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 This version of the Choucas III is officially retired.You've found a page of history! The Choucas III is no longer produced by Blue Ice and it is not available to buy from major online retailers. You can still check out all the specs and claim your ownership.

Blue Ice Choucas III Climbing Harness

Choucas III

Blue Ice


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The lightest harness you can put on without taking off your skis!

Made of Dyneema®, the Choucas weighs a mere 180 g and is extremely compact. Thanks to custom-made variable-width webbing, it is extremely comfortable even for more technical routes. The innovative ice screws keepers hold two screws in place so they won’t tear your pants. Built for the toughest alpinists, this is the ultimate harness for classic routes, expeditions, and glacier travel with skis or crampons.

Technical Specifications
* Variable-width waist belt
* Glove-friendly buckles
* Adjustable leg loops
* Full-strength belay loop
* Quick release leg loops
* Webbing: Dyneema® and high tenacity polyester.
* Safety buckle: aircraft grade aluminum.
* Made in France

Retail price

US$ 64.91
Price is a static conversion from
€59.00 EUR

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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.

180 g

At this time Blue Ice only gives out the weight for Size M.

Gender Unisex
Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
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.”

2 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.

Yes, 2
Belay / Tie-In One Loop
Waist Buckle Type Manual Doubleback
Leg Buckle Type Clip
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.

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Certification ­
Size Chart

Waist: 65-80 cm / 25.6-31.5 in
Legs: 55-70 cm / 21.7-27.6 in
Waist: 75-90 cm / 29.5-35.4 in
Legs: 60-75 cm / 23.6-29.5 in
Waist: 85-110 cm / 33.5-43.3 in
Legs: 65-85 cm / 25.6-33.5 in
XL (will fit most XXL and the lower range of XXXL)
Waist: 100-120 cm / 39.4-47.2 in
Legs: 70-95 cm / 27.6-37.4 in
(we converted centimeters to inches)

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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.