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Sitta Harness

WireFrame Technology makes the Sitta Harness Petzl's lightest and most compact harness for high-end climbers and mountaineers. WireFrame uses small Spectra strands in the waist and legs for optimal load distribution and a surprising amount of comfort. The self-locking waist buckle stays secure, and the elastic leg loops accommodate bulky mountaineering gear or slim climbing shorts. There are four flexible gear loops that stay compact in your climbing pack, two ice clipper slots for Petzl's Caritool holders, and additional loops that are perfect for chalk bags, cordelette, anchor systems, or belay devices.

  • WireFrame technology
  • Self-locking waist buckle
  • Elastic leg loops
  • Four gear loops
  • Two Caritool ice clipper slots
  • Chalk bag hanger
  • Item #PTZ002S

Material
Spectra
Buckles
single self-locking waist
Gear Loops
4
Ice Clipper Slots
yes, 2 Caritool slots
Chalk Bag Hanger
yes
Claimed Weight
[small] 8.5 oz, [medium] 9.5 oz, [large] 10.5 oz
Recommended Use
climbing, mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty
3 year

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

Best of the best

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

There's a reason you see so many top climbers wearing this harness. Let that speak for itself. I've had mine since September 2017 and it's looking like it's about time to replace it which I consider to be an impressive lifetime considering the minimalism of this harness and how much I've beat it up. It's not quite a do-it-all - I do have a separate harness for long multi-pitch routes and photographing up on a rope - but for hard sport and trad, plus some short quick multi-pitch routes and even rigging a line for tall highballs, there's nothing better. The first thing to wear on this one for me was the bottom hard point on my tie-ins. The outer protective material has started to fray, although the core on the inside is still in a good condition, which I was glad to see. The gear loops (which are handy to have so much room for racking on) have shown almost no wear and the back elastic is not as stretchy as it was when bought but it's unnoticable if sized correctly. As far as sizing, I'll offer my two cents since another reviewer had my exact measurements but sized to the medium. I'm 5'8", 135lbs, and have skinny hips - I wear a size 28 pants, maybe 29 in jeans and 30 is far too loose on me without a belt. I went with the small and I tighten the harness down almost the entire way if shirtless and about halfway with lots of layers underneath for cold weather or ice climbing. The medium requires I tighten it down as far as the waistband allows and still leaves me with some room to spare. As with any harnesses, trying it on beforehand is recommended. Overall, the Sitta is the best. Hands-down. If you're climbing hard sport, trad, ice, or ski-mo, there's nothing better. I've used and abused it for two seasons in Rifle, a season in the Red, a month in St. George, 5 weeks in Ceuse, two seasons in the New, on ice in the Adirondacks, and countless gym days and am going to order a replacement soon. Photo by Larissa Arce

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>Rating: 4

Almost the greatest harness of all time

Bottom line: if you only sport climb, this harness is amazing. For long multi-pitches, a full day of hanging belays, might be worth buying a different harness. I would not buy this for $200 - no way. I love this harness and I've primarily used it for sport climbing and alpine trad climbing. It racks a beefy double rack with some triples very well. It is somewhat comfortable for hanging belays. The gear loops in the back are extremely inaccessible and are a nuisance to clip - even if gear is hanging off of them.

>Rating: 4

Light and Comfortable

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Very light and comfortable. I spent a little bit of time in a hanging belay while doing a multi-pitch climb and was surprised how comfortable it was to sit in. The gear loops are great for a harness this minimal and light. You can easily rack all your cams and draws for hard sport and trad routes.

>Rating: 5

Light, packable, and cushy

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I was surprised at the level of comfort while climbing in this harness. I got it to pack light and small for alpine trips, but I was blown away at hanging belays. I'm definitely planning on climbing sport in this too. I imagine falling wouldn't feel painful at all.

>Rating: 4

Lightweight, Get Correct Size

The super cool thing about this harness is how insanely light it is. If you size it right it is also pretty comfortable. I will say that I do prefer something a little bit more adjustable because after a bit of belaying or on your descent it tends to ride up a little bit. Overall this was a pretty sweet harness and it didn't ever weigh me down. There are plenty of organizational features on the gear loops so you will have no issue there.

