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The Best 6 Rock Climbing Harness Reviews

 Climbing Harness Reviews – Our Top 6.

Finding the best harness isn’t always easy. We’ve put together 6 of our favourite climbing harness reviews to help make that decision easier.

We look at all the main features outlined in this article and base our reviews on these features.

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TitleBlack Diamond Chaos Climbing Harness (Ink Jet / Limelight) - MediumArc'Teryx R300 Rock Climbing Harness (Carbide) - MediumCamp Quartz CR3 Climbing Harness - LargePetzl Sama Climbing Harness (Medium)Petzl Adjama Climbing Harness (Small)Black Diamond Momentum AL Climbing Harness - Men's (Large / Cool Gray)
BrandBlack DiamondArc'teryxCampPetzlPetzlBlack Diamond
FeaturePre-threaded Speed Adjust waistbelt buckle
Bullhorn-shaped waistbelt built using Kinetic Core Construction
4 pressure-molded gear loops
12 kN-rated haul loop
Breathable, padded lumbar insert
Winner of Climbing Magazineâ?TMs New and Notable Award
Innovative Sliding Waist Belt with Fold-Over Construction
4-mm Perforated EVA Foam
Edge-Load Construction on the leg loops
4 webbing reinforced gear loops and full-strength haul loop
Frame Construction with breathable monofilament mesh evenly distributes pressure, providing maximum support and comfort
Woven polyester mesh on the inside of the harness wicks moisture for improved comfort and speeds drying in wet conditions
Perforated closed cell foam on the waistbelt and leg loops increases breathability
DoubleBack buckle is pre-threaded and adjusts quickly with a single pull, helping to ensure proper closure
Green belay loop helps users identify proper tie-in / attachment point. Reinforced tie-in points for increased durability in this high-wear area
Frame Construction with breathable monofilament mesh evenly distributes pressure, providing maximum support and comfort
Adjustable leg loops allow size to be adjusted depending on comfort desired or layers of clothing worn and permit the harness to be put on when wearing skis or crampons
Woven polyester mesh on the inside of the harness wicks moisture for improved comfort and speeds drying in wet conditions
DoubleBack buckles are pre-threaded and adjust quickly with a single pull, helping to ensure proper closure.
Green belay loop helps users identify proper tie-in / attachment point. Reinforced tie-in points for increased durability in this high-wear area
Traditional, fold-back waistbelt buckle
Bullhorn-shaped OpenAir waistbelt built with Dual Core Construction
Patent-pending trakFIT leg loop adjustment for easy, worry-free adjustability of OpenAir leg loops
Adjustable, releasable rear elastic riser. 4 pressure-molded gear loops. 12 kN-rated haul loop
SIZING: SM - Waist 27-30"/69-76cm, Legs 18-22"/45-56cm; MD - Waist 30-33"/76-84cm, Legs 20-24"/51-61cm; LG - Waist 33-36"/84-91cm, Legs 22-26"/56-66cm; XL - Waist 36-39"/91-99cm, Legs 24-28"/61-71cm; XXL - Waist 40-45"/100-114cm, Legs 26-30"/66-76cm
TitleBlack Diamond Chaos Climbing Harness (Ink Jet / Limelight) - MediumArc'Teryx R300 Rock Climbing Harness (Carbide) - MediumCamp Quartz CR3 Climbing Harness - LargePetzl Sama Climbing Harness (Medium)Petzl Adjama Climbing Harness (Small)Black Diamond Momentum AL Climbing Harness - Men's (Large / Cool Gray)
Price$114.95$149.00$69.95$69.95$85.95$34.94
Rating5.0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars
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Petzl Adjama – ($85-90) –  – Read Reviews

Pretzl adjama

Pros:

This harness is a comfortable, lightweight model. The padding is constructed of a highly breathable material which will help to prevent your legs from sweating too much when on the rock or in the gym, etc.

As with all Petzl harnesses, it now comes with the self-locking “Double-Back” buckle which provide easy adjustability and safety.

This model also comes with detailed illustrations on how to use the harness properly which is a beneficial feature in the harness market, especially for beginners.

