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.
padding / versatility / double back style / notable features
Harness padding, versatility, double back style, and notable features are shown below.
|Harness||Padding||Versatility||Double Back Style||Notable Features|
|Great waist and leg padding||Would use for trad, sport, and multi-pitch||"Auto"||Colorful; upward pointing arrow on back of harness|
|Moderate padding||Gym or outdoor sport||"Auto"||Rear buckle; haul loop|
|Good waist padding||Gym or outdoor sport||"Auto"||Rear buckle; haul loop|
Some of the harnesses we tested didn’t make the cut. Our full review discusses the reasons in more detail.