Arc'teryx R280 Harness

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Arc'teryx R280 Harness
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Arc'teryx R280 Harness -
Strap in and climb on! The Arcteryx R280 is an incredibly functional, lightweight harness specifically fitted for the female form. The swami belt utilizes Arcteryx's Warp Strength Technology for unprecedented strength, flexibility and support. Tie-in points are thermo-formed for increased strength in critical areas. WST leg loops are breathable, conically shaped for more comfort, and Sure Fit elastic connectors. For a great intro to climbing and mountaineering in a strong, reliable and comfortable package, look no further than the Arcteryx R280 harness.


  • Ovalized leg loops feature elastic connectors to fit a wide range of leg sizes
  • Medium fits waist 28.5 - 31.5 in., leg 22 - 24 in.
  • R280 is designed specifically to fit women and features Warp Strength® Technology (WST), allowing the harness to be shaped and contoured for great support and comfort
  • X Small fits waist 24.5 - 27.5 in., leg 19 - 20.5 in.
  • Sure Fit elasticized leg loop connectors provide a snug fit
  • Large fits waist 31 - 34.5 in., leg 23.5 - 26 in.
  • X Large fits waist 34 - 37.5 in., leg 25 - 28 in.
  • Stretchy leg loops offer a precise fit without restricting range of motion


  • Exterior stretch-woven fabric is lightweight and highly abrasion resistant; spacermesh on inner face is soft and breathable


  • WST eliminates the need for excessive padding by uniformly spreading the load across the entire harness
  • Highly supportive Warp Strength Technology ensures padding and comfort by loading weight across the entire belt structure, thus reducing uncomfortable pressure points

Support and Cushioning:

  • WST load is evenly supported across entire harness structure

Weather and Wind:

  • Shaped for forward racking, polyurethane gear loops are reversible and removable; loops remain flexible in extreme cold


  • Core of tie-in points and belay loop feature Wear Safety Markers; when the sheath is worn, bright orange will show to indicate that abrasion to structural webbing may occur
  • 4 webbing loops sewn directly to harness are sheathed by injection-molded polyurethane gear loops


  • Two drop seat buckles
  • Well suited for multiple disciplines, including canyoneering, top roping, or sport climbing
  • Large width WST (Warp Strength Technology) swami belt
  • Four gear loops and a haul loop accommodate your gear storage needs
  • The Arc'teryx R280 climbing harness comes with a stretchy mesh storage bag
  • Self-locking 7075 T6 aluminum buckle at the waist provides an extra margin of safety by allowing adjustments while maintaining the proper double-back configuration
  • Non-structural haul loop lets you trail a second rope

The Women's R280 Harness by Arcteryx is shaped for the female anatomy. the F-280r is a lightweight and supple all-around harness for multi-talented women. WST construction provides universal support and comfort, the self-locking buckle provides quick entry/exit, and a drop seat speeds calls to nature.

FEATURES of the Arcteryx Women's R-280 Harness.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Women's R-280 Harness.
The Arc'teryx Women's R280 Rock Climbing Harness is proof that a little material goes a long way. Designed to be lightweight and offer plenty of support, Arc'teryx built the R280 for female climbers who don't want to limit themselves to just one discipline.


Whether you're sport climbing or heading to the hills for some multi-pitch, you'll appreciate the light weight and suppleness of the Arc'teryx R280 climbing harness for women.

Weight (see spec chart) is based on size Medium. See specifications below for size detail:

Size ranges are guidelines only and will vary with the type of clothing worn during measurement. Harnesses fit differently on different individuals even when measurements are the same. Sizes are based on actual body dimensions.


The Arc'terx R-280 Harness was designed with women in mind. This functional, lightweight harness is perfect for exploring the world of rock climbing and mountaineering. A strong thermo-formed tie-in point adds strength to critical area. Breathable WST leg loops have Sure Fit elastic connectors and conical shape for added comfort. The wide swami belt features improved Warp Strength Technology a unidirectional mesh that provides bridging support in one direction and total flexibility and suppleness in the other.

