Been Saving My Life For 10 Yearsby Wade Bieber on 03/21/2017
This was my first harness, and it will be ten years old next month, and therefore, I must retire it. I am a guide in Northern California, so I have to be "responsible" or something like that and not ever use it again after replacement.
It started life in a gym in Southwest Indiana, and then saved my life many times while I learned to lead outdoors in Southern Illinois. Then it rested for a few years in college while I took a sorrowful break fromm climbing. Jump to my move out to California in 2015, when my climbing picked back up for my last two years of college. The harness is still kicking, still saving my life in Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and the Tahoe area, and I still love it. Here is why, after ten years, we have a good relationship.
The harness stood up to years of use, and it being retired because of age, not wear.
This harness has been comfortable in pretty much every situation I faced in climbing so far.
It has enough room to rack for moderate multipitch.
Its made in the USA,
Mine is old and has double back buckles, which never creep. I love that.
Here is the only downside I have found with my harness. It is not going to be comfortable on big wall or even any longer multipitch if there are hanging belays. Now, I don't list this as a con because anyone with an understanding of the demands of big wall or hanging belay climbs knows this. Mine also is an older harness model, and edge tape design on harnesses wasn't common yet. So don't count this against the harness. That would be like being upset that your 2003 Camry wasn't a good off-roading vehicle. It just wasn't made with that in mind.
Misty Mountain is a wonderful company. Their harnesses have kept up with technology, and having tried on some of their current models in search of a replacement, I am still very impressed with their products. I highly recomend them.
I will be replacing this harness with a Cadillac from Misty Mountain, with the old double back buckles. I also will order direct from them. By doing so, they offer to stitch in a second belay loop and an extra gear loop for ten bucks each. As a guide, and for big wall, that will come in handy.