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Petzl Corax Front
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Corax 2016



My vote: None ( 4.5 avg )


The CORAX is the true versatile harness: easy to use and comfortable, it is designed for rock climbing, mountaineering or via ferrata. This adjustable harness is available in two colors and in two sizes to fit all body shapes.

Versatile and easy to use harness:
- durable construction for summer and winter activities
- waistbelt equipped with two DoubleBack buckles which easily adjust and center the harness, keeping the equipment loops in optimal position
- adjustable leg loops allow the harness to be donned while wearing mountaineering or ski boots, or to easily adjust the size for different clothing
Designed for greater comfort:
- design allows the weight to be distributed between the waistbelt and the leg loops
- ventilated waistbelt, and pressure points lined with soft mesh
Facilitates carrying equipment
- two rigid equipment loops in front and two flexible ones in back for carrying all necessary equipment without interfering with a backpack

Retail price

US$ 59.95

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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.

490 g

Size 1 : 490 g / 17.3 oz
Size 2 : 530 g / 18.7 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  (0kN)
Certification CE, EN, UIAA
Size Chart

Size 1
Waist belt : 60-90 cm / 23.6-35.4 in
Leg loops : 48-58 cm / 18.9-22.8 in
Size 2
Waist belt : 75-105 cm / 29.5-41.3 in
Leg loops : 56-68 cm / 22-26.8
(we converted centimeters to inches)

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Outdoor Gear Lab Gear Review rating 4.4/5

From Yosemite big walls to grungy climbing gyms, this harness has what you need to get the job done. For years, the Petzl Corax has been a popular harness for good reason. It is the winner of our Best Buy award because it offers a terrific value for only $65. If you're looking for a harness that can do it all, this is the one for you. It's quite comfy and does everything from ice climbing to long multi-pitch trad routes. Additionally, the dual front buckles make getting a perfect fit super easy, but this bonus comes with a little added weight.

Rock and Ice Gear Review rating 3.5/5

This harness is so burly and heavy, I’m still not quite sure what I’d use it for—big-wall climbing, perhaps. With two pre-threaded DoubleBack waist-belt buckles, a feature I often see on so called “all-around harnesses” and that I’ve never found particularly useful, the Corax is a heavy clunker. That said, it’s comfortable as heck, likely because it uses Frame Construction Technology in its waist belt. However, instead of thin mesh in between the high-strength tape (as in the Hirundos, et al.), the Corax incorporates thicker, burlier foam. Larger, heavier climbers might benefit from the additional support.

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.