Review by: kimgraves, 2005-06-27
I got the Shield because I found hanging belays in my BD very uncomfortable. The Shield has solved that - it's incredibly cush. The racking system is great as well with more options and alternatives than the standard harness. I was a little worried that free climbing in this monster would be problematic. But so far, I’ve had no problem on the moderate routes that I do. There are some problems with the harness – the buckle is really awful. It’s really difficult to thread and hard to get tight enough. You have to really work on it. Also the sizing is odd. According to the sizing chart, I should take a large, but I couldn’t get the Medium tight enough without modifying the standard setup – a solution recommended by Yates customer service. Customer service has been really helpful. I bought my harness used and CS has treated me just like I was the original owner.