Review: Grivel Apollo Climbing Harness

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Testers liked the double-buckle closure on the waistbelt; they could snug up both sides to get the perfect fit. “Cinching up the double belt buckles is simple,” said one hard-to-fit tester after a day of cranking on pockets at Smith Rock. “The compact buckles are easy to adjust and didn’t slip at all. Plus, it’s worth the extra microsecond of adjustment for the ideal fit.” Quick-release plastic buckles to drop the leg loops were an excellent feature for cragging and long routes alike. While the Apollo is the lightest rig in the test at just less than 11 ounces, the minimalist belt and thin leg loops proved remarkably easy to wear. “I took a 15-footer, and the catch was nearly pillow-soft, with no pinching while I hung to de-pump,” one Joshua Tree tester said. The wide but thin webbing is laser-cut to match the ergonomic shape of the harness, and then laminated to both the inside and outside of the harness. Testers noted that load distribution was excellent, with no pressure points. The gear loops are covered with nylon and tacked onto the hipbelt, so some testers felt they were being dragged down with a full rack of cams, but a dozen quickdraws was totally fine for sport routes. The tie-in points have colored webbing that reinforces the exposed sections, so if you see a color, it’s time to get a new harness.


Minimalist but functional design that offers a surprising amount of comfort. It is easy to adjust, pleasant to wear all day, and has a featherweight for a fully featured harness.

$80; 10.9 oz.;

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