Equal parts ingenuity and brute strength, Safe Tech harnesses perform true to their name.
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This is the best all-around harness I have owned. Now consider that I have only ever owned this harness - it has lasted 7 years of I'd say bi-weekly climbing without any real wear! You would have to be a real big wall junkie to thrash this harness. In terms of being able to use this harness for everything from gym to big wall aid - you can do it. No other harness can say that. It might not be the trendiest thing when you go to the gym, or as featherweight as some sport specific harnesses, as feature laden as big wall harnesses, or as spartan as alpine harnesses, but if you could only afford one, this is it. No contest, this thing is totally bomber. Comfortable, durable, and multi-use. When you realize that they make every piece of this harness full strength to prevent any chance of falling as long as something is clipped, it just adds icing on the cake.
Great rig. Main perks include NOT going @$$-over-head when falling. Solid. Easy to adjust. Wicked sturdy and safe. A bit uncomfy on long hangs, but if it's a contest between safety and comfort, they could stuff the padding with cactus needles and I'd wear it.
I've used this harness for sport, multi-pitch, and alpine climbs. It's a solid no frills product that is also quite comfy. Some a hole stole a pack full of gear from me and this harness was in it. Just replaced it with the deluxe model, so I must be happy with the design! Has a larger fit than the BD harnesses I've worn... I wear a small in metolius and a med. in BD.
This harness is not bad. It's not nearly as comfortable as my BD Momentum AL or my BD Blizzard, but it does the job. Once you get the proper leg rise set, it works well. Honestly, I bought it because I was enamored with the idea of every loop on the harness having some sort of usable strength rating. (Obviously I have no plans to clip into a gear loop.) IT was nice, however, being able to Aussie-rappel using the rear haul loop instead of putting the harness on backwards first.
safe & comfortable
This harness takes a bit longer to put on because of the buckles, but after that you can hang all day and the gear loops, in my opinion the best I have seen they are always remain erect.
Awesome for Rescue
It is not as comfortable when on hanging belays, but as the previous reviewer stated, is awesome at keeping you head up in a fall.
The mountain rescue team I'm a member of is making the transition to the Safe Tech's as our team gear. The full strength loops and rear belay make it awesome for rescue, and the adjustable drop on the leg loops is great for when you use varying garments under your harness (alpine, rock, summer, etc).
Not as comfortable as my Arc'Teryx Targa, but the adjustable rise wins me over. Now lead falls don't nearly pitch me over backwards. Beefy sturdy, but comes up a little short on details. The tail gets crimped by the first gear loop when run through the elastic keeper. Friends have this harness and the placement of the elastic keeper loop varies. No loop to keep harness together while buckling, but seems available on the deluxe model. Leg loops uncomfortable with little padding for hanging long periods of time. If you can afford the deluxe model it appears to be more comfortable. Finally, the waist strap is different colors on different sizes (or is it models, I dunno). Mine goes from black to red when buckled properly. Not a big deal, but since red usually indicates something is not "right", as on your locking biners and the buckle of competitor's harnesses, it just seems like an odd choice. Main gripe is comfort, but I'll trade staying upright any day.
This is a great harness that provides security unlike any harness on the market. Leg straps and supports as well as haul and gear loops are strong enough to provide anchor support. Features such as full weight support if the strap is not doubled back as well as leg loops that adjust make this a great all around harness. Cons: A little heavy and all the safety might make you lazy in other harnesses.