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Aug 13, 2012, 7:19 PM
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I'm wondering what harnesses parents can recommend for a toddler. I've found a few options from the major manufacturers, such as this one from Petzl, this one from Mammut, and this one from CAMP. Anyone have any experience with these, good or bad, or have another they would recommend choosing or avoiding?

My son is a little over two and pretty small - about 26 lbs - but he loves climbing anything he can get up and has said he wants to climb with his dad.


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I've tried the Petzl one and a similar Trango harness. The Petzl fit significantly better but was also significantly more expensive.

You should note that the youngest specified age for these is 3 yrs for the Camp, 4 for the Petzl, and unspecified for the Mammut. I suspect that none of them will fit a 26 lb. two year old but you can probably try the Petzl in REI or some place like that.

I'd be surprised if you really needed it though. Most kids that age don't go over about 6 feet up before they decide they've reached their reasonable height limit.


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My son is the same age and same weight and loves to climb. I am looking at getting him the trango harness. The problem I found is not necessarily that some don't fit, but where the rope ties in and where it ends up when he weights the harness. It seems that the ones at the gym end up in his face and he is not a fan of that. The trango looks like it will fit, has the most adjustability, and the tie in point seems lower and more adjustable. Hope that helps.


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I'd be surprised if you really needed it though. Most kids that age don't go over about 6 feet up before they decide they've reached their reasonable height limit.

The problem when climbing with small kids is usually how to get them down, once they are beyond your reach.

I've seen more than one kid freeze up and refuse to let go when it gets scary. And try to explain to a frightened child how to use his/her feet to keep the body away from protruding holds.
Not to mention the "No honey it's not a swing, you'll bump in to the w... o never mind..."

Lesson learned: make sure they know how to be lowered before they climb out of reach.


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We have the Trango and an Edelrid harness... I really dig the Edelrid for the smaller kids, won't go as big as the trango (but you have a tiny one anyways)

Also on the bright side, its cheaper than the other brands and my son finds it super comfy

http://www.edelrid.de/...rnesses/fraggle.html


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Guran wrote:
The problem when climbing with small kids is usually how to get them down, once they are beyond your reach.


Easy with the little ones... just shake the line, they're so light you can shake them off the holds/rock


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