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Who would have thought a thin, lightweight harness could be so comfortable? Check out the Arc'teryx R320 Climbing Harness and see for yourself.

When you first see the ultra-thin waist and legs on the Arc'teryx Men's R320 Climbing Harness, you may be scratching your head. After a few pitches, you'll be a believer. The WST constructed fabric distributes force over the entire surface area of the R320 Climbing Harness, so it doesn't need excessive padding to provide top-notch comfort. Four gear loops with removable rubber molding easily hold a big trad rack or all the draws you'll ever need on a sport climb. Arc'teryx even added a self-locking buckle to eliminate any chance that you'll ever forget to double-back. *Only available for US shipment.

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4 5

not bad

I liked this harness, I just replaced it with the new 320a which is better imo. This one is light, comfortable, packs well and is pretty much bomber. Issues I had with this harness was, firstly, the distance from the leg loops through the tie in points/belay loop up the waist belt was just not long enough for me. I am 6'1 about 200lbs. I have larger thighs. Thus I would get disconcerting pressure on my manhood during rappels, belaying etc, I also didn't like the elastic on the leg loops this stretched out much too quickly due to me tree trunks. all in all a good harness. the new 320a is a step up though.

Hey i have a size 34 to 36

in waist but...

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Hey i have a size 34 to 36

in waist but xl size is the only size available would it possibly work

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Its probably going to still be a little big on you...I'm a 34 inch waist and my large is pretty much as tight as it will go when I wear it.

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Don't buy a harness in the wrong size just because the price seems good. If it doesn't fit you correctly, it is worthless.Check out some of the other Arc'teryx harnii, and I'm sure you'll be able to find the right one.

what size waist would an xl be?

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what size waist would an xl be?

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Adjustable from 37.5-41.5 inches.

4 5

It's like HD TV for the first time

This is why Arc'teryx is who they are today. This harness is great, its light, comfortable and looks bad ass.

this harness is like HD Television. For people who have never experienced HD Television all they will tell you is "Oh i don't need that, its silly, there is nothing wrong with standard def television... blah blah blah." But of course eventually they come over watch the hockey game and next thing you know you go over to their house and unannounced to you they went out got a big television and and signed up for HD TV and then start preaching to YOU about the greatness of it as if you were the one who never had it.

Sure a normal Harness will get the job done but when a harness like this comes out there is no reason to settle when you could be in a light weight comfortably designed harness that had thought put into its design. Other companies add pads to make their harness' "comfortable" but it has a flip side because now if your out doing some good ol' climbing in the nice summer sun you now have yet another piece of equipment that smells just as ripe as your hockey pads and should probably just stay in the same bag.

Arc'teryx Saw that pads really weren't solving the "problem" with harnesses and started over and came out with a really great idea and have made an excellent harness that will get you up and down anything you can think of.

Now all that being said I do have one problem and a lot of it has to do with me being 6'1 and 190 pounds. If you take a nasty lead fall or are belaying someone who just took a nasty lead fall you might find that the auto lock device allowed some the belt out. Its not enough to cause alarm but if your consecutively taking falls just check to make sure your not falling out of your harness.

Arc'teryx obviously realized

3 5

Pros and Cons

I have to disagree with almost every review on here. My harness was sized correctly, and while it is more comfortable than in looks (which isn't hard) It certainly doesn't hold a candle to other sport climbing harnesses like the Petzl Sama or Misty Mountain Bolt in terms of comfort. Any sort of long term hanging belays or route cleaning will be very very uncomfortable. That said is is very light, so if that it what you're into I suppose its a plus. At the end of the day I was unimpressed, particularly considering the cost.

5 5

Top-shelf harness

This is my fourth harness, and by far the most versatile one I have owned. It is comfy and light, but not so pared-down that you feel unsafe. I found this one when looking for an indoor harness with non-adjustable leg-loops, and after trying on similar BD, Petzl, and Camp harnesses, this one fit and felt the best. I own a much lighter harness, the Camp XLH 95, but only use it during races when weight is at a premium. However, I never have felt completely safe in it, and will trade it out in the next race for the 350.
With the non-adjustable leg-loops, sizing might be an issue. I am 140 lbs with a 30" waist, and the small is perfect.

Top-shelf harness
4 5

Arc'teryx R320 Rock Climbing Harness

Very lightweight and moves well with your body.
Comfortable to wear while hiking and descending from long routes.
Gear loops are reversible and large enough for a double rack of cams plus quickdraws.
Packs up really small so it does not take up a lot of space in a backpack.
The elastics lost their power very soon and partly ripped off. This is especially annoying at the leg loops, their fit became too loose. The tie in loops show significant tear and wear after one year of occasional (1x every 2 weeks) use. The warp webbing does not "breathe". Your sweat will be caught under it. When you get rid of the harness, you will feel wet in your back.

