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Tackle the ice this winter with the Arc'teryx I340a Harness.
- Adjustable leg loops help you achieve optimum fit over snow pants
- Drop seat buckles allow you to escape the harness confines when nature calls
- Burly tie-in points and gear loops keep you and your gear secure
- 14 ice clipper slots help you stay organized
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Works For 4 Seasons.
Made For Ice Though.
All Day Comfort.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Ive used a lot of different harnesses over the years. This is by far the most comfortable harness I have ever worn, especially when you are in it all day. I am size 34 waist and the large is perfect. I can almost cinch it down all the way but, there is more than enough room when I am ice climbing in it. I just started trad climbing and this is the only helmet I have used for that so I cannot comment on the gear loops and such, ice climbing same thing, only harness I Have used to clip screws. Definitely use this all 4 seasons, I do believe the more trad or big wall specific harness they make is more breathable as this one as this use is specific to ice climbing, though I use it for everything.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love how thin this harness is. I was using it with a large backpack and any other harness I tried tended to be much more noticeable and rub uncomfortably.
I generally wear size 32 or 33 inch pants and the medium fits me well. It's just on the tight side but it's quite comfortable.
The only downside is that I've been having trouble with the plastic parts of the gear loops. A few of them have broken off. Not really a big deal though, the webbing part still functions fine as the loop.
Misses the Mark
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Overall, I have found the WARP Technology harnesses to be amazing. They are both comfortable and light, perfect for the alpine. The i340a is no different. The revisions and improvements to the waist and leg loops in this generation are noticeable, or not noticeable as I barely can tell I am wearing it.
However, I do have some issues with this harness. The gear loops are very small. I realize that this is an ice climbing harness, but at $168.95, I planned on using this as my only harness. In order to fit a "standard" rock rack, I have to creatively rack the gear on my harness, which is less than ideal. The other main issue is, while clipper slots are plentiful, they are in not ideal locations and the elastic slots are only sturdy in the front (useless for screws) and rear positions (almost too far back). Using any of the slots will mean overlapping gear loops, which are already too small and thus losing more racking real estate.
I give this harness five stars for fit, comfort and compactness in the pack. Two stars for practicality and usage for tiny gear loops and ineffective ice clipper slots.
I dig it...
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Price is a little steep, but it's worth it. My previous harness was a 2008 model BD Momentum AL. Not a bad harness, but I didn't do enough homework before I purchased it. Doing primarily ice climbing, the Momentum doesn't have any ice clipper slots and fixing ice clippers to a gear loop doesn't work that well. After checking out Gear:30's review ( http://gearthirty.blogspot.com/2012/06/arcteryx-i-340a-harness-review.html ), I committed to the I-340a (Xenos was the other one I was eyeballing). I used it for the first time last weekend and most of the time I forgot I was even in a harness! It's super light and very comfortable. Self-locking buckles are a dream. Typical quality you'd expect from Arcteryx.
I am struggling with sizing this harness....
I am struggling with sizing this harness. My measurements fall right between M and L. Would it be better to take M and hope that I will still get in with some thicker closing or go for L and hope that I will be able to tighten it up in summer?
I would go with a Large if it was me especially if you are going to get any Fall or Winter use out of it.
I find these run a touch small, definitely go Large.
I was in your situation recently- between M and L- and I ordered the M, thinking I'd just have to loosen the belt. Unfortunately, being on the very large end of the fit for the M harness was extremely uncomfortable! When I did try on a Large, the difference in terms of comfort was remarkable.
Large will it be. Thank you all.
Best One-Quiver Harness on the market
I've tried other harnesses out there, but in the end I keep coming back to Arc'teryx. In my opinion there is no better combination of lightweight, comfort and functionality than the new I340a harness.
Arc'teryx has fixed the lack of drop-down leg loops and added ice clipper slots that were lacking on the X350a harness, and have actually managed to shed some weight too.
The WARP technology keeps this harness so light and packable, yet surprisingly comfortable while hanging or belaying.
While a bit pricey, in my opinion, for Year Round climbers, there is no better one-quiver harness out there on the market.