Cons:

This model comes with adjustable leg loops, which some people may prefer but we think that the extra cost over the Petzl Sama is unjustified as most climbers prefer fixed leg loops anyway.

Bottom line:

This is a good harness and if you need an all-round harness that is light, breathable and durable. If you are adamant about adjustable leg loops, then this is the harness for you and it will last you for years.

If you prefer fixed leg loops, then save yourself $15-20 and get the Petzl Sama which has all the same features but is much better value

User Review:

“I am new to climbing and I wanted a harness I could grow into as I developed new skills. This Adjama harness is light and stylish but the best part is how comfortable it is while hanging.” – Read Reviews

 

Petzl Sama – ($65-70) –  – Read Reviews

Petzl sama

Pros:

Similarly to the Petzl Adjama, the Sama has a lot of breathability. The harness is constructed from the trademark Petzl monofilament mesh which is practically see-through and prevents sweat on those long hot days.

We like this harness due to its sleek design which make it a light, comfortable harness. This is helped by the use of fixed leg loops. Petzl have designed this harness to be reinforced at the major points to ensure durability. They do this using their frame technology (See video below). 

Of course, this harness has all the now-standard Petzl features such as the ‘Double-Back’ buckles and the instructional illustrations on the harness to aid climber safety.

Cons:

The main problem with this harness is the haul loop. The haul loop on this harness is not full strength which may provide some problems for climbers looking for a harness to hang a haul line from on those long ascents.

Petzl have also repositioned some of the gear loops on this harness to allow for two CARITOOL slots. This has forced some of the gear loops into an awkward position, which is helpful for those ice climbers looking to carry axes, etc but not for the trad climber.

The sizing structure for this harness may catch some people out so be sure to try this on in-store where possible!

Bottom Line:

We like this harness which is good value at around $70 and is the most versatile model in our review. If you prefer adjustable leg loops, then go for the Adjama.

Look to spend more money if you want more reliable secondary features such as haul loops.

User Review:

“I’ve been climbing for about a year and a half and I got this harness and I’m never going back. It is comfortable and easy to get into and out of. It is a great harness for indoor and outdoor climbing. If you are looking for a comfortable well performing harness then look no further.” – Read Reviews

Watch this video for more information about the Petzl Frame construction system.

 

Camp Quartz CR3 – ($69-75) –  – Read Reviews

Camp quartz

Pros:

This harness is packed with features and will appeal to those who really like a lot of versatility or for those who do a ton of climbing in different locations and climb different styles.

During our rock climbing harness reviews, we found this harness particularly stands out because it is one of the most comfortable harnesses out there and the main strap provides a lot of padding to the wearer. It also has a round top edge which will stop the harness digging into you if you climb without a shirt.

Other features include self-locking buckles, a special belay loop that allows you to load a carabiner to stop it from crossing over when loaded and extra adjustability features on the main strap to ensure the belay loop stays centered.

The low-profile buckles and the neat housing for the excess strap on the leg loops make for a good balance between comfort and adjustability and if you prefer adjusting leg loops, then these are some of the best on the market.

Cons:

As with some other all-round harnesses, the spaces for ice gear push the gear loops towards to rear of the harness and make this harness a little tricky in terms of accessibility for trad gear. The flimsy, rubber gear loops could also be stiffer as this would help the gear to be more accessible and prevent the gear clumping together.

Another problem we found is that you will end up paying more if you want fixed leg loops which may put some people off as it is traditional to pay less for fixed loops.

Some people may find the buckle a little irritating on the skin and may cause problems when not wearing a shirt which is a shame as the main belt is so comfortable.

Bottom Line: 

During our climbing harness reviews, we really liked this harness and if features are a important, then this is the harness for you. This harness excels at multi pitch climbs and those climbs where you can expect to be hanging for long periods of time.

 

Arcteryx R300 – ($149-160) –  – Read Reviews

Arcteryx R300

Pros: 

If you are a style concious climber (shame on you!) then this harness is perfect for you. This harness is one of the lightest, sleekest and best looking harnesses on the market. It is also one of the most compact harnesses on the market whilst still managing to cram in a wealth of features. .

It is more comfortable than the previous Arcteryx models which were already very popular. This harness excels at gym and sport climbing.

