How to Buy a Climbing HarnessA 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.
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.
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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.
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