great beginers harness for womenby vkonovalcik on 06/6/2013
This was my first harness, and for what I needed it for, it was great. Comfortable even while hiking, reinforced gear loops, great fit for a girls body. Now that I require more out of a harness, it doesn't quite cut the mustard.
Although the fit is great (sitting on my waist, high above my hips) I find that when I'm in a hanging belay for too long it digs into my kidneys and causes an almost throbbing in my lower back. Also, there are only four gear loops, which for a beginner is fine. I find myself wishing I had an additional two gear loops so I wouldn't have to carry an additional gear sling over my shoulder. One last thing, they say that they have dropped leg loops, but if you alone at an anchor and you have to pee, there's no way you're getting those suckers back on alone. A partner is required to clip them back in. It would be way better if there was a simple buckle, like the Black Diamond harnesses. One other thing; it has auto double-backing buckles. They always slip on me, which can be a very dangerous thing. I find that tying an overhand knot prevents slipping.Long story short, EXCELLENT harness for a beginning female climber. I uses it almost every day. Lacks the additives that are needed for trad climbing, but I'm definitely hanging on to this harness.