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The Petzl Fractio Caving Harness is a light harness for caving, spelunking, and potholing. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, those are all names for the same thing. Head into a cave and start exploring safely with the help of this super simple and very durable harness. The high-strength polyester webbing features TPU protection on the leg loops, aluminum attachment points and Dyneema® equipment loops. The double waistbelt is completely adjustable for comfort and there to ease rope ascents. Shhhh, there's a bat hanging right next to your face.
FEATURES of the Petzl Fractio Caving Harness
Adjustable double waistbelt is extremely comfortable
Leg loops reinforced with TPU for greater resistance to abrasion
Two Dyneema equipment loops are extremely durable
High-strength polyester webbing for excellent durability
Adjustment options of double waistbelt and leg loops are extensive in order to fit a wide range of users
Aluminum attachment points facilitate placing the ventral carabiner and extend the life of the harness Rear buckle with wear protector webbing flap
Safety stitching on harness for easier sizing identification
Size 1: yellow stitching
Size 2: black stitching
Leg Loop Size (XS):
20.4 - 30.3 in.
Climbing, Mountaineering and Alpine, Travel
Waistbelt Size (XS):
35.4 - 41.3 in.
Weight (Extra Small):
EN 12277 Type C, CE
All climbing equipment is final sale. Sorry to be so mean about it.
Rated 5 out of
Augustus David Andrew Knight from
The Creme De La CremeBy far the hardest working caving harness on the market. The low attachment point means that you've got maximum grab on each step up when climbing ropes with a Petzl Croll. This doesn't sound like much for a 10m pitch, but after a 100m you're going to be glad you're not losing 5cm each time. With the buckles on the inside of the leg you're golden on tight squeezes and can wiggle without worrying about snagging your harness. The only thing to think of is backing up the gear loop, mine wear out after a season or two, and if you drop your gear in the cave you're done for. Other than that, this is the best caving harness I've ever tried on.
Date published: 2011-07-29
Rated 5 out of
Best for Caving!!!Low attachment point gives you the most rang of movement. The is very comfortable for a non-padded harness. It packs well into most traditional cave packs and isn't very heavy. I've been using this harness for 3 years, and when I replace it I plan on getting a new fractio. Trust Petzl for caving gear.
Date published: 2011-05-07
Rated 5 out of
This is a great harnessI purchased this cause of the 1 pound weight and low mass. Also, I got 20% discount. I have one of those very comfortable seat harnesses which weighs about 2.5 pounds and is close to 3s the mass. That means it is both heavy and takes up a lot of space in the pack.,,,,I prefer my heavy harness for comfort and long climbs. I do not think rappelling makes any difference. Since I am 69, any climb of 100 feet or more is long for me and comfort is important. But when there is a lot of caving between drops, I prefer this one.,,,,This harness has 2 waist straps, a large red one which is the same as any other minimal harness and a 1 inch webbing black one which I figure is designed to fit to your lumbar region and give you greater back support and be a 1 up from a minimal harness. You must tediously tune the harness following the Petzyl instructions for the belt adjusting.,,,,WARNING. I had to take off waist straps and reassemble to be correct. Get help from expert if you are not sure.