Petzl Calidris Harness

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Petzl Calidris Harness and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 89 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.5 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.2 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 68

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Good for bigger-sized people due to the cut and shape.
  • Harness is comfortable and barely noticeable when using.
  • Large storage space to hold variety of items.
  • Non-restrictive and provides mobility.
  • Buckles on waist help for adjustability and ensuring a snug fit.
  • Breathable.
  • The leg loops fit well and are comfortable.
  • Double adjustment on the waist aids in customization.

Expert Reviews

  • The harness is comfortable and adjustable.
  • The gear loops are low-hanging, providing accessibility even while wearing a pack.
  • Can be used in different modes of climbing, such as trad and sport.
  • The most breathable big wall harness in this review.
  • The perforated foam and mesh waist belt aids in ventilation and breathability.
  • Self-locking buckles allows for quick adjustability.
  • The streamlined style makes it ideal for free climbing.
  • Able to stow away the extra webbing around the waist.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Difficult to reach the gear loops in the back without having to fully twist around.
  • Some reports of sizing discrepancies, so should try on before purchasing.

Expert Reviews

  • Harness is not as proficient for long climbs where you have to put weight on it frequently.
  • Some reports of the leg loops not preventing the waist from bunching up on small-sized people.
  • Gear can bunch up at times.
  • Only two sizes, so not much sizing range available.
  • The two buckles means more adjustable parts and extra webbing to deal with.
  • Not possible to remove leg loops to sleep.


The Petzl Calidris Harness is a top choice for climbers wanting a comfortable, breathable, and adjustable harness for big wall climbs. We recommend trying the harness on before buying due to lack of sizes, but once you find the right fit, this is a good option for any type of climbing and any level of climber.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3.