Hanging in a harness is rarely a joy, and after long days can even bruise. But the iridescent Pearl women’s harness, with its abundance of EVA foam padding, wide waistbelt and breathable material, is as close to sitting in an armchair as you’re going to get. And at 13.7 ounce (size medium), it has no weighty downside. A custom “BMI system” allows you to adjust one of the padded ends of the waistbelt for additional comfort and to fine-tune the position of the gear loops to centralize them. While this system is not as simple as a double-buckle fastening, it does the job and allows you to optimize the harness fit. The harness also comes in five sizes, ranging from XS to XL, so women are almost guaranteed to find a size that fits their shape well. The corrosion-resistant all-weather Rock & Lock buckles also allow you to put the harness on easily over skis, boots or crampons.
The four braided gear loops are ergonomic and an excellent size, but why, Singing Rock, oh why have you not given us even a little tag loop? The Pearl is beautifully comfortable and neat, and there are few harnesses I would rather sit in at a hanging belay, but without an accessory or tag loop the four gear loops quickly become overcrowded on multi-pitch routes. This oversight makes the Pearl best suited to women who value comfort on single-pitch routes of any discipline.
Pros: Extremely comfortable, five size options and custom fit.
Cons: No rear loop or tag loop.
Best for: Comfort seekers, single-pitch climbs.
Weight: 13.7 ounces for a medium.