Collecting every piece of gear takes a little time.
We think it's worth the wait.

Nice choice!
Give us a moment to collect those options for you.

Petzl Altitude Harness
  • Petzl Altitude Harness
  • Petzl Altitude Harness
  • Petzl Altitude Harness
  • Petzl Altitude Harness




My vote: None ( 4.6 avg )


Ultra-lightweight mountaineering / ski harness, dons with feet on the ground.

Designed with WIREFRAME Technology construction, the ALTITUDE harness is built for mountaineering and skiing. Ultra-light, its design makes it easy to don, even when wearing skis or crampons.


Ultra-light and compact:
- minimal bulk, when packed in its bag.
Can be donned while wearing skis or crampons:
- dons with feet on the ground.
- the DoubleBack Light buckle and tightening strap are easy to operate, even with gloves.
Optimal simplicity and accessorization:
- four equipment loops totally integrated into the harness to minimize interference when wearing a backpack.
- each leg loop has a keeper with siliconized interior, for positioning an ice screw.
- streamlined design with waistbelt and leg loops using WIREFRAME Technology construction.


Color(s): orange/white
Material(s): nylon monofilament, polyester, high-modulus polyethylene, aluminum.

Harness comes in a protective carry bag.

Retail price

US$ 79.95

When you click a link below and then checkout online, no matter what you buy (climbing gear or not), we get a small commission that helps us keep this site up-to-date. Thanks!

Award Image
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.

150 g

S/M : 150 g / 5.3 oz
M/L : 160 g / 5.6 oz
L/XL : 170 g / 6.0 oz

Gender Unisex
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
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.

Belay / Tie-In One Loop
Waist Buckle Type Quick Adjust
Leg Buckle Type Clip
Drop Seat No
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.

No ­
Certification CE, EN, UIAA
Size Chart

S/M (will fit the upper range of XS)
Waist : 64-86 cm / 25.2-33.9 in
Legs : 55-67 cm / 21.7-26.4 in
Waist : 74-96 cm / 29.1-37.8 in
Legs : 60-73 cm / 23.6-28.7 in
L/XL (will fit the lower range of XXL)
Waist : 84-108 cm / 33.1-42.5 in
Legs : 66-79 cm / 26-31.1 in
(we converted centimeters to inches)

Petzl Altitude Harness
Altitude Harness Review

No reviews yet.

Peak Mountaineering Logo no rating given just a review

The stats and features are impressive, but it is actually the way such a light harness can offer such incredible comfort and superb performance that makes the Altitiude stand out.  The ultra thin unpadded Dyneema waist belt and leg loops look like they would be uncomfortable, but infact they are great.  The Dyneema is also stiff enough to keep its shape and they are broad enough to spread the load.  The thin tape also means the harness sits unnoticeably under a rucksack.  The low absorbent fabric also ensures the harness absorbs minimal water which is perfect in winter conditions, it is easy to get on or off when wearing crampons and it packs up (storage bag supplied) really small. It has everything really!

Chicks With Picks Gear Review no rating given just a review

Petzl has done it again, leading the industry with the first harness to incorporate Dyneema into an ultra-lightweight, full strength harness.  Weighing in at only 150 grams (5.29 ounces), the Altitude harness is the lightest in the world.  You can bet you’ll see others follow suit in the coming years to catch up to Petzl’s innovation.  Currently other’s in it’s class weigh in at 215 to 260 g. (9.17 oz).

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.