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Arc'teryx R-280-W Front View
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Women's specific rock climbing harness constructed using Warp Strength Technology® in the swami and leg loops for ultimate comfort

Women's specific design, this functional, lightweight harness is perfect for exploring the world of rock climbing and mountaineering. The wide swami belt features improved Warp Strength® Technology – a unidirectional mesh that provides bridging support in one direction and total flexibility and suppleness in the other. A strong thermo-formed tie-in point adds strength to critical area. Breathable WST® leg loops have Sure Fit elastic connectors and conical shape for added comfort.

Retail price

US$ 149.00

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Weight (g)


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.

285 g

Gender Women
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL
Gear Loops

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.

Worth Considering

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.

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Belay / Tie-In One Loop
Waist Buckle Type Quick Adjust
Leg Buckle Type None (it stretches)
Drop Seat Yes
Haul Loop

Haul Loop

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.

Yes  (0kN)
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Size Chart

Waist : 62-70 cm / 24.4-27.7 in
Legs : 47-52 cm / 18.5-20.5 in
Waist : 67-75 cm / 26.4-29.5 in
Legs : 51-56 cm / 20-22 in
Waist : 72-80 cm / 28.3-31.5 in
Legs : 55-59 cm / 21.7-23.2 in
Waist : 79-87 cm / 31.1-34.2 in
Legs : 59-65 cm / 23.2-25.6 in
Waist : 87-97 cm / 34.3-38.2 in
Legs : 63-70 cm / 24.8-27.6 in
(we converted centimeters to inches)

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Outdoor Gear Lab Gear Review rating 4.2/5

If you are looking for the lightest, smallest harness you can find, this is the one. We find it to be surprisingly comfortable for its size and particularly love to wear it sport climbing.

Crux Crush Gear Review no rating given just a review

This harness features a self-locking buckle at the waist, so it’s automatically doubled back. There are four, well-placed structured gear loops which are easy and intuitive to clip gear on to and off of. For all you trad and multi-pitch climbers, there’s a non-structural haul loop on the back of the harness. The new version has two drop seat buckles so that you can easily detach the elastic webbing that connects the back of the leg loops to the back of the waist band, making it easier to pop-a-squat in the woods. The older version attaches with a hook that’s really difficult to maneuver. This feature seems like a major upgrade, especially for us ladies.

Rock and Ice Gear Review rating 4/5

It is a cliché to say you don’t even notice a harness is on, but so it is with the women’s harness in the Arc’teryx bunch. The harness is gossamer light, so much so that at first I felt oddly alarmed at using such an apparent trifle. That feeling lasted, oh, about two minutes. In practice, the harness just goes along with you, calling no attention to itself.