Top 10 Best Climbing Harnesses 2018 Reviews

A climbing harness is a piece of equipment that goes around your waist and legs. Your harness will attach you to a carabiner and a rope that will suspend you when you fall or need to take a break in your climb. Climbing harnesses are made up of eight major parts. The waistbelt, buckle, leg loops, and rise straps are the parts that will need to fit your body properly. The gear loops and haul loops are accessory parts than can hold your chalk bag, extra carabiners, or another line of rope. Most important, the belay loop is where your lead rope will be connected, and so needs to be strong. Lastly, the tie-in points aren’t weight tested, but are very strong and can be used to distribute some of the weight off of your belay loop.

When looking into buying a harness for yourself, it’s important to ask the question which type of harness you will need. This list includes traditional, sport and gym, and a few that could be used as alpine or mountaineering harnesses. It’s also important to consider price, fit, and flexibility.

10. Mad Rock Mars Harness

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Mad Rock Mars Harness

This traditional harness is a men’s specific harness that has a three buckle harness – one on the waist band and one on each leg loop. Having three buckles instead of one makes this harness very adjustable to your specific needs. The waist belt uses Mad Rock’s “PSI Series” technology. This means the belt is made up of air pockets that distribute air to the places you need the most support. With four gear loops, you have plenty of room to strap on everything you’ll need for a climb. The Mars Harness has four and a half stars out of five on Amazon. The only popular concern is that this harness takes a couple climbs to break in.

Pros:

  • 3 Buckles
  • PSI Air Pockets in Waist Belt
  • 4 Gear Loops
  • Available in Multiple Sizes
  • Lower Price

Cons:

  • Men’s Harness Only
  • Difficult to Break In

9. Thicken Wider Climbing Harness – Oumers Protect Waist Version

Thicken Wider Climbing Harness - Oumers Protect Waist Version

Oumers Protect Waist Version harness has four adjustable buckles; one on each leg loop and two at the front of the waistband. Having four buckles makes this harness very personalizable and ensures that you have lots of room for fitting adjustment. There are only two gear loops, and there’s no haul loop (which means you couldn’t tow another line behind you). If you plan to climb with others often, this could be a feature you would miss. With only two gear loops and no haul loop, this harness classifies as a gym or sport harness, but it has major padding. The waist belt of this harness is very thick and cushioned, providing optimal lumbar support.

Pros:

  • Great Lumbar Support
  • 4 Buckles
  • Lower Price

Cons:

  • Only Available in One Size
  • No Haul Loop
  • Only 2 Gear Loops
  • Bulky

8. Petzl Adjama Climbing Harness

Petzl Adjama Climbing Harness

Petzl’s Adjama Harness is a traditional harness with three buckles, four gear loops, and a haul loop. However, since it has so many adjustable features, you’ll usually have to loosen everything to take it off and put it on. The “EndoFrame” technology controls weight distribution optimally. Though it’s only a men’s harness, it’s available in multiple sizes and two colors. It’s acclaimed for comfort and adjustable fit. Though the price is a little higher than the previous items, it is made by big brand name in the Climbing Industry. Petzl sponsors climbers like Chris Sharma and Dave Graham.

Pros:

  • 3 Buckles
  • 4 Gear Loops
  • Petzl Brand
  • EndoFrame Construction
  • Available in Multiple Sizes and Colors

Cons:

  • Higher Price
  • Men’s Only
  • Takes Time to Put On and Take Off

7. Fusion Climb Centaur Half Body Harness

Fusion Climb Centaur Half Body Harness

If you’re looking for harness strictly to attach you to a lead rope with none of the extra features, this is the best choice for you. There’s no padding, no gear loops, and no haul loop. The minimalist style of this harness makes it fall into the alpine/mountaineering category – which means it’s meant to be worn with a pack and for only portions of a day or trip. For a minimal harness, this one is priced well and has three adjustable buckles. Also, the belay loop is reinforced and is crafted with a stitching that is meant to prevent tears and fraying.

