Using what they call "wireframe technology," Petzl has created a feature-rich but impossibly light harness for high-altitude climbing and ski mountaineering. The Altitude is light enough for racing but robust and feature-packed for all your ski mountaineering needs. The harness is very slim and packable yet doesn’t bite into you while hanging. The Petzl Altitude is the new standard for day-to-day skimo.
- Harness is about the size of a small canned energy drink when packed in its bag.
- Designed to allow donning and removal without taking off skis/crampons.
- Buckles are durable and can be operated with gloves on.
- Two gear loops are easy to access with a backpack.
- Siliconized ice-screw keeper on each leg loop keeps the pointy things outside your skin.
Update 2019/20: A new gear loop design makes for one large horizontal loop on each side instead of the previous 2 small vertical loops per side. New leg loop buckle mechansim is slightly larger for easier gloved operation. Black accents give a nice Halloween theme; it's spooky safe!
Update 2023/24: Petzl finally gets on board with Skimo Blue by changing the color scheme.
|64-86 cm / 25-34 in.
|74-96 cm / 29-38 in.
|84-108 cm / 33-42 in.
|55-67 cm / 21-26 in.
|60-73 cm / 23-29 in.
|66-79 cm / 26-31 in.
|Nylon monofilament, polyester, high-modulus polyethylene, aluminum
|Skimo Co Says
|Ski mountaineering, alpinism, general mountaineering
|Killian wears it
|Can do it all
|Compare to other Harnesses
Questions & Reviews
Anywho: if it fit, I'm sure it would've rocked. But since the return policy on harnesses is a no-go, figured I should spread my experience around to save a fellow thicc ski sister the $$$. On to find a different harness for glacier travel!
The ice screw loops on the leg loops are great, really where I want them to keep a screw out of my way. The harness' gear loops themselves aren't much to brag about, other than they're small enough to just ignore and use your pack's gear loops.
I've never tested its primary purpose, holding a fall... In crevasse rescue training I have had the leg buckles pop open, but they aren't truly part of the load bearing system anyway, so I still feel it's as safe a harness as you'll find for the weight.
The old version has smaller gear loops which can be a pain for organizing the glacier kit, but it works okay and I can always get what I need. That seems to be fixed in the newer version and should make gear organization easier.
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