The gear loops work well to push gear towards to the front of the harness which make everything more accessible and as there is no space for ice equipment, the gear loops are positioned nicely for trad climbing.

Most harnesses these days have a self-locking buckle system and this harness is no different; The buckle on this harness is one of the smoothest to use.

“It’s the Ferrari of harnesses: refined, elegant and expensive.” – Chris Mcnamara

The best thing about this harness is the lifetime warranty provided by Arcteryx which means that you can trust this harness to last you well, a lifetime.

Cons:

The negatives about this harness are generally based around the versatility. With this harness you don’t get the long-term comfort that you would expect from a more all-rounded harness especially if you plan to use it for trad/multi-pitch climbs.

The supple belt and leg loops mean that they will mould to your body more, but this can sometimes be a downside when support is required and you want a harness to give you confidence on those huge ascents.

Another downside is that the leg loops can tend to crease and pinch the skin after a lot of use, but you may find this enough of a reason to get a replacement from Arcteryx.

Bottom Line:

In our rock climbing harness reviews, we found that this harness is best for those who aren’t planning to use this too often on trad routes or for long periods of hanging, but if you want a harness with plenty of features that appeals to your inner vanity conscience then this is the harness for you. However, you will pay for it but the lifetime warranty balances this out and you may see this as a good enough reason to buy this harness.

 

Black Diamond Chaos – ($115-130) –  – Read Reviews

Pros:

Considering everything, this harness is surprisingly light. It is packed with features including self-locking buckle, a full strength haul loop, four sturdy gear loops and fixed leg loops.

It’s unique construction allows for the even distribution of strength over a large portion of the harness which helps to eliminate pressure points and increase comfort.

This harness is versatile and will work for just about any application with a sleek lightweight design and enough comfort for long climbs that will hang comfortably for hours.

Cons:

With this harness, you may struggle to get the fit right, so it is probably better if you go for a fit in-store before buying online.

Some people have also experienced problems with the gear loops and they find the plastic adaptor that holds the loop away from the body tend to break and the gear loop can then sag and be less accessible which is a shame considering the price of this harness.

Bottom line:

This harness is an excellent all-rounder with good comfort and good features.

However, at well over $100 we found it hard to consider this harness good value and we preferred something like the Black Diamond Momentum for a much lower price.

This harness is for those who don’t mind paying a premium for best kit.

User Reviews:

“This is a great harness! I have two other Black Diamond harnesses and this is certainly the best. It is rated A+ for comfort and I agree.” – Read Reviews

 

Verdict – ClimbingThings.com best climbing harness!

Black Diamond Momentum – ($45-50) –  – Read Reviews

Black diamond momentum

Pros:

During our rock climbing harness reviews this harness stood out to us as easily the best climbing harness for sheer value and it is absolutely packed with incredible features including:

Great gear loops

Sleek Design

Full strength Haul loop

Sturdy belay loop

The nice thing about the gear loops is that they are rigid, stick out from the harness and are accessible to the climber without the space for ice climbers which can push the gear loops towards the rear on other models.

The harness is also comfortable which is perfect for those long trad/multi-pitch climbs.

Cons:

The main problem with this harness is the lack of a self-locking adjustable buckle on the main belt. This is pretty much a standard feature and is lacking on this harness which is a shame considering the overall value. This may not be a huge issue to some people, but we believe that safety features on harnesses are imperative to improving the overall safety of climbing as a sport.

Black Diamond do provide the opportunity to upgrade the harness to a speed-adjust model which does have a self-locking buckle for an extra $15, but that converts what we believe is an ‘insane value harness’ to a ‘pretty good value harness’

Bottom line:

This all-round, versatile harness is the best value you will find on the market without a shred of doubt.

If the self-locking buckle is not an issue for you, then go for it, but just remember to always double back!

If you want a more specialized harness with more advanced features then expect to have to pay more.

User Reviews:

“I bought this harness after recently getting into indoor climbing and getting tired of the rental harnesses (it didn’t take long). I really love it — it’s lightweight, extremely strong, and reasonably comfortable when I’m hanging from it, trying to get my grip back on the wall after coming off. The fit is good, the padding is comfortable, and the gear loops are quite strong.” – Read Reviews
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