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Gear Review: Petzl Corax Harness

If you saw my latest climbing photo, you might have noticed my harness looked a lot brighter. Well, that's because it was. I bought a new harness shortly before I had my outdoor climbing class.

My Singing Rock Guru harness grew legs and ran away from me. I didn’t realize it was missing until I went to Climb UP for a session and saw it wasn’t in my backpack. Usually, my harness hangs out in my bag until I’m ready to climb. So, it shocked me not seeing it in there.

Unfortunately, the harness didn’t run away to the lost and found. I triple checked my car. I had my husband who was at home at the time look around to see if it was left there somehow. Nope. Not there either.

No Such Luck

Me wearing my Corax harness

The only conclusion I can think of is someone accidently picked it up thinking it was theirs. If so, I hope he or she can get good use out of it.

Due to the circumstance, I had to buy a new harness. Especially since I was supposed to be taking my outdoor climbing class soon. Therefore, the hunt for a new harness had begun.

The Petzl Corax

Climbing an overhang route

I’ve heard Petzl makes good quality products specifically for climbers. Based on that, I decided to try the Corax out. It’s a small unisex harness which I don’t mind. I would say a soft highlighter green would be the best way to describe its color. With such a different color, my harness should be easy to pick out from others. Hopefully show up in rock climbing photos too.

When I put it on, it fits well for the most part. I can adjust the straps for a better fit. Luckily there isn’t a gap in the waistband. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t cut into or rub funny on my thighs.

I did test runs with it on the auto-belays before deciding to buy or not. It’s best to do so just in case it does that. As I climbed, I didn’t have any problems with the harness. It fit comfortably and didn’t ride up.

To Buy or Not to Buy

Climb the route

After climbing with it on, I decide to buy the Corax. The overall fit was good. I liked how the color of the straps was one I haven’t seen before. Definitely different and recognizable.

The one thing that I had an issue was even though it was sized small, I had to cinch up the straps almost all the way up to make it tight enough for me. Maybe next time if I do get another unisex harness, see if they make it in an extra-small size. But it’s not that much of a problem to be concerned about

Getting Good Use Out of It

So far, the Corax has been a good harness. I've been able to test it for indoor and outdoor climbing and it has fared well. I'm going to keep it until it falls apart, or I at least plan on it. Until next time, happy bouldering!