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Petzl helps get your kid on the rock with the Simba Harness.
- DoubleBack buckles for a quick fit, and they're always doubled back
- Highly adjustable design fits nearly any size kid
- High tie-in point keeps your grom upright when hanging
- Item #PTZ0140
- Q & A
Gave as a gift
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I Gave this as a gift and he said it fits him well and he says it fells good. You can't go wrong with this harness."
Secure Children's harness
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Overall I love this harness. My daughter is tiny and this fits her well and keeps her secure. Build quality is solid, price is reasonable, and my peace of mind is achieved.
The materials used here are great, and the stitching is more than enough to keep light bodies from crashing to the ground. These seem just as solid as any adult harness I've used.
Pretty standard stuff in terms of materials here. But if you're not familiar with harnesses the nylon used is very strong and quite thick. I don't see anything getting worked to the point that it'd tear through or wear out.
No complaints from the kiddo, so I have to assume the harness is comfy. Just make sure you adjust it properly. I left it just a little loose on the shoulders and gave my daughter a little bit of an abrasion on her neck. Not the fault of the gear so much as the user.
$60 might feel like a lot for a children's harness, but when your kid is 30 or 40 feet off the ground it's nice to feel confident that he/she won't slip through the harness and fall. Plus the harness feels like it'l last for several years of growth and use.
Here's a photo of my 3' 30lb daughter using the harness:
PETZL - Commitment to Quality
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've used this harness extensively with both my kids (currently 3 and 6 years old), and while I like it in many ways, I found that the design allows the shoulder straps fall off their shoulders (usually just one strap will come off). If you tighten the strap down too much, it is too tight while they are fully extended, but as soon as they bend over, off comes the strap!
While climbing, particularly if the kid is hunched over a bit, the shoulder strap can just fall right off! That does not inspire confidence... at all!
A simple additional strap would solve this problem... so that's what did. I took some a piece of elastic from an old waistband, and attached it to the harness by sewing two loops in the elastic around the two shoulder straps (that way I didn't sew through the harness, leaving the position of the elastic strap adjustable by sliding up or down the shoulder strap). Now there is an elastic band bridging the two shoulder straps right at the base of the neck (in back) preventing the shoulder straps from popping off. Simple, but frankly Petzl should have added this... not me! But now it works like a charm.
Without this addition, I really found the shoulder strap situation worrying! (It looks to me that the similar Petzl Ouistiti harness does have a strap in place to address this problem).
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
When it comes to kids harnesses I can't say this is the best, but I can say this isn't the worst. We have used this plenty of times and the little man never seams to have a problem with it. I would suggest this for anyone who is looking for a kids harness between the ages of 2-6.
Taking the Little One For a Climb
Petzl Harness Simba
It's Petzl, quality is always top notch. And the lil cartoons on the straps are a nice touch with the kids. But lets talk fit for the lil ones. We have twins who are 40 lbs and 4 years old and a 6 year old at about 60 lbs. Our use is mostly for our zip line. To make the zip line as independent for them as possible we have kept it low enough that they can reach the ground through half of its travel, at most their feet are about 2 feet off the ground. 30 ft long in total, so there's about 15 feet at least where all 3 can go crazy, pretend to fly, spin around in circles, bounce up and down. One kid even tried to bend over backwards by tossing his feet on the line once it stopped. In all cases they were never able to squirm or wiggle it into a position where it was not fitting properly or chaffing. Our kids are some what skinny too. Always, back to the safe 'seated' position of a harness.
My kids have used this and the Ouistiti and prefer the Ouistiti. I would say that the Ouistiti would fit them well until they're about 7 or 8 then we'll have to move up to this one. The simba is really a fine harness, the buckles are just in a bad place right on a smaller kid's clavicle so it can cause pain if they're hanging in it for a while, like kids like to do.
My five year old, Johnny, pulling plastic 60 feet up in Waegwan South Korea. On his second ascent in 10 minutes, he called "falling", caught the wall while being belayed down just so that he could see if he could climb faster than a full grown man. He would not be able to do it if he hadn't learned to trust his gear. He's been using this harness for about six months.
Got this for my 5 year old because he was too skinny for the BD we purchased him. It fits great! Super easy to use, very secure, and seems comfortable (my son hasn't complained about it at all). Planning on trying it out on our 3 year old as well, will post how that turns out.
I bought this for my 4 year old daughter. She has used it a few times in Moab and climbing in the Wasatch mountains. This has been a great harness to give me and her peace of mind. It is really easy to adjust with the doubleback buckles. Because she loves it and is beginning to love climbing, I love this harness. Buy it!
PERFECT FOR MY GIRLS
I have 5 kids (yah, I know) and needed something for my younger girls to feel safe in. So far they have been perfect for my 8 and 6 year olds at the gym. Easily adjustable and the kids like the design. Well made and should last forever.
AIden On Harness
Aiden loves this climbing harness -- inside or out. It fits him at 3yrs old and it looks like it'll fit him until he's 6 or so.
recommend the Petzel Simba
I was looking for a full body harness for a 1st-3rd grade camp I do, so children can climb and ride a zip line. This harness was perfect, the fit was good. It was easy to use and seemed comfortable to the children.
Petzl simba kids harness
Awesome product. Really made my young daughter feel safe when climbing and she loves putting it on herself too!
We need a harness for our zip line for our...
We need a harness for our zip line for our 4 year olds that are 42 inches tall and weigh 53 lbs. I like the full boy harness, but am not sure which harness is best for them. Would you recommend the Simba or the O.? Thanks.
I have a 150" zipline in the backyard. My 6-8 year old girls use one
http://www.backcountry.com/store/PTZ0139/Petzl-Ouistiti-Full-Body-Climbing-Harness-Kids.html and http://www.backcountry.com/store/BLD0427/Black-Diamond-Wiz-Kid-Harness.html
I have had a big 3 year old comfortably fit into the Ouistiti. The girls flip upside down wearing either one and are very safe. Look also at the http://www.backcountry.com/store/MET0057/Metolius-PAS-Personal-Anchor-System-w-Element-Locking-Carabiner.html
as a easy means to adjust the distance from the ground or cable.
Ouitsi is better for the four year old. About age 5 or 6 the outgrow it and need the Simba.
The simba would proably work best for a kid that size, especially considering they're going to keep growing. If you have smaller kids coming up you might consider the Petzl Ouistiti instead.
What are the weight limits for this...
What are the weight limits for this harness?
Well its designed for kids 5 through 10 years old so taking a guess, I would say 30 through 70 pounds. I don't use this harness, but thats is the weight limit for many other harnesses designed for children in this age group.--------------------Construction-wise, this harness will hold way more weight than any kid, however fat, that you could stuff into it. I can guarantee you that no part of this harness will break with 300 pounds in it, probably a lot more. Climbing gear is built a lot stronger than it'll ever need to be on purpose.
The age range given is actually a better guideline. Way more than 95% confidence, because the variation in the pediatric population isn't large...
is there a harness for three year olds?
is there a harness for three year olds?
Take a look at the petzl simba body harness. I have it for my small 6 yr old and it is really adjustable. Check out the sizing anyway, you never know!
This harness should work for three year olds, unless they are especially small and light.