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Rated 5