The Arc'teryx I-340a Harness is an ice specialist with the ultimate combination of lightness, suppleness and support. A wide Warp Strength Technology swami gives greater support without adding weight. Brawny tie-in point adds more critical strength where needed and adjustable leg loops are patterned with an anatomic conical shape for greater comfort while hanging. Fourteen slots present more options for clipping ice screws.
|Adjustable Leg Loops:||yes|
|Ice Clipper Slots:||14|
|Material:||7075 T6 aluminum anodized buckle, Burly Double Weave four-way stretch fabric, Type 66 nylon webbing, Polyurethane gear loops, Spacermesh|
|Materials:||Burly Double Weave (4-way stretch), type 66 nylon webbing; [gear loops] polyurethane, Spacermesh; [buckle] 7075 T6 anodized aluminum, Padding|
|Waist/Leg Sizes:||Adjustable Leg Loops|
|Weight:||12.1 oz / 344 g|
I've tried other harnesses out there, but in the end I keep coming back to Arc'teryx. In my opinion there is no better combination of lightweight, comfort and functionality than the new I340a harness.
Arc'teryx has fixed the lack of drop-down leg loops and added ice clipper slots that were lacking on the X350a harness, and have actually managed to shed some weight too.
The WARP technology keeps this harness so light and packable, yet surprisingly comfortable while hanging or belaying.
While a bit pricey, in my opinion, for Year Round climbers, there is no better one-quiver harness out there on the market.
Overall, I have found the WARP Technology harnesses to be amazing. They are both comfortable and light, perfect for the alpine. The i340a is no different. The revisions and improvements to the waist and leg loops in this generation are noticeable, or not noticeable as I barely can tell I am wearing it.
However, I do have some issues with this harness. The gear loops are very small. I realize that this is an ice climbing harness, but at $168.95, I planned on using this as my only harness. In order to fit a "standard" rock rack, I have to creatively rack the gear on my harness, which is less than ideal. The other main issue is, while clipper slots are plentiful, they are in not ideal locations and the elastic slots are only sturdy in the front (useless for screws) and rear positions (almost too far back). Using any of the slots will mean overlapping gear loops, which are already too small and thus losing more racking real estate.
I give this harness five stars for fit, comfort and compactness in the pack. Two stars for practicality and usage for tiny gear loops and ineffective ice clipper slots.