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Shave weight like you mean it.
- Adjustable leg loops for a custom fit
- Flat Link elastic keeps the rear nice 'n smooth
- No Twist belay loop keeps your belay 'biner from cross loading
- Auto-locking buckles on the waist and legs give you plenty of adjustability
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Awesome Lightweight Harness!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is my go to harness for alpine climbing and glacier travel. Gone are the days when you have to rest uncomfortably in some webbing spaghetti harness. The gear loops accommodate plenty of gear (I can fit a full double rack of cams with slings and nuts), the ice clipper slots work well and the harness is incredibly comfortable given its feather weight. Everything seems smaller so we'll see how it holds up over the years. The non load bearing/non structural black mesh covering the padding is already starting to tear from rubbing against rock. The main negative gripe is the stretchy straps from the back of the harness to the back of the leg loops are not detachable. This makes it much more difficult to remove the leg loops to take on/off pants or go to the bathroom with the harness still on. This is a pretty significant oversight for an alpine harness where layers need to come on and off quickly and easily. However, the feather weight keeps it in my pack. On my harness, all gear loops are covered in plastic unlike the one pictured. This is better imo. I wish it had another ice clipper slot or two up front as the ones between the gear loops are so far back that it's hard to see the screw you're reaching for. I'm a 33" waist and went for a size M. Fit is perfect.
Small size worked despite 35" waist
With climbing pants on, my waist measures about 35 inches and I have unusually large thighs. Nevertheless, the small size fit me just fine. The leg loops could be loosened enough to don and doff the harness even wearing crampons and cargo pockets stuffed fuller than a chipmunk's cheeks. Over three days of glacier travel with a few pitches of technical rock mixed in, I noticed little or no difference in comfort between this harness and my Singing Rock harness weighing 6.75 ounces more. The gear loops are conveniently located. The buckles don't need to be re-threaded. That speeds up putting on the harness. On my Salter 3001 electronic kitchen scale, this harness (size Small) weighs 281 grams (9-7/8 ounces). My other harness weighs 473 grams (16-5/8 ounces). Adopting this harness shaved 6-3/4 ounces from my pack with little difference in wearing comfort. The weight reduction made a significant difference in hauling a four-day pack up a 5,400-vertical-foot approach.
I have 34" waiste and thin legs. I purchased...
I have 34" waiste and thin legs. I purchased the Back Diamond Focus - Large, because I was at the upper end of the medium on the waiste and the padding was inches from touching. Due to use issues I may need to return it for another choice.
jer3162648 mentioned that his medium ran big (he may have needed a small), at 34" should I get the Med or a Large?
I recommend measuring your waist with a tape measure. If you're judging your waist size by the pants you wear, it could be off by 2"-3". By your stated waist size, if you got a med, you'd have no room to layer if you climb in winter.
Dawn on Monte Tronador in mid (southern hemisphere) winter with the Air CR harness.
sport leading in the Air CR
Air CR harness
you can see the padding up close and some of the gear loops (there are 4 total)
Air CR harness stuff sack
not that useful, but a good illustration of how small it packs down.
good lightweight harness
I've had this harness for a couple months now and I like it a lot. I am by no means an expert rock climber, but I've logged enough hours in this harness and a few others to draw some conclusions. The fit of the harness is solid. There is enough padding on the legs and waist for the harness to be comfortable. Sometimes it can dig into my legs a bit when I am being lowered/rappelling or if I'm belaying someone and they fall/take a break. The speed adjust buckles are nice and easy to adjust on the waist and legs. I like the gear loops, it's worked great for sport climbing. The harness itself is very lightweight and packs up small. I'm about 5'6", 135lbs with a 30" waist and a small fits great.Overall, it's a solid lightweight harness. It sacrifices some comfort to become lighter and more packable - but it's a worthy trade off.
Thinking about this harness for alpine and...
Thinking about this harness for alpine and ice climbing. Are the leg loops droppable, and is it possible to fit ice clippers between the gear loops on each side?
Yes, there is a spot for ice clippers between the gear loops on both sides.
Just got a M, it is running larger then spec.
Sizing from Camp-USA Site:
XS: Waist - 58-68 cm, 23-27 in | Leg - 48-58 cm, 19-23 in
S: Waist - 65-75 cm, 25.5-29.5 in | Leg - 52-62 cm, 20.5-24.5 in
M: Waist - 72-82 cm, 28.5-32 in | Leg - 56-66 cm, 22-26 in
L: Waist - 79-89 cm, 31-35 in | Leg - 60-70 cm, 23.5-27.5 in
XL: Waist - 89-96 cm, 35-38 in | Leg - 64-74 cm, 25-29 in
I have a 30in waist, with the M (28.5-32) I have it cranked all the way down to the point the right gear loop and belay loop are awkwardly next to each other.
I got this because the ArcTyex s240 had really tight leg loops for me, so I needed adjustable leg loops. This harness other then the sizing is going to fit the bill just fine. Probably better then the s240. This has 4 gear loops and a tab for the chalk bag. S240 is bare, bare, bare. Doesn't pack as small as the S240, but the Air CR is still gets pretty small and is almost the same weight.