How to find the perfect fit for your climbing harness

      The measurements give a good initial indication of which harnesses to consider from the retailer's shelf. Attention: The sizes differ depending on the manufacturer. As with an item of clothing, the cut of the harness is also very important in addition to the dimensions.

      A perfectly fitting climbing harness is fixed at the waist in such a way that it cannot be pushed over the hips. It is important to make sure that the material loops point towards the floor and that the tie-in loop and the leg loops are not twisted. How to tighten the harness correctly is shown in the illustrations below.

      Most harnesses are designed to fit different body shapes. We offer many of our models in different shapes for improved comfort and optimal load distribution. Climbers whose waists and hips have a similar circumference will go for the "O-shape" harnesses

      For those with a slightly narrower waist compared to hips, the "A-shape" is the right choice. In addition, these harnesses have slightly larger leg loops in relation to the waist band and the belay loop is longer.

      For maximum hanging comfort, both the leg loops and the waist belt should not be too tight or too wide. Therefore, when buying harnesses without adjustable leg loops, it is vital to ensure that they fit perfectly. In order not to restrict the freedom of movement a flat hand should fit between the leg loop and the thigh. Equally, a flat hand should fit between the waist and waist belt.

      Most shops will facilitate a hang test. The best way is to try different harnesses, tie in and hang out! The harness should not cut into the body and should fit snugly.

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