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Gear Review

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got my new shiny red petzl sama harness about 2 months ago, and put it through maybe 30 pitches outdoors, plus a little indoor climbing here and there.

what the hell was i doing wearing anything else?

I actually plunked down $120 and got a black diamond chaos but I just didn't like it; maybe it was the sizing but it either felt too big (M) or too small (S). in the process of returning it (thanks backcountry!) anyways, back to this harness.

super comfortable, feel like I'm not wearing anything. hanging belays are comfy. Love the gear loops; having those perky plastic gear loops might be nicer in some applications, but wearing a big backpack with these on also makes these seem more versatile. the rear gear loops do seem a little far back since they have those slots for the tool holders; I haven't racked up for a trad pitch yet to see how much that'll bother me. i love the front gear loops which is really all i use for sport climbing.

In terms of adjustable leg loops vs. nonadjustable, I think these nonadjustable loops are better in 95% of the climbing I do (sport, trad climbing). I haven't worn tons of leg layers for alpine or ice climbing, but for most rock climbing I can't imagine needing adjustable leg loops unless i'm wearing some penguin suit. i've worn thermals and soft shell paints in these comfortably.

Basically, this harness is relatively reasonably priced, super duper comfy, lightweight, good lookin', seems durable, great gear loops, and compresses very well.