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Arc'teryx AR-395a Harness


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    Comfortable and versatile for all your climbing.

    The Men's AR-395a Harness from Arc'teryx utilizes Warp Strength Technology to achieve a consistent weight distribution across the entire length of the nylon webbing used. Adjustable leg loops and a drop-seat buckle system ensure a good fit. Four polyurethane gear loops, four ice clipper slots, and a rear haul loop ensure plenty of places to stash and organize your gear for the day.

    • Adjustable leg loops
    • Warp Strength Technology type 66 nylon webbing construction
    • Aluminum buckles automatically double back
    • Drop-seat buckle
    • Even padding distribution
    • Four polyurethane gear loops
    • Four ice clipper slots
    • Rear haul loop
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    Harness made for just everything.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Love this harness. I was looking for a comfortable multi-pitch/alpine rock harness and tried a bunch before spending the cash on this one. It’s worth it. I can easily carry a double rack plus anchor gear on the gear loops. A water bottle, jacket in stuff sack, and emergency gear go on the haul loop. I usually wear my harness on the approach, but it packs small when I carry it in my pack and doesn’t weigh much. I’ve since started climbing alpine ice and it excels there too. It isn’t the most comfortable harness, but I’ll take the weight savings over total comfort, and this is a fairly comfy harness.

    Minimalist Delight

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This harness is simple put... incredible. For such a lightweight and minimal design the comfort and support that are offered is unreal. I have climbed in the harness for multiitch sport, trad and ice and find that it tackles it all with style. And most of the time I can't really even feel that I am wearing a harness. The ice clipper loops work great with a caritool and the racking options on the harness allow you to carry all of the gear you need for single pitch or shorter mulitpitch climbs. I think that this harness excels primarily in sport climbing but is equally well purposed for someone looking to lighten their load in other areas of climbing. I have not used this harness on any big wall climbs and I think that it wouldn't be exactly what you are looking for while hanging, hauling and aiding. But if you are looking for a harness that will excel in the rest of the climbing world this guy is awesome. I am 6'2" 175lbs and I wear a M.

    Stunningly Light and Comfortable

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I got this as a gift, however I was able to try it on and use it for a few routes. The harness is so light and low profile that it moves with your body, and you legitimately FORGET that you're wearing it. This gets a bit weird up on the wall when you need to pat yourself down to make sure you didn't end up on a rogue accidental free solo.
    Besides the stunning comfort, the gear loops are very nice and easy to hit or pull from in a hurry. I don't ice climb (yet, of course), but I like that it has the ice clipper slots as I can imagine this harness would be great up on some overgrown icicles. I did buy this as a gift, but after trying it out a little the notion of owning one is very tempting. If I do, I'll continue on this review after some heavy use.

    One last note - the sizing surprised me. I'm a 32 waist and consistently wear medium pants/harnesses in everything I own. However, the small felt like it was made for my body. This may be because it's made partially for ice climbing and wearing over clothes, but in normal warm weather gear the small would be great for me. Probably best to get your normal size, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

    Super comfy and racks gear very well!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I purchased this harness as my old Arcteryx harness finally needed to be retired after 7+ years of regular-heavy use.

    I have ended up using this harness for both sport and trad as it is very lightweight and racks gear very well. The gear loops can carry a large trad track without drooping and evenly distributes the weight along the harness and gear loops. Bravo!

    My only complaint is that I like to have a loadbearing rated gear loop for haul lines but the existing gear loops are just fine.

    Good Harness but $$$

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I took this harness to the test at City of Rocks this weekend. When I picked it up I was surprised by how thin the material that makes up the belt and leg loops and concerned that the lack of padding would be uncomfortable. I spent all day on the wall hauling up lots of gear and doing multiple free hanging rappels and I was pleasantly surprised with the comfort that this harness provided. I also love the oversized gear loops so I could bring everything I needed and stay organized.

    Overall a pretty good harness but it is a bit overpriced.

    Good Harness but $$$

    Fancy Does Not Equal Good

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

    I’m a bigger guy at 6’ and 170 lbs, with a 32/33 waist, and had been coveting one of these for a long time. I was perfectly in the middle of the size range, so it really fit well, as opposed to my go to, the Chaos, where I’m right in the middle of the sizes. The 395A had tons of space for my private goods, which was an improvement over the Chaos. Due to the perfect fit, the gearloops were placed perfectly, and the whole thing felt like a dream, at first. I thought the huge gear loops and the rear gear loop would be amazing, but they weren’t. The rear loop is hard to access (it’s just a thread) and the side gear loops are so floppy it’s tough to clip biners to it when it doesn’t have gear on it, finer points I hadn’t considered till using. Plus, even with a huge rack I don’t need that much space, I only really need four gearloops even for big wall activities. The first time I hung on the belay I realized it was painful, as the belt material is so thin it curves length wise across and creates hot spots. No matter how wide the belt is, without actual padding materials there is little integrity to keep the shape of the belt and the curve is like a point against the hips. Even with the design mastery, this harness is worth less than $100, unless perhaps you are VERY thin and do not need support, then it may have value for you (though if you are super thin you could buy a BD Momentum for $50 and be stoked). The new Petzl Sama/Adjama, BD Technician/Solution/Chaos, Edelrid Cyrus/Orion, and tons more, would all be way better choices than the Arc’teryx in my book. For me, the Arc’teryx style will only work for single pitch sport, and the other harnesses mentioned would do it better, they just wouldn’t feel as good when hanging out. I hope this helps you out. Check Your Knot!

