Arc'teryx 2011 Harness Designs Video

© Arcteryx
Renowned for being consistently at the forefront of innovative designs in climbing gear, in 2008 Arc'teryx introduced their truly ground breaking 'Warp Strength Technology' harnesses. What is WST? Most harnesses have webbing that wraps all the way around to the buckle and padding to add comfort. Arc'teryx eliminated the need for padding by making the webbing itself wider and more comfortable. How? They remove the weft fibres from a set length in the middle of a strip of webbing, leaving only the warp fibres behind. Warp fibres represent the strength in the webbing and weft fibres give the webbing structure. Then they spread out the warp fibres, which retains the webbing strength, laminate them to give the webbing structure and wrap them in a durable face fabric.

For 2011 they've upped the stakes even further: altering the weight, shape and width of the harnesses. In this video, Arc'teryx designer Ian Martin explains what makes the new Spring 2011 Warp Strength harnesses even better, lighter and more comfortable. Here follows an insider's look into the designer's thought process and how the new shaping improves performance...

Arcteryx R320a  © Arcteryx
Arcteryx R320a
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1 Jun, 2011
I bought myself a B360a for my 25th birthday. Fantastic harness, you climb in it and it feels like you aren't wearing anything at all. I wanted the 360 because of the 6 gear loops but as it turns out, each gear loop is so huge that 4 would have been more than enough. Only problem I found is that if you hang in it for long enough, no matter what fancy design they have in the leg loops, the same thing happens that you get with every other harness, your legs start hurting.
1 Jun, 2011
Where did you pick up the B360a, haven't seen it anywhere in the UK yet?
1 Jun, 2011
Ridiculously good harnesses. I have last year's R-320 and, even though there's nothing wrong with it, am thinking of buying the S-220. A bit addictive!
2 Jun, 2011
I actually ordered it from the States. Including delivery and import fees, it came to about £150, which will be the RRP here when it is launched.
2 Jun, 2011
£150 for a harness are you f'ing serious?! Your mental mate... Next time your feeling flush by some crack or something fun
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