5 5

Unbelievable!

This is a great harness, no real flaws I can point out. Purchased a large for a size 34 waist with rather large thighs from biking and it fits perfectly! The first time I used it I was a little worried about sitting in the harness for long periods of time as it felt different than my last harness, however after many uses there is no discomfort... this harness is truly amazing! With how light it is you literally feel as if you are wearing nothing it is great! Even with gear on the loops there was no folding of the harness due to the material it was made from, stayed wrapped around me with ease. I would HIGHLY recommend this harness to anyone in the market for a new one, the added price is well worth it!

5 5

Unbelievable!

This is a great harness, no real flaws I can point out. Purchased a large for a size 34 waist with rather large thighs from biking and it fits perfectly! The first time I used it I was a little worried about sitting in the harness for long periods of time as it felt different than my last harness, however after many uses there is no discomfort... this harness is truly amazing! With how light it is you literally feel as if you are wearing nothing it is great! Even with gear on the loops there was no folding of the harness due to the material it was made from, stayed wrapped around me with ease. I would HIGHLY recommend this harness to anyone in the market for a new one, the added price is well worth it!

4 5

Invisible

The R320 is very light, fits beautifully, has self locking buckles, and disappears when you wear it. It does everything a great sport harness ought to do. I knocked off one star because, while it is very comfy for such a light harness, it is not the overstuffed recliner of harnesses it's hyped up to be.

Invisible
5 5

The Lambo of Harnesses

So I just recently bought my Arc'teryx R320 harness (blackbird). When it came in the mail I was SHOCKED with how light and well made the material was. When I put on the harness I was a bit concerned because the leg loops were a bit tight and I noticed there was no way to adjust them. After my first day climbing with this beast I stopped caring about the leg loops. They way they are built is perfect because you never have to adjust them and they conform to your leg perfectly. The harness is SOOO light you hardly can feel its there. Most of all, its a badass looking piece of equitment. Its on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for and this thing is incredible. We all know arc'teryx is the lambo of outdoor grear...but this harness is the lambo of all harnesses. Perfect buy...get it trust me

5 5

Best I've ever seen or had.

This is definitely one of the greatest harnesses out there. It is extremely comfortable, even while hanging. Quick on and off thanks to the one strap and elastic leg loops. Simply the best harness ever. If you don't have one, buy one.

5 5

Am I still wearing a harness?

One of the first weeks I had this harness I took a twenty foot whipper on it. I honestly didn't feel a thing. It is so thin and so comfortable with the typical amazing Arc'teryx fit. That said the Arc'teryx fit is fairly slim and the non-adjustable leg loops might be tight on anyone with Apollo Ohno type thighs. After a while you forget you have this thing on. Definitely worth the upgrade.

Am I still wearing a harness?
5 5

Light and Comfortable

A great sport harness, the R320 is the epitome of minimalist. It's so light and comfortable, I'll forget to take it off in the gym when I boulder for a bit after doing some roped climbing. I have really loaded the harness up, but with a dozen quickdraws on the gear loops, the weight was distributed very comfortably. At first, the leg loops made my legs go a bit numb while I was setting up a route going up an overhanging roof (hanging in the harness for quite a while). But since then, it seems to have broken in or adjusted a bit and I have never had the trouble since (and I've hung in it quite a bit more). Definitely worth the money for me for sport climbing.

5 5

Greatest ever!

This harness is a slice of heaven! Very comfortable, light, cool, and strong! Everything you have ever wanted in a harness. After a long day climbing I jumping into my car and realized I was still wearing my harness haha!

Greatest ever!
4 5

Great in some wasy. Not so great in other.

Very light, Really nice material. But when I put a bunch of quick draws on it felt unsupportive. If your justs sending routes with no equipment on this is the harnness for but with no support hanging gear from it is uncomfortable. I now have Black Diamond Chaos and love it.

5 5

woaw

I own a BD and a Petzl harness, and never really had anything against them but as soon as I tried the 320, it felt like another world of harness. It is super light, low volume (easy to pack), very comfy, and thin as hell. Far better than any other harnesses for sure.There is also only one security check on this one, like my Petzl one, no need to double back.It's pretty solid even though it's that thin and light: I took several whipper yesterday within one of them was probably 20 feet big.So, yeah I totally recommend this harness, I know it's pricey so try to get it at a discounted price and then it's more than worth the money :)
And before I forget, I wear 32-waist size pants and I got the medium. It's right there. I think if you're 33 you should go with the large...

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