In this blog, besides all my outdoor activities, I also do some gear reviews of gear and equipment I personally use and have used. One of the most essential pieces of gears for climbing and mountaineering activities is a harness. In the past, I have done a preview of the Petzl Altitude Harness and this time I will do a full length and long term review of the climbing harness by Mammut, the Ophir Speedfit.
Mammut Ophir Speedfit
Mammut Ophir Speedfit as an all-around harness, and over the course of a couple of years I used it for long moderate sport climbs, winter mountaineering, a multi-pitch routes, and ascending free-hanging fixed lines.
The new Speedfit adjustment system allows you to adjust the width of the leg loops within seconds: simply slide the Speedfit buckle along the load-bearing webbing until the harness fits perfectly. This novel adjustment system solves the tiresome problem of ends of webbing that stick out and get in the way. Thanks to the Mammut® two-part webbing technology, the Ophir Speedfit also offers optimal comfort, extremely high breathability and maximum freedom of movement for climbing in the gym, out on the rocks or in alpine terrain.
The Speedfit’s eponymous leg-loop-adjustment system is cool. Simply slide the threaded buckle to tighten and loosen the loops. The design eliminates, as the manufacturer states, “the tiresome problem of ends of webbing that stick out and get in the way.”
Design & Materials
The Mammut Ophir Speedfit is a well designed all-round climbing harness and is delivered in a light grey with red colour. It has for gear loops but also two ice-clipper slots.
The harness also offers optimal comfort, extremely high breathability and maximum freedom of movement for climbing in the gym, out on the rocks or in alpine terrain. In addition, the Mammut Ophir Speedfit has a well padded area for extra support of the back and I highly appreciate the clean, light, ergonomic simplicity of the design.
Fit, Comfort & Ergonomy
The Mammut Ophir Speedfit feels good on the body and still comfortable while using it even in multi-pitch and/or alpine climbing. I really like that the Mammut Ophir Speedfit has adjustable legs to accommodate everything from summer shorts to thick winter layers, a good level of padding for comfy abseiling, hanging belays and bobbing around on sport climbs and a fit that you can happily walk in.
In addition, I really like the amount of gear loops and especially for the 2 ice-clipper slots where I can place my Petzl Quark Ice Axes.
Furthermore, gear such as nuts, friends and quickdraws easily fit in the 4 gear loops without issues.
With regards the sizing, I use size L and I am 185 cm and 73 kg.
Mammut is a Swiss multinational mountaineering and trekking company headquartered in Seon, Switzerland. The company was founded in 1862 by Kaspar Tanner in Dintikon. As of 2017, Mammut belongs to Conzzeta AG. Amongst others, Raichle (mountain and trekking shoes), Ajungilak (sleeping bags) and Toko (ski wax) belong to Mammut Sports Group.
– Special two-part webbing construction ensures maximum comfort
– Innovative Speedfit system to adjust the width of the leg loops
– Patented tie-in protector prevents the harness from abrasion damage
|WEIGHT (G)||360 g
M : 360 g
|SIZES||XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL|
|GEAR LOOPS||4 Gear loops|
|ICE CLIP SLOTS||Yes, 2|
|BELAY / TIE-IN||One Loop|
|WAIST BUCKLE TYPE||Quick Adjust|
|LEG BUCKLE TYPE||Quick Adjust|
|HAUL LOOP||Yes (2kN)|
|SIZE CHART||S (will fit the upper range of XS)
Waist : 67-77 cm / 26.4-30.3 in
Legs : 49-55 cm / 19.3-21.7 in
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