Light enough to send, comfortable enough to work a project.

The Petzl Sama 2 Harness provides sport climbers with the lightweight performance they need to send, yet is comfortable enough for long sessions spent working out sequences on a project. The waist-belt is wider on the sides, and the elastic leg loops have double-webbing for improved weight distribution, ultimately providing enhanced comfort.

  • Specially designed waist-belt is wider on the sides to provide optimal weight distribution for greater comfort
  • Specific stitching on the belt eliminates seams from contact areas for less chafing
  • Pre-threaded DoubleBack buckle can be quickly adjusted and secured with a single pull
  • Dyneema tie-in points are super strong and resistant to rope abrasion
  • Elastic leg loops stretch for a snug fit
  • EVA foam padding and breathable mesh increase comfort
  • Two rigid gear loops in the front and two soft loops in the rear provide easy access to equipment
  • Two slots will accept Caritool tool holders
  • Rear loop provides a place to secure a tag line

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2 5

Leg size really matters

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really wanted to like this harness. It looks cool, and was comfy to hang or fall in, but belaying was just terrible. I think it's because I have skinny legs. Every time I tried to belay with this and someone fell or weighted the rope the leg loops would ride up super high into my crotch and well you can guess the rest. The waist fit fine (I have a 31" waist and got a medium).I think I just have to use a harness with adjustable leg loops to be comfortable. For most people it's probably fine, but I highly suggest you try one on and simulate a standing belay situation and see if the harness rides up. I might try the Corax next since that has adjustable leg loops.

5 5

Great Harness

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I absolutely love this harness!
I've had it for about 10 months now and I climb about 5 days a week. I also work at a climbing gym so I'm in it constantly.

It is comfortable to hang in while working a route as well as to belay. There are not the awkward pinch points that some harnesses I've used have had. Also the buckle is very smooth and the extra webbing stashes away well. I haven't had a problem with the gear loops which I know some people don't like. I also prefer fixed leg loops it is less webbing to have to deal with and just aster to put on.

Overall if you are someone who is looking for a harness that excels at sport climbing and comes in at a great price you will be hard pressed to find something better than the Sama.

Great Harness
Responded on

Rad picture, Sean!
What a gym!

Thanks for the great review as well.

3 5

Gear loops ruin it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Short review: It's a decent harness, but the rear gear loops are way out of the way. If you have a chance to try one on, or before you take the tags off, put something back there, and see how they work out for you. I've since moved on to BD for harnesses and have no plans to go back.

Any major differences between the Sama and...

Any major differences between the Sama and the Sama 2?

Best Answer Responded on

Antonio!! So I contacted my homie David from Petzl and this is the info he gave me. The new Sama moved the stitching in the waist belt to the top so it doesn't rub. The padding in the waist was increased and replaced the mesh. The color changed from orange to red obviously and the sizing is slightly different. All dimensions can be found here:

5 5

Great harness

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First a bit about me so you know where this review is coming from: 6'5" 165lbs 17 years old. I started with a small but am growing out of it. I like gear with color.

I could go on forever about this harness but here are the highlites on the good and bad:

Easy to use because of the fixed leg loops and pre double backed buckle

No pinch points and the leg loops and waist part are the perfect thickness and amount of padding. Very comfy, even after being short roped on a fall and hanging for 5 minutes at a time when projecting

Great color, bright enough to look good and be noticed but subtle enough to not look ridiculous.

Front gear loops are easy to clip and unclip draws to and from and are big enough to hold enough draws for a long pitch along with extra biners, webbing, and cord for making anchors. I would recommend clipping all biners and draws backwards (gate facing out). Thats what I've always done and its fast and easy.

Rear gear loops take some getting used to but work out great! They are out of the way when not in use but easy to find and clip after some practice.

Leg loops are the perfect size

Lightweight, packs well, and has great mobility

The webbing and the pre double back buckle interact weirdly when loosening the harness, but its still pretty easy, even when pumped out of your mind

5 5

comfort off the ground

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This harness is very comfortable! It has great loops to clip into and the self locking waist belt is great! Many people look to Black diamond harnesses because they are less expensive but I find Petzl harnesses to be so much more comfortable. I use this harness about 4 days a week at the rock wall and I am always happy with it.

5 5

Nice and Comfortable

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

This is a very comfortable, easily adjustable harness that is great for sport or indoor climbing!

5 5

Comfortable and Functional!

Bought this harness as a gift. Feedback was nothing but great - comfortable harness that was functional and form fitting.

4 5

Amazingly comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This harness is a great sport climbing harness, its so comfortable! The fit of the leg loops is spot on, and the cushion in the swammy makes sitting in the harness for extended period no problem. I will say though that the gear loops are rather small and may not accommodate a bunch of gear for trad climbing.

4 5

Loops in the back are small..

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Yes those loops are small!! that makes them a little hard to find just by touch.. thankfully I just use it for sport climbing.. definitely not the best choice for a long crack, with a bunch of gear...
It still a very comfy and light harnes!

5 5

Amazing and comfortable harness

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

Fist harness and I could not believe how comfortable it was to belay and hang in this harness for me. I tried a couple different ones before purchasing this one, and while they were fine this one was hands down my favorite.

