/ Any thoughts on a childs first harness

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andybevan57 - on 23 Apr 2012
I'd like to get my boy into a harness some time this summer.
Anyone with any thoughts on which is best? Not that there's many to choose from.
WJV0912 on 23 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57:

Bowline around the chest
sjminfife - on 23 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57: We used a Petzl Ouista and found it fine. :-) sjm
Scott_vzr on 23 Apr 2012
A full body harness until they are 12 or even older !

Petzl do a good one.
Howardw1968 - on 23 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57:
Seren has the wild country one and loves it nice padding on the legs and shoulders, She's almost at its minimum size and fits her nicely so expect a few years out of it especially now she's climibing regularly
stujamo - on 23 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57: The Wild country one is good,lots of adjustment.
Carolyn - on 23 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57:

How old?

Rock Empire Apache harness adjusts down smaller than any others we found - both mine have fitted it at 2 1/2 (possibly earlier, but certainly by then).
cb294 - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57:

Salewa mini dream II

Excellent harness and widely adjustable. First bought it for my son when he was 5, still wearing it age 9 and it will last another year or two easily.

I combine it with a chest harness made from a 120cm sling (two overhand knots to the ends to make rope loops, then looped into a figure of 8). Much better and comfortabe than full body harnesses (except for glacier tours) because of the padded leg loops.

CB
benghull - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57:

We've just got our 3 year old the DMM full body harness (Tom Kitten) and it looks and feels great, more padding on the legs then the Petzl one we have for our middle daughter.
Radioactiveman - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57:

wild country is nice and has a bit more padding than the petzl one.
James Jackson on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to Saul Gilsenan:

I first climbed with that method, shortly followed by a Whillans harness when getting on the really technical stuff, like severes.
marsbar - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57: The tom kitten has a fair amount of adjustment and is padded. Niece and god sprog both have them. Boys probably should be in a full body harness for a while as they tend to be straight with no hips.
BenTiffin - on 25 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57: I have the dmm body harness for my 4yr old and kids sit harness for the 5 yr old as she is too big for the body harness. I use a sling as a chest harness to keep her upright.

Ben
JoshOvki on 25 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57:

Elderid make a nice full body harness
Sir Stefan - on 26 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57:

BD Wiz Kid is super for kids. My son, now 11 years, has used it for some years with great success. Some fear that kids may slip out of the harness when falling bottoms up, but that doesn't happen.
Michael Ryan - on 26 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57:
> I'd like to get my boy into a harness some time this summer.
> Anyone with any thoughts on which is best? Not that there's many to choose from.

Not sure there is a best and it depends on the child's height. When small my kids had a full body harness.

The Petzl Charlet Ouistiti childs harness I think.

My daughter has now graduated to a sit harness: the BD Whiz Kid I think.

Here are some photos of her wearing it and climbing outside in January.

Tying on: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=196606

Is this right? http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=196607

Climbing

http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=196608

http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=196609

Lowering

http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=196610

Happy Climbing.

Mick

graeme jackson - on 26 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57:
We used a Petzl Oustiti (sold on to someone on this forum) on my 3. Despite turning upside down several times none of them ever fell out of it. It could have done with more padding though.
Jenny C on 26 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57: The problem with the BD Whizkid is that the padding on the waistband is fixed, so as the kid grows the lumbar padding (and gear loops) will end up off centre.

The DMM Tomkat and Edelrid Finn both address this by having the padding "floating" on the webbing, so it can be slid to remain in a central position as the child grows.
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mkean - on 26 Apr 2012
In reply to andybevan57:
You'll almost certainly need to do a test fit before you buy. I recently spent a couple of evenings attempting to wrestle small childeren into climbing harnesses at a climbing wall and they are a right funny shape!

Some of the more padded kids harnesses can be problematic with skinny kids as the padding prevents you tightening the harness down far enough to be secure.


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