How to use Petzl Ouistiti, inspection, lifetime and general information with instructional pictures.
Full body climbing harness for children less than 30 kg.
Designed for children weighing less than 30 kg, the OUISTITI harness is especially easy to put on and adjust. It does not require a connector to be fastened, and the adjustment system is difficult for a child to access. The perforated foam structure and the front tie-in point favor comfort while climbing. The rear attachment point allows the child to be connected for other specific activities.
- Easy to put on and adjust:
- proper donning is facilitated by holding and shaking the harness from the orange dorsal point
- semi-rigid structure is color-coded (gray foam interior and blue exterior) for easy donning
- primary adjustment is done on the shoulder straps with the DoubleBack buckles
- secondary adjustment, for small or big children, is done with the DoubleBack buckles on the back of the harness
- Comfortable to wear on the ground or when suspended:
- quilted closed-cell foam structure on the leg loops, positioning waistbelt and shoulder straps
- does not require connectors to remain fastened, allowing the child to keep wearing the harness for playing without hindrance
- front tie-in point is reinforced and lower, for greater comfort when climbing, particularly during descents
- Material(s): high-strength polyester webbing, closed-cell foam, polyester
- Harness comes in a protective carry bag
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.
| 410 g|
One Size : 410 g / 14.5 oz
|Fit||Kids - Full Body|
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.”
|2 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||Tie-In|
|Waist Buckle Type||None|
|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|| |
This harness won't ever be a limiting factor for kids who use it. It could very well be more harness than most kids would ever need, but with the great price, comfort, and security, it would work well for almost every kid who needs a full body harness. For extra adjustability or kids over 65 pounds, we would recommend the Petzl Simba but at the cost of comfort and bonus features.
The OUISTITI seems less inclined to get twisted than some full-body harnesses - or even some adult harnesses come to that. If it comes out of your bag tangled, just grab the rear tie-in loop, give it a shake and it falls into shape. Putting it on is intuitive enough that it can be done unsupervised - it'd be pretty difficult to don incorrectly.
Describes with words and helpful photos, how to protect your harness.
A checklist helping you monitor your harness health, helping to know when to retire your harness.
Helpful instruction for inspecting Petzl harnesses.
How to use Petzl Harness, warnings, lifetime with instructional pictures
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.