Climbing Harnesses and Climbing Helmets.
If you enjoy climbing and would like to advance onto longer climbs or move from bouldering to climbing on a wall then many people will invest in their own equipment. Often the main investment you will make is in a good climbing harness and helmet. If you have hired equipment before you will probably have a good idea of what you would like or do not like! There are a variety of harness available. the Petzl range is excellent and used by individuals, outdoor centres and in industrial applications. The main thing to bear in mind is that you get a good comfortable fit with a harness, you are likely to have all your body weight held in it for varying lengths of time and often have to counteract the bodyweight of another person if you start belaying as well. Most harnesses now have self locking buckles which mean it is easier to adjust to get in and out of and you do not have to complete an additional action to secure the harness leg loops and waist belt. Some harnesses such as the Petzl Corax has twin adjustment buckles on the waist belt which allow a great deal of flexibility when fitting. You are always aiming to place the attachment loop to be as centrally placed at the front as possible to make it more comfortable when you attached to a rope, belay device or descender. If you purchase a single buckle waistbelt harness please try it on for size and fit, there are a wider range of sizes normally available in this range for example the Petzl Adjama. For the more technical user the style and placement of gear loops on the harness will also be a factor when you make a purchase.
As with a harness purchase the comfort and fit are premium in your buying process. There are a variety of helmets available, varying in price and specification. If you buy a helmet certified for climbing then you will be buying a product with minimum specification when it is used for the intended end use it was designed for. The more expensive helmets such as the Petzl Meteor is now certified for Climbing, Canoeing and Cycling however most helmets are designed for climbing only. Check the system and position of any adjustment in the helmet, some versions have twin harness adjustment to give a very fine range of adjustment. If you are only going to use the helmet yourself make sure you feel comfortable in it, that it does not move around on you head too much, you will no doubthave your head in a variety of positions when you climb. You want the helmet to be comfortable and give you a good range of vision but it is designed to protect you in the event of a fall or more likely something being dropped from above, so make sure it protects you as well.
Talk to one of our staff to find out what equipment would be best suited for your needs, Tel:- 01249 661501. Or why not call into one of our three great stores in Trowbridge, Chippenham and Bath