7/30/2014

Sleek and Comfortable Climbing Harnesses


Climbing Magazine announced that the new Beal Rebel harness is one of the five most comfortable all-around harnesses…“Best Seats in the House.”



Sleek. Svelte. Versatile. East-to-wear. These are the words that gear testers used to describe the new Beal Rebel harness.
“This harness looked too svelte to offer any real comfort on hanging belays and big falls, but when I weighted it for the first time, I forgot I even had it on.”
“Testers found the Rebel had enough comfort for hangdogging on sport projects and wearing all day on long trad climbs.”
In their search for the top-five sleek and affordable harnesses that lead the pack in comfort, versatility, durability, and overall performance, the Beal Rebel easily fit the bill.


The Rebel is part of Beal’s new line of sleek, comfortable, and affordable climbing harnesses. By utilizing their Web-Core technology, Beal harnesses distribute pressure and weight while also eliminating all the bulk.

Web-Core - In order to distribute pressure on both hips and thighs as evenly as possible during a fall or a hanging belay, Beal uses Web-Core to minimize the effects of impact force. Web-Core is a broad, yet thin and light piece of webbing that is laser-cut to match the harness' shape and then laminated - at high temperatures - to both the interior and exterior of the harness. This webbing, which is the same size as the comfort parts, assures optimal pressure distribution without any compression zones where the body is in contact with the harness. The benefits of this innovated design allows for thinner, more compact, and lighter harnesses that provide ideal comfort.



Other important features found on these harnesses include:

Double Waist Belt Buckles – With two buckles, the harness will provide a properly centered fit in all situations, i.e., more or less clothing is worn or a change in body mass.

Dynamic-Fit Leg Loops - The Dynamic-Fit leg loop adjustment system allows quick and highly precise adjustments of the leg loops without the use of a metal buckle. Once adjusted, they remain stretchy without compressing the user's thighs. The Dynamic-Fit system is an excellent extremely lightweight alternative to traditional metal buckles.



Kar-Aside Gear Loops – The Kar-Aside gear loops provide plenty of clearance from the body for racking gear, making it easier and quicker to clip gear.



For 2014, Beal introduced the following Web-Core sit harnesses:

Beal Instinct
The Beal Instinct is a slimmed-down, lightweight sport climbing harness. One waist belt buckle, four Kar-Aside gear loops, and dynamically fixed leg loops. (Small – 350g, Medium – 370g, Large – 380g, XL – 395g) • $49.95

Beal Rebel
The Beal Rebel is the all-around harness for high-level climbing. Two waist belt buckles, four Kar-Aside gear loops, Dynamic-Fit leg loops, rear haul loop. (Size 1 – 365g, Size 2 – 400g) • $59.95

“While hiking high up into Bells Canyon, I was definitely grateful for how light and packable the Rebel is. The routes I did had hanging belays and gave the harness a physical beating. Hanging in the harness was not a challenge and the leg loops and waist belt stayed in a comfortable spot and did not ride up or cut off circulation. After grinding the harness all over the rock in offwidth cracks, the materials held up well and showed no signs of tears or busted stitches.” --Zac Robinson, Liberty Mountain Employee

Beal Venus
The Beal Venus is the female version of the Rebel, all-around harness for high-level climbing. Two waist belt buckles, four Kar-Aside gear loops, Dynamic-Fit leg loops, rear haul loop. (Size 1 – 380g, Size 2 – 415g) • $59.95

“I love the Venus. I've been climbing in it a ton and don't have any complaints. I like how the harness is light and folds up very compactly. It’s prefect for redpointing. I also like the colors of the Venus and the placement, size, and number of the gear loops.”  --Anne Struble, Beal Athlete

Beal Mirage
The Beal Mirage is the ideal mountaineering harness. Two waist belt buckles, four Kar-Aside gear loops, Dynamic-Fit leg loops, two porter slots for ice screw racking, rear haul loop. (Size 1 – 370g, Size 2 – 410g) • $64.95

“The Mirage has been super great. Super comfy and light. It’s my go-to harness for any type of climbing or objective. I often have to look down to remind myself I have a harness on. It’s also super compact so it’s easily stuffed in a pocket or takes up very little room in the pack. Light and compact are two key features I look for in gear when planning big missions and this harness has exceeded my expectations.”  --Aaron Mulkey, Beal Athlete

Beal Ellipse
The Beal Ellipse is a fully adjustable mountaineering harness. Two waist belt buckles, four Kar-Aside gear loops, one buckle on each leg loop, two porter slots for ice screw racking, rear haul loop. (Size 1 – 380g, Size 2 – 430g) • $69.95

Beal Shadow
The Beal Shadow is a classic, fully adjustable harness for all activities. Two waist belt buckles, four braided gear loops, one buckle on each leg loop, rear haul loop. (Size 1 – 380g, Size 2 – 420g) • $54.95














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