Climbing Harness Comparison Tables

To find the best rock climbing harness for entry-level climbers, we tested seven popular beginner rock climbing harnesses. We read reviews from Alpinist, Outdoor Gear Lab, Gear Institute, Weigh My Rack, Epic TV, Adventure Junkies, Splitter Choss, and Rock and Ice. We also scanned dozens of reviews from real customers at REI, Amazon, and Backcountry. The tables below summarize our research.

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price / weight / rankings

Price, weight, and rankings of our top picks for climbing harnesses are shown here.

HarnessPrice (at time of writing)Weight (oz)Sites + Rankings
$50 12Gear Institute (80%) Weigh My Rack (#5.5) Epic TV (#4)
$60 19Outdoor Gear Lab (#4) REI (#4.5) Adventure Junkies (#5)
$70 13Outdoor Gear Lab (#4) REI (#5) Rock and Ice (#5)
 

padding / versatility / double back style / notable features

Harness padding, versatility, double back style, and notable features are shown below.

HarnessPaddingVersatilityDouble Back StyleNotable Features
Great waist and leg paddingWould use for trad, sport, and multi-pitch"Auto"Colorful; upward pointing arrow on back of harness
Moderate paddingGym or outdoor sport"Auto"Rear buckle; haul loop
Good waist paddingGym or outdoor sport"Auto"Rear buckle; haul loop
 

 

Excluded

Some of the harnesses we tested didn’t make the cut. Our full review discusses the reasons in more detail.

HarnessReason
Older model. Hard to find. Other models had more "beginner friendly" features.
Fakespot grade F
This harness is quite technical and a bit overkill for a new climber. It's used for big wall climbers and vertical professional.