Best Overall Women's Climbing Harness
Fabric raises durability concerns
While other women's models are male designs tweaked to better suit a woman's anatomy, the Camp Supernova
was built with a women's form in mind, resulting in one of the most comfortable climbing harnesses that we tested, with lots of excellent features. This harness is lightweight and mobile, and never feels constraining when climbing or hanging out at the crag. It has a 3mm layer of EVA foam padding, which more than some of the other high-end sport climbing models out there. It also has a unique "No-Twist" belay loop so that your belaying carabiner never gets cross-loaded. The leg loops detach on the legs instead of the waistbelt, leaving your back buckle free. Our two main dislikes with this harness was the durability of the material, the leg loops wear out quickly, and the waistbelt closure. If you are traditional climbing and scraping against rough rock often, we'd recommend our Top Pick instead. The closure is on the right, unlike other harnesses. This might be a deal breaker for some, but for us it was another unique feature of the Supernova.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Black Diamond Primrose
Rigidity of gear loops make clipping easy
Lightweight and easy leg loop adjustment system
Lacks holders for ice tools
The Black Diamond Primrose
is the latest version of the Primrose AL and Primrose SA (our previous Best Buy winner) models, and this harness took the award for Best Buy again. It's a versatile, all-around model that is comfortable, adjustable, and only $55. It has Black Diamond's unique trakFIT adjustable leg loops, so that novice climbers can have some degree of leg adjustability with the security of a fixed-leg system. The plastic-covered gear loops are rigid and stick out from the waistbelt for easy clipping and unclipping, and there is a sturdy haul loop in the back. This affordable model is a great buy for anyone just starting out or for anyone else who would rather put some extra money into their rack or a new rope.
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Top Pick for Trad and Ice Climbing
Black Diamond Lotus
Lacks mobility of other harnesses
If your climbing dreams are full of winter days in Ouray, spring days in Indian Creek, summers in Maple Canyon and fall days in Yosemite, the Black Diamond Lotus
has your name written all over it. Designed as an all-around model for those Jill-of-All-Trades climbers, the Lotus is an outstanding harness that will fit the bill for any type of climbing. It comes with four ice clipper slots for multiple racking options, wide gear loops to hold a rack of cams or quickdraws, a 12 kN haul loop and an extra 6 inch long loop to hold all the other multi-pitch necessities. One of its best features? The "Bombshell" abrasion resistant patches, which are placed in high-wear areas. If you're tired of blowing out harnesses because you can't stop yourself from worming up another squeeze chimney, invest in the Lotus and you won't be disappointed.
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