/ Any thoughts on a childs first harness
Anyone with any thoughts on which is best? Not that there's many to choose from.
Bowline around the chest
Petzl do a good one.
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
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).
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.
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.
wild country is nice and has a bit more padding than the petzl one.
I first climbed with that method, shortly followed by a Whillans harness when getting on the really technical stuff, like severes.
Elderid make a nice full body harness
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.
> 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
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.
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.
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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