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Outdoor Climbing Harnesses Sit-Harness Sitta Petzl

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Outdoor Climbing Harnesses Sit-Harness Gambit Edelrid

Edelrid Gambit climbing harness sale - £99.99

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Outdoor Climbing Harnesses Sit-Harness AR-385a Harness Women's Arc'teryx
AR-385a Harness Women's

The Arc'teryx AR-385a women's climbing harness is a beautiful, light weight peace of equipment. It has a very elegant feel and is extremely comfortable and is handmade with supreme craftsmanship, which enables ...

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Outdoor Climbing Harnesses Sit-Harness AR-395a Harness Men's Arc'teryx
AR-395a Harness Men's

The Arc'teryx AR-395a climbing harness is built with ergonomic freedom and endurance performance for versatility on rock and ice. The AR.395a hits the sweet spot where innovation, comfort and performance conver...

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Outdoor Climbing Harnesses Full-Body-Harness 8003 Full Body Petzl
8003 Full Body

A full body climbing harness suitable for mountaineering. Designed to protect against falls for all types of recreational climbing.

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Outdoor Climbing Harnesses Sit-Harness Hirundos Petzl

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Outdoor Climbing Harnesses Sit-Harness Syncro Wild Country

Great sport or trad harness with 7 gear loops and unique load spreading belt

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Outdoor Climbing Harnesses Sit-Harness Mission Women's Wild Country
Mission Women's

Developed by Wild Country female athletes, and designed to make climbing more enjoyable and hang time more comfortable. A longer rise lends itself to the female climber

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Outdoor Climbing Harnesses Sit-Harness Mission Men's Wild Country
Mission Men's

Durable, comfortable and breathable harness for sport and trad climbing

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Outdoor Climbing Harnesses Sit-Harness Mission Sport Wild Country
Mission Sport

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Outdoor Climbing Harnesses Sit-Harness Altitude Petzl

An ultralight harness for mountaineering and ski touring weighing in at a mere 150g.

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Outdoor Climbing Harnesses Sit-Harness Puma 2 DMM
Puma 2

DMM's top of the range female-specific harness. This updated version has taken all of it's predecessors attributes and made them even better.


There is a vast array of harnesses available for every facet of mountaineering and climbing. To help find the right one for you, we have produced a chart, which although a bit unwieldy is hopefully of use. It takes into account harness style and the variation in the human form, as well as the range of different technical requirements.

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 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, and the Wild Country Vision Ziplock Junior for bigger kids and young teenagers. 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 Black Diamond Momentum SA and Primrose SA for men and women, or the Wild Country Vision Ziplock Adjustable series. 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 Wild Country Vision Unisex. This has an adjustable waist and a fixed leg loop to cut down weight and faff. It's very simple and surprisingly comfortable. Both male and female staff use it, have taken whippers in it and love it- the one who bought it as a super-light sport climbing harness now uses it for trad as well.

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 supremely comfortable Petzl Calidris 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 Black Diamond Blizzard is another favourite of winter climbers everywhere. Although not as adjustable as the Corax or Calidris, it is comfortable and low profile, and has housing for ice clippers built in.

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.

Work positioning, fall arrest, rigging and other industrial harnesses can be found in the Professional section, and purpose-designed caving harnesses on the caving page.

Mail order considerations

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 Petzl Calidris are good examples.


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