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TomGB - on 06 Feb 2019

Hey, 

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. 

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brianjcooper on 06 Feb 2019
In reply to TomGB:

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.

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vscott - on 06 Feb 2019
In reply to TomGB:

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.

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top cat on 06 Feb 2019
In reply to TomGB:

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.

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matejn - on 06 Feb 2019
In reply to TomGB:

Take a look at Camp Alpine flash or Petzl Adjama. 

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neuromancer - on 09 Feb 2019
In reply to TomGB:

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)

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Presley Whippet on 09 Feb 2019
In reply to neuromancer:

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. 

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Jenny C on 09 Feb 2019
In reply to Presley Whippet:

> 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. 

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Fiona Reid - on 09 Feb 2019
In reply to Jenny C:

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. 

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smithg on 09 Feb 2019
In reply to TomGB:

https://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/climbing/harnesses/the_bod_and_alpine_bod_harnesses-42

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.

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kevin stephens - on 10 Feb 2019
In reply to TomGB:

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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