Personally, I love the look of the harness. My girlfriend disagrees due to the color and said get the Adjuma...however I wanted the non adjusting legs. I have a 34 waist and went Medium. Fits decently, a L would have been more centered but I am currently heavier than usual.

Sama comparison

Sama comparison

Outside waist, cheaper clip loops, and material.

Responded on

A while back, I ordered a new Sama for myself, and an older women's Selena (same as older men's Sama, just different colors). Immediately, I was jealous of hers, because of exactly what you're saying. It feels stiffer, better built, and just a bit higher quality.

However, after trying both on (she and I are the same size), the new Sama is hands down more comfortable. I realize the other was a women's harness, but the waist band cut into me more, the leg loops are too narrow in width, it's too stiff, and the waist band narrowness isn't confidence inspiring. After climbing and canyoneering for a few months in the new Sama, it's fantastic. It's comfortable, quality, durable, and just so much different than the older that it's hard to compare the two. Just my opinion on them.

Responded on

I agree with gilipollas' comment above. The previous Sama harness was definitely great, and the images shown here show that the new red Sama has almost no stitching compared with the previous Sama. I don't think this was done as a cost-saving measure but rather a COMFORT-INCREASING measure. Indeed, the thing I noticed most is how comfortable the Sama was on hanging belays (since I never hangdog.... I wish). I truly believe the old adage "perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but nothing more to take away." The new Sama is close to perfection, then.

3 5

Sama 2

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

Petzl did not improve from the first sama. In fact this harness looks, and feels cheaply made compared to the first sama.
Note the difference, sama 2 on left, sama on right.

Sama 2
5 5

Wear this to climb like Sharma

This is my new favorite harness... and not only because I saw Chris Sharma repin it. This is a very comfortable harness, light, and I don't get sweaty chaf marks on my waist or legs. I have a 30 inch waist and I got a small. It fits but compared to my other harnesses that are size small, this one runs smaller. I also feel the legs are a little snug. I would recommend buying 2 sizes if you are on the boarder between two sizes on the sizing chart. But after it all I still have a small and it has been treating me right.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this harness. The legs loops are so comfortable to sit on. The gear loops are easy to clip on and the it's about time the climbing industry brought out some colors that aren't so neutral!

3 5

Comfortable for hanging, not belaying

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

This harness is by far the most comfortable one I have ever hung in. (For comparison, I have also used the Black Diamond Momentum, Wild Country Ziplock Elite (worst to hang in), Mammut Ophir, Mammut Togir Light, Edelrid Creed.)

The problem was that it is not very comfortable to belay in if you are a guy, like me -This seems to be because the leg loops remain wide all the way through underneath the area between the legs. If they went narrow a little further around the back then there wouldn't be as much material to get pulled up in that area..which was annoying when belaying. It does become kind of tolerable after a while though.
I know that this isn't just me because another reviewer on REI's site states that he had a similar problem. A friend of mine also has this harness and agreed when I asked about this.

I would only use this harness for sport climbing and toproping which is what it was designed for.

Peanuts and the climber can both be saved... the comfort of one should not have to be sacrificed for another.

Hey I bet this harness would be fine for ladies!

Responded on

I think the real problem is that you don't have the correct size for your legs, allowing the loops to creep up into your crotch. Maybe sizing down would change that? Or maybe then the waist is too small (or you have skinny legs) which case get the Adjama with adjustable leg loops, or skip Petzl altogether. To me, it really seems like a sizing issue for your body, not a failure on Petzl's part to remove material, because no matter how much they thin out the leg loop in that area, it will still get pulled up into the crotch.

Responded on

Hey gilipollas, I did actually try both the medium and the Large. For me, the large fit perfectly for both the legs and the waist (leg loops felt normal; the waist was completely symmetrical.)The leg loops on both sizes looked very similar, so I did measure inside the leg loops and there's literally only about 1-2cm difference i circumference. You do seem to have a point though. would have goe with the new Adjama harness because to make them adjustable, the leg loops are thinner right between the legs but have the same width around the rest. The problem was that the waist sizes are different for the Adjama, so I was right between two of them (one would have been too small; the other too large :/) In the end I bought the Elderid Creed harness, and it's perfect!!!It's very similar to this harness , but has small leg loop buckles and a tie-in point protector. It's not quite as comfy to hang in as the Sama but is much better for belaying, so I'm happy with it.

5 5

Great first harness

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the first harness I actually bought, I'm really pleased with it. I tried on several different harnesses in the process of buying, all around this price point, and this had the features and comfort I wanted.

Things I like:
Color, solid, doesn't look gimmicky
Super comfortable all day canyoneering or for hours at the crag
Fabric, not plastic gear loops
Elastic leg loops
Speed adjust buckle works well
Price is right
Dries quickly

Things I don't like:
Mesh backing on harness feels a bit cheap
When webbing gets wet, buckle sticks, very hard to work loose

Sizing-- 5'10", 165-170 lbs, 32-33 inch waist, medium fits very well. I don't have tree trunk thighs, but they aren't twigs, and the loops are a tiny bit loose, but better than being overly tight.

Overall, I'm pleased with this harness, and although I don't have a ton to compare it to, I would purchase it again in a heartbeat. I get lots of compliments on it.