How to use Blue Ice Harness, sizing precautions, care and maintenence with instructional pictures.
The Cuesta is a multipurpose rock-climbing harness dedicated to confirmed and committed climbers. The sleek, slim design with laminated waist belt and elasticized leg loops offers complete freedom of movement with a minimal weight (285g). Its tie-in points are reinforced with high tenacity nylon sheet to ensure a really high durability of the harness.
• Materials: High tenacity PES, UHMW polyethylene, aircraft grade aluminum speed buckle, acetal buckles.
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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.
| 285 g|
XS: 265 g / 9.3 oz
S: 275 g / 9.7 oz
M: 285 g / 10.1 oz
L: 305 g / 10.8 oz
XL: 320 g / 11.3 oz
(weight converted from grams to ounces)
|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||None (it stretches)|
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|| |
Waist: 63-76 cm / 24.8-29.9 in
Legs: 44-51 cm / 17.3-20.1 in
Waist: 68-81 cm / 26.8-31.9 in
Legs: 48-55 cm / 18.9-21.7 in
Waist: 74-87 cm / 29.1-34.3 in
Legs: 52-59 cm / 20.5-23.2 in
Waist: 81-94 cm / 31.9-37 in
Legs: 57-64 cm / 22.4-25.2 in
XL (will fit the lower range of XXL)
Waist: 90-103 cm / 35.4-40.6 in
Legs: 63-70 cm / 24.8-27.6 in
(we converted centimeters to inches)
The Cuesta is a super light option for rock climbers, and if you get on with the fit then I would recommend it very highly. You might want to size up from your usual size. It is well specified for trad climbers, and the feather weight design will put it on the radar of sport climbers looking for marginal gains. Every part of the harness feels high quality, and it sticks well to its brief by only including features rock climbers need.
A pictoral representation of UIAA-105 and EN-12277 standards for harnesses.
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.