My harness of choice is the Stratos. In the last year my Stratos has taken everything I’ve thrown at it and keeps coming back asking for more. I’ve used it all over, from chossy harness-eating desert towers during my slam dance/mosh pit chimney sessions to hang-dogging at Rifle. Pitch after pitch it will not fail.
It is my opinion that all harnesses should have automatic double backing buckles. This is just one of the many features I like about the Stratos. It has 3, one on each leg loop and, of course, the waist. I also really like knowing I have a full strength leg loop when using it as a point of attachment for my auto block while rappelling, this gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling of security! Like many CAMP products, the Stratos is cutting edge when it comes to how light and comfortable it is, but still not compromising in durability or safety to achieve this. One place I really see this is with the four racking loops, which are critical for trad climbing. A lot of harnesses will sacrifice durability for weight and just use plastic gear loops which will wear through at the stitch points and fail. I would hate to lose my rack half way up a climb because my gear loops failed. Instead CAMP uses webbing then covers it in plastic to get the same rigidity with the reliable strength of using fabric at the attachment points. I hang my power drill while equipping new routes and have never had a blow out. I can’t say the same for many other brands of harnesses I have disposed of over the years. Also the variability of the Stratos is great. The leg loops are adjustable enough to slip over my mountain boots when I am ice climbing, the gear loops work well to carry a tool in a jam and the white belay loop is nice for locating in the dark.
Simply put, the Stratos is my harness of choice for everything from the gym to the mountains … all year long! – Josh Gross