Great for trad, ice and long sport
Review by: climbingaggie03, 2007-12-12
This is my fifth harness and my favorite. I have the focus speed with the speed buckles which are great. The harness is comfortable for sitting in and I've climbed up to 15 pitches in a day with it and never got tired of sitting in it. I really like having 2 buckles up front. One of my gripes about my other harnesses is that when I wear a couple of layers under my harness, it puts my right gear loops farther back, with 2 buckles that isn't an issue. Normally I leave one side buckle in the same position, and loosen/tighten the other to get the harness on and off.
It has droppable leg loops, a rear haul loop, and adjustable leg loops, all the things that help make a harness fit right and be versatile, but one of the main things that helped me decide on this harness is the gear loops. I rack on my harness and need big traditional gear loops, I'm not a fan of the molded gear loops that alot of harnesses have these days.
This harness is a bit bulky and heavy, If i'm just going to be doing single pitch sport climbing or gym climbing I'll take a sport climbing harness. Also it doesn't have the feature of the blizzard that allows you to attach ice clippers to the waist belt. I don't feel like it weighs me down or makes it harder to move it's just more harness than you need, although I have climbed with it in the gym a few times and have no complaints.
I also have found the speed buckles a bit annoying during the winter when I am wearing boots and or crampons I normally would unthread the buckle instead of stepping through, but that's not an option with the speed buckles.
All in all though I love this harness, I paid $63 which is the most I've ever paid for a harness, up until this point i'd never paid over $35 for a harness, but this harness is well worth it. It's comfortable, functional, versatile, and shows every indication of being durable.