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Activity:Rock Climbing
Adjustable leg loops:No
Average weight - metric:280 grams
Belay loop:Yes
Droppable leg loops:No
Fits waist:24.5 - 34.5 inches
Gear loops:4 loops
Harness Class:No
Harness Gender:Womens
Haul Loop:Yes
Leg loop size:19 - 26 inches
Material:Burly Double Weave four-way stretch fabric, 7075 T6 aluminum anodized buckle, Vapor Mesh, Type 66 nylon webbing, Polyurethane gear loops, Spacermesh
Materials:7075 T6 aluminum anodized buckle, Burly™ Double Weave four-way stretch fabric, Vapor Mesh, Type 66 nylon webbing, Polyurethane gear loops, Spacermesh
Padded leg loops:Yes
Padded waist:Yes
Style:Climbing Gear Harnesses
Waist/Leg Sizes:S
Weight:285 g / 10.1 oz
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Arc'teryx R280 Harness Reviews:


I decided to buy a lighter weight harness for gym climbing and cragging. My SO has the r320a and he loves it, so I decided to try this version out. Before this harness I was using my Metolius safe tech deluxe, which I love for comfort and burliness. I still use my Metolius for outdoor adventures.
This harness is almost opposite of the Safe Tech deluxe. It's light weight, less adjustable, and it's not something I'd want to be wearing climbing off widths or chimneys. The thing's so comfortable! You really do forget you're wearing it.. The leg loops and waist belt are made from a thin fabric, but they don't cut into my thighs or abdomen, even when hanging in the harness. This would be great for gym climbs, sport climbing, and even trad climbing, but I just don't it expect it to last long if its continually rubbing against granite.
I purchased the small. At first I was worried about it fitting too tight since I have wider hips and toned thighs. While I do have to wiggle to get the harness up my hips, the leg loops and waist belt fit nicely. I can't imagine getting a larger size as I'd be worried that the legs loops would be too loose. For reference I am 5'4, 115lbs.

ninins670208 at on 06/04/2013

Lives up to the hype!

This harness lives up to the hype.

It packs down small

It breathes well

It's comfy to hang in and belay in

I've only used it in gym, so I can't speak to its serviceability outdoors

The only con in my book is the sizing issue.

I had to return and repurchase 3 times! Based on my measurements(waist 27" legs 19"), and trying on a mens 2010 small which was huge on me, I purchased an X-small.

The x-small did not even make it over my hips (rather ridiculous as I have narrow hips).

I returned it and purchased a size small. This time the harness made it over my hips, but was uncomfortably tight for long term wear. Wearing more than a single layer under it would have been impossible.

I returned a second time and am now comfortably seated in a medium.

The measurements for a medium are listed as
"Medium fits waist 28.5 - 31.5 in., leg 22 - 24in." This is significantly larger than my own measurements. Size up 1 - 2 sizes when ordering!
Tigerlily at REI on 05/05/2011

This harness is so light and well made; it's so comfortable that I often forget I'm wearing it! I could hang in it all day. It's minimalist in design but has very well thought out features. I especially love the stiff gear loops that are front-tilted so gear falls forward and is easier to grab when you need it. The lining is a light, cushy mesh that keeps me cool and dry even on hot days. I can't even express how much more comfortable and functional it is compared to the other harnesses I've used (Black Diamond Momentum and Petzl Luna). Plus the "bondi blue" color is so, so pretty! I'm definitely going to be wearing and loving this for many years.
I only wish Arc'teryx made a similar women's harness for ice climbing! I'm an XS so I won't fit the men's version...

Mads at on 04/30/2012

I've used this harness for almost a month now. It's a pretty stellar harness and definitely a step up from my last one. It's light, packable, and fairly comfortable. That being said I feel like it could be a bit more comfortable. When I've fallen a couple of times on top rope the leg loops shift in an awkward way which makes getting back on the wall or making moves a bit weird. I haven't had this problem when leading. Other than that I love using this harness and glad I bought it.

osa5553920 at on 09/23/2012

Super light weight and thin. Incredibly comfortable, I hardly notice it's there. I love that there's only one buckle (on the waistbelt), and it's fast-backed, so I don't have to worry about double backing. The leg loops aren't adjustable, but they stretch a little bit, which I like. The fabric on the inside is nice too- pretty soft, so when I wear short-shorts it doesn't chafe my skin.

Kelly Gilliland at on 07/18/2013

This harness is truly light, but like every other Arc'teryx item, it is put together very well. Sturdy gear loops, non-adjustable legs which I love and a very flattering fit for any woman. Had mine for 2 1/2 years now and still like brand new!

Natalie Ramon at on 09/19/2012

Absolutely love this harness. Very comfortable, lightweight and secure at the same time.

Brooke Durow at on 06/27/2011

I don't want to take it off.

Krista Hall at on 09/13/2012