Petzl Selena 64.95
★★★★★ 13.5 ounces
I stink at climbing in the cold. But even I grow vexed climbing in the heat, despite doing plenty of it, especially in the News: York and Hampshire, with a little River Gorge thrown in; also touches of Maryland and North Carolina. I know how humidity pools thickly in the lower back. The Selena’s mesh ventilation, through which daylight shines, airs that swamp.
The Selena is still padded, using perforated closed-cell foam, at pressure points, and in both leg loops for hanging. The preformed gear loops are accessible, though like my coworker I prefer loops that jut more.
As the women’s version of the Sama, the Selena has a more tapered waistbelt, longer rise and detachable, elasticized leg loops, though on me those are a little clutchy.
And I have grown officially spoiled by the automatic DoubleBack buckle, being all too happy to eliminate any potential for my error. This rig, with its niched buckle, runs exceptionally smoothly.