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Harlequin Harness

CAMP USA Harlequin Harness

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Orion Harness

Edelrid Orion Harness

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Ozone Harness

Black Diamond Ozone Harness

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R260 LT Harness - Women's

Arc'teryx R260 LT Harness - Women's

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M270 Harness - Men's

Arc'teryx M270 Harness - Men's

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Jasper CR3 Harness

CAMP USA Jasper CR3 Harness

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Supernova Harness - Women's

CAMP USA Supernova Harness - Women's

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Placebo Harness

Edelweiss Placebo Harness

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Aura Harness - Women's

Black Diamond Aura Harness - Women's

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Stratos Harness

CAMP USA Stratos Harness

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How to Buy a Climbing Harness

A climbing harness distributes your bodyweight and provides a secure tie-in point. Although harnesses are specialized for different types of climbing, there are basic features every harness has in common: a waist belt with a manual double-back buckle or an automatic double-back buckle, adjustable or fixed leg loops, two tie-in points, and a belay loop that connects the tie-in points.

Sport climbing harnesses are designed to be as low profile and lightweight as possible. They will typically have minimal padding, fixed leg loops, and a couple of gear loops. Shop Sport Climbing Harnesses
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Bigwall and trad climbing harnesses provide more comfort and versatility for longer routes that involve lots of gear and time spent on the wall. They will typically have extra padding, adjustable leg loops, at least four gear loops, and a rear haul loop. Shop Trad Climbing Harnesses
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Ice climbing harnesses are similar to trad climbing harnesses, but they include features geared towards cold weather and ice climbing equipment. These include leg loops that adjust to fit winter clothing, at least four gear loops, a rear haul loop, and clipper slots for attaching ice screws and tools. Shop Mountaineering & Ice Climbing Harnesses
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How to Choose an Alpine Ski Boot

The Main Line of Communication Between You and Your Skis


In contrast to an alpine touring or telemark boot, an alpine boot is designed almost entirely around resort-based and inbounds skiing. Honestly assess your ability level and your interests before you start shopping for a boot. Ability level and interests dictate where and what you ski, and ultimately, the type of boot you’ll need. When choosing a ski boot, pay attention to fit, flex, and last width. These factors will help you maximize the likelihood of finding a well-fitting boot without stepping foot in a store. Secondary considerations, such as liner, buckle configuration strap, footbed, and boot sole features will come later in the buying process.


A boot that fits well will hold your foot firmly and encourage ample control, circulation, and reduce the chance of blister-causing heel slippage. Ski boots come in a variety of lengths, measured in Mondo sizing (insole length in centimeters), forefoot widths (measured in millimeters), and cuff height and width (based on gender or manufacturer).


Flex refers to how hard it is to flex the boot forward. Aggressive or heavier skiers will want a stiff boot (120-130+) to handle high speeds and arduous terrain. Beginners or smaller skiers best to start with a softer boot (80-100) and intermediate skiers may prefer a boot with a flex around (100-110).


Alpine boots come in three flavors: park and pipe, alpine touring, and alpine. Park boots tend to be a little softer and more forgiving, alpine touring boots are made with lighter materials and offer a walk mode, and alpine boots balance performance and comfort for skiing inbounds at the resort.