Petzl Sama Climbing Harness


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A rock climbing harness that features elasticized leg loops, the Petzl Sama Climbing Harness is perfect for cragging and long rock routes. For unrestricted and precise movement, the elastic leg loop has a large range of expansion to keep the harness in the optimum fit position. Perforated foam padding with polyester mesh lining provides outstanding breathability and comfort when the route is bakin'. The pre-threaded DoubleBack waist buckle adjusts quickly with a single pull, and the green belay loop helps identify the correct tie-in point. Ridged front gear loops and out of the way flexible rear loops keep your hip rack at easy access. Additional gear conscious details feature a trail line loop and two Caritool slots.


  • Recommended Use: Rock climbing
  • Material: High-strength polyester webbing, Polyethylene/EVA foam, Perforated closed cell foam, Woven polyester 3D mesh, High-strength mono-filament nylon mesh
  • Frame Construction with breathable monofilament mesh distributes pressure and provides maximum support and comfort
  • Adjustability: DoubleBack waist buckle adjusts quickly with a single pull
  • Green belay loop helps identify proper tie-in / attachment point
  • Reinforced tie-in points for increased high-wear durability
  • Elasticized leg loops have a large range of expansion for correct fit
  • Detachable elastic leg loop straps
  • Gear Loops: (4) rigid, inclined front gear loops, flexible rear loops
  • Trail line loop
  • Two CARITOOL slots
  • Weight: Not specified

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

5 Reviews

  • Build quality: 4
  • Ease of use: 2
  • Great design: 2
  • Great value: 2

  • a little bulky: 1
  • does not breathe: 1
  • haul loop: 1
Adjustability: 5 / 5
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 4.7 / 5
Durability: 4.3 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

5 Ratings & Reviews

from San Diego

Awesome Harness!
November 21, 2010

I previously had a Black Diamond harness it was very uncomfortable, the harness did not distribute the weight evenly so there was always "spots" where over time it becomes very annoying. Based on that I wanted to choose my next harness carefully so after much research and talking to people who've had Petzl harnesses I chose this one. I absolutely am a fan of the Sama it does not feel like anything is there at all! I feel that the harness distributes my weight evenly across the loops and its no longer uncomfortable descending plus its light weight and the mesh loops and weist are completely breathable!.

TypeOfClimbing: Sport / 5

from SF, CA
25-34 yrs

Good, but not great.
December 28, 2011

This harness is better than most. Don't get me wrong. But if you want to get picky - and I do - it's a little bulky and does not breathe well. So, while it is definitely comfortable to sit in - it takes up a lot of room in your bag, and perspiration builds up under the swami and leg loops. I know. Most harnesses are bulky and this is in the middle of the pack for bulkiness. And most harnesses don't breathe well. So, this is probably in the middle of the pack there too. In all other ways, this harness excels. The problem is that I'm comparing this to two older alpine harnesses that were not comfortable as well as one old, and one new arcteryx harness - both of which are comfortable to sit in - especially the new one that fits since I've lost weight.

Pros: comfortable, Build quality, design, Cons: does not breathe, a little bulky

Light and Comfortable
May 22, 2008

I use this as my sport climbing harness. Its nice and light yet still comfortable enough for serious hang dogging sessions. The elastic on the leg loops help keep them in place but would not fit over multiple layers that would be used if you were Ice Climbing or Mountaineering. If youre looking for a lightweight harness for clipping bolts, without compromising comfort, the Sama from Petzl is just the ticket.

Adjustability: 5 / 5
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
TypeOfClimbing: Trad / 5
from NC
35-44 yrs

Overall a great harness
January 04, 2011

Coming from using an older Metolius harness, the Sama is much lighter, more breathable (the padding on the Metolius used to get soaked in the NC summers), easier to put on and take off, and has better positioned gear loops. There don't seem to be any issues hanging in it as I sit upright and is more comfortable than my existing harness. The only down side is that I wish it had a full strength haul loop. I'm 6', 165, with a 32" waist, the medium fits just fine.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value, Cons: haul loop
Adjustability: 5 / 5
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

November 27, 2010

Great harness! My first real harness. Just took it out for trial run and it couldn't have been better. Very comfortable. I'm about 200lbs and a 36 waist and the large was a perfect fit. Looks durable enough. I feel like I'm going to be enjoying this harness for a long time to come.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Great value

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

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