General information and pictorial instruction for using correctly.
The Eclipse is officially retired.You've found a page of history! The Eclipse is no longer produced by Wild Country and it is not available to buy from major online retailers. You can still check out all the specs and claim your ownership.
Fully featured with a standout style and precise fit, the Eclipse is a versatile adventure-orientated harness. Cleverly contoured to enhance freedom of movement, with our light and supportive ‘Load Spread Technology’ webbing, it is comfortable over long periods even fully racked up.
Designed for long days out, proven Ziplock buckles give precise and slick adjustment on both waist and legs. Five well-positioned new moulded gear loops give plenty of racking for big days out and a neat haul loop should come in useful too. For: Trad, multi-pitch, winter, alpine, sport.
‘Load Spread Technology’ laminate belt and leg loops
DWC500 durable outer
20mm Ziplock buckle waist
16mm Ziplock leg loops
Five moulded 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.
| 414 g|
S : 389 g / 13.72 oz
|Sizes||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.
|Size Chart|| |
Climber James Pearson talks about the Eclipse harness and all it's features. The women's model, the Aurora, has all the same features.
Overall, I thought that the comfort of both the Summit and Eclipse makes them good all rounders for long rock climbs and lower grade winter routes, but the slight issue with gear storage could mean that the Summit is a harness for cruising all day rather than pushing your grade.
The more I used this harness the more I liked it. I wanted to give it four stars, but the issue of the padding pulling away from the belt, leaving the belt to dig into my side, reduced the grade by a star. Wild Country says they are aware of the problem and is resolving it. When that happens this will be a solid four-star harness, and one of the more comfortable models out there right now.