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With the widest waist and leg loops of any model we tested, the unique construction of the new AR 395A offers supreme comfort without tacking on excess ounces or bulk. To get the required strength while maintaining a sleek look and clean lines, the company developed a method of dissecting the yarns of the load-bearing band of webbing. In layman’s terms, they take out half of the webbing fiber to save weight. The other half is spread out and laminated onto multiple layers of double-woven nylon. The result? A relatively light harness with a wide, low-profile belt that disperses pressure and provides excellent comfort. Slight padding around the edges of the waistbelt and leg loops increases durability for slithering through chimneys, and it adds extra cush where the rig contacts your torso and legs. It also adds another stiffening element to increase support. “I could have out-hung Tommy and Kevin on the Dawn Wall in this harness,” said one ambitious tester. Adjustable leg loops and ice clipper slots make this rig appropriate for ice climbing, summer cragging, and gym sessions, to name a few. Bonus: A huge haul loop in the rear acts like a fifth gear loop.
Progressive construction, customizable fit, and optimal comfort help justify a slightly higher price, making it an excellent choice for gym, sport, trad, or ice. And testers liked the vibrant, easy-to-spot-on-the-wall colors.
$159; 13.6 oz.; arcteryx.com
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