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Edelweiss Strato Front
  • Edelweiss Strato Front
  • Edelweiss Strato Back




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Highly versatile harness for climbing and mountaineering with full ergonomy with a very light weight. Adjustable legloops with fast autolocking buckles. 4 gear holders. The sleek construction allows for total freedom of movement with great support and comfort. 4 buckle adjustment for easy and precise fitting.

Retail price

US$ 84.95

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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.

380 g

Size 1 : 380 g / 13.4 oz
Size 2 : 420 g / 14.8 oz
(weight converted from grams to ounces)

Gender Unisex
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, 1 Size Fits All
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.

Yes, 2
Belay / Tie-In One Loop
Waist Buckle Type Quick Adjust
Leg Buckle Type Quick Adjust
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 ­
Certification CE, EN, UIAA
Size Chart

Size 1
Waist : 69-89 cm / 27.2-35 in
Legs : 46-61 cm / 18.1-24 in

Size 2
Waist : 77-107 cm / 30-42.1 in
Legs : 53-69 cm / 20.1-27.2 in

(we converted centimeters to inches)

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Climbing Gear Reviews UK no rating given just a review

Another master rope maker producing harnesses the Edelweiss Strato is a lightly padded adjustable leg loop harness with a double mini-buckle waist belt that allows you to keep the belt ‘centred’ as per the Grivel Poseidon. The Strato is the top harness in the small Edelweiss harness range. I mainly used this harness for summer Alpine routes both rock and mountaineering for which it is ideally suited, in fact the Strato probably best fits most people’s idea of what a traditional alpine harness should be. The first thing that struck me about the Strato was the gear loops – I know that’s sad but they bear an uncanny resemblance to another famous harness manufacturer’s design. Basically a cord gear loop covered with a rigid plastic outer they are relatively low profile yet are extremely easy to clip. The four loops offer sufficient space for a full on mixed rack of wires, hexes, cams, pegs and screws (if you use ice clippers) together with a dozen quick draws.

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.