As a skier first and a mountaineer second, it’s not that often I use a harness while ski touring. But when the going gets technical or crevassed, you don’t want to be left wishing you had a harness with you. Here are two great ski mountaineering harnesses that give you no excuse to leave them at home. They are so light and packable, they will go virtually unnoticed in your pack, or on your waist, until you actually need them.
Mammut Zephir Altitude harness – Less is more minimalism defines this ultra-lightweight ski mountaineering harness. Mammut’s patented Split Webbing technology allows the hip belt and leg loops to “split” and the gap be filled with lighter weight material for a wider, comfortable design without any weight penalty. Leg loops feature high-strength Dyneema® webbing to further reduce material without compromising strength. The result is a feather-weight, 210-gram (7-ounce), harness that is perfectly comfortable for touring and modest stints on rappel or belay. The leg loops feature easy-release buckles that allow for gearing up without removing ski gear. Gear loops give easy access to a few key items like prusiks or a small amount of hardware without interfering with your pack waist belt. shop for the Mammut Zephyr Altitude Harness
Black Diamond Couloir harness – Black Diamond set the standard for lightweight and ease of use when they introduced the Couloir harness and it has been a ski mountaineering staple for many years. The harness’ simple functionality and 230-gram (8-ounce) weight have earned it a spot in many a ski mountaineer’s pack. Buckle-release leg loops let you gear up mid tour and the built-in belay/haul loop allows for easy tie/clip in action when the time comes. The lightweight harness feels as light as it looks. It’s comfortable while skiing and for short rappels. Two gear loops let you keep essential hardware and cordage handy, all without interfering with your natural stride or touring pack. shop for the Black Diamond Couloir Harness