Offset Waist and Short Leg Loop Drop
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
This review is specifically for the XS Silhouette harness, which for the record, weighed in at 15.1 ounces. I am 5'4" tall, weigh 110 pounds, and have a 26" waist. The XS specs state that this harness fits a 24-26" waist and 19-22" thighs. I think it would be more accurate to say it fits a 24-25" waist and 17-22" thighs. When I adjusted the waistband to 26", the right half of the waistband shifted to the right, carrying the underlying padding beneath it. This created a 3" offset gap in the front without padding, with the center of the belay loop shifted 2" to the left. When I centered the belay loop to my navel, the previously centered rear leg loop hanger shifted 2" to the left and my right gear loops shifted further back on my right side. This felt very awkward and will cause a weight imbalance with my gear. As was mentioned by a previous reviewer, the rear drop on the leg loops is excessively short. The XS rear waistband is 4" high, and the elastic band extending from the bottom of the waistband to the top of the leg loops is 12" max. This resulted in the leg loops barely reaching my uppermost thigh at the longest setting, and I have a very small backside. The harness seems well made, with hefty gear loops protruding 2-3/4" from the belt for what it is worth. I was disappointed to see chalk on the waist band, as I would expect customers to respect gear that they are trying on, and certainly hope they aren't trying safety gear out to see how they like it and returning it as if it were unused. In any event, I won't be exchanging this for a small, which may fit my waist better, since the the short leg loop drop is unacceptable.