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    12 Reviews


    Crags, multipitches, and everything in between.

    Petzl's performance-driven Aquila Harness handles the hardest sport climbs and alpine ascents. 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. Adjustable leg loops accommodate summer or winter outfits.

    Because the Aquila is Petzl's high-end harness, Petzl reinforced the tie-in loops for long-lasting durability. This harness has four gear loops, two rigid sides and two flexible rear 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 hauling capability on long alpine routes.

    • FuseFrame design
    • DoubleBack HD buckles
    • Adjustable leg loops
    • Reinforced tie-in loops
    • Two rigid side gear loops
    • Two flexible rear gear loops
    • CariTool ice tool holders
    • Rear loop for haul rope
    • Item #PTZ001W

    Tech Specs

    nylon, polyester, Dyneema, EVA, polyurethane
    FuseFrame technology, thermo-formed foam
    DoubleBack HD (aluminum)
    Adjustable Leg Loops
    Gear Loops
    Ice Clipper Slots
    yes, 2 Caritool slots
    Haul Loop
    Claimed Weight
    [medium] 12.2 oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing, alpine
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Gets the job done!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have only used this harness a handful of times and I like it alright. It is nicely adjustable for smaller legs and fairly comfy. It is a bit bulkier than I would want but it does the job just fine. I haven't had the chance to bring this harness outside but it seems like it would be great for durability.

    My go-to

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I love this harness. I've been wearing it since last year and can fit into a small/medium very easily. Plenty of loops for gear and feels comfortable. What else do you need?

    Fits Great!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    People have often stated that this harness fits slim, but luckily that is exactly what i needed. I love this harness as it is light weight and comfortable. I would recommend this for top rope in the gym.

    Fits slim legs!

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

    I have the problem of being super slim and this was the only harness I tried on that actually fit my little legs. I used it for a climbing and photography trip to Indian Creek and the harness worked great for my needs!

    Decent Harness

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This harness did everything it was supposed, supported me on a couple routes that required some hanging out. I wouldn't say it was the most comfortable when climbing though and in my opinion doesn't stand up to some of Petzl's other harnesses. I would recommend going a different route down the Petzl line.

    Solid harness

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

    Easy to adjust buckles to get a nice secure snug fit. Very comfortable harness to rest in while top roping, solid fit around the waist and hips. Definitely a lightweight harness that can be worn all day! The only thing I struggled with was the location of the gear loops and how relatively small they are. The back gear loops can be hard to reach on climbs.

    Climbed with it for 2 years

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used this harness for about 2 years sport climbing outdoors and some trad.
    - Comfortable waist - single strap
    - Comfortable legs once adjusted properly
    - not overly heavy
    - contrasted belay loop centers attention for safety
    - buckles on leg elastic straps allow for easy access....
    - fully adjustable
    - The loops aren't bad at all, they're sturdy but not made of hard materials. they work great for me, but other prefer more rigid loops
    - the legs loop adjustment combined with the elastic took more dialing in than normal; i think due to the triangle nylon material on the corners. Once I had it locked in it's been fine.

    All in all I would rate this 4.5. I would purchase again.

    fit is a bit different than other petzls

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I borrowed and climbed in the Aquila for a weekend. I'm sure that it is a great harness but it doesn't fit me that well.
    The gear loops are a lot more functional than the loops on other nice harnesses from Petzl.
    I think that the aquila seems like a terrific harness for both sport and trad climbing - it just doesn't fit me all that well.

    Great harness for multi pitch trad

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I think this is a great harness that gets better the more you use it. I've had it for about 12 months now, and it's my go to. I wouldn't use it as a gym or sport harness. I have a black diamond solution harness for those days. The things I really appreciate about this harness are:
    It's very light and comfortable.
    I like the way the side gear loops sit out of the way. They sit a bit towards the rear which help keep them out of the way. Great for climbing chimneys and such.
    I like that The side gear loops are larger when compared to other harnesses. They are much bigger then my Solution and even bigger then the Petzl Sama. Great for carrying a double rack for long multi pitch routes.
    I personally like now the rear gear loops are low profile and sit down which doesn't get in the way of climbing with a pack.

    I would Check your waist against the size chart, this one is different then say the Sama.

    Comfortable for walking, not for hanging

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this harness looking for an all-rounder, but so far have found it most useful for single pitch/gym climbing.

