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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!

MTDE Varonia 
£66.00

MTDE Varonia

An interesting combination legloop / bum-strap sit harness, with the same build quality and thoughtful design as the Amazonia and Picos models. In this case the bum strap is not fixed, the principle being that it can be lowered for comfort on rope, or raised to belt level to facilitate walking in those big passages that you'll discover...A useful set of characteristics for caves with significant vertical sections (where the extra support is appreciated, but also long walking sections (where being able to get the bum strap out of the way is very good for comfortable walking). The Berger is a classic example of this, on a different scale so is Ireby Fell Cavern! Fully adjustable, comfortable, and with a low attachment point for efficient prussiking. Substantial gear loops, reinforced wear points.
MTDE Picos 
£72.00

MTDE Picos

Top of the range, highly supportive, very adjustable sit harness. Very low attachment point to the chest ascender, maximising the effectiveness of each step. Very comfortable but requires time and care in setting it up to make it so. Sturdy 44mm tape on belt, legs, and bum strap (both these latter PVC reinforced). Three gear loops, one movable gear ring. Serious prussiking kit, and despite the name it is probably more suited for Krubera / Voronya, than the Voronya harness! Also the thing to take to 'nylon highways' such as Lukina Trojama, or indeed Notts' Pot!
Petzl Fractio 
£76.50
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Petzl Fractio

A design well known to British cavers, it is a good combination of durability and convenience. Its key points are the double belt feature, which increases support across the lower back and is a useful anchor for Torse and Doma style chest harnesses. The aluminium central attachment points make getting the central maillon / krab off the harness much easier in narrow or nasty passage. This gives a slightly higher centre of gravity - a little less efficient, but perhaps less strenuous for the 'top heavy' caver. The current version has dyneema equipment loops and the leg loop reinforcement is TPU (which is the same as PVC in use). Please specify Size 1 (waist 60cm - 95cm), or Size 2 (waist 90cm - 105cm)
Primary SRT kit 
£246.00
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Primary SRT kit

A full specification SRT kit suitable for: novices, those whose need is for a simple and uncluttered setup, or simply those looking for an excellent deal! NB that this kit usually contains an MTDE Club harness, but we are out of stock at the moment - this revised Primary kit includes a Petzl Superavanti instead, but is £18 more expensive. Please advise whether you need Size 1 or Size 2. Comprising: Petzl Superavanti harness, Alp Design Doma chest harness, 10mm cowstails, combined safety / footloop in 8mm cord, CT chest and hand ascenders, Simple descender, two keylock straight gate snaplinks, two Axxis screwgates, steel braking snaplink. Held together with a 10mm steel Half Round maillon. All high quality and durable gear, with no corners cut; no need to discard this kit to cope with expedition rigging, longer pitches, or practising rope rescue. Why these components? i. The Club harness is one size to fit all - no need to second guess what sizes a club might need. ii. The Doma chest...



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