Size chart of Arc'teryx Harnesses. Men, women and unisex.
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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.
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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.
| 285 g|
|Sizes||XS, S, M, L, XL|
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||None (it stretches)|
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|| |
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.
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.
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.