Arc'teryx R280 Harness - Women's


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Shaped specifically for the female anatomy, the Arc'teryx R280 Harness for women is a lightweight and supple all-around harness designed for the crag to the mountain. WST™ construction provides universal support and incredible comfort across the entire harness structure. A self-locking buckle with added drop seat feature provides quick entry and/or exit. Stashing in its own storage bag, a haul loop, belay loop, and elastic leg loops provide climbing convenience and performance. Wear safety markers on the tie points help to keep you climbing smart.


  • Material: Schoeller® Dynamic, Spacemesh, Type 66 nylon webbing
  • 7075 T6 Aluminum anodized buckle
  • Four injection molded reversible/removable Polyurethane Gear Loops
  • WST™ load is evenly supported across entire harness structure
  • Self locking buckle
  • Wear safety markers on tie in points
  • Haul loop
  • Belay loop
  • Storage bag
  • Elasticized leg loops
  • Drop seat
  • Weight: 280 g. / 10.1 oz.

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

10 Reviews

  • Great design: 3
  • Build quality: 2
  • Ease of use: 2
  • Performance: 2

  • Cost: 2
Adjustability: 5 / 5
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

10 Ratings & Reviews

from New England

Wear all day
October 13, 2010

This harness (and the R320 men's) are deceiving in how comfortable they can be without all the padding of much heavier models. Both on belay (of someone 20-30 Lbs heavier than I) and climbing this harness really shines. Despite the $$$ it is the best harness I have purchased to date.


Awesome Harness!
July 17, 2008

Ladies! This harness is definately worth the extra pennies. It's very comfortable on- even hanging in it. Even though it's super thin, without tons of padding it's one of the most comfortable harnesses I've tried.

Durable, lightweight harness
July 07, 2009

I'm very pleased with this harness choice. I had previously owned the Black Diamond Primrose harness in XS, which wasn't bad, but I was looking for something less bulky and heavy. The R280 is significantly more expensive, but it had absolutely delivered in comfort and lightness. I'm a sport climber, and it is perfect for my redpoints, however, if you're planning to hanging around in it all day, it might be nice to go with something with a bit more padding. Overall, I'm very pleased with the purchase. (Side note on sizing: I wore an XS in the BD, but got the R280 in S, the sizing chart is accurate for this harness).


Best harness ever!
January 24, 2010

This harness is the most comfortable harness ever. Half the weight of my last one. The fuschia color is more like burgundy so if you don't like pink, don't worry. Sizing is perfect from the charts!

Adjustability: 4 / 5
Comfort: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
TypeOfClimbing: Trad / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from California
25-34 yrs

Women's R280 Arcteryx Harness
November 04, 2010

Pros - lightweight, four gear loops, comfortable Cons - expensive, pink color (although that's probably why I got it on sale...), auto double-backing buckle is not smooth

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Adjustability: 5 / 5
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
TypeOfClimbing: Sport / 5

December 15, 2010

I am light and am easy to use it very much. The touch that I put on is good. I recommend it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Quality harness and light-weight.
December 16, 2009

My previous harness weighed 2.5x of this harness. Unlike other harnesses, the R280 is super slim, light + convenient to pack. Make sure you try on this harness and test it out on a climbing wall before buying it. The only con about this harness would be the leg loops. It is slightly uncomfortable when you're belaying (the loops pulls tight around the legs), but when you sit into the harness, it feels quite comfy and nice.

Good design but awkward leg loop to waist ratio
February 20, 2010

The harness is light and packs fantastically well, but I've had trouble getting a good size. The leg loops fit small in proportion to the waist. The rise, however, is significantly more comfortable than my previous men's petzl harness. The haul loop could be tougher, too (in both mens and womens). But the weight is hard to beat and if it fits, it is a great design.

September 02, 2010

This harness is so great. It is so light and comfortable. The leg loops are just fine, they're not tight on me. Worth all the money. Best harness ever.

Good Harness
January 15, 2010

The harness seems good and at a great price. I really like arc'teryx gear. I ordered a medium after previous reviews said that the harness ran small, but I found that the harness did not actually run small. I am now exchanging for smaller size.

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xs, size small, size medium, size large and size extra large: xs, s, m, l, xl.

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