This harness is lightweight and packs small, and is comfortable to use with an expedition pack. The buckle on this harness is really, really difficult to use, especially where it is cold. I used this on Denali, and my hands got cold pretty much whenever I needed to put my harness on or off. Also, the straps in back are somewhat difficult to adjust. I would probably buy arcteryx's lightweight harness instead of this one, although this definitely works.
"Compact and light but buckle difficult to use"
Great compact harness, pretty light and very compact. Even has gear loops!pretty comfy when worn with a pack on. The buckle however can be hard to thread, if your hands are cold or you have gloves on forget it!
I was looking for a light weigth ski touring harness so I got this one because it seemed to fit the bill. I have used it three times this fall. Twice ski touring up 4000 meter peaks, Allaninhorn and Breithorn, and travelling on glacier up Sommet les Diableret. The harness is great and perfect over shell pants and bibs. But the buckle is so hard to thread. Way too small and the double buckle style is terrible when your hands are cold. Also as I ski tour I am always changing layers and it is impossible to adjust without bare hands and even then it is a fight. I won't use it any more because it is such a pain.
Buckles for leg straps don't look like the best engineering feat, but they haven't failed on me yet; just making sure to be extra careful with them. It's actually pretty comfortable and packs incredibly small, great for backpacking trips.
I bought this harness at the end of last season. The harness worked great and was very packable. However, one of the buckles on the leg snaps broke already. This may be due to over tightening the leg loops or weak plastic. Either way I have to order a new buckle, which is kinda a bummer
"Super light and you won't believe the size it packs down to in its stuff sack!"
This harness is awesome. I feel very confident about the strength and durability, despite the crazy light weight. Very easy to get in and out of. The two gear loops look a little flimsy, but I still have been using them and they work great. I would recommend this to everyone over the Alpine Bod. There really is no reason to be carrying the extra weight or wasting so much additional space in your pack.
"This would be AMAZING if it was smaller."
It's true this is an amazing, super light harness. The best thing I have ever seen for mountaineering. The only thing is that it doesn't come small enough! I am an average size girl ( 27 waist) and the small is really too big for me. I can make it work, but it's a little sketch. They really should make an extra small version of this harness.
"the best lightest harness perfect for mountaineering"
This is the best harness I've owned. It is light, compact and it does the job. I climbed Rainier and it didn't add any extra wight. I was able to carry it in my pocket until I needed it. No other harness which is so light and compact has buckles which allow you to put it with mountaineering shoes and crampons without having to take them off. Moosejaw was the only company that had this harness in stock. I had been looking for it for months and no stores or online retailers had it. This is how I discovered moosejaw for my very first purchase. They were the only web site that had the harness when everyone else defaulted to backorders with no specific date in the future. Thank you moosejaw!
Bought this because I tried on the BD Alpine Bod for the quick-release leg loops and the Bod was too small in the waist (I'm a 41" waist and the XL Bod fits 34"-37"). The Couloir says the L/XL fits 35"-42". It fits exactly like the Alpine Bod, meaning that if I cinch and yank with all my might I can just barely get the minimum 3" strap length to protrude from the buckle.The rating is because it's climbing equipment so now I own it forever even though it doesn't fit.