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onwardupward


May 15, 2010, 7:11 PM
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Hi all, I need some advice. I've only been climbing for a month now, but I've been in some serious pain from my harness. My leg loops tend to ride up, and when I take a fall (toproping) or am belaying for a while the loops pull upward. The inside of my thighs near my groin are really tender and are a little bruised. Are my leg loops too tight? Waist too loose? does my harness just not fit? Thanks!


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May 17, 2010, 2:04 PM
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Is it a men's or unisex harness? If so, there's your problem.


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May 17, 2010, 2:56 PM
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are you using the gym rental harness? There are so many harnesses out there, you have to find one that works for you. I have the Metollius safe tech and I can hang for hours (and have) without any pain at all.

Try making adjustments to your harness and see if it feels any better. If not, sell it on craigslist and start again. Test harnesses at your gym, while hanging.


onwardupward


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No, it's not a rental, but it is a unisex harness. I think I'm going to try out a black diamond primrose and see if that feels any better. Thanks for the imput.


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sell the old one on RC.com, craigslist or at your gym. Or, keep it. Eventually you will convince a friend to climb and you will need an extra harness. I can't tell you how many "extras" we have.

Try a bunch and make sure you hang in them. Ask other women (who have a shape similar to you) what harnesses they are using. Really, your harness should be pretty darn comfortable.


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May 17, 2010, 4:20 PM
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onwardupward wrote:
Hi all, I need some advice. I've only been climbing for a month now, but I've been in some serious pain from my harness. My leg loops tend to ride up, and when I take a fall (toproping) or am belaying for a while the loops pull upward. The inside of my thighs near my groin are really tender and are a little bruised. Are my leg loops too tight? Waist too loose? does my harness just not fit? Thanks!


leg loops too loose can be a cause- if your leg loops hang down when you climb and then slide up your legs when you fall, they can chafe/bruise your thighs in quick order. they may not need to be substantially tighter, but when you start climbing, they should already be positioned basically as high as they can go on your legs, so they don't slide when you fall.


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I just remember last summer I 'upgraded' to a mens harness for features, and by the end of the day felt like I had been kicked in my lady junk by an elephant.


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Another thought...I had this problem when I climbed with a men's Mammut harness. But then I got one with stretchy leg loops...and problem solved. Finding a harness was a bit of a challenge for me...because I have a small waist and more than a little junk in the trunk. Finding a good harness was like finding the right jeans...virtually impossible.
Also, it helps to wear the quick dry pants...because if you get sweaty like I do when you climb...it becomes chaff city unless I am wearing the moisture wicking pants.


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There is also a product out there for cyclist's called Chamois Butter that reduces chaffing. I've never used it but it was recommended by a trusted friend. It sounds like the fit of your harness is more the culprit, but if secondarily your experiencing wear and tear, I'd try this.


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