General information and pictorial instruction for using correctly.
The Blaze is a stylish, adjustable and affordable harness featuring ‘load spread technology’. Three ziplock buckles and four-gear loops combine to deliver all day comfort and performance.
Designed for cragging, with a host of great features and built to go the distance in summer or winter. For: Trad, sport, multi-pitch, winter, alpine.
Load Spread Technology’ laminate belt and leg loops
DWC500 durable outer
20mm Ziplock buckle waist
16mm Ziplock leg loops
Four gear racks
‘Batwing’ belt shaping
16mm 22kn Belay loop
In grams, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
If there are differences in weight (due to multiple sizes or optional accessories) we'll list them here.
The default weight is the middle-most size, often this is size M.
| 411 g|
XS : 385 g / 13.58 oz
|Sizes||XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL|
Number of Gear Loops
Gear loops are used to hold gear (quickdraws, cams, etc) onto your harness. 4 gear loops is most common.
0 - 1 Gear Loops
Most often on full body harnesses or guide/gym style harnesses.
2-3 Gear Loops
Mostly found on lighter harnesses made for [ski] mountaineering or high-end sport climbing where weight is a high priority.
4 - 5 Gear Loops
The standard/most common number for climbing harnesses. Perfect for sport and trad.
More Than 6 Gear Loops
Designed for long multi-pitch and big wall climbing, found on harnesses made to hold the maximum amount of gear.
Occasionally, the number of gear loops will change on a harness model depending on the size. There could be 7 gear loops for the med/large but only 5 gear loops for the xsmall/small. In this case we list the highest number for the filters, and then write an explanation on the product page like, “Size S/XS can only fit 5 gear loops.”
|4 Gear loops|
|Ice Clip Slots|
Ice Clip Slot
Ice clipper slots are made to fit a carabiner that holds ice screws. These slots are generally only used by ice climbers but there is no disadvantage to having them on your harness.
Less than 40% of harnesses will have ice clipper slots. And those harnesses will usually have 2 or 4 slots, often located next to, or between, the gear loops.
|Belay / Tie-In||One Loop|
|Waist Buckle Type||Quick Adjust|
|Leg Buckle Type||Quick Adjust|
Trad climbers often look for a haul loop as they're intended to haul a rope (second line) or pack (while you climb the chimney).
A haul loop can also hold shoes or other accessories. Although not the intended use, it is also commonly used to hold a chalk bag.
This video shows James Pearson climbing with Blaze Harness and also explains some of the features of the Blaze. The features are the same for the Women's version, the Flare.
This video shows Tom Randall testing Blaze harness and the features of this harness.
Wide straps and monster gear loops make this a trad climber’s dream, according to our Southeast testers who used it for six months on the granite and quartzite of Looking Glass Rock and Linville Gorge, both in North Carolina. “It’s sturdy, comfortable, and racks a lot of gear,” one smitten user said. The Blaze felt stiff on the first couple wears, but after that, it softened up and “molded to my specific body shape like a high-quality insole.” Two testers gave it a 9 out of 10 for comfort. Gear loops kept a full double rack within reach; testers didn’t have to twist awkwardly to retrieve pieces from the rear gear loops, and the front loops pushed gear conveniently forward.
I have used the Wild Country Blaze harness for all the spring rock climbing season and if you are looking for an all round rock climbing harness you won’t go far wrong. It’s comfortable, light, super adjustable and has a great freedom of movement feel to it. Just remember to get the sizing right and the addition of a bigger loop or even a fifth gear loop would make it even better.
A pictoral representation of UIAA-105 and EN-12277 standards for harnesses.
The UIAA equipment standard provides a baseline for equipment performance in a test lab under controlled conditions on new equipment. Although these test conditions are relevant to the conditions encountered climbing, conditions encountered at the crags and the condition of the equipment are equally important. This recommendation from the UIAA member federation The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) provides vital equipment information that is NOT explicitly addressed in the standard, particularly failure modes of the equipment and recommendations for the use, inspection, maintenance, and retirement of equipment.