With its classic design and essential features, the Choucas is the reference harness built for all the alpinists and skiers.
The Choucas harness changed the standard for alpine style harnesses. This new version is even lighter, more comfortable with its wider variable-width waist belt and can carry more gear with its four true gear loops. Convenient, it can be put on with skis or crampons already in place with its openable leg loops. The ice screw keepers on the leg loops (BLUE ICE invention) hold two screws in place and accessible. Finally, its new safety speed buckle allows a perfect adjustment, even with gloves. More than ever, the Choucas remains the ultimate alpine harness for classic routes, expeditions, and glacier travel.
- Comfortable variable-width waist belt and leg loops
- Two ice screw slots on waist belt
- Two ice screw keepers on leg loops
- Glove-friendly waist speed buckle
- Full strength "magic ring" belay loop
- Adjustable and replaceable rear elastic
- Materials: UHMW polyethylene, high tenacity PES, Aircraft-grade aluminum, acetal buckles, polyamide monofilament
- Designed in Chamonix Mont-Blanc
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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.
| 148 g|
S: 142 g / 5.0 oz
M: 148 g / 5.2 oz
L: 154 g / 5.4 oz
XL: 160 g / 5.6 oz
(weight converted from grams to ounces)
|Sizes||XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL|
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 (will fit the upper range of XS)
Waist: 66-86 cm / 26-33.9 in
Legs: 55-75 cm / 21.7-29.5 in
Waist: 76-96 cm / 29.9-37.8 in
Legs: 60-80 cm / 23.6-31.5 in
Waist: 86-106 cm / 33.9-41.7 in
Legs: 65-85 cm / 25.6-33.5 in
XL (will fit most XXL and the lower range of XXXL)
Waist: 96-116 cm / 37.8-45.7 in
Legs: 70-90 cm / 27.6-35.4 in
(we converted centimeters to inches)