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From sport projects to alpine ascents.

Petzl's high-performance Hirundos Harness serves you best on hard climbs and in the alpine. FuseFrame technology uses thermo-formed foam to give you an incredibly slim, superlight, and surprisingly comfortable ride. Like the waist, Petzl's DoubleBack HD buckle comes in a slim style to minimize bulk. Elastic leg loops with flexible attachments allow full mobility for stemming, heel hooking, and high stepping.

Because the Hirundos is Petzl's high-end harness, Petzl reinforced the tie-in loops for long-lasting durability. This harness has two rigid side gear loops and two flexible rear gear loops that collapse when paired with a backpack. CariTool ice tool holders and a rear loop for a haul rope ready you with plenty of gear on the longest alpine routes.

  • FuseFrame design
  • DoubleBack HD buckle
  • Elastic leg loops with flexible attachments
  • Reinforced tie-in loops
  • Two rigid side gear loops
  • Two flexible rear gear loops
  • CariTool ice tool holders
  • Rear loop for haul rope

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5 5

Best Lightweight Harness Out There

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this harness for a variety of climbing related activities including trad climbing, sport climbing and ski mountaineering. It is designed as a sport and alpine climbing harness and it is in these disciplines that the harness excels. While it works as a trad climbing harness, I have found that the rear gear loops are rather small and a little difficult to reach, especially with a backpack on.

Another great feature I have noticed while climbing is the stretchy and lightweight material that makes up the corner of the leg-loops. This feature promotes lots of movement and allows for unrestricted high-stepping. I also like that the stretchy straps on the back of the harness are held together with two small detachable buckles as opposed to the awkward clip system that the older Hirundos model used. I have found the harness comfortable on multi-pitch climbs with a handful of hanging belays and I haven't noticed any extreme discomfort while falling or hang-dogging routes. But at 280 g I wouldn't recommend this to be your big wall harness.

If you are looking for a lightweight harness for sport or alpine climbing that is comfortable and breathable, this is the harness for you.

4 5

Light and comfortable. Good for gym/crag

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have only initial impressions on this harness. Climbed about dozen routes using it and took about half a dozen falls (including two long whippers), gave some belay and caught about half a dozen falls (including one really long whipper).

First, it is really comfortable when taking falls. Even hard catches are OK. It seems that slim belt could not be comfortable, but this impression is surprisingly wrong - this harness feels very good when taking or arresting falls.

Second, it is light. It is ultralight. And it provides a good ventilation.

Buckle is easy to operate. Basically I do not like step in harness design, although for sport harness it is OK. Still don't like an idea of "alpine" step-in harness - it is almost impossible to put it on and off while wearing crampons. Not a World class problem for sure.

Front gear loops are roomy enough for half a dozen draws. It is possible to hang there 8 or even 10 QDs but it will be not that convenient. Rear gear loops are for misc items only, nobody wants to reach it for gear been pumped. There is a haul loop and this is the only good thing about it - it is tiny and hard to clip, anyway it is better to have a haul loop (even that small and inconvenient), so it is a good thing.

One definitely do not want to take a long hanging belay wearing this harness, it will turn to a painful miserable day.

Overall it is a pretty good gym and sport cragging harness. Not that sure it is really good for alpine even been that light.