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ALTITUDE PETZL HARNESS


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juanito Hernandez · · Spain,Zaragoza · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 30

Hi, I bought altitude harness Nov 2016 , after 6 time used the central ring of the harness is severely eroded and with its seam broken (the rest of the harness and seams do not have apparent damage)

I attach a photo comparing Hirundo central ring 2 years old intensively used ( + 50 times) (left , white) and altitude (right, orange)

Mr Petzl France says:According to the pictures there is no risk for the end user, this wear does not affect the resistance of the product and if we do a destructif test, we are still above our standart requirement.

Mr. Petzl Spain says:You have added extra gear loop to de harness ,so there is no guarantee

extra gear loop do not directly or indirectly influence the damage of the central ring , original gear loop are useless.

I would not buy it again, bad attitude of petzl for not being interested in finding out the causes of damage of one of the most important parts of the harness ...






DavisMeschke Guillotine · · Armchair Asshole · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 225

I don't know exactly how you've used the harness, but the Altitude is meant for ski mountaineering. I've been using mine for 2 years as well and don't have near the damage to the harness that you do. I agree though, that it's a bit odd that Petzl told you there's nothing they can do and aren't interested in investigating any further. Send it in for warranty and see if they'll replace it.

Max Rausch · · Portland, OR · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 165

Looks like you climbed through a chimney. 

juanito Hernandez · · Spain,Zaragoza · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 30
DavisMeschke Guillotine wrote:

 the publicity says "harness is built for mountaineering and skiing" Petzl technical notice says:for Climbing and mountaineering seat harness. never mention only for ski mountaineering , even doesn´t mention the word "ski" or prescribe its use for climbing:https://www.petzl.com/sfc/servlet.shepherd/version/download/068w0000002dcPbAAI

Petzl Declaration Of Conformity says:"declares that the product described below : climbing sit harness" again doesn´t mention at all the word "ski" or prescribe its use for climbing:https://www.petzl.com/sfc/servlet.shepherd/version/download/068w0000002tUk7AAE

CE0082,EN 12277 Type C and UIAA labels the harness has are for climbing harness , there is no a special label just for ski mountaineering harness

I have been climbing 35 years , I have used about 10 harnesses and i have never experienced this , even some harnesses + 10 years old  I own their central rings are in perfect shape.

Thanks 


Chris C. · · Seattle, WA · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 327

sounds like a Petzl ATTITUDE harness to me...

DavisMeschke Guillotine · · Armchair Asshole · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 225

"For mountaineering and skiing". If that isn't ski mountaineering, then bend me over a barrel. My point was, the damage done to that harness doesn't look ski or mountaineering related, unless you took a tool to your crotch or decided to ski over the belay loop. Again, I THINK IT'S ODD THAT PETZL WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THIS AS A DEFECT AND YOU SHOULD SEND IT IN FOR WARRANTY. Stitching issues should be paramount when it comes to harnesses, and a company that manufactures specialty gear should stand behind its product. Just realize that warranty issues are a HUGE drain on corporate resources. Some companies don't care, others treat case-by-case and are judicious when it comes to handing out new gear. Or, bring the harness into the retailer you bought it from and have them warranty it for you.

sfotex · · Sandy, UT · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 225

I was just climbing along and the belay loop exploded on me....

John Olympus · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0
sfotex wrote:

I was just climbing along and the belay loop exploded on me....

would you like to elaborate on that a bit more?

thanks in advance

John Olympus · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0

Recently, I have decided to upgrade some of my older pieces of equipment, and during this process I came to the conclusion that I wanted to upgrade my harness system too. Having used the Mammut Baffin harness for few years now, I came to the understanding that such a bulky harness was not what I wanted to have anymore. 

I decided to purchase the new lightweight harness from Petzl, the ALTITUDE Harness.

Prior of purchasing the Petzl ALTITUDE I have tried to get informed from other users. I came across several positive reviews, that seemed more like a product preview rather than a long term use review. Though, I also came across on this post here (mountain project) with this negative review and I am wondering what my experience will be with this new harness.

If you are interested you can read my preview with a lot of photos here: https://olympusmountaineering.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/petzl-altitude-harness-unboxing-preview/

More Photos and full preview here: https://olympusmountaineering.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/petzl-altitude-harness-unboxing-preview/

Ben Hc · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2018 · Points: 0

I have looked at this harness and it has only one loop versa 2 in a basic Cora, I wouldn't really use it to much for regular climbing. Petzl has a excellent quality, did you have a bad carabiner on it? 

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