It is always nice when a package arrives and you know exactly what piece of equipment is inside, but it is lighter than you were expecting. That was one of my initial thoughts when opening the bag for the Mammut Zephir Altitude Harness.
Back/side view. Mammut Zephir Altitude has a gear loop on each side and is compatible for up to four ice screw carabiners.
For mountaineering specific harnesses, this is what I look for:
Packability and weight — it is likely to spend a good amount of time in the backpack. It needs to be small and light.
Function and safety — gear loops and buckles should be placed well and easy to use with light gloves on and while wearing a backpack. It should be straight forward to put on and take off without needing to remove boots or crampons.
Fit and comfort — the hips and leg loops should have a wide enough range of adjustment to fit properly over a lighter to a heavier clothing kit. The harness should be comfortable to walk/ski in but I’m not expecting it to be super luxurious while hanging in it. They are able to reduce weight significantly by lessening the padding.
Front view. Minimalist design.
Mammut Zephir Altitude meets my packability standard.
With upcoming trips in the North Cascades, I’ll put the Zaphir Altitude to the test in the field.
Plastic and metal hip belt buckle
Plastic leg and dropseat buckles
Adjustable leg loops
Two gear loops and four ice screw carabiner attachment points
Color available: orange/grey
Mesh stuff pouch included
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