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The Wildcountry Elite Ultralite Harness certainly does what it says on the packet – at 330 grams or under 12 oz it is the lightest harness I have ever come across. Weight has been shaved off wherever possible, from the miniature buckle to the 10 mm dyneema belay-loop (made of the same material as thin slings).
Belaying and abseiling from the ultra-thin belay loop is disconcerting at first! When you look down and see that you are dangling off something as thin as the belt loop on a pair of jeans it feels wrong somehow! I'm not sure how it will wear with time, but it has been tested to the highest safety standards!
The waist loop is fairly wide and comfortable, despite its lightness, and the leg loops sit well and will unfasten at the back (important for girls!)
Weight has been kept to a minimum with the gear loops too – there are only four. For sport climbing, this is plenty, but for trad climbing, personally 4 gear loops just isn't enough. (I've been used to a harness with 7!) I'm not a great fan of the way they slope downwards, either – I can understand the thinking behind this when trying to fit 7 gear loops onto a harness, but when you've only got to fit four on what's the point? You just end up with everything slipping forward and more dangly bits that you need between your legs. (Titter titter!)
Why would you need such a light harness?
All-in-all, I thought this harness was great if weight-saving was one of your main goals, but for an all-round trad or sport-climbing harness, it would be better to invest in something more comfortable and versatile. As a super-light harness it has been well designed, well made and looks great too.
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