Comfort is essential for a climbing harness, especially if you plan to wear it all day, or perhaps fall off lots and dangle about in it, and both happen as much if you are a beginner, or are a seasoned climber working a route. For this reason I don’t think there is such a thing as an entry level harness, it should last you for a few years, and needs to be adaptable and comfortable throughout. The Venture from DMM is the women’s version of their lightweight adjustable leg harness (the men’s is called the Maverick 2). Both feature ventilated internal padding, which is breathable and cooling without compromising on cushioning. The Venture is proportioned to fit a female shape with longer rise between the leg loops and waist belt than the men’s. It’s very adjustable, fitting well over lots of layers or light summer gear. Four gear loops are accessible and easy to rack equipment on. Available in four sizes, the medium that I am testing weighs just 365g.
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