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Petzl Corax

Field Test of Petz's Corax climbing harness, which is quite burly and heavy, but comfortable because of the additional support.

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Petzl-Corax-IIPetzl Corax $64.95
★★★ ½ 18 ounces

www.petzl.com

This harness is so burly and heavy, I’m still not quite sure what I’d use it for—big-wall climbing, perhaps. With two pre-threaded DoubleBack waist-belt buckles, a feature I often see on so called “all-around harnesses” and that I’ve never found particularly useful, the Corax is a heavy clunker. That said, it’s comfortable as heck, likely because it uses Frame Construction Technology in its waist belt. However, instead of thin mesh in between the high-strength tape (as in the Hirundos, et al.), the Corax incorporates thicker, burlier foam. Larger, heavier climbers might benefit from the additional support.