the waist, while the single gear loop sits on the on the left hand hip. The adjustable waist and legs are all designed around the same not opening system. This offers the best levels of safety as you simply pull to tension. The legs are visually labelled right and left to ensure you get them the correct way around then putting the harness on.General Features -------------------- Webbing Construction - with integral colour coding for size High Tie In Point Single Gear Loop - on left hand hip Non Opening Waist System Non Opening Leg Loops Leg Loops also have labels for which side they are to be worn 2 Size Options - Vario - Green Trim - Junior - Purple Trim Vario - 19" to 43" Waists Junior - 19" to 31" Waists --------------------