Blue Ice Choucas LightMSRP: $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"
Singing Rock Women’s PearlMSRP: $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 SolarisMSRP: $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 AdjamaMSRP: $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 ZoneMSRP: $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 AceThis 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’sThis 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 LunaThis 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"
Beal Ellipse XTThis article appeared in Rock and Ice issue 247 (January 2018). Over the last eight months, while getting my ass handed to me at climbing locations throughout the Southwestern U.S., I began to question my … Continue reading "Beal Ellipse XT"
Mammut Ophir SpeedfitThis article appeared in Rock and Ice issue 247 (January 2018). Mammut bills the Ophir Speedfit as an all-around harness, and over the course of a couple of months I used it for long moderate … Continue reading "Mammut Ophir Speedfit"
Beal Venus SoftThis article appeared in Rock and Ice issue 247 (January 2018). Beal has made a high-performance harness with a flat-weave webbing construction that minimizes pressure points. The Venus comes with four generously sized, ergonomic gear … Continue reading "Beal Venus Soft"
Black Diamond Solution (Men’s & Women’s)WOMEN’S I own enough harnesses to outfit a girls’ high school P.E. class. But last fall I used only one: the Black Diamond women’s Solution. The Solution is a lightweight harness for indoors and outside. … Continue reading "Black Diamond Solution (Men’s & Women’s)"