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Chest Harnesses: SRT

Chest harnesses used in SRT progression. Again, we aim to provide something for most cavers and most purposes, from the very minimal to the supportive and multi-functional.

4mm Delta Maillon 
£1.80

4mm Delta Maillon

Small steel maillon rapide, commonly used to connect a chest harness to the top hole of a chest ascender. As chest jammers have been made smaller, passing wide or multiple tapes through the top hole has become more difficult due to lack of space; this basic piece of kit helps fix this problem. Particularly applicable to those using simple tape harnesses, the Blitz, and to some extent the Torse.
Alp Design Blitz 
£12.60

Alp Design Blitz

Alp Design Blitz chest harness. A very compact and light fully adjustable chest harness. Weight only 95g, but fits all sizes and is very effective. Well suited for smaller cavers, those with less upper body strength, and those who like very lightweight SRT systems. Consists of two parts: i. a thicker tape chest piece that fits around the waist or lower ribs to hold the caver closer to the rope and: ii. a thinner tape (also fixed to thicker lower tape) that passes over the shoulders and pulls the chest jammer up the rope, and: iii. a metal ring to join the two, in a low-profile way NB THIS IS A STARLESS RIVER UPGRADE TO THE STANDARD ITEM These two tapes can be tightened independently to allow for both frog and ropewalking styles of ascent, and in general to alter caver position for long journeys on rope. Not so solid as the MTDE Garma, in terms of carrying equipment for rigging - but effective and affordable nonetheless.
Lyon Simple Strap 
£16.20

Lyon Simple Strap

Lyon Equipment Simple chest tape. A simple 3m strap in 26mm tape for comfort over the shoulder; equipped with a very quick adjust buckle, to create the basic 'figure 8' style chest harness. Can be used in various styles, this is a minimalist piece of kit which is easily transported and also well suited for narrow or arduous caves.
Petzl Torse 
£15.00

Petzl Torse

Petzl Torse chest harness. A simple and lightweight bit of kit, consisting of a single vertical tape strap which attaches to the back of the sit harness (uses a plastic quick release buckle). At the top it joins with an easily adjustable buckle which passes over the shoulders and joins on to the top hole of the chest jammer. The image should clarify! Some people (especially women) like this as it does not press on any sensitive bits, while still being supportive. It also allows a 'crunched over' on-rope prussiking position, to be changed to a more upright posture quite quickly. NOTE that the Torse seems, anecdotally, to fit less well those with long backs. If in doubt, contact us to talk about it!
Alp Design Doma 
£20.40

Alp Design Doma

Alp Design Doma. Broad shoulder straps for increased comfort if carrying tackle bags for long distances, single fully adjustable (and longer than Torse) strap fixes to back of sit harness. Standard european very-quick-adjust buckle on the right shoulder for quick and comfortable adjustment of stance from frog prussiking, to rope walking, to general caving. Weighs 110g.
AV Spelshoulder Basic 
£19.20

AV Spelshoulder Basic

A lightweight and low profile item for this style of kit, easy to fit and very quick to adjust thanks to the small buckle which has become very popular with many European manufacturers of caving kit. The Spelshoulder Basic gives good support on rope, and the wide webbing straps are comfortable for large amounts of prussiking. It is easy to adjust to most sizes and is well suited to novice SRT cavers as it is quite intuitive to fit and put on. The Basic features four small gear loops, with a simple low-profile mid-back crossover point. Not to be used except in conjunction with an appropriate sit harness.
AV Spelshoulder Pro 
£22.20

AV Spelshoulder Pro

The Speleo Pro is simple to wear, fully adjustable, and comfortable. With two buckles for sizing, it can adjust from the very small to the really rather large caver. The Speleo Pro also uses the small buckle found on pretty much all harnesses these days (apart from Petzl models), which is very helpful in caves due to its speed of adjustment; the caver can change from crunched over (for sit-stand) to upright (for rope walking) to very slack (for actual caving)in very little time. The tape is 38mm wide and therefore spreads and load nicely across the shoulders. It comes with two small gear loops at the front (knife / spanner size) and also has four bigger gear carrying loops which are useful for clipping cowstsails, and also rigging kit when actually working on pitches. These normally are located out of the way under the armpits. The Speleo Pro is a nice combination of the user-friendly and the technical, while still being pretty compact and affordable. It can be fitted higher under the...
Alp Design Comfort 
£28.50

Alp Design Comfort

Alp Design Comfort chest harness. Solid and comfortable chest harness, which nonetheless gives good freedom of movement. Broad tape crosses over shoulders and connects, at the lower end, to the front side of the harness (on attachment loops or maillon as you prefer). Further single strap at the back connects to the rear of the sit harness in the same way that the Petzl Torse works. Overall, a very supportive and fully adjustable harness, especially worth consideration by more top heavy cavers who need a bit more help to stay upright on free hanging pitches. As it uses the small quick adjust buckle that nearly all modern European chest harnesses take advantage of, it is very fast and easy to adjust from very tight on rope, to full freedom of movement off it.
MTDE Piri 
£35.40

MTDE Piri

MTDE Piri chest harness (women's). Solid and efficient chest harness designed especially for women, with straps arranged to avoid the chest / breast area. As with the Garma, tightening and slackening off the harness is easily carried out using a single well placed buckle. Supportive design, facilitating a vertical posture on rope which saves energy (especially in the arms). MTDE should be congratulated for creating decent female specific kit! BUT NOTE - this harness works perfectly well for smaller-sized men too.
MTDE Garma 
£42.00

MTDE Garma

MTDE Garma chest harness. Solid, versatile and efficient chest harness well suited to sustained SRT (when used with an appropriate sit harness, of course!). Very adjustable, with three hang points for climbing gear, bolt / survey kits, or just cowstails. Can be tensioned or slackened off very easily using a single, well placed buckle. Not cheap - but really efficient and useful, especially if you are aid climbing, bolting as part of exploration, or just do lots of rigging. This chest harness has also been used as part of a cave diving harness - but it was never designed with that in mind...



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