The Stratos is my go-to harness for projecting hard sport routes. When I know I’ll be sitting in my harness working a route or giving my partner a catch for long stretches of time, I don’t think twice about comfort. Most high performance harnesses pinch my legs and dig into my hips after hanging for too long, and more padded harnesses constrain my movement. However the Stratos fixes both problems with the perfect amount of padding to absorb my falls while still allowing me to twist and move without limitations. Plus, the breathable foam makes a huge difference on warmer days by minimizing sweat.
I’ve had trouble in the past finding harnesses that conform to my body, don’t gape in the back, and don’t sag in the front. The Stratos’ support keeps the harness exactly where I want it. Once I crank down on the easy adjust buckle, my waist belt is there to stay. When I fall, my harness doesn’t come halfway up my chest, a problem I’ve experienced with other harnesses. Additionally, the leg loops lay flat against the back of my legs instead of rolling and pinching into me. These minute details make a huge difference in my day-to-day climbing, allowing me to fully focus on climbing without giving a second thought to my comfort. So whether I’m taking huge falls on sport routes up at the Monastery or giving a partner a two-hour long belay at Rifle, the Stratos is my go to harness for comfort and mobility.
**Paige Claassen is a CAMP sponsored athlete who tests the gear on many of the hardest sport climbs in the country each year, then provides feedback for improvements or endorsements. This is one of many pieces of CAMP gear that have passed her test. Learn more about Paige by visiting the athletes section at CAMP-USA.com
CAMPStratos Harness rated 5.0 out of 5 stars from 1 reviews.