Not so impressed
Review by: bouldrinsoill, 2009-12-09
I was excited when I needed a new harness to try out the new technology that arcteryx and BD have been working on with harnesses. I settled with the chaos. I've had it and used it regularly (twice weekly) for the past 4 months. I have a couple gripes. First, after having a petzl sama previously, I knew I would need a speed adjust buckle. Well with the chaos, this does me no good if I can't even get it over my butt... The size medium harness cinches all the way down once i wiggle it over my butt. This was never a problem with the petzl. ( Or maybe my butt is the problem?) Secondly and most importantly, the leg loops suck. Plain and simple. While very comfortable initially, after about 3 months of use, the thin band has started to peel back on the inside/back of my thighs when I'm hanging. This leaves me very uncomfortable, even when belaying. Instead of evenly spreading the weight out, like it's designed, it does the opposite and concentrates it on one spot. Needless to say, I'm going back to the Sama as soon as i can't stand the pain anymore... There was nothing wrong with the Sama anyway.