General information and pictorial instruction for using correctly.
The Elite Ziplock Men's is officially retired.You've found a page of history! The Elite Ziplock Men's 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.
Elite Ziplock Men's
Cool, clean and modern, this harness oozes quality, backed up with the confidence of a host of great features. Improving our bestseller was always going to be difficult but this killer rig is heaven sent for anyone pushing it and needing to mix seasons and climbing styles with one model.
As soon as the 'Comfort Mesh' wraps you oh so snugly in store it's obvious that this harness is a class apart in comfort; and when you take that first plunge or are stuck on a hanging stance, your good decision to get an Elite harness will hit home.
Ziplock buckles are now standard throughout making leg adjustment a 'cinch' as well as the waist and with a bunch of truly usable extra features, the Elite Mens is a stylish harness that’s strong, safe and serious.
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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.
| 537 g|
M : 537 g / 18.9 oz
|Sizes||S, M, L|
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.”
|5 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.
The Elite Men's isn't billed as a big-wall harness, but aid climbers will dig it as much as tradsters. Besides its copious racking room, the Elite has a 10 kN haul loop and an equally strong accessory loop. Suitable for all-day hang sessions, the contoured waist belt and leg loops are amply padded and mesh lined; although it is supportive, the waist belt doesn't feel hard. The leg loops are less padded and on the soft side - more firmness here would be even better. A 25 kN belay loop and a red wear indicator sewn into the tie-in point round out the package, which for $69 is one of the better values going.
How to use Elite Harnesses, cleaning, maintenance and storage with instructional pictures.
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.