A pictoral representation of UIAA-105 and EN-12277 standards for harnesses.
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.
Material(s): nylon monofilament, polyester, high-modulus polyethylene, aluminum.
Harness comes in a protective carry bag.
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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.
| 150 g|
S/M : 150 g / 5.3 oz
|Sizes||XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL|
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||Clip|
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.
|Certification||CE, EN, UIAA|
|Size Chart|| |
S/M (will fit the upper range of XS)
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!
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.