    Definitely a lightweight harness with all that entails- less weight but smaller belay loop/tie in point and less padding as well.
    Not terribly comfortable to hang in unless you get your legs positioned just right, but I suppose in an alpine setting if you have fluffier pants on and aren't planning on doing much hanging it might not be as huge an issue as it is for warm weather climbs. One other issue with the fit is that the friction adapters on the leg loops are prone to loosening slightly on their own which doesn't inspire confidence. The leg loops remain comfortable, but definitely have a spot on the webbing the friction adapters like to stay in.
    The harness slides on easily and the friction adapter that removes the need to double-back makes for quick donning and doffing in single pitch and gym environments. The gear loops are sturdy and well built. Due to the lack of weight of the harness it's incredibly comfortable to wear around and I'll leave it on for eight hour shifts at the rock gym without thinking about it at all (bathroom trips excluded). Climbing in hot environments the harness is small enough and breathes well enough that there isn't much discomfort caused by its proximity to the body.

    TLDR: Comfy to climb in and wear down to the local pub, not great to get caught in a hanging belay in.

    Doesn't live up to the premium price tag

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I used the harness for about a month and ultimately ended up returning it. The leg loops would loosen on their own and they would also sometimes twist so that the buckles would dig into my leg. The belay loop was and rope tie in area are both pretty small making things kind of cramped and the belay loop would twist on me. The waist belt only felt slightly more comfortable than the BD Momentum I had which retails for roughly half as much.

    What bothered me the most was the sound of the leg loops rubbing together while hiking, however. It just drove me nuts. For some reason the anti-abrasion "grain" (for lack of a better term) is vertical instead of horizontal.

    I feel like this harness is oddly positioned between the Hirundos ultra lightweight send harness and the high end super comfortable Sitta as it just isn't particularly great at being anything. Do yourself a favor and go with something else.

    Post send!

    This was taken after my two year project was sent. This harness is wonderful!

    It's lightweight and definitely worth the extra flow. It has copious gear loops for trad climbing, yet remains slim fitting enough for tough red points while sport climbing as well.

    I highly recommend this piece of gear for any serious climber. Awesome! While the reviews suggest its not great for "hanging in," I assure you I have spent hours in it without any serious issues. Great harness from the best in the business, Petzl.

    Post send!

    Not the same fit as other Petzl harness

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

    The harness itself seems very nice. It's fairly minimal. Not bulky. Seems comfortable. Nothing poking you. Everything of high quality. But the fit... nope. Not the same as an equivalent size in the Adjama model. The rise is shorter. The space allotted for your crotch is smaller. The waist is smaller. With the Adjama, I can cinch it down to where the waist belt ends overlap a little. And it's comfortable. The belay loop and the gear loops are all lined up and centered. On the Aquila, I can't get the waist belt ends to overlap without sucking in my stomach and over tightening. And even then the tie-in points are not lined up and the rear of the belt is off-center. And the front/center portion of the waist belt gets pulled down and doesn't lay flat on my stomach because the rise is so short. I'm 6' 2", 180 lbs. And I wear a size 33 Levi's jeans. The Large Adjama and Large Sama both fit fine. The Aquila in Large is much too small.

    UPDATE: Exchanged for the XL. Much better. I have to tighten the waist down all the way but it works. Wish it could go about 1/2" tighter. Petzl's sizing is weird. Their sizes don't overlap. The next size up takes over where the previous size ends, instead of having some overlap like other companies. So if you're right on the cusp or between sizes, it will be difficult to figure out which one fits. Other than that, seems like a great harness.

    Unanswered Question

    does anyone have any experience trad climbing in this harness? I'm curious about the rear gear loops specifically,and hanging belays.

    How does the Aquila compare to the new, blue Adjama? They look fairly identical. Except the Aquila seems to be marketed as a higher end harness. And priced like one too. Do they fit the same? As in the rise is similar? Belt is wider on this than the Hirundos, but what about compared to Adjama?

    Best Answer

    Hey Michael,

    So both harnesses are going to function great and be super comfortable but the big difference is that there are going to be come different components such as a lighter but higher quality haul loop on the Aquila whereas the haul loop on the Adjama is a bit bulkier.

    The metal hardware is also smaller which allows for another area for weight reduction and reduce bulk.

    But the big difference is going to be the FUSEFRAME technology that is used in the Aquila harness compared to the ENDOFRAME technology in the Adjama.

    So the FUSEFRAME technology is a thermoformed foam padding. Typically you see a thin piece of foam and the only unique shape to it comes from the profile of it but no additional foam or reduction in certain areas. Or you see foam that has been diecut to reduce weight. Those are both a lower cost manufacturing method that lots of companies like to utilize. But the FUSEFORM is a thermoformed piece of foam which means there will be added padding and protection in certain areas. In addition the outer fabric will be directly fused to the foam, so as time goes on the fabric and foam stay together rather than slighting apart.

    The Aquila also has individual attachment points for the leg loops to the waist belt whereas the Adjama has a single point of connection. So ultimately greater articulation and flexibility.

    The Aquila also has beefier sticking on the leg loops where the adjustable buckles are.

    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

    Jared D.

    Expert Gearhead