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Looking for an all around harness for a S/XS women
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Aug 21, 2016
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I am looking for a S or XS harness for my GF, it needs to be fully adjustable, have a lot of space on the gear loop for a double trad rack ( knocks BD of of the batch ) and Ice clippers. A lot of the size small and x small dont have full size gear loops in the back. Is there any suggestions from the smaller Ladies out there? Theriault
From Quebec, Quebec
Joined Apr 13, 2011
321 points
Aug 21, 2016
I'm a pretty small woman (5ft/100lbs) and I really love my DMM Vixen - it's a really great highly-adjustable all-around harness with five(!) gear loops. Not sure about ice clippers but they also make the Puma 2 which might be closer to what you're looking for. Allison T
Joined Jan 16, 2016
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Aug 22, 2016
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After a long time of searching for near perfect harnesses this is what I have discovered..

For multipitch I'm obsessed with the Misty Mountain Cadillac harness. It's the comfiest harness imaginable. Super durable, everything adjustable & 6 gear loops.

Otherwise the AR-385A Arcteryx harness is exceptional all-around as well. Also adjustable, lightweight and versatile. Spacious gear loops and 4 ice clipper slots.
Shaina Savoy
From Atlanta
Joined Feb 8, 2016
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Aug 22, 2016
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I know that you say BD is knocked out of the running, but I climb with a small BD Lotus harness and don't have a problem racking a double rack on there. It has two full size gear loops on either size, adjustable leg loops and 4 ice clipper spots. Plus it's light and not all that expensive ($60 on backcountry right now).

I've also heard good things about the AR-385, but you definitely need to try it on and hang in it before buying (I personally don't find it all that comfy). The Misty Mountain Cadillac is a great comfy harness, but I personally like the way my gear clips into the BD lotus better than the Misty, and the misty is a little heavier (if that's a consideration for long approaches).
From Denver, CO
Joined Mar 25, 2012
162 points
Aug 26, 2016
These are the harnesses I'd check out further:

Arc'teryz AR 385a
BD Lotus
Wild Country Mission
Mammut Togir 3 Slide (monetarily the best deal on the list)
Edelrid Solaris

Note: I've see all of these harnesses in person although I haven't used all of them personally. I'd definitely check the size chart of the Edelrid Solaris because I'm wearing an XS but am normally a size small lady (5'2"/115) and I'm basically cinched to the max.

Also, if it helps to look at the options, you can see/sort/filter on every harness made today at: (that's actually how I was able to remember all the names to create this list).
Joined Jan 28, 2011
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Aug 26, 2016
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The Misty Cadillac has ice clipper slots. Only two, I think, but the 6 gear loops will hold all the trad gear you need. I'm on my 2nd one. KathyS
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Joined Nov 16, 2007
137 points
Aug 27, 2016
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My ex climbs in a BD lotus and loves it. Four molded gear loops that are pretty decent size for a tiny harness, and a fifth textile one across the entire back. Four ice clipper slots. JK-
From SLC
Joined Nov 3, 2012
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Aug 27, 2016
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DMM Puma 2. Women's specific, 7 gear loops, free floating waistband to allow you to center the harness. the women's medium is like a typical s/xs sized harness. Andrewww
From Concord, NH
Joined Mar 19, 2014
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