Best Climbing Harness: Petzl Sama
The Petzl Sama is one of the most popular climbing harnesses among climbers. It was designed with the needs of experienced rock climbers in mind. It comes in two versions – one for men and another for women. They are both made from durable nylon material which makes them very tough and resistant to abrasion.
There are various colors available for these harnesses.
• Lightweight, yet durable nylon fabric with reinforced stitching and DWR (durable water repellent) treatment.
• Adjustable waist belt with snap closure system. The adjustable waist belt allows you to adjust the size according to your body measurements. The buckle is also removable so it can be used as a shoulder strap if needed.
• Two chest pockets with zippered openings for storing small items.
• Three hand pockets with zipper closures. These hand pockets have a padded interior to protect your hands while wearing the harness. You can store keys or other small objects inside these pockets.
• One large front pocket with elastic banded opening for storing extra clothing or gear. This pocket can easily be opened up when necessary.
• Molded rubber-coated steel ring at the front of the harness for clipping carabiners or attaching other gear to this harness.
Things We Like About This Harness It is very comfortable to wear, even when you are doing strenuous activities such as lifting heavy objects. The adjustable waist belt hugs the body closely without pinching or causing any discomfort.
The Sama has enough pockets to carry most of your gear and climbing tools. The ample hand pockets are very useful for storing your carabiners or other small gear. We also like the large pocket at the front which can be used to carry a water bottle, a jacket, or some other bulky equipment.
This harness is equipped with a reinforced loop at the front section. You can easily clip extra carabiners or other pieces of gear onto this reinforced loop when needed.
Things We Did Not Like About This Harness The leg loops are not adjustable like the waist belt. You will need to try this harness on before buying it to see if it fits your body size.
The width of the leg loops is relatively thin. This can be an issue for people who have larger thighs.
It can be quite challenging to thread the rope through the plastic-coated steel ring at the front of the harness.
Our Verdict The Sama harness is a great climbing harness for both beginner and experienced rock climbers. It is very durable and can be easily adjusted to suit your leg and waist size. The multiple pockets come in handy for storing all your gear and climbing tools.
Best Climbing Harness: Edelrid Jay-Exom
The Edelrid Jay-Exom is another excellent choice for rock climbing harnesses. It is designed with adjustable leg loops and a fixed waist belt. There is a loop at the front portion of this harness which can be used to clip on extra carabiners or other small gear.
• Nylon fabric with lightweight yet durable construction.
• Four fixed attachment points for carabiners or other gear. These can be found at the front, rear, and sides of the harness. The front and back attachment points have reinforced rings which can be used for attaching additional carabiners or other hooks.
• Two stainless steel rings at the front of the harness for clipping on extra carabiners or other gear. These are specially designed to resist rust and corrosion.
• One loop at the front of this harness for attaching gear or a hammer loop. This can be used to hang your water bottle while you are climbing.
• Leg loops are fully adjustable for a custom fit.
• Waist belt is fixed and does not adjust.
Things We Like About This Harness The Jay-Exom has a sleek design which looks great and also offers a lot of functionality. The reinforced attachment rings at the front and back of this harness can be used to secure the gear or carabiners which you need immediate access to.
The stainless steel rings at the front of this harness will not rust or corrode even if they get wet. You can use these to secure small LED lights for night climbing without having to worry about them getting damaged.
The Jay-Exom has a durable nylon fabric which is both soft to the touch and strong enough to withstand regular use. The leg loops are very comfortable and do not cause any chaffing.
Things We Did Not Like About This Harness Compared to the other climbing harnesses in this category, the Jay-Exom is slightly more expensive. While it is an excellent climbing harness, you may not see the need to spend the extra money if you are just a recreational climber.
The leg loops are not adjustable like those you can find on the Petzl Ascension. You will need to try this climbing harness on before you can buy it, to make sure that it fits your body size.
Our Verdict The Edelrid Jay-Exom is an excellent choice for recreational rock climbers. It is very comfortable to wear and has enough attachment points for securing your gear or attaching carabiners. Although it costs a little more than some of the other climbing harnesses in this category, you will get your money’s worth.
Best Men’s Climbing Harness: Black Diamond Momentum
If you are a rock climber on a tight budget, then the Black Diamond Momentum is the best men’s climbing harness for you. It has all the essential features which enable you to climb without restrictions or hindrances.
The Black Diamond Momentum has a comfortable padded seat with two nylon belays. The leg loops are also well-padded and have an adjustable design. It is a lightweight harness which can be folded up and carried around in your backpack.
• Strong and lightweight construction from rugged polyester and nylon.
• Padded seat with a belay loop at the back for attaching your rope.
Sources & references used in this article:
Compact climbing harness by JS Groover – US Patent 6,283,248, 2001 – Google Patents
Harness tightening system by RN Kasper, JD Martin – US Patent 7,600,660, 2009 – Google Patents
Climbing harness having adjustable leg loops and rise by DD Phillips – US Patent 5,615,750, 1997 – Google Patents
Ski harness by US Patent 2,172,669, 1939 – Google Patents
Safety harness by M Larson – US Patent 6,244,379, 2001 – Google Patents
Training harness for use when practicing rock climbing and sport climbing by DM Walker – US Patent 5,445,114, 1995 – Google Patents
Adult/child restraint harness by I Bagwell – US Patent 6,651,594, 2003 – Google Patents
Safety harness by D Mellor – 1997 – WW Norton & Company