The Arcteryx R-300 Harness. The R300 offers sport and trad climbers the ideal combination of lightness, suppleness and support. A wider swami utilizes Warp Strength technology (WST) for greater support without adding weight. Beefier tie-in point adds more strength to a critical area of the harness. WST leg loops have Sure Fit elastic connectors to fit a variety of leg sizes, and are patterned with a new conical shape for greater comfort while hanging. Four gear loops and a haul loop make racking-up for multipitch routes simple.
Combining lightness, suppleness and support, the Arc'teryx R300 climbing harness is well suited for alpine climbing and trad climbing.
Weight (see spec chart) based on size Medium.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.
|Adjustable leg loops:||31 - 34.5 inches|
|Droppable leg loops:||34 - 38 inches|
|Harness Class:||Rock Climbing|
|Leg loop size:||26.5 - 29.5 inches|
|Material:||7075 T6 aluminum anodized buckles, Burly Double Weave four way stretch fabric, 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:||28.5 - 31.5 inches|
|Weight:||310 g / 10.9 oz|
Arcteryx has done it again with an amazing design. In the last year we've seen a lot of harnesses appear on the market with minimal padding. Of these, I've found the R300 to be one of the most comfortable. However, the truth behind the matter is that with a lack of padding - or no padding in the case of the R300, comes some lack of comfort. Having experienced several hanging belays in the harness, I'd say that the harness is adequate, but not nearly as comfortable as more padded harnesses I've worn. the most comfortable harness I've worn for such belays is the Petzl Calidris. After 15 minutes or more in the R300 you will definitely be aware of it's presence. the wide Belt and leg loops do a good job of spreading out pressure zones, but even my first bod harness 20 years ago was more comfortable. While climbing you won't even know you're wearing this however...
I was a bit skeptical on the support and comfort level when first seeing the design and minimalism of this harness; but my doubts were shattered once I understood how they were made and felt how they fit. The 'Warp Strength' design is unique and superior to other harness designs, essentially cradling your legs and evenly distributing force the same way a loungy hammock would. This thing is super light yet super strong. I barely felt like I had anything on and imagine a lengthy belay would prove more comfortable in this harness than most: especially when belaying on the 3rd pitch of a 5 pitch climb. If you plan on spending most of your spring/summer/fall on a rock or in a gym, get one, you won't be disappointed.
Super comfortable harness. When hanging the pressure is distributed evenly across the harness, making it super comfortable. I am 6'3" with a 34" waist and I have a large. Probably could squeeze into a medium, but the large is not "too" large. As I said, there are zero uncomfortable/restricting pressure points ANYWHERE when worn properly. Very lightweight and hardly noticeable when climbing. It's had a long life so far and the wear-warning marks arent anywhere near showing. This is a highest quality harness and is well worth the extra money vs. what you would spend on a budget harness. Would recommend to anyone!
This harness is great. Truthfully I have yet to have a chance to try it in the field but I am very impressed so far. When I first put the harness on I was impressed by how snug everything stayed around my body. Harness companies are always touting their new harnesses as "so comfortable you'll forget you're wearing it." this is the first time I've ever actually thought that. the warp-strength technology really enables them to make a harness that lies flat, I can only imagine how comfortable it would make this harness for a day of ski-touring or all-day cragging.
This thing is incredibly light and comfortable. As a smaller male, harnesses can feel really bulky on me, but this one hardly feels like it's there. I didn't realize how thin the back padding was, but the suspension system pulls in all the right places and hanging for long periods of time didn't bother me. My thighs are pretty thin and the leg loops seemed incredibly small at first, but they aren't a problem.
As per usual, the top-tier price comes with top-tier quality from Arc'teryx and I have no remorse spending a few dollars extra on this harness.
Great Harness. Have had it for about 3 months now. Very very comfortable weight distribution, even on long belays. Came from an older version of the Petzl Hirundos which was great, but this R300 is almost just as light (exactly the same I believe?), and much more comfortable in my opinion. Had a large in the Petzl and tried a Medium in the R300 as the Petzl was a little loose. Had to return it for a large, which cinches down much nicer than the petzl. I'm 6'1" and 180 pounds.
Don't expect the performance of a fully padded harness from this one. Having said that, the R300 is incredibly comfortable for a lightweight. The gear loops are bit of a compromise since they lack the rigidity of solid plastic loops found on typical rock harnesses. It took several leading sessions for me to develop enough dexterity to pluck gear quickly from the loops. Overall a great light-weight, low-bulk piece of gear.
This harness rocks. Very light, Very comfy, all wrapped up in a great design. The gear loops were great, supportive, and held a bunch of gear.
The only downside i noticed is the leg loops don't fit snug on my legs, they kind of flare out when the harness is not loaded. I noticed this visually, not physically, so it did not effect how the harness performed, or the comfort level.
I absolutely loved my burngundy and grey R320 that I wore for the better part of a year of full-time climbing until I ground the waistbelt down to the orange warning fabric on a lovely 35 meter sandstone flare. That old R320 saw me through many routes and pitches, carrying Bugaboo alpine racks, Indian Creek racks, grade IV Valley racks with comfort and support.
When I wore that old friend down, I immediately purchased the new R300 (orange and grey) and noticed that the leg loops were a bit tighter but no big deal, right? It didn't take long to find that the new model didn't quite offer the support of the old version. The support for gear loops (a seam along the length of the waistbelt) has been redesigned. The old model had a seam that was straight across the waistbelt, and the new seam is contoured. On my body, with a Creek rack, the new R320 creases along the seam and is subsequently much less supportive at hanging belays than the old model. The difference was so dramatic that I had to retire the R300 after a couple of months because I couldn't get used to the discomfort. Once the waistbelt had creased, the crease became permanent.
I still have my old R320 and checked the waistbelt to make sure I wasn't hallucinating, and indeed the old harness has a completely intact and uncreased waistband after 10 months of hard use, whereas the newer R300 is creased after only a couple months of climbing.
i found this harness on sale and had heard great things, so i gave it a try. it really is a nice harness. it's very light, easily packable and distributes weight evenly.
however, the gear loops have come apart on me a couple times. they're easy enough to put back together, but it's annoying. a sterotypical looking climber would be happy with these leg loops. i have pretty big thighs though, and the initial stretch/break-in period was annoying. but the loops fit fine now, and i even wore them ice climbing. i would prefer an adjustable leg loop though. finally, the material of this harness can get a bit toasty during muggy climbing sessions. i'd be interested trying one of their other harness that has mesh material on the legs.