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Apr 18, 2011
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I've tried on the BD Chaos, and it seems like that harness was designed for lady thighs. Haven't had a chance to try any Petzl's, and am curious to see if they fit the same. I have a BD Momentum with the adjustable leg loops, but want a harness without them. The leg loops on the Momentum tend to come undone from 'doubled back' mode. Not necessesarily life threatening as it's not an issue with the swami, but a nuisance non the less.

Any advice from some thunderously thighed men?
Greg G
From SLC, UT
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I have the same issue. I'm having good luck with Wild Country's ziplock unisex with non adjustable leg loops. The waist tail is a bit long but not a problem since it has two spandex loops to tuck it away. Only about 50 buck, too! Greg D
From Here
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Apr 18, 2011
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You'll find the same issue with Petzl and Arcteryx harnesses. I have about a 35" waist and 26"ish inch diameter thighs. I need an XL for my legs and a L for the waist. Never found a harness with non-adjustable leg loops that fits both my waist and legs.

I actually bought a L and an XL of the Arcteryx R-320(?) and swapped out the XL leg loops onto the L swami - yes I'm nuts, but I *really* like this harness. BTW, if there's anyone out there with a big waist and skinny legs, I've got a harness for you!!!
Kevin Craig
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Apr 18, 2011
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petzl adjama, i've been wearing mine for 2 1/2 years and love it Kilroywashere!
From Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Apr 18, 2011
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froggy wrote:
petzl adjama, i've been wearing mine for 2 1/2 years and love it


Really? The Sama doesn't work for me. Will try the adjama.

  • *EDIT** the adjama has adjustable leg loops. OP said he wanted a harness without adjustable leg loops.
Kevin Craig
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Apr 18, 2011
Greg G wrote:
I've tried on the BD Chaos, and it seems like that harness was designed for lady thighs. Any advice from some thunderously thighed men?


You might actually have better luck with a women's harness since designs for guys generally have a closer leg/waist ratio. I have a BD women's Aura because the "men's" version of that harness - the Ozone - leg loops are way too small when I get the proper waist belt size. Women's harnesses have larger leg loops for the same waist belts.
Dan Cucci
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Apr 18, 2011
Dan Cucci wrote:
You might actually have better luck with a women's harness since designs for guys generally have a closer leg/waist ratio. I have a BD women's Aura because the "men's" version of that harness - the Ozone - leg loops are way too small when I get the proper waist belt size. Women's harnesses have larger leg loops for the same waist belts.


agreed- but make sure to hang in them as the rise tends to be longer, which can translate to an improper fit overall. i have the same problem, and the arc'teryx women's fits me better than the mens, but the rise is too long for me.
John Wilder
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Apr 18, 2011
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I had the same issue with the BD Chaos. I needed a medium waist but a large for the legs. I wish you could cinch the waist down just a bit more and then the large would fit . . . I too have gone back to a Momentum for the adjustable legs. Cory
From Boise, ID
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Apr 18, 2011
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Give Misty Mountain a call. They'll do a custom harness for you. I have the same issue (33in waist, 24.5in Legs) and Arcteryx etc don't work in a men's version. My sport harness is a Mammut Togir and that's pretty solid.

I got Misty to make me a custom Cadillac with non-adjustable, fitted leg loops. IT'S SWEET
mattm
From TX
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Apr 18, 2011
I too have the same problem and am considering buying two harnesses to get a proper fit.

Perhaps a harness manufacturer will read this thread and start to produce harness with reasonable measurements for the average guy rather than the pro sport climber. Or support mix and match of leg loops and waist belt. Really what is the issue with adding a 3-4 inches to the webbing of an adjustable leg loop?

I have seen people climbing with adjustable leg loops with less than 1 inch of tail exiting the buckle. Scary.
climber pat
From Las Cruces, NM
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I use to do a lot of aggressive skating when i was you and have monster legs. I use the Wild Country Syncro... Super comfy i hang in the harness all the time route setting. sunder
From Alsip, Il
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I also want to check out the new Arc'teryx b360a harness. Looks lite and comfy.

arcteryx.com/Product.aspx?EN/M...


They even have a sizing chart for the harness and includes the leg loop sizes.

arcteryx.com/sizing-charts.asp...

Oh did i mention is $175 but is only 360 g / 12.7 oz
sunder
From Alsip, Il
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Apr 19, 2011
Flaming Pumpkin
My vote is for the Black Diamond Phoenix. It's seems like it would suit your problem, mine is perfect in the waist (I'm a L) but too loose in the legs Evan Sanders
From Westminster, CO
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May 1, 2011
I can't fit my thighs into the Sama, but strangely the Hirundos is a perfect leg-loop fit, and very comfortable despite its size. I have found the to be true for both the green and orange versions. Good luck. Dirk
From QUEENS NEW YORK
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Dirk wrote:
I can't fit my thighs into the Sama, but strangely the Hirundos is a perfect leg-loop fit, and very comfortable despite its size. I have found the to be true for both the green and orange versions. Good luck.


Odd because the Petzl website lists the Hirundos as only going up to a thigh diameter or 24.5" vs. the Sama which lists 26.5".
Kevin Craig
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From London (sort of)
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May 25, 2011
I had the same problem. Solution: Womens harness.

I liked the sama and my waist fit perfectly in the mens medium.... but the legs were to small. Turns out the Salena Large (womens version) had the mens medium waist and the mens large legs. Yes... i know it is pink but it fits perfectly. Im sure other brands are like that too. Just size up for the womens. Don't be afraid of showing part of your feminine side.
Robb Anglesey
From Provo, UT
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May 25, 2011
Buenos Dias!
Robb Anglesey wrote:
Yes... i know it is pink but...


You can start earning you man-card back if you call it cranberry/grey like it's listed in the catalog.
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