Arc’teryx AR-395a Harness

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Arc’teryx AR-395a Harness and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 92 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.6 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.6 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 53

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • A do-it-all harness.
  • Amazingly comfortable considering the lightness and thin padding, due to the Warp Strength Technology.
  • Durable but lightweight.
  • Breathable on hot days.
  • Spacious gear loops.

Expert Reviews

  • Versatile enough to be your one and only harness.
  • Leg loops are adjustable, although this may be a downside for those who prefer fixed elastic leg loops.
  • The waist belt sits comfortably and does not ride up.
  • The flat waist belt sits comfortably under backpack straps.
  • Tie-in points and belay loops have clear indicators for when the harness needs to be retired.
  • Leg loops are fully removable for sleeping.
  • Relatively light and packable.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Less range in adjustment than some users would like.
  • Wear and tear on the leg loops happens more quickly than the rest of the harness.
  • Waist adjustment webbing gets in the way of hanging gear.
  • Leg loops have a small range of adjustment.

Expert Reviews

  • The lack of padding makes this harness more uncomfortable for belaying and hanging, particularly in the legs.
  • With a heavy rack, the gear loops get jumbled and it is difficult to find the right carabiner.
  • The webbing of the adjustable waist can get in the way of the gear loops.
  • The auto-locking buckles are faster to loosen under pressure.


The Arc’teryx AR-395a Harness is made to be your best friend on all pitches, glaciers, and everything in between, and it lives up to that expectation. With a light build and superior comfort for its weight, this harnesses is designed to hold enough gear for a multi-pitch climb while being comfortable enough to belay in or wear under a backpack. While the leg loops are the weak point in terms of comfort and size, most users are willing to look past this for the superior comfort that the harness offers in the waist and its overall durability and usefulness.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2.