Gear Guide 2012: Metolius Climbing Safe Tech Comp Harness

A harness that's great for both beginners and experts

Rarely is a harness great for both beginners and experts. The former desire comfort and durability, weight be damned, while the latter want to cut as many grams as possible. The Safe Tech Comp appeases the entire spectrum by packing maximum strength into every component of the still-svelte harness. From belt to leg loops to the two gear loops, all are rated to hold weight during a fall (normally just the belay loop earns that degree of engineering). And it comes in a tiny package that even first-time climbers found comfortable. “I never felt restricted raising my leg looking for footholds, and when I took a fall, nothing pinched,” says one tester. $89; 13 oz. (M);