    Perfect Harness For Everything

      I bought this harness in the hopes that I'll finally have the courage to branch into ice climbing and mountaineering. It has been very comfortable and functional for the sport climbing I've done with it.

      To clear up any confusion

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      So I know Arc'teryx harnesses can sometimes not make sense and a little confusing on which one is best for you, here is a break down video from Arc'teryx to clear everything up:

      Best for Single Pitch Sport

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      You can only expect so much out of a lightweight harness. At some point, you're sacrificing something and in this case it's comfort and support. I've tried almost all disciplines of climbing with this harness and I can say with a reasonable degree of confidence that as soon as I receive my Misty Mountain Cadillac, my AR-395 will be relegated to short sport climbs.

      I love my Arc'teryx products and this harness is indeed hard to top for weight and packability - it's just not enough for my multi-pitch trad needs.

      The best harness I have ever tried or ow

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I don't know how to describe this harness but I can only say that this is a must have. if you need to work a few extra hours a week or a month to own this harness, it is worth it.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I waited awhile to get this as I had the BD Chaos for big walls and the Petzl Corax for ice climbing, but I eventually tried it and am very glad I did. It seems to fit slightly more comfortably than the others (first tried it while climbing the Longs Peak Diamond) and it also seems slightly lighter weight. I love every feature on this and is the only harness that I wouldn't add or take away any feature. I normally wear 32-33" pants and the medium in this fits perfectly.

      Great Harness, had some sizing trouble

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I'm a 32 waist at 6'2. I ordered the medium first - waist was perfect but the leg loops rode too high and couldn't be dropped any further. Switched to the large and the waist is a little bit but that'll come in handy for ice season. That does rotate the gear loops a little far forward but I can deal with that given how light and comfortable the harness is.

      Love how small the harness packs down and how light it is compared to my last padded harness - and this is just as, if not more comfortable. I was skeptical at how the harness would feel at a semi-hanging belay given the lack of padding but found it more comfortable than my older very padded harness at semi-hanging belays.


        Don't even remember I'm wearing it most of the time. Extremely comfortable, light weight, and doesn't chafe when wearing it for long periods of time. Spending all day at the crag? No problem, you don't need to worry about taking it on and off in between climbs because you'll probably forget you're wearing it except for the clinking and clanking of gear.

        Impeccable Quality of Material

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The warp strength technology is freakin' crazy. This thing is sleek, minimalist, comfortable, light, and crazy strong.

        Look at the sizing chart.

        Kitty like!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        When you pull on this harness, it honestly feels like you aren't wearing one. Liiiiiight as air. The gear loops are fabulous for loooong sport routes that require 12+ draws.

        Though it's definitely a bit fickle, I couldn't get down with the color choices of the women's harnesses, so I snagged a size S in the men's (I have a 28in waist and 35in hips at 5'9" and 135lbs). It's not quite as nice of a fit if you've got hips, but it has all the same great features.

        It doesn't get better than this

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Arc'teryx is known for it's technical apparel and weight saving precautions. This harness is no exception. It is very lightweight, which makes for an easier accent. The adjustable leg loops are great, and make you feel secure in the harness. The gear loops are a great size...large, which is much needed on extensive traditional routes where much gear is needed. The comfort level of the harness is great too, they did not pad this harness, instead they used a slightly stretchy material to make this comfortable to hang in at belay, it forms around your body and feels great. I trust Arc'teryx on the ski hill as well as the wall and would recommend this harness to any climber, it is by far my favorite harness that I've ever owned.

        Perrrty Dang Wonderul

          So yeah I've used this now a few times , climbing at the gym and in rock. And so far it's freaking fantastic. At first I thought I was crazy, my first time being lowered it was actually super painful. But you just have to make sure both legs loops are generally the same tightness. You fit it right and it will feel like you aren't wearing anything at all.

          Holy Guacamole

            Okay let's just get over the fact this harness is pricey. Just like the warning printed on all out gear "climbing is inherently dangerous..." Well Arcterex is inherently expensive. That said, they are all top of the line.

            Unanswered Question

            Any recommendations on sizing? I'm right in between a small and a medium. Mostly will be used for sport but will use for some alpine as well.