Pros:

  • 3 Buckles
  • Multiple Sizes
  • Reinforced Belay Loop
  • Lower Price

Cons:

  • No Padding
  • No Gear Loops or Haul Loop

6. Petzl Corax Harness

Petzl Corax Harness

This Petzl harness is known for being lightweight and super comfortable. It has four buckles and four gear loops. However, it doesn’t have a haul loop, so if you climb with others or plan to climb with a load behind you often, this may not be the right harness for you. “FRAME” technology distributes your weight evenly between the leg loops and the waist loops, making for the most comfortable climb. Pressure points on the harness are lined with soft, durable fabric to ensure comfort. This harness is available in multiple sizes and colors. For all the features this harness comes with, it is reasonably priced and very compact.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • 4 Buckles
  • 4 Gear Loops
  • Available in Multiple Sizes and Colors
  • Good Price
  • Petzl Brand

Cons:

  • No Haul Loop
  • Takes Time to Put On and Take Off

5. Black Diamond Vario Speed Harness

Black Diamond Vario Speed Harness

The Vario Speed Harness from Black Diamond Equipment is known for its durability. With three doubled-over buckles, this harness can be adjusted quickly without the need to double back on your straps. The belay loop is reinforced, making for a secure climb. There is also a haul loop, but it may not be secure enough to lead another climber. However, there are no gear loops. There is also no padding, so if you plan to go on long sport hikes, this may not be the best harness for you. The lack of gear loops and the thin, padless material makes this harness seem to be an alpine harness. For a harness with no padding and no gear loops, it’s priced a little high.

Pros:

  • 3 Doubled-Over Buckles
  • Quick Adjustment
  • Minimalistic

Cons:

  • Higher Price
  • No Gear Loops
  • No Padding
  • Haul Loop with Limited Ability

4. Black Diamond Primrose Women’s Harness

Black Diamond Primrose Women

This harness from Black Diamond is made only for women. It has four gear loops, a haul loop, and three buckles. The buckles on the leg loops use “TrakFIT” technology that’s super easy to adjust but holds well. The waistband is constructed with “Dual Core” design: this material is lightweight and breathable. It has air pockets inside to distribute weight from your unique pressure points. It comes in multiple sizes and colors. The price is a little high, and this harness may take quite a few climbs to break in. Also, the waistband, though lightweight, is not incredibly flexible.

Pros:

  • Available in Multiple Sizes and Colors
  • 3 Buckles
  • 4 Gear Loops and a Haul Loop
  • “TrakFIT” Leg Buckles
  • “Dual Core” Waistband

Cons:

  • Only for Women
  • Higher Price
  • Stiffer Waistband

3. Abc Guide Harness

Abc Guide Harness

ABC’s Guide Harness falls into the alpine category, as it has no gear loops and no padding. It comes in several colors but only one size. One thing that sets this alpine harness apart from the others is that it has a drop seat. This means that it has two elastic bands running from the waistband to the leg loops and provides some flexibility when you fall or lean back during your climb. You should be careful when considering an alpine harness for gym use, as some gyms don’t allow them.

Pros:

  • Available in Several Colors
  • Drop Seat

Cons:

  • No Padding
  • No Gear Loops or Haul Loop
  • Higher Price (for Harness Type)

2. Black Diamond Momentum Harness

 

Black Diamond Momentum Harness

If you’re looking for as minimal of a traditional harness as you can get, the Momentum harness is a good choice. It’s lightweight but still has 4 gear loops and a haul loop. It has three buckles. Similar to the Primrose Harness, this one uses “DualCore” construction to maintain optimal weight distribution while still being lightweight. It’s available in several colors and sizes. However, it is a little pricey and can be a little difficult to break in.

Pros:

  • “DualCore” Waistband
  • Available in Several Sizes and Colors
  • 4 Gear Loops and a Haul Loop
  • 3 Buckles

Cons:

  • Higher Price
  • Difficult to Break In

1. Oumers Safe Seat Belts for Mountaineering

Oumers Safe Seat Belts for Mountaineering

Three doubled-over buckles make this a pretty secure harness. They allow for adjusting and securing in one movement. This harness doesn’t have any padding, making it seemingly an alpine harness. However, it has a gear loop and a drop seat. The waistband and the leg loops are made of a breathable mesh to minimize chafing in warm or damp conditions.

Pros:

  • 3 Buckles
  • 1 Gear Loop
  • Drop Seat
  • Low Price
  • Breathable

Cons:

  • No Padding
  • No Haul Loop

In conclusion, Wearing a harness will save you from falling or getting tired on a climb. Each harness on this list is a good choice. Your pick will depend on whether you need a sport/gym harness, a traditional harness, or an alpine harness. You should also consider the gender of the harness and the price.