You have a good rope, but how do you fasten it to yourself? With a
Many harnesses are fully adjustable, and these are great for getting a perfect fit in the legs. They are, however, a few ounces heavier than the types
that only adjust at the waist.
Your harness should fit snug, but still lets your legs move freely. There’s a difference between a sport/gym harness and a trad harness. The sport variety
is lighter, less padded and will have few if any gear loops. A “trad” harness or big-wall harness will have at least four rigid gear loops, a haul
loop, and extra padding for long ascents. We suggest a harness with at least four gear loops for ease of carrying your quickdraws or protection up
a climb. Most harnesses have single-pull buckles, which lock automatically, but always remember to double-back the waist buckle if it’s a manual buckle
that doesn’t lock itself. Climbers have died when they neglected to buckle their harnesses correctly.
DOUBLE CHECK THE DOUBLE BACK
Before you make the first move up any climb, check that your harness buckle is properly threaded. Some harness buckles require a “double back” thread,
while others are single pass. Read the instructions and cautions that come with your harness, and always have your climbing partner check that your
harness is safe and secure.
YOUR GYM HARNESS
Gym harnesses are different from outdoor harnesses. Indoors, you don’t need the sort of padding you’d want for long days with your butt in the sling, so
the gym variety is much lighter. Indoor harnesses also don’t have as many gear loops or a haul loop.
Check out Rock and Ice's harness reviews here.