Jun 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm #1291068
My harnesses are over a decade old now. What is UL these days. For alpine and cragging in
the backcountry. Oh, and cheap.Jun 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm #1887298
drowning in spamMember
Yikes.Jun 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm #1887302
Richard FischelBPL Member
about as simple as a harness can get. the snap-opening leg loops are great. no belay loop, but i manage fine without it. Don't think i'd want to hang in it for an extended period of time. i have never tried the bd couloir, but i have heard lots of good things about it.Jun 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm #1887304
Salewa, camp, cilao and yates.
You don't want a fall with any of the lightest. A world of new sensations between your legs.Jun 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm #1887318
@azajacLocale: South West
You can just by a few feet of 1 inch tubular webbing and tie your own. I have tried it before and it isn't very comfortable so I wouldn't used it for leading, but I'll bet its pretty light and super cheap. Arc'teryx makes one that is super light called the S220 LT for about $100, but you probably stopped reading when you saw 'arc'teryx' if you really wanted to go cheap.Jun 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm #1887331
Stephen MBPL Member
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
I am not being smart but I would not go down that route, leave safety gear to the Pros.Jun 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm #1887400
My old harness is an alpine bod. Kind of beefy for UL. Looked at some of the other racing
harnesses, they seem a little too fragile, but maybe not and was hoping that someone had some positive experience with them. My favorite one so far is old school swami
and leg loops that weigh about 1/2 what an Alpine Bod weighs. Does anyone make leg loops
anymore.Jun 16, 2012 at 2:48 am #1887458
Ive seen a fall with this harness:
The harness is safe (CE certified), but the victim entered a world of pain and his hopes of producing offspring dissipated, he was bruised (and laughed at) for a long time. As I said before, you don't want to fall using a racing harness.
BEAL makes a nice alpine harness, that's the one I use, the new version is called aereoteam or something similar. 30€ comfortable and weighs 300gms.Jun 16, 2012 at 8:02 am #1887484
@azajacLocale: South West
Here is a link to what I am talking about. As I said I wouldn't use it to take huge whippers in a leading situation. Don't worry about being 'smart' or offending me as it is definitely not offered as an ideal solution for every situation. In fact its not an option that I would want to use due to comfort. However, intense UL-ers will use a 2.5oz ccf pad to sleep on which is something that I would not do because of discomfort, so it seems like plenty of people will sacrifice comfort in the name of lightness. I have used this technique once before for some top ropes when I forgot my harness. Just make sure to use a water knot with a good amount of tail to tie the webbing and use a carabiner to tie in. Direct rope on webbing would definitely be a bad idea. Having an attentive belayer to keep the rope up so you minimize fall factor as much as possible is also a good idea. If you are only using this harness for the occasional top-rope then I could see it being a good solution. I think it would also be a great solution if you were only going to be using it for rappelling.Jun 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm #1887569
Eric KrumlandBPL Member
@eric_kLocale: The northwest is the BEST
If the climbing is basic glacier/snow climbs (Mt. Baker/Rainier) then a super basic alpine Bod harness is perfect, this one looks nice to me http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/climb/harnesses/couloir-harness. If you are actually climbing(vertical rock/ice) and you need a UL harness I hear madrock has some decent cheap options, but I think you should save up your cash and buy a really nice harness. You will use your harness more than any other type of gear so buy what you really want. I love my arcteryx and my wife loves her petzl.
EricJun 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm #1887597
David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Back in the day, every climber could tie a swami belt from a 20-foot loop of 1-inch tubular webbing. Very cheap and 4000-pound break strenght, although for Single-Rope Technique (a la caving) or lead climbing, I'd want something in 2-inch for a more comfortable seat. Flat webbing would not be rated as high, but for high-angle snow where you're not taking a leader fall, I'd consider the trade-off.Jun 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm #1888768
Check out the CAMP Air CR. It's 8.5 oz, can be had for $60, and makes far fewer compromises than anything within a few ounces of it.Jun 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm #1888865
$25 for the 10 oz Coral right now: http://camp-usa.com/products/harnesses/closeout/coral.asp
Looks like a great light but functional (mostly for winter) harness to me. Hard to beat the price too.Jun 21, 2012 at 9:12 am #1888944
I have the CAMP Coral, and it works well for glacier travel (what I bought it for) or if you're trying to wear a harness and a pack with a hip belt (I have hiked the harness up and clipped the hipbelt under the belay loop). I have even used it in the gym when I was lending my BD Momentum to a friend. I would not use it for anything with prolonged hanging, or if you need more than 2 gear loops. I think the versatility of the CAMP Air CR justifies the extra $35. Plus the plastic buckle leg loops just freak me out.Jun 21, 2012 at 9:29 am #1888950
The BD harness looks good at about 8 ounces. The Camp for $25 looks like a good deal, but
at 12 ounces for small not so UL. You can sew on your own gear loops if you need more,
but I like to rack on a sling so I can pass it to a partner.
Self sewn leg loops from seatbelt web and tubular and tied 1" double pass swami run about 6 ounces, but one has to source new webbing and thread. Webbing, other than climbing specific tubular, is often either surplus, 2nds and or sat on the shelf for a long time. Thread varies in quality and may also have sat for awhile. Plus then one has to test.
Great ideas everyone.Jun 21, 2012 at 9:36 am #1888953
Thanks for the Coral mini-review. I definitely don't need another harness right now, but it's good to get feedback. As I'm sure you figured out, the plastic leg buckles aren't required for safe load bearing–the BD Couloir harness has a similar design.
Yes the CAMP Air harness is really nice. I have one of the Quartz (CR3?) and really like it. I just thought the Coral at $25 is a great deal and pretty close to meeting the OP's requirements.Jun 21, 2012 at 10:34 am #1888974
Nick TruaxBPL Member
@nicktruaxLocale: SW Montana
At ~7.5oz bit heavier than the Alp95, but lighter than the Air CR, and somewhere in between in terms of function. It is more comfortable than the BD Couloir for a similar weight. It is also very compact, akin to the Couloir. Something that I did not like with my Air CR when packed was its bulk.
I just bought one and have brought it along on one alpine trip thus far. Seems like a keeper.
Here's a link:Jun 21, 2012 at 10:41 am #1888977
David … and anyone else who climbs,
ever heard of Todd Skinner, one of the most prolific climbers in the USA, or world.
yah he had a 10 year old harness too … and it broke and he fell to his death while trying to free a big wall in Yosemite.
Replace your harness when you replace your rope, they are a team.
4 years max, much sooner if you use it regularly, and much sooner if its a UL harness.Jun 21, 2012 at 11:15 am #1888990
As always, check with Pit Schubert and Pepi Stückl books, they know better than anyone about climbing safety and accident forensics.
And keep away of the swami belt or full body harness for leading. Really dangerous for your spine.Jun 21, 2012 at 11:16 am #1888991
Eric KrumlandBPL Member
@eric_kLocale: The northwest is the BEST
I hope I don't need to replace my harness at the same time as my rope. I go through about two ropes a year. I replace my harness at a minimum of every 2 years but it is more likely to be about every 4 years. If you are in doubt replace your gear, but I check all my equipment before and after every use so I know its bomber!
EricJun 21, 2012 at 11:41 am #1888998
the point of replacing the rope and harness as a pair is this:
whenever your rope absorbs a force so does your harness.
take a fall, rap, jug, rope and harness take the same forces.
yeah, I've replaced rope and harness at 6 month intervals when I was climbing very heavily, the cost does addd up.
your life … your call.Jun 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm #1889041
A harness is built with huge safety margins, but Art is right. That's why I owned several sets of ropes and harnesses when I was a full time climber. The crag set was cheap and was replaced every 6 months.Jun 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm #1889047
Age is of little importance. It is the wear and exposure to chemicals that is what
damages ropes and such.
"Those who attended the Conference were told in no uncertain terms that the claim for such a short life expectancy of ropes was no longer sustainable. Pit Schubert, President of the UIAA Safety Commission, declared in his inimitable Germanic accent “if you want to break a climbing rope you must cut it over a sharp edge, corrode it with acid or use a weight drop machine. Everything else EES IMPAUSIBLE!”*
Speaker after speaker supported the view. Researchers from a number of university and college departments presented evidence on how ropes could become weaker through use. However, none of the ropes failed on it's first drop, even using weight drop machines. There was always severe and detectable damage (such as the tearing of the sheath) before subsequent drops produced complete failure. And the oldest rope tested was 29 years old! "
You can easily wear through a rope on a 1 pitch jug by a team of climbers if it is on
an overhang and you don't take precautions to stop the sawing action. That would have
no real effect on the harness wear.
Todd's belay loop gave way on rappel and he remarked to his partner that it LOOKED worn beforehand.
Beal gives a total maximum lifetime of 15 years for a climbing or static rope.
For their harnesses.
Lifetime = Time of storage before first use + time in use.
The lifetime depends on the frequency and the type of use.
Mechanical loads and rubbing diminish the properties of the harness little by little, UV and wetness may lead to accelerated ageing.
Storage time : In good storage conditions this product may be kept for 5 years before first use without affecting its future lifetime duration in use.
– Normal duration of use : 5 years
– Occasional use : 10 years.Jun 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm #1889099
I have known almost zero climbers who store their ropes and harnesses properly.
breaking strength is not the only relavent factor for climbing ropes. an old rope that is not too old to break yet, could break you in a lead fall because the shock absorption has been taken out of it.
yes ropes have gotten better over the years, but there have been tests where 10 year old unused ropes broke on the very first fall test.
anyway, again … your life your call.
—Jun 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm #1889105
"breaking strength is not the only relavent factor for climbing ropes. an old rope that is not too old to break yet, could break you in a lead fall because the shock absorption has been taken out of it.
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