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The Best Climbing Harnesses of 2022

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Black Diamond Solution Guide

A great choice for any climber, the Black Diamond Solution Guide harness comes with extra padding in the waistband. Read More

Pros

  • Extra comfortable
  • Durable

Cons

  • Stiff leg loops are non-adjustable
  • Bulky
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Black Diamond Momentum Harness

Lightweight and adjustable, the Black Diamond Momentum is a low-profile pick among climbing harnesses. Read More

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Adjustable leg loops

Cons

  • Less comfortable than others
  • Not breathable
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Edelrid Sendero Climbing Harness

The Sendero waist belt has a soft-frame construction with 3D mesh padding, adjustable legs, five gear loops, and two ice-clipper slots. Read More

Pros

  • Extra safety features
  • Ice-clipper slots

Cons

  • Not comfortable in long belay sessions
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Edelrid Jayne III Climbing Harness

The Edelrid Jayne III features an easy-to-center tie-in point, adjustable leg loops, and movable padding at the hips for optimal adjustability. Read More

Pros

  • Super adjustable
  • Great for beginners

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Gets twisted easily
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Petzl Macchu Climbing Harness

Supporting children up to 88 pounds, the Petzl Macchu is adjustable to account for growth and is great for all casual and sport climbing. Read More

Pros

  • Good quality
  • Large gear loops

Cons

  • A bit heavy

I am the last person that needs to be on the side of a cliff or rock wall, but after seeing The Alpinist last year I became fascinated with the world of climbing and the courage climbers have to get in gear and traverse these incredible inclines. Confidence in your skill set comes with confidence in one’s safety gear. Climbing shoes, harnesses, and accessories like chalk bags are all essential when entering the world of climbing, whether you’re interested in alpine, traditional, or sport climbing.

So you’re looking for the best climbing harness for your adventures, but aren’t sure where to start. We looked into the top picks for climbers, by climbers, to get you off the ground safely and securely. Here are five of the best climbing harnesses available on Amazon right now, all with self-locking carabiner clips for maximum safety.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Black Diamond Solution Guide

A great choice for any climber, the Black Diamond Solution Guide harness comes with extra padding in the waistband, ranking it high on the comfort scale. Adjustability and versatility may be lacking in comparison to others, but a total of five gear loops (four rigid and one flexible) make it easy to attach gear during traditional and multi-pitch climbs. Climbers champion the Solution Guide for its durability and don’t worry about easy wear and tear, even when rubbing on rough rock faces. However, some aren’t fans of the non-adjustable leg loops, which add to the bulk of this climbing harness.

Pros

  • Extra comfortable

  • Durable

Cons

  • Stiff leg loops are non-adjustable

  • Bulky

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Black Diamond Momentum Harness

Lightweight and adjustable, the Black Diamond Momentum is a low-profile pick among climbing harnesses. Two thin bands of webbing, with foam in between, make up the dual-core waistband. But due to this foam, it doesn’t provide the best ventilation, and this harness may be less comfortable than others. Suggested for sport and traditional climbers, the Momentum comes with a lot of extra accessories, including the ATC-XP belay/rappel device, a Rocklock Screwgate locking carabiner, Mojo chalk bag, and BD White Gold chalk. This is a great basic, all-in-one buy for those looking to get into climbing.

Pros

  • Lightweight

  • Adjustable leg loops

Cons

  • Less comfortable than others

  • Not breathable

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Edelrid Sendero Climbing Harness

The Edelrid Sendero climbing harness is a good pick for its features, rather than for how comfortable it is. The Sendero waist belt has a soft-frame construction with 3D mesh padding, adjustable legs, five gear loops, and two ice-clipper slots. Great for sport, lightweight alpine, and traditional climbing, this climbing harness is super versatile for adventures of all kinds, and would be a great addition if you love to travel to climbing destinations. While there are tons of features included in this harness, it isn’t the most comfortable; it may not be a great pick for long belay sessions. But it’s still a great pick for the alpine enthusiast.

A notable safety feature that we like on this harness is the tie-in point with Dyneema wear indicator, which reveals internal red threads in case of increased abrasion.

Pros

  • Extra safety features

  • Ice-clipper slots

Cons

  • Not comfortable in long belay sessions

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Edelrid Jayne III Climbing Harness

A harness built specifically for women, the Edelrid Jayne III features an easy-to-center tie-in point, adjustable leg loops, and movable padding at the hips for optimal adjustability. Slide-block buckles ensure a secure fit for your best climbs, and the Jayne III is useful in a variety of conditions. Climbers love the Jayne III because the leg loops are easily adjusted and give the user full flexibility without compromising the fit—and because the leg-loop base is longer than others; it sits above the hip bones, so it isn’t pressing into the hip, causing discomfort. One complaint from users, which doesn’t deter from high ratings, is that the harness does get twisted easily, but this seems like a small issue.

Pros

  • Super adjustable

  • Great for beginners

Cons

  • Bulky

  • Gets twisted easily

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Petzl Macchu Climbing Harness

For families who climb together, the Petzl Macchu is a great pick for kids. Supporting children up to 88 pounds, the Petzl Macchu is adjustable to account for growth and is great for all casual and sport climbing. Families love the weight distribution, easily found using the dual double-backed buckles on the waist belt. The only complaints about this harness are that it may not be the most comfortable hanging for long periods of time (standing comfortability is a non-issue) and that it’s quite heavy. Despite this, it’s a wonderful choice for encouraging little adventurers to explore a new hobby.

Please note that this is a sit-in harness, which should be used with a body-shoulder strap for maximum safety, especially with beginners.

Pros

  • Good quality

  • Large gear loops

Cons

  • A bit heavy

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