A pictoral representation of UIAA-105 and EN-12277 standards for harnesses.
Superlight and comfortable.
Innovative load webbing construction.
Integrated 3 mm padding on the waist and legs.
An entirely new harness concept designed for sport climbing at the highest level. The new hyperlight Flash features innovative load webbing with structural longitudinal threads that allow for a wider cross section for greater support without the added weight of traditional webbing. The construction is similar to the Alp Racing harness that has already taken the ski mountaineering world by storm as the lightest, most supportive and most packable downhill harness on the market. With the Flash, we have also integrated 3 mm of padding adhered directly to the webbing for increased comfort. The gear loops are designed for optimal performance on challenging sport routes with the front loops ergonomically molded for the fastest access to quick draws, the rear loops are softer and lay flat.
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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.
| 236 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|| |
In contrast to my 1997 harness this one is sleek and super light yet incredibly comfortable. The harness comes with 3mm of “honeycomb” like padding that gives comfort with very little added bulk. 3mm doesn’t sound like much but whilst hanging for 40 minutes doing crevasse rescue drills my legs and back felt surprisingly comfortable at the end. The single buckle is easy to use and stays snug. This minimal construction means that the harness packs down to around the size of an IPhone and weighs in at just 7.3oz (size small). Pretty nice for the weight and size conscious person.
If you're looking for a harness that ensures you are carrying the absolute minimum up the wall, then the Flash is for you. I can't help thinking it looks like a car seat belt due to the predominantly black material on the outside of the waist and leg loops. However its simple design is comfortable for working those long sport projects without excess weight and bulk, and that's what matters. The front gear loops are great, but rear molded gear loops would be nice; however for sport climbing this is a minor detail. An all round good harness, and at £55, pretty good value.
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.