>Rating: 4

Extremely light

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

This harness is about as minimalist as it comes. Its not particularly comfortable, but if you're looking to reduce weight on the wall or save space in you pack, this is your harness. I particularly enjoyed the two front gear loops, which are great for organizing your rack.

>Rating: 4

Spiffy, not durable, size right

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I climbed exclusively in this harness for ~2.5 years on sport, trad, mountains, ice, and some plastic. After that time, the harness's weaknesses cropped up and it is starting to breakdown. Overall this harness is great for its features, packability, and weight. It is bad for its comfort and durability. SIZING: This was pretty tricky, like many harnesses. With this one you want some extra room for winter layers. I'm 5'8, 140-150 lbs, 29-30 in waist. I wear prana zion stretch pants in 28in waist (30 is waaay to big), and jeans usually with room in 29-30 in. I'm usually a Small in most things, but here the S would have put me at the highest end of the spectrum, so I went with a M. I was often wishing I could tighten the harness more like this, but I was happy with winter layers on. Hard compromise. Good: The gear loops are great; large and rigid. It packs quite small, although by folding it together to fit into the sack, you put a good amount of stress on the gear loops, which is a disappointing weak point. The harness is comfy to climb in. Bad: 1. Comfort. The spectra fibers spread out in the middle, but at the edges of the harness waist they com together at a single point, making a knot/rigid bulge. With my sizing, I found that this bulge often created a pressure point that was very painful when hanging in the harness. If not for this, the harness would simply be impressively comfy for how small and light it was. Again, sizing is key, which sucks since you can't return these and stores are getting in short supply. 2. Durability. The first points to die were the elastic cords that attached to the leg loops, which are shockingly important for the harness. Without them, the harness is terrible to walk or climb or exist in. You need those straps. These straps quickly wore out at the attachment point with the leg loops. The new version might be a bit better, but that sucked. After 2.5 years, these cords blew out, and Petzl stated that this was outside of the warranty. Pity, since otherwise the harness still has a lot of life. The other place that wear shows early is the gear loops. Imagine losing your rack 10 pitches up! I think this is largely because of the stress put on the loops during storage. Verdict: this this is damn expensive and doesn't last well. I would strongly suggest not trying to use this harness as a quiver-of-one harness. Get a more durable harness and save this one or the similar BD harness for the alpine missions. I'll be looking to get a different harness next.

>Rating: 5

Petzl Sitta product features video

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Petzl Sitta product features video

>Rating: 5

Awesome first experience!

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

I had the chance to try out this harness for my first couple days rock-climbing and loved it! The medium was a great fit for me (31" waist). As someone new to climbing, I appreciated the sturdy simplicity and comfort of the Petzl Sitta.

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>Rating: 5

Sport harness

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Great harness for hard sport climbing. Lightweight and small. I've worn the hirundos for many years and this is on par with the quality from other Petzl Harnesses

>Rating: 5

Light, compact, comfy

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Excellent for mountaineering. So light and small in pack. Used it sport climbing a bit too and was comfy in a short multi-pitch. Saw some other mentions that it is delicate outer which can shred if pressed against rock. I don't doubt that, but I haven't been in that situation with it so it's been fine for me. If you're gonna be shredding it against rock, maybe a more durable (but heavier) material will be more resilient. If you're carrying an alpine harness or for some climbing that won't be shredding it against rock over and over, it seems great. I would normally be a small, but in reading other reviews, I went for an M and that fits fine at its tightest (could be **slightly tighter) but allows for extra room if with layers. I'm skinny and leg loops are snug but not uncomfortable, but I've heard they can be too tight on folks with thicker thighs.

>Rating: 5

Comfy, lightweight and a favorite

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

The Sitta is ultralight and incredibly comfortable. It has all the gear loops you'll need from Sport to Trad leads. Being super light, as with most gear, does mean it is not beefy and super durable. If you're looking for that in your harness look for a more burly option. If you're looking for shedding weight staying comfortable while also keeping the features you need then get the Sitta.

The
>Rating: 5

Size up

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

Don't trust the sizing info for this harness. I wear a 31/32in waist jean and the medium was laughably small on me. Returned for a large.

>Rating: 2

Sitta Comfortable, Not Durable

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Bought Sitta in August 2017. Worn weekly, some outdoor, mostly in gym and recently during climbing trip to Red Rock Canyon in Nevada. After trip, I noted bottom of right leg loop frayed, exposing sharp plastic ridges (we climbed only 5 routes up to grade 5.7). Assume rappelling resulted in fraying (rope usually on my right side when rappelling) Concern fraying will worsen during outdoor climbing this upcoming season (thus, potentially cutting into rope, slings and clothing). Believe this may be a design flaw since Sitta harness described as high-end climbing and mountaineering harness. Petzl will not refund or provide an exchange.

>Rating: 3

Great - but fragile

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Everything you have read about the harness being light, comfortable, barely there, fantastic gear loop dividers etc - are all true. However this harness survived just a few days of ice climbing before the clipper slots started tearing - much to my severe disappointment. Also the slots are poorly located, being inside the gear loops, instead of the being between the gear loops - similar to almost any other harness on the market. I have spoken to others who have trashed the harness chimney climbing in a single day - the material the harness (besides tie in points) is mostly constructed of is just thin ripstop. I am going to attempt to get a warranty claim for the harness, but I am unsure if I will keep it even then.

>Rating: 4

Lightweight with terrific mobility

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

super light, which might make a difference for some people climbing really hard, but for me its just about packing small. not that durable - but not really supposed to be.

>Rating: 4

Superlite

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Wore this out for a few weekends in Indian Creek, climbing everything from tips splitters to offwidth. The harness was very comfortable and extremely light, offering a ton of mobility. The low bulk was nice in OW. The fabric held up well against the sandstone and didn't show much pilling or signs of abrasion, though I could see the material getting pretty beat up if used as a daily driver. I wasn't a huge fan of the gear loop divider, which made it hard to pull gear with the opposite hand. Luckily this could be moved out of the way, making for a standard loop. I also found the rear gear loops to be too far back, making them hard to reach. May just be something that takes a little time to adjust to . All in all, a very comfortable and lightweight harness that I would wear on all types of terrain.

>Rating: 5

Light and Dependable

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

I bought this as a gift for a friend and this is what they had to say: "This is the second harness I've had, and so far it's comfortable, light, simple, and effective. I've used it for sport, lead, and alpine/ski mountaineering over the past month. It's packability is great for ski objectives where it hides away in my pack and can come out if needing to hook into my axe or rappel into a line. My waist is 32, and the medium fits great, with room to maneuver the leg loops over my ski boots. I've taken a few small falls on it, and it's held up well as has my back/waist. I have yet to do any hanging belays on multi pitch, but I suspect it will be relatively comfortable. I have yet to do any lead climbs on trad, but for sport routes the gear loops have been greatly positioned. In an attempt to have one harness to do it all, so far it's perfect. It's effective and so small and light I hardly notice I have it on."

>Rating: 5

Best of the Best

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Whether you are sport climbing in the Red River Gorge, climbing the Eiger, climbing ice in Ouray, or bagging towers in the desert.. This is THE harness for it all. If you are weight conscious but also want a comfortable, durable harness then look no longer. The Sitta is what you want. It is packable, light weight, durable, and built for any of your climbing or ski-mo needs. The Sitta is comfortable even when giving long belays to your partner as they work through their project. I would recommend this harness to anyone looking for a versatile harness for all their climbing needs.

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Sitta

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I'm a 29" waist with a 20" legs. Should I go with a medium considering clothes

Hey Martin, It looks like the Medium is going to be the best fit for you. If you go with the small, with clothing considered, the leg loops will be uncomfortably tight. If you have more questions on this harness, or any other climbing gear, please don't hesitate to shoot me a message.

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when will more sizes of this harness be available? Particularly medium.

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what is the sizing on this harness? the sizing chart doesn't have this harness listed.

Tyler, Thanks for pointing that out! Here are the measurements: Small: Waist - 26.4 - 30.3in (67-77cm) Leg Loops - 18.9 - 20.9in (48-53cm) Medium: Waist - 29.1 - 33.0in (74-84cm) Leg Loops - 20.7 22.4in (52-57cm) Large: Waist - 31.9 - 36.2in (81-92cm) Leg Loops - 21-6 - 23.6in (55-60cm) Shoot me an email anytime you have questions! Jared D. Expert Gearhead 801.736.4336 jdowns@backcountry.com