what climbing harness?
The one that fits best with enough gear loops when you get in to a bit of trad leading. Personally I always found black Diamond and Petzl were comfiest. If you go in to any decent climbing shop you should be able to hang in the harness to see how it feels. If they don’t let you do that then go somewhere else.Posted 6 years agogeologistMember
Whatever you do, get one with more than 3 gear loops! If you want to progress to leading trad, you will need 4 minimum.
Try Ukclimbing.com, If you are not aware of it, its the climbing equivalent of STW. You get the same old childish witter, with a sprinkling of useful info.Posted 6 years ago
Jesus, you guys might think you know a lot about old Kona’s and how to bleed Juicy 5’s but you have no idea about climbing.
An adjustable one such as Camp? Thats like saying “What car should I buy?…… “Ohh, one that runs on petrol like a Ford.”
WHICH Camp harness? FFS
And Petzl for the win (a basic but comfy harness?????!!!!)
**** me! Petzl do some of the best designed and most feature laden harnesses on the planet? WHICH one ffs?
(Hangs head in shame.)
Stick to arguing about 10 speed vs 9 or 29 vs 26 please.Posted 6 years agometalheartSubscriber
Something like the Black Diamond Momentum AL is a good start. Available for £50
Petzl Corax are good too but I’m not that keen since they changed the style. Probably about £10 more than the BD too.
Wild country & DMM are also okay well I’ve mates who have them and don’t complain about them.
Things to look for: Adjustability is good (waist and leg loops) and I’d want minimum of 4 gear loops in case you fancy the transition to outside/trad. And make sure the colour doesn’t clash wi your t-shirt….Posted 6 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
I got a DMM Renegade.
It was the model I borrowed when I started climbing, never had any issues with it.
Tried loads when I bought mine, but kept coming back to this one for it’s comfort, adjustability, amount of gear loops and TBH, the fact that I just trusted it.Posted 6 years agonickdaviesSubscriber
What are you getting into? Do you just climb indoors or do you want to venture outdoors into sport or trad?
If you just climb indoors and have no real desire to go anywhere else, something light and well fitting which gives you a really good range of movement is what you want. You only need a couple of gear loops for dangling a chalkbag, belay and maybe a few clips off.
If you do want to progress more outdoors, then start to look at a heavier harness, with more padding around the rear of the legs, backstrap and crotch. Pay more attention to the comfort of it, how well fitted it is and try it on with clothes on too – something that fits in a pair of thin shorts might not work as well over 3 or 4 layers or when you’re hanging on it for an hour belaying a long pitch. I’ve always used wild country harnesses so would say something like the ziplock sport for indoor and the syncro for more all round use. I use a syncro normally and an old sport harness indoors when I don’t want a load of extra weight.
http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/ these forums might be a good place to look for climbing advice!Posted 6 years ago
You’ve just demonstrated how few indoor walls you’ve climbed on with this, Simon:
“If you just climb indoors and have no real desire to go anywhere else, something light and well fitting which gives you a really good range of movement is what you want. You only need a couple of gear loops for dangling a chalkbag, belay and maybe a few clips off. “
Climbing with a chalk bag indoors is banned on some walls and considered anti-social by regualar climbers on many others. Walls end up plastered in chalk and if you land on the bag you fill the room with a cloud of the stuff. At the walls I’ve used recently the social climber chalks up with a minimum of chalk from the communal basket with a chalk ball in it.Posted 6 years agomartinhutchSubscriber
I’ve never come across a wall that has banned chalk. Loose chalk, maybe, but not chalk balls. How do you carry the communal bucket up a 20m route?
As far as harnesses go, if the OP is a relative novice leading mid-grades indoors, then he doesn’t need anything particularly expensive or lightweight.
Comfort and hard-wearing are the main things he should be looking for. And that depends on your size, weight, leg thickness, loads of factors, so your best bet is to try on a few, and hang on them for a minute at a time, shifting weight around to try to spot if they are going to cause discomfort. If he’s a bigger lad, areas to focus on are padding around the back of the harness.
If the OP has any interest in getting outdoors, four or so gear loops will be needed, but most harnesses have at least this many.Posted 6 years ago
To the OP,
Can we assume you’ve got your own rock shoes? If not, I’d prioritise that over a harness.
Some places do starter sets consisting of harness, screwgate and belay device; might be worth looking out for something like this? Go Outdoors had a decent one last time I was in (could’ve been DMM, can’t remember).Posted 6 years ago
Kenny, my point is that you haven’t suggested what harness to buy….
I suggest you stick to things that you know about, like quoting useless bits of information from movies.(Or ducking into a thread you have no idea about and leaving one or two lines of a comment and then running away again.)
Also, Edukator….. You are quoting me incorrectly. It wasnt me.. it was someone else. (But if you want a comment, then…… “Communal chalk dipping????? Wots that all about then? Wer’e not bloody olympic gymnasts ya know. (or do you live in the states?) Also, chalk bags have never been banned at walls, however loose chalk is often frowned upon. (Thats why you can get some neat little chalk balls to pop in your bag.)
LOVED your opening line also “You’ve just demonstrated how few indoor walls you’ve climbed on with this, Simon:”
I tend to do all my climbing in the like, OUTDOORS! Doh!
Thats what climbing is, isn’t it? An outdoor sport? Trad is where it’s at.
Oh and Kenny, if you want ME to suggest a harness then I would probably go for one from Petzl/Wild Country/DMM/Singing Rock/Black Diamond/Metolius cuz they like have those belay things on them for like clipping in…Posted 6 years agodirtygirlonabikeMember
I bought my harness and shoes from a big Tiso that’s next to one of the places i climb and hires out shoes/climbing gear. I’d also prioritise buying shoes over a harness – hired climbing shoes *boke*. I asked Tiso for advice when buying mine – i said i was a beginner but was wanting to progress to lead climbing/outdoors. Try on a few and see how they feel – Tiso made me clip into a rope and sit down in the harness to see what felt best.Posted 6 years agopeterfileMember
Simon, you into bodybuilding too?
Jeez, chill out, this place is full of useful/useless information which may or may not be correct.
The majority of any indoor ice/rock climbing lessons I’ve taken have been at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven.
Started with rock, after a few lessons I said to the instructor “which harness would you recommend?” He suggested a few harnesses and told me to try them. I picked the one that was most comfortable. I bought the Petzl Adjama.
When I started ice climbing, I said “which harness would you recommend” and the instructor looked down at my harness and said “are you comfortable in that one?”. I said yes and he said “well, I’d recommend that one” 🙂Posted 6 years ago
That’s much better Simon. Perhaps next time you can just make your suggestions, rather than wade in mocking everyone else who has, then you won’t look such a tit. And here’s another tip – don’t be so foolish as to assume that I don’t climb just because I didn’t add anything to the suggestions already made.Posted 6 years ago
Hope never to meet you on a crag, Simon. However, I do apologise for sustituting your name for another. It stuck in my mind for some reason.
I said chalk is banned on some walls and it is, Cougar. Mulhouse University and a wall in Chamonix among others. It’s also banned on some crags where I’ve climbed, in Germany and also some places in France, notably Fontainebleau.
I might mix up ranters’ names but my climbing facts are solid.Posted 6 years ago
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