The *Perfect* club (not institutional) harness.
Review by: hotgemini, 2007-05-25
I run a reasonably large rockclimbing club, this harness (or the same thing branded as the trango cosmic) fits our needs perfectly. We want a cheap, durable harness that is uncomfortable enough that it keeps new climbers motivated to buy their own gear. We *don't* want a single tie-in point harness because we want the new climbers to get accustomed to a proper belay loop, dual tie-in harness the same as they'll eventually own. We also prefer that it has buckles that need to be manually doubled-back, that way new climbers recognise that as the norm and a permanently doubled back harness as a luxury. It isn't an ideal institutional harness though (camps, guided climbing, gyms etc) because of many of the same reasons, its harder to inspect than a single tie-in point gym harness, a permanently doubled-back buckle means less chance of accidents etc etc.
The latest editions we recieved had two little loops where you could tie your own gear loop out of cord, rather than an actual gear loop. I wasn't very fond of that but its not the end of the world either.