Whether you’re a 5.13 sport climber or first-time trad leader, the Jay will fit your needs—and budget. This all-around harness scored above-average marks for comfort (7.5 out of 10) and durability (8 out of 10) during single- and multi-pitch days across Colorado’s Front Range. Mesh padding keeps the waistbelt and leg loops cushioned but breathable; testers didn’t sweat out even in sweltering gyms. A large, automatically doubled-back waistbelt buckle with a wide webbing strap makes the midsection fast to cinch and loosen. “This is my go-to harness for every type of adventure,” one tester said. “It performs solidly in every arena and holds a rack of quickdraws or cams and nuts equally well.” A plastic cap on the lower tie-in point prevents abrasion on a high-wear area, and made it easier to glide the rope through, especially when testers had to re-tie a figure eight with the harness weighted while cleaning routes. Adjustable leg loops means you can don the Jay for ice climbing, too, when multiple layers up your stem size significantly. (Women’s version is the Jayne.)
Comfort and versatility in a budget-conscious package is how testers summed up the Jay. Despite the low price, performance was stellar on short and long days throughout a variety of terrain.