Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • olyclimber

      WELCOME TO THE CASCADECLIMBERS.COM FORUMS   02/03/18

      We have upgraded to new forum software as of late last year, and it makes everything here so much better!  It is now much easier to do pretty much anything, including write Trip Reports, sell gear, schedule climbing related events, and more. There is a new reputation system that allows for positive contributors to be recognized,  it is possible to tag content with identifiers, drag and drop in images, and it is much easier to embed multimedia content from Youtube, Vimeo, and more.  In all, the site is much more user friendly, bug free, and feature rich!   Whether you're a new user or a grizzled cascadeclimbers.com veteran, we think you'll love the new forums. Enjoy!
Sign in to follow this  
ZimZam

Ladies- A little advice please

Recommended Posts

I could use a little help with finding my GF a more comfortable harness. While belaying my 200lbs. my friend who is just learning to climb does great. However, while lowering me the pressure becomes extremely uncomfortable. Self-explanatory. Have any of you had this issue? Found a harness that works really well? Made some kind of fabrication w/o altering the structural integrity of the harness? Any and all advice or comments would be sincerely appreciated. She loves the whole climberin' thang, but this issue puts a damper on the fun. PM if uneasy w/ this public forum. Thanks. ZZ

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Working at a gear shop, I can tell you that the harnesses everyone finds comfortable are the Arcteryx models.

 

We carry a fairly limited selection of manufacturares, but most people find something good enough from either Petzl or Black Diamond (the new entry-model BD's are a definite step up from previous years). Lacking that, I've yet to meet someone who didn't find the Arcteryx ones comfortable, before knowing the price, of course.

 

I believe both Edelrid and Mammut have similar models available this year, but I haven't had a chance to try either, yet.

 

Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

petzl selena (or something like that) is the one the girl i climb with uses ...

 

but the only real way is to go to the store and try em all on ... every gurl is different

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sounds like the pressure is in the leg loops? Maybe a harness with wider leg loops like a big wall harness?

 

Or have her belay directly off an anchor so that the weight is not on her harness?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Short of a big-wall harness I for some reason find the BOD more comfortable than any of the fancy new harnesses.

 

But that says nothing to address your GF's issue. I would second the idea of belaying off an anchor instead of the harness. On the rare occasion when I've had to belay and lower much bigger people, it was the only thing that didn't hurt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Working at a gear shop, I can tell you that the harnesses everyone finds comfortable are the Arcteryx models

 

2nd the dead bird recommendation.

My lady bought one of the entry level BD harnesses because it was yellow (true story) but said it wasn't super comfortable belaying me while I thrash around on the wall. I found the female version of the red dead bird harness (R320 I think?) on clearance for $60 and picked it up for her. She loves it and ended up returning the BD one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Likewise props to Arcteryx - in particular, the R280 harness.

 

No problems with weight load pressure, even while belaying Ivan's outstanding persona that weighs nearly twice as much as I.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My GF thanks you for your contributions to this thread and Arcteryx for their outstanding design. Thanks gang!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×