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Backcountry.com Craggin Gym Bag - 1700cu in
A hardcore safe harness.
- Nearly everything on this harness is full-strength for the maximum possible security
- Dual belay loops for aid climbing
- Adjustable leg loops work with added layers
- Full-strength haul loop for bringing up a tag line
- Item #MET0290
- Q & A
Great Trad Harness
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is an awesome harness for all the trad climbers out there that want a fairly low profile harness for pushing it on gear.
My waist is a 33" waist and I opted for a Medium in this one and enjoyed it. I was close to making out the sizing on it but it fits nicely.
Plenty adjustable and comfortable.
I light the four big gear loops. Lets me really load it up with a full rack compared to other harnesses that have dainty little gear loops.
Dual Haul Loops:
This is awesome for the aid climbers but I like ti for when I'm using half/twin ropes. Or if I am doing multipitch and need to tie in on one haul loop and belay off the other.
These are beefy full strength buckles. I really like that Metolius decided to make it so everything on the harness was robust and meant to take a beating.
The comfort on this harness is awesome. It's great for hanging belays and longer hours in the harness.
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Safe Tech All Around on a BCC Classic!
An spring climb on a classic in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Photo Credit: EGH Geoff Connor
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Safe Tech crew
On our climb up Leaning Tower in Yosemite, all three of us wore Metolius Safe Tech harnesses. The All Around(Gabe's on right), the Waldo(Stew's on left), and the Deluxe(mine). They are super solid harnesses, we dig ours. Love the comfort, full strength everything, and just plain awesome for trad and aid climbing!
Worth the money.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Comfy and safe. Super strong. Only issue I have is that the main double back is a bit of a pain in the ass to make tight.
Here I am climbing Space Shot in Zion National Park with my good buddy Zac who is following the pitch. I believe this is guide book pitch 5.
Photo: Kristin Lane
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Love this thing! Really... Super comfy, super well built, super spacious gear loops, and super safe. Metolius over builds every aspect of the harness to full strength specs with the exception of the rear bungee leg loops (I think) to 22KN. So you can accidentally clip your gear loop, and live to tell the tale! Seriously they do a great job, and this sucker is made in the good old U-S-A! Quality craftsmanship goes into everything Metolius makes, and it's apparent with this harness. Doubt I'll ever buy anything else for sport/trad climbing.
The twin belay loops work pretty well, and for the majority of my climbing I use them in unison. Used as such they're the same thickness of a normal BD belay loop so it's all the same to me as a user. However when rigging rappels or aid climbing they come in super handy. Having your rap set up on one side, and your personal on the other gives you a little extra play and flexibility in your set up/break down time when rapping long routes.
One caveat is that this thing doesn't have any ice clipper slots on the sides which is a huge bummer. I ice climb in the winter, and really need those. So my back up harness is a BD I've had for a few years, and only break out in the winter.
Regardless of this one small thing I would recommend this harness to anyone for any reason having to do with climbing.
I own a size Medium, and have a 32" waist with large skier thighs. She fits like a dream!
Gear Loop Alignment
yes, this is a different harness, but same loops.
My Dream Harness
When my friend Alex showed me this harness about 3 months ago, I knew it would be my next harness. It's super comfortable and I love the two belay loops. The need to double back the buckles was perhaps my biggest motivation in buying the harness. I am glad that Metolius hasn't jumped on the speed adjust bandwagon.
Bomber harness, but tough buckles
This is my first real hardcore harness, so all I've got to compare it to is my old BD entry-level job, but I am wildly impressed. The gear loops are awesome, especially with the flat-lying loops in the back that get out of the way when you don't need them. Cool that everything is load-rated, though I obviously hope that will never come in handy. Above all, though, it fits great. The risers in back are a huge improvement over BD's, and everything cinches down and snugs up nice. Combine that with the load-rated (!) rope guides on the hard points and you have the most confidence-inspiring piece of gear I've ever used. That alone is worth the price of admission.
That said, the double-back buckles are a. outdated (although I don't mind them on their own) and b. really, really tightly fitted. The leg loops in particular are brutal to undo when you're pumped out.
Still worth it though. Highly recommended gear.
Good So Far
This harness seems to be very study and is quite comfortable. It is heavier than a Mammut that I have but it has the added attachment as well. The material is quite rugged and should last many times of use with no problems. The only thing that could be improved on in a future model is to move away from the double back buckles, they are bomb proof but there are others that are just as strong and provide easier adjustment, just a small point though.
My favorite harness...
My favorite harness with the exception of the double back buckle. I still use it all the time over my two different Black Diamonds. The new BD with the speed adjust is quick to put on, just not as comfortable. My old BD is just as comfortable (its an old big wall version with 2 inch webbing) but also has a double back buckle. The Metolius is an awesome harness and would have gotten 5 stars other than the buckle.
10 KN loops, 12 KN haul...
And it's awesome comfortable... but please Metolius, add some newer style buckles. I love the harness... I even use it over my new BD which is a quick adjust... but I don't like the double it back over buckle when there's way better technology out there. I gave it a five star as it is just plain comfortable and has high load loops. If I grab my BD just once due to the fastening system I'm revising this to 4 stars... but that comfort.... I'm sure its become my main go to harness..
Can one use these side gear loops to clip in a lineman belt? Would like to use this harness to hang tree stands.
This harness is definitely NOT designed for that kind of use. You're going to need a harness that is certified for Fall Protection uses and recreational climbing harnesses are not certified for FP. Don't get caught and get a Fine!
How is the fit on the harness? I have a 38 in inch waist but 24 inch thighs. Do people find the waist to be forgiving? I think an xl might be too big.
Could this harness be used to jump down...
Could this harness be used to jump down and then back up (approx 8 feet) to a platform using bungee cords for an fx stunt?
I certainly wouldn't attempt it. For visual fx stunts, I would recommend a full body harness with an attachment point on the back, between the shoulders. That would best eliminate the risk of losing control and flipping.