Harness details & sizing
We start with 1/2″ of top rated MiniCell foam and enclose it in a 500 denier Cordura Nylon coated cloth. In order to reduce winter breakage, all buckles are made from acetal by top rated Duraflex. You have the added security of a continuous 2″ nylon webbing around the entire belt. We even added mini carabiner tether straps so you will not lose them.
Measure in inches at your waist where the belt will sit (note that pant sizes can vary so it’s best to measure):
Small: 27″ – 35″ (26 inches of foam padding)
Medium: 32″ – 39″ (30 inches of foam padding)
Large: 36″ – 45″ (35 inches of foam padding)
Women: Our belts are unisex but because women wear the belt closer to their hips, be sure to measure there – where you are most comfortable wearing the belt and use the sizes above. Most women prefer the Harness Bottom because they use the leg loops to keep the harness from riding up off their hips entirely onto the waist.
*Important: belts can go larger but they will lose padding at the hip points. The belt cannot go smaller than the amount of foam padding listed plus about 2″ for the buckles. If you can fit either of two sizes, the larger belt will give you the most padding and comfort.
Good control is essential for backcountry pulk routes. You will not have good control by clipping your poles onto extra pack loops or D-rings. A good hip belt must secure the end of the poles close to your hip point with minimum slack for classic or alpine skiing and snowshoeing. For running and skate skiing, some people prefer pole attachments at their mid back. The most important issue for good control is reduction of slack or slop in your pole to harness connection.
Harness Bottoms are the same as the Hip Belts except that with the Harness Bottom we replace the ‘Day Pack attachment straps’ with 4 buckles that allow you to add a shoulder harness at a later time.They also have leg loops added. You cannot add a shoulder harness to a Hip Belt with Day Pack Straps. You can use the upper buckles on the Harness Bottom to create your own custom attachment straps for your day pack
The Expedition Harness is unique to all our other harness options and is only compatible with our poles that have two ball joint ends (one ball joint on each end – one connects to the sled and the other connects to the pin on the harness). The harness is fully adjustable making it one-size-fits-all.