My introduction to women-specific harnesses
Review by: aerili, 2008-05-11
and I'm sold. I doubt I'll be switching over to anything that is not a Misty Mountain women's harness any time soon.
I got tired of wearing my so-called "unisex" Petzl Corax--the leg loops always cut into me in the wrong places, the waist belt bruised my hips and back after long/frequent semi-hanging belays, the gear loops sucked, etc. It was my first harness, so I resolved that my next one would be a woman-specific harness.
I have a classic hourglass shape and Misty makes harnesses that fit the female anatomy well. The waist belt always sits at the right place and the leg loops never move around or hurt me like the Corax did. It's much more comfortable to hang in, as well. (We all know "unisex" harnesses were really developed on male body dimensions anyway.)
I use the haul loop all the time to carry my shoes and windbreaker during multi-pitch outings (freeing up gear loop space for things like...gear!), and I like the snapping leg loop attachment in back that allows one to drop the back of the harness when nature calls.
Did I mention Misty's huge and excellent gear loops? If you rack on your harness sometimes or always, these are the most accommodating I've used or seen available.
Lastly, I like it when gear manufacturers use distinctive, attractive, feminine colors for women's products--like what you see in the Finesse.
The only drawbacks about the Finesse (to me) are: I got used to the always-double-backed buckles on the Corax, and I do miss that feature. Also, I wonder why Misty gives the guys two additional gear loops on their Cadillac and Titan harnesses and they do not feature the same thing on either of their women's harnesses?? Otherwise, I can't find many faults with the Finesse.