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Sit Harnesses: SRT

We don't stock every sit harness available; but probably we have the widest selection in the UK of proper, cave-intentional harnesses for SRT. This is not only because people's needs are varied; from narrow gnarly horror shows, to tropical excursions where shorts are the de rigeur cave wear, to vertical nylon highways lasting for hours; but also because, simply, cavers come in all shapes and sizes. If in doubt, come and visit the shop at the weekend, and we'll try to arrange a bit of 'dangle time'. Otherwise, we're always happy to advise!

Size 2 D Ring 
£6.90

Size 2 D Ring

Size 2 D Ring made by Aventure Verticale. Approximately twice the clipping capacity of the smaller model Removable cord D ring, kept firm by heavy duty PVC tubing. Very similar to the gear loops found on climbing harnesses, this can be added to sit (and some chest) harnesses for rigging trips, but removed for more narrow caves. Working load 5kg so don't clip in as a lifeline...
A V Hang Bag 
£4.80

A V Hang Bag

The Hang Bag is a strong (but NOT PPE) sewn strap from which heavy loads may be suspended for greater comfort. It also facilitates carrying multiple tackle bags. The material is durable 16mm tubular tape, secured with three lines of bar tacks (breaking strain when new, 50kg). It is designed to be threaded through the leg loops, and bags may be attached by clipping with a karabiner. This both creates a 'cleaner' front to the harness (in narrow pitches for example) and also potentially reduces rubbing of the inner thigh by the haul-cord of a swinging tackle bag. Not a pleasant prospect.
Aventure Verticale Thighprotect 
£12.00

Aventure Verticale Thighprotect

Aventure Verticale Thighprotect. Actually, leg loop protectors in PVC complete with webbing straps which join to the waistbelt of a harness. Potentially useful for any harness without reinforcement (climbing, canyoning) to make it more cave-proof, and a very useful upgrade for the MTDE Club Harness. It also stops the leg loops slipping down the back of your leg... Buy discounted with a Club harness - contact us for details.
AV Spank Protect 
£14.40

AV Spank Protect

PVC seat protector which fits on most harnesses. Sewn and rivetted, this simple suit-saver fits on the MTDE Club, but also similar harnesses using 44mm tape (or less) such as the AV Muruk and the Petzl Super Avanti. Available in two sizes. Weight 170g
MTDE Club 
£42.00

MTDE Club

Lightweight and simple sit harness of the belt and legloop type. Fully adjustable leg loops and belt with no padding or reinforcement (this can be purchased separately). Created for club / outdoor centre use, but also well suited for narrow and arduous caves, or those where horizontal passage predominates. 44mm tape throughout, with two thinner tape gear loops, one each side. One size fits all, very convenient for group use. Competitive price for a harness which is very solidly put together from excellent materials - as with all MTDE kit!
Aventure Verticale Mazerin 
£58.80
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Aventure Verticale Mazerin

A sit harness for SRT in both caving, and canyoning. A very versatile and supportive new addition to the AV range, the Mazerin is fully adjustable and features a 'bum strap' arrangement, but with two separate and releasable leg straps to allow precise adjustment (also slackening off for comfort, on approach walks). All in 44mm tape webbing, with two solid 'climbing harness' style gear loops, plus two smaller tape gear loops on the left hand side of the waist belt. It also features an integrated (but removeable and replaceable) PVC seat protection. There is also a strong integrated loop at the mid point of the bum strap to carry tackle bags - this keeps them nicely out of the way while ascending the rope. Quite a low profile harness, it is very useful for those who cave in wetsuits due to the PVC seat protection and easy adjustability. The size 3 will also fit over a drysuit. Available in S (55 - 75cm waist), M - L (55 - 105cm waist), or XL (55 - 125 cm waist). The latter size is among...
Aventure Verticale Tecnibat 
£58.80
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Aventure Verticale Tecnibat

The most technical and supportive of the AV range, the Tecnibat is fully adjustable and features leg loops with PVC reinforcement / protection, plus two belts; one at the waist as is usual, plus a lower back support which sits maybe 5cm lower. All in 44mm tape webbing, with two solid 'climbing harness' style gear loops on the waist belt. Not our lowest profile harness, but very good value for money, and those who suffer from lower back soreness while hanging around on rope, might want a closer look. For some people it also appears to help maintain a more upright posture on the rope. Available in S (55 - 75cm waist), M - L (55 - 105cm waist), or XL (55 - 125 cm waist). The latter size is among the largest available in our range of harnesses.
Alp Design Avalon 
£61.40
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Alp Design Avalon

A very comfortable and lightweight harness for Single Rope Technique, made by a well respected Italian company. The Avalon *looks* like a climbing harness, with a well padded belt and leg loops, plus twin gear loops. However, it *functions* like an effective caving harness, with a very low central attachment point to facilitate efficient prussiking. It also has four light alloy buckles - two on the legs, and two on the belt, for a close and neat fit over different layers of clothing. The Avalon is surprisingly tough, and is perhaps of greatest interest for those who spend more time sitting in their harness - instructors for example - and also those caving in warm countries. Especially where cavers are not wearing heavier oversuits or undersuits, the extra padding is likely to be particularly welcome. Available in three sizes. Size 1: waist 60-90cm; thigh circumference 40-55cm Size 2: waist 70-100cm; thigh circumference 45-65cm Size 3: waist 80-120cm; thigh circumference 50-75cm
Petzl Super Avanti 
£58.80
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Petzl Super Avanti

A classic design popular with British cavers, it is a good combination of durability and low bulk. It has dyneema equipment loops and the leg loop reinforcement is TPU (much like PVC). It is quick to adjust, intuitive to put on, and is a good balance between comfort and simplicity. Also relatively light for those who are flying (although some are lighter). Please specify Size 1 (waist 60cm - 95cm), or Size 2 (waist 90cm - 105cm)
MTDE Amazonia 
£66.00

MTDE Amazonia

Middleweight, comfortable and very effective sit harness. Solid 26mm tape on bumstrap and leg loops (all fully adjustable) gives surprisingly good support- although initially it can feel rather odd! Low central attachment point aids efficient prussiking. Four tape gear loops (two each side), the Amazonia integrates with the Garma chest harness to make an effective set up for rigging, climbing, and general SRT intensive trips.A very nice harness for those wanting a bit more support on rope. Of the three MTDE bum-strap pls leg loop harnesses, it is possibly the best suited to narrow and gnarly caves, because it is quite low profile and tends to sit in place when worn, so it is less likely to catch up on projections.



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