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R300 Harness - Men's

Arc'teryx R300 Harness - Men's

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I340a Harness - Men's

Arc'teryx I340a Harness - Men's

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Harlequin Harness

CAMP USA Harlequin Harness

$44.96 $49.95 10% Off

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R260 LT Harness - Women's

Arc'teryx R260 LT Harness - Women's

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Jasper CR3 Harness

CAMP USA Jasper CR3 Harness

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Orion Harness

Edelrid Orion Harness

$99.96 $124.95 20% Off

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Ozone Harness

Black Diamond Ozone Harness

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M270 Harness - Men's

Arc'teryx M270 Harness - Men's

$87.47 $124.95 30% Off

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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 Buy an Alpine Touring Boot

Free Your Feet From the Resort

Traditionally, a ski boot was designed for going downhill with as much speed and power as possible, with little thought to the comfort when going uphill. With an aggressive sole material like Vibram, lightweight shell material, and the now-standard lever to switch between walk and ski modes (to free the cuff to rotate or lock it in place), the alpine touring boot changed everything. This is the boot to take into the backcountry.

Binding Compatibility:

An alpine touring boot is either compatible with a standard alpine ski binding (DIN normalized binding), a TECH binding, or both. There’s little difference between the boots except for the extra heel and toe fittings required for a boot to be TECH compatible.

Flex Rating:

A stiff boot will have a high flex rating (120-130+), while a softer boot will have a lower flex rating (100-110). Stiffness benefits you during the descent, but it might cause you pain on the skin track—consider whether you prefer superior comfort or performance.


A carbon cuff or tongue, lightweight plastic shell, minimalist buckle design, or honeycomb structure help reduce the weight of an AT boot so you can move faster and feel less fatigued during a long tour.