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 The Sama is officially retired.You've found a page of history! The Sama is no longer produced by Petzl and it is not available to buy from major online retailers. You can still check out all the specs and claim your ownership.

Petzl Sama Front
  • Petzl Sama Front
  • Petzl Sama Leg Loop
  • Petzl Sama Secure Point
  • Petzl Sama Buckle
  • Petzl Sama Top View
  • Petzl Sama Gear Loop
  • Petzl Sama Haul Loop




My vote: None ( 6 avg )


The SAMA is the perfect harness for cragging and long routes. The elasticized leg loops stay snug to ensure comfort after a fall and when hanging out at the belay, without constricting movement while climbing. Very breathable for those long, hot days.

Frame Construction with breathable monofilament mesh evenly distributes pressure, providing maximum support and comfort
Woven polyester mesh on the inside of the harness wicks moisture for improved comfort and speeds drying in wet conditions
Perforated closed cell foam on the waistbelt and leg loops increases breathability
DoubleBack buckle is pre-threaded and adjusts quickly with a single pull, helping to ensure proper closure
Green belay loop helps users identify proper tie-in / attachment point
Reinforced tie-in points for increased durability in this high-wear area
Elasticized leg loops have a large range of expansion for correct fit, while staying in place on the thighs
Rigid, inclined front equipment loops for easy access to gear; flexible rear loops stay out of the way while wearing a pack
Trail line loop
Two CARITOOL slots
Detachable elastic leg loop straps

Retail price

US$ 64.95
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.

370 g

M : 370 g / 13.1 oz
(weight converted from grams to ounces)

Gender Unisex
Sizes S, M, L, XL
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 None (it stretches)
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, UIAA
Size Chart

Waist belt : 70-80 cm / 27.6-31.5 in
Leg loops : 47-52 cm / 18.5-20.5 in
Waist belt : 76-86 cm / 29.9-33.9 in
Leg loops : 52-57 cm / 20.5-22.4 in
Waist belt : 80-90 cm / 31.5-35.4 in
Leg loops : 54-59 cm / 21.3-23.2 in
Waist belt : 85-95 cm / 33.5-37.4 in
Leg loops : 57-62 cm / 22.4-24.4 in
(we converted centimeters to inches)

Details of the Sama, Adjama, Selena, Luna Harnesses

This video goes over the different features of the harnesses in Petzl's line -- talking about the difference in mens/womens versions and the type of climbing you're doing.

Details of the Sama, Adjama, Selena, Luna Harnesses

This video goes over the different features of the harnesses in Petzl's line -- talking about the difference in mens/womens versions and the type of climbing you're doing.

Watch a tour of Petzl's facilities as they explain all the testing involved

Warning: This video is dubbed in English. If you're getting antsy, skip to section 7:40-8:15 for one of the most interesting parts, where they show a hardware specific camera inspection.

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Rock and Ice Gear Review rating 4/5

Petzl has re-imagined its flagship SAMA harness to create one of the most comfortable and affordable set-ups on the market. The new SAMA is pimped primarily as a sport-climbing harness, but I call it one of the better all-around rigs I’ve worn.

Climbing Gear Review

Performance: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” was not the mantra of the Petzl designers. With significant waistbelt, buckle, and gear-loop upgrades, Petzl took our bolt-minded testers’ old favorite and made it hall-of-fame worthy. With wider sides and a narrower back, the new waistbelt scored top marks for comfort and freedom of movement. “The padded sides protected the sensitive parts of my stomach during falls at Shelf Road, Colorado, but I felt unencumbered when I needed to do twisting cross-through moves,” one tester said. Another favorite was the new waist adjustment system. “The wider webbing was easy to grab and pull, even when my fingers were torched, and the new DoubleBack Light buckle is the quickest auto-doubled-back buckle I’ve ever used,” he said. The front gear loops are rigid and stick out from the harness, which was great for quick, fumble-free clips; the rear loops are more flexible, so they lay flat and stay out of the way—perfect for wearing with a pack on long routes. Petzl updated four harnesses for both men and women with all these same features: Sama/Selena with fixed leg loops, and Adjama/Luna with adjustable leg loops for mountaineering.
Cons: A bit stiff at first, but broke in after a few wears. Although it is lined with wicking mesh on the inside, testers found the quarterinch- thick foam less breathable than others.
Conclusion: Built for working sport projects, this harness has the comfort for all-day wear in the waistbelt and the svelteness of a “sending only” rig with the fixed leg loops.

Climbing Gear Review rating A-

One of two speed-buckle rigs we reviewed, the Sama rivals the Geko for striking a fine balance between comfort and mobility thanks to its ample-for-its-weight padding and contoured fit. The Sama also shares the Geko’s optimal gear-loop combo of molded loops fore and woven loops aft. The swami sports slots for Petzl’s Caritool ice-tool/screw-rackingcarabiner, which adds to the rig’s versatility. In the interest of that same versatility, this harness would have been pretty near perfect if it had a full-strength haul loop. The Sama shares the Arc’teryx Vapor’s foible of stick-skinny leg loops, but in this case larger-size loops are unfortunately not available. Petzl does make a sub-14-ounce adjustable-leg-loop harness, the Adjama.

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