• Mammut Comfort Knit Fast Adjust Harness

    MSRP: $160   In college, I took a knitting course. I had my priorities straight: in addition to requiring a minimal amount of work, I was the only guy in a class with 12 other … Continue reading "Mammut Comfort Knit Fast Adjust Harness"
  • Black Diamond Solution Guide

      MSRP: $99.95   BEST FOR: Anything, but especially multipitch trad   “Kevlar” was the word that jumped to my mind the first time I handled Black Diamond’s new Solution Guide Harness—the outer fabric, dubbed … Continue reading "Black Diamond Solution Guide"
  • Edelrid Jayne and Jay III Harness

    MSRP: $59.95 BEST FOR: All-around use   “You need a smaller harness,” my friend said on Saturday, as I reefed the Jayne III harness belt rightwards. “Nope. That’s what I thought at first, too.” In … Continue reading "Edelrid Jayne and Jay III Harness"
  • Blue Ice Choucas Light

      MSRP: $79.95   I was tempted to fall into the trap of cliché and write that the Choucas Light is “butt floss.” Although that would have been an apt visual, I won’t debase myself … Continue reading "Blue Ice Choucas Light"
  • Misty Mountain Custom Harness

    This review appeared in Rock and Ice issue 249 (April 2018). When I showed up to the Potrero down in Mexico and donned my new harness, I got some strange looks: What the hell was … Continue reading "Misty Mountain Custom Harness"
  • Singing Rock Women’s Pearl

      MSRP: $64.95   Hanging in a harness is rarely a joy, and after long days can even bruise. But the iridescent Pearl women’s harness, with its abundance of EVA foam padding, wide waistbelt and … Continue reading "Singing Rock Women’s Pearl"
  • Edelrid Solaris

      MSRP: $119.95   At first glance, the extra-wide Solaris looks like a corset. Then I put it on and forgot all about it. The women’s Solaris is an exceedingly comfortable all arounder focused on … Continue reading "Edelrid Solaris"
  • Petzl Adjama

      MSRP: $74.95   I’ve always believed in getting the right tool for the job, yet I’ve never had a specific multi-pitch climbing harness—a choice I have questioned while fighting to get gear off overloaded … Continue reading "Petzl Adjama"
  • Black Diamond Zone

      MSRP: $99.95   The Zone is Black Diamond’s lightest harness, if barely. At 11.3 ounces for a men’s medium, the Zone is .7 ounces lighter than Black Diamond’s older and still available Solution ($69.96), … Continue reading "Black Diamond Zone"
  • Edelrid Ace

      This article appeared in Rock and Ice issue 247 (January 2018).   The weight-versus-comfort conundrum has boggled minds ever since we moved out of swami belts. Do you go ultralight and suffer numb legs, or do … Continue reading "Edelrid Ace"
  • BD Technician Women’s

      This article appeared in Rock and Ice issue 247 (January 2018).   I have shoes for all occasions: desert cracks, granite cracks, limestone sport, gym climbing, multi-pitch trad, single-pitch trad, bouldering—the list goes on. I wouldn’t … Continue reading "BD Technician Women’s"
  • Petzl Luna

      This article appeared in Rock and Ice issue 247 (January 2018).   My first harness was the Petzl Dionysis, which debuted in 1999. At a whopping 25 ounces, the Dionysis was the Cadillac of cushy sport … Continue reading "Petzl Luna"