/ harness for wall->ski mountaineering
Had a quick look through the forums and couldn't see a recent harness thread.
Mine has given up the ghost after 6 years, what's the latest out there?
Ideally 5 gear loops though not make or break. Will be used at the wall, multi-pitch trad, hot rock, ski touring. I realise there will be compromises as a result and comfort is valued over weight.
Any suggestions are much appreciated. No arcteryx please, I haven't won the lottery yet.
I have a Wild Country Syncro II harness. It has twin locking buckles which helps with adjustment when wearing extra clothing in cold weather. It also has 7 gear loops.
Not too heavy either.
DMM mithril might fit the bill. Inexpensive compare to some, pretty light for a fully adjustable harness, 4 gear loops + a decent size rear haul loop - all low profile so fit under a rucsack ok, and for the weight decent padding for comfort.
For serious ski mountaineering you really want a harness with a high tie-in point..........these tend not to have very many gear loops, but you can add your own.
Take a look at Camp Alpine flash or Petzl Adjama.
I think this is a situation where the compromises are not worth it because any harness that is comfortable enough for multi pitch trad and sport / wall use will not be easy to fit over skis and boots.
Harnesses are pretty cheap - you could buy a discounted "Generalist" - sport and trad harness and still have money left over for a specific ski touring harness (that has leg loops that completely open)
A pet hate of mine is the modern "nanny state" pre threaded harness buckle.
It is difficult to get a harness now with simple double back buckles which make donning the harness when wearing boots or skis or stood on a precarious ledge much easier.
Either look for a whillans type nappy harness or struggle with what has become the industry standard.
If I can be trusted to tie a knot, surely I can be trusted to double back a harness buckle.
> A pet hate of mine is the modern "nanny state" pre threaded harness buckle.
> It is difficult to get a harness now with simple double back buckles which make donning the harness when wearing boots or skis or stood on a precarious ledge much easier.
Also a PITA of you have broad hips.
BD Technician? One of the few winter harnesses that still entrust the user to be able to double back a buckle. The leg loops can be fully undone too if required.
Cheap, light, robust and straight forwards to operate even with skis/crampons/gloves on. I use one for everything including warm, sweaty, climbing walls and summer sports climbs and the wide webbing leg loops are perfectly comfy taking falls and hanging on the rope.
I think this would be a compromise too far. A ski Mountaineering harness (presumably for crevasse rescue and occasional abseil?) will need to have through the legs type donning , go over many more layers than your rock climbing harness and take up minimal bulk in your pack. The Black Diamond bot is cheap enough to have as a dedicated ski harness. For climbing there are lot of choices to meet your needs
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