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Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Gear' started by Wes1, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. Wes1

    Wes1

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    What do you use for a harness ? How does it hold up in the canyon?


    Wes
  2. Blake Merrell

    Blake Merrell Lovin' Utah's Backcountry

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    The cheapest one I can find! ;) haha!

    Just kidding, I have used a few, and right now have the Petzl Aspir Harness. I like it for the most part, especially the single attach point.
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    The gear loops on the Aspir (and on the Singing Rock Guru) are lame and wear out quickly. Hank showed me you can cover them with Aquaseal and then they last quite well.

    Tom
  4. deeps

    deeps

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    A good tip.

    Below is my Singing Rock harness + Scuttle Butt, worn through in less than three canyons. None of which were particularly narrow or scrape-y. I did not lose any gear on it, thankfully.

    MY BD Alpine Bods on the other hand, have gone through 50+ canyons each and never lost a loop.

    [​IMG]
  5. Tom Collins

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    Haha yeah I had the same harness and took it through headless hen and raven and lost two loops, then I lost another two days later in choprock and then the next day I lost the last one in east baker.
  6. Wes1

    Wes1

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    Never that that happen I my petzl Adjama the one problem I do have how ever is those little bungee cord elastic leg loop holders tearing off


    Wes
  7. Bootboy

    Bootboy Atwood Gear

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    I know a guy who can repair all that stuff... (Me)

    to the OP:

    I use a black diamond alpine bod. its a simple harness that holds up considerably well for the price. I sewed my own belay loop on it so it has all the function of the regular bod, but it's significantly more streamlined.
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  8. Bootboy

    Bootboy Atwood Gear

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    Deeps,

    did that webbing fail INSIDE the tubing? or are you just holding the tubing up for comparison. I'm confused about that failure. explain please.
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    The plastic tubing is inside the "webbing". The "webbing" is very wimpy, thus the air quotes. The webbing abrades out easily, or the end of the tube cuts it pretty well. But it sure LOOKS nice.

    When climbing, no one touches rock these days with anything other than their toes and their fingers, therefore...

    Tom
  10. ratagonia

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    That is what the Scuttlebutt is for.

    :moses:
  11. Wes1

    Wes1

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    True


    Wes
  12. Bootboy

    Bootboy Atwood Gear

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    So they did it wrong
  13. ratagonia

    ratagonia

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    Well, they have been doing it that way for a while, and it seems to work for them. Remember, these harnesses are made for climbers, specifically Sports Climbers, and THEIR gearloops never touch rock.

    :moses:
  14. Bootboy

    Bootboy Atwood Gear

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    Tongue in cheek
  15. Canyonero

    Canyonero

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    Yes, when looking at climbing harnesses, get a "trad" one rather than a "sport" one. Trad climbers still do some chimneying, the gear loops are beefier to hold more gear and last longer, and the "low weight" isn't so much a goal. I've been pleased with how long my harnesses have lasted, but canyoneering definitely does a lot more damage than even trad climbing. I've been very disappointing looking at the skimpy little harnesses being sold these days.
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