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Mammut Focus

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

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photo: Mammut Focus sit harness

Bought in Fall 2006 to replace my old Petzl Dionysis Harness and I've been very happy. It's a hard act to follow the more expensive and widely popular Dionysis and the Focus pulled it off with an amazing price tag and comfort. It is quick & easy to put on except hooking the buttstraps, after the harness was on, took some getting used to. One thing that I didn't realized until this weekend when I wore the harness over winter layers for ice climbing was the waist actually fits smaller than normal for the size. The leg loops fit accurately but the waist in the medium size fits like a small size. I realized that the waist tips should actually overlap from where they meet under the side-buckle all the way across the front above the belay loop area. When this happens the harness sits better on the wearer and gear loops on the waist belt align correctly with your hips. Previously, I was climbing sport and top rope with less clothing on and had little use for the gear loops so I didn't notice the harness belt was small on me & lopsided.
It is not a critical issue, but I prefer to have my gear loops lined up symmetrically and I noticed that sizing up correctly will make the Focus contour your body better.
Even though the Focus is a great all around Harness the amazing contour technology that MAMMUT uses has also got me interested in buying the Mirage harness, a lighter version of the Focus, for Alpine ascents and Sport.
I definately recommend this harness, but also recommend trying it on before you buy.

Price Paid: 42.50

My Misty Mountain harness broke in less than a year (the quick disconnect on the left leg loop). Fortunately, I bought it at REI, and they exchanged it (it was still like new) for the Focus. It is a very well-built harness for the money. It looks as if this will give me years of service. I am a bigger guy, and it still looks as if this harness will work for me.

Most of my climbing is at the REI wall, but I do some (1-2 times a year) outdoor climbing.

Very good value harness!

Price Paid: $42.50

Purchased in the fall of 2005 used for lead climbing and some toproping just to break it in for its intended use as my primary ice climbing harness. Fit comfortably out of the box, holds gear very well, and shows no sign of wear, well constructed, top notch! Now that spring has arrived and I'm climbing rock again I still find myself packing this harness and leaving my much more expensive other brand in the closet. I love it so much I bought one for my girlfriend, she loves it too!

Price Paid: $49.95

My old Misty Mountain harness got stolen so I went to REI and got this one. Besides looking sweet, it works really well. It is very adjustable and durable. I do mostly toprope climbing with some lead, but this harness does its job really well and for a great price. Oh yeah, and did I say it looks awesome.

Price Paid: $30

This is a GREAT harness. Really well made and has a lot of features that you don't find on other harnesses in this price range. Plenty of padding, all stitches are double reinforced. Very comfortable. Nice color! An excellent harness.

Price Paid: $42

Overall a great harness, but when it's not on your body the legs loops get tangled easily and it can be a pain to untangle them.

Price Paid: $49

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