For the big rigs.
- Extra-wide waist and leg loops for comfort at hanging belays
- large rear gear loops to bring along plenty of gear
- Double buckles on waist loops keep your belay loop centered
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comfy but sizing not optimal
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
this harness is very comfortable and has huge loops for a big rack.
What could be improved is the sizing: they should add one medium because if you are in the mid range using a size 2 you end up having the front loops all the way in the front with the gear in the way of your thighs at every move. Using the size is then good for the front loop place but with very little margin to expand the leg loops.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Very comfortable harness. I am a 31" waist am have it tightened almost all the way. Not sure how they say a 26" waist will work with this harness.
Only grip is maybe b/c it's new the straps seem to loosen over time when climbing. I check it before each climb.
Legs are almost all the way loosened and I don't have monster quads, but larger than average from skiing/squats.
Bomber, but not light!
This is the harness I've been seaching for since Petzl introduced the sport climbing versions which I simply do too much 'hang time' for those. Ths is comfy, secure and has plenty of racking loops to carry everything but a cooler! If you're not a lightness freak and spend long periods on rock faces, this harness is for you! I love this thing!
Not just for aid climbing
This harness is seriously comfortable, surprisingly light weight, and has plenty of space for tons of gear. I would like the front gear loops to be a touch bigger, but the back ones are just plain massive, and the haul loop is big enough to hold your tag line, shoes, and belay gloves at the same time if you need the space elsewhere. Unlike most wall harnesses, this one is just small enough to be used for long free routes when hanging belays are involved.
Ive had trouble in my search for a harness lately. Tried out a number of harnesses before I landed on the Calidris. It's everything I was looking for. Super comfortable. I barely notice I'm wearing it! I'm also a big fan of adjustable legs.
One size for all ha
One size for all ha
uhhh there are two sizes.
Worth a serious look!
I've completed a two-month, patient search for my next harness -- and it's the Calidris. I'm a 6' 165 lb guy, 33 waist, with 10 years of gym/sport/trad climbing (I max out around 12- on top rope) and I intend to continue doing all three. My first harness, overdue for retirement, was a Metolius, and I liked it. In addition to the Calidris, I tried on and hung around in the Corax, the CR3, the CR, Metolius Men's Safe Tech, and a bunch of BD harnesses. All of the BDs that I tried had adjustable leg loops, and all of these had unnecessary pressure points in the leg loops, a design flaw caused by the metal attachments connecting loop to waist and poor placement of stitching. Best looking harnesses, though, and I do care about the look. This appearance concern ultimately ruled out the Quartz CR3, which I deeply admire for some design innovations but looks like of offspring of a circus tent and a holstein cow. Note that my wife and my buddy think it looks just fine. However, I also have decided that I really like a double tightening system for waist-belts, as every time you wear this type of harness you dial in a perfectly symmetrical fit, custom to that day's clothing and physical condition. In this regard the smaller Corax is a very fine harness, but in close comparison with the Calidris, it lost. Why? -- Comfort and ventilation. The Calidris' leg loops are wicked comfy -- and without bulky, heavy padding. The Calidris allows air penetration of waist belt and leg loops, and I expect this prolongs the life span, as the harness does not soak up body salts. People comment on the weight of climbing harnesses, and in reviews you pick up the idea that a few ounces lighter is meaningful. This is a load, so to speak. There is no way that the difference between sending that route or taking a whipper is dependent on a matter of ounces, when all harness are attached to a human being measured in many pounds. What is meaningful in my experience is the way that minor harness discomforts in the gym become somewhat more pronounced hang-dogging on a sport climb, and became nasty searing demons of pain when strapped into long belay stances on a multi-pitch day. The Calidris is a really fine blend of everything I wanted -- impressive comfort, easy and symmetrical adjustment, simple and elegant appearance. For my size and frame, I hang in a very balanced position.
Does any one know how much haul loop...
Does any one know how much haul loop strenght does this one have? I couldnt find it on the petzl page!
The manual says 50kg
When you're going to be in your harness for hours or days on end then this is the harness for you! Super wide padding on the legs and back, very adjustable loops, and tons of features. This is my main climbing harness. If you're looking for comfort look no further!
Heavy, but Comfortable
This is by no means an ultralight harness, but it is bomber, comfortable, adjustable, and convenient. I've been using mine for years, but I only came to appreciate the ability to center the harness after using a couple harnesses that didn't have the same feature.
On those harnesses, only three of the gear loops would be usable. After cinching the waist belt down, the other one would wind up directly below my spine, out of convenient reach.
This harness has been great for sport, trad, and ice climbing and has fit over everything needed for climbing in 0 degree temps without any problems.
There is no denying that the extra buckles and adjustability add to its weight, but the fit is great and the worry-free buckles are fantastic.
Petzl Calidris Harness Review
This harness is by far the best harness I've ever owned. I got this when I worked at a summer camp belaying teens all day. I figured the padding would work out great for spending 10 hours in it and it exceeded my expectations on all levels. I'm a bit rougher on my gear than most too and the harness looks as new as the day I bought it. I would highly recommend this to anyone. The only thing I would tell people to note is that you should be sure on what size you need. I'm a pretty big guy and have a 42 inch waist and I really have to cinch down the straps. If I lose any wait I'll have to get the smaller version. Just be careful to check sizing first.
Sure, this isn't the lightest harness in the world - but the comfort is worth it! As long as the leg loops don't come up too far on your legs, everything sits right. The wider leg loops did take a few adjustments to get used to, but well worth it once everything is said and done. I love the double buckle on the waist for a super dialed in fit and the double back safety buckles are a great connivence! The loops took a bit getting used to as they tend to lie closer to the harness than molded ones, but with a few draws, they stand up well. Also, you can really load this harness up and still have it be functional. I'd highly recommend as an all around harness, especially if you like multiple pitches!
Definitely worth the buy.
Nice, solid construction and comfy.
I like the larger back piece for long hangers. Gear loops feel solid, size-wise a size 1 was almost tightened to capacity for me and I have a 30" waist. I'm also a fan of adjustable leg straps, so that helped too.
Petzl Calidris vs. something like the...
Petzl Calidris vs. something like the Arc'Teryx a300 harness - I'm looking to buy a good comfortable harness for doing a trekking peak. I've had people suggest both. Any thoughts? This seems to be almost twice the weight but has more padding behind it. Not sure what is the best route....
Size and weight of the Arc'teryx are UNBEATABLE. Especially if you are doing a trekking peak, you won't be hanging in it much, so who cares about durability! The petzl will last longer, and is totally fine. The Arc'Teryx is super comfy though too so don't worry!
This is my second Petzl harness, very comfortable, even on long belays. I am a size 32, and have room to spare in this harness.
I was concerned about which harness to get, because I'm a big guy. However, the second I put this harness on it just felt right. Everything fits perfectly, and I can barley tell I'm wearing it while climbing - it's that comfortable! I would definitely recommend this harness to any climber out there, especially the ones on the bigger side.
Great harness for support and overall comfort
I originally got this harness because of the awesome support it provides especially for the back. It has a larger back piece to it. I have a waist size 33 as well and had to get the #2 size because I too had trouble fitting my legs in the loops on size #1. This harness is awesome and recommend it to anyone who wants a comfortable fit while not jeopardizing overall performance.
with a waist size of 33 inches...what is...
with a waist size of 33 inches...what is a better size to get here? #1 or #2?
That's tough, I wish they sized this in normal small, medium, large sizes. I wear a large in the hirundos and that is pretty much perfect, although I max out the waist. I have a size 34 waist but big legs. I can't get my legs into the size 1 loops on the calidris, but I max out the waist on the size 2. I wear the two and it is comfortable with the legs open; I guess petzl does not size for ski-racer legs...