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Experience a whole new level of comfort with the Arc'teryx R280 Climbing Harness.

Thanks to Warp Strength Technology and a thoughtfully engineered design, the Arc'teryx Women's R280 Climbing Harness provides high-level comfort for only 10.1oz. Arc'teryx used a specially woven fabric to create nearly paper-thin waist and leg loops that spread the force over the entire surface area of the harness. No need for bulky, heavy padding. Four gear loops with removable rubber molding hold tons of quickdraws or a big trad rack, so you can take the R280 Climbing Harness on any rock climb. It even includes a self-locking buckle that cinches down in a second for fast, easy adjustment. *Only available for US shipment.

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Do the legs actually have a buckle? From...

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Do the legs actually have a buckle? From this picture the leg straps look like they've just been bar-tacked.

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There are no buckles on the leg loops. They are bar-tacked.

There are no buckles on the leg loops. They are bar-tacked.
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This harness has non-adjustable leg loops, but they do stretch a bit to accomodate.

Heard lots of good things about this...

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Heard lots of good things about this harness!
Is there anyway at all I can get this to Australia??

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Unfortunately we are not allowed to ship Arc'teryx out of the US. I apologize for the inconvenience.

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Jess, look at Bongo (bongous.com), it's the best way to get stuff from here, and lots of other cool places, to Aus. My latest order should be here next week!

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Best purchase of 2010

A little shy of the price for most of the year, I finally made the plunge. Will never go back....

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I'm upgrading from the Black Diamond Primrose (2003 version). It's definetly a step up. It's super light and uber comfy. The only issue: the rise is super short. I feel like the harness is constantly pulling me forward since there isn't much distance between the leg loops and waist. I have a 30" waist. The medium was much too tiny in the thigh, but the large was much too big in the waist. I think even the women's harnesses are designed for a boy's body, not a curvy lady. BTW this harness has a small chalk bag loop on the back (unlike the Arcteryx alpine harness).

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I hope you can help me out! I'm an athletically built, curvy girl. Big thighs, a little thick in the waist right now...lol, you get the point. I'm also making the switch from the Primrose. Would you suggest this harness? I wear size 32 in jeans and size large or xl in athletic shorts (just so they're not snug around the waist). I'm thinking of this harness in XL...

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The waist of large is plenty big for my 30" waist. The thighs are pretty comfy too. There is a lot of strap flapping around though, since I have it snugged down almost to the base. The most important part of the fit needs to be your waist. Make sure that fits okay. It doesn't matter if the thighs are a bit loose. That's actually better, because these thigh straps don't unclip for stepping in.

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I've owned a couple of harnesses, and this is hands-down my favorite. I'll wear it all day long and forget it's there when I'm hanging out at the base of the rock. Multi-pitch is no problem, and I can hang comfortably in it for as long as I need.

I love this harness. To me, it was well worth the money.

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Super-surprising - when you actually summon up the courage to let yourself go and stop asking 'where's the padding?'. It's one of those things where once you've got one, you'll never want to go back to conventionally padded harnesses, it's just persuading yourself to go for it...

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Yes, this *is* a really comfortable harness

This harness is incredibly light and thin, but somehow manages to provide great support and cushioning. I can hardly even feel it when I'm not geared up, and even when I am, it's still comfortable. I like the gear loop design, as they keep things within easy reach without making them pile up on each other. Great harness! Oh, and the icing on the cake is the cool Arc'teryx logo tin the harness comes in.

Does anyone know how comfortable this...

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Does anyone know how comfortable this harness is?

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I haven't actually worn one, but everyone I've talked to that has says that they are amazing. I was skeptical, because they look like an Alpine Bod for triple the money, but apparently they're quite comfy. One person said it was the best harness they'd ever worn.

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I have worn this Arc'teryx harness, for a bunch of climbs, and it's easily as comfortable as any other (Arc'teryx Vapor, BD and Metolius) I've used, but about half the weight, and it's much more comfortable off the rock too since it's so low profile. Doesn't bind with pack belts or dig in as your moving to your next route. It also takes up way less space in my pack, in fact, I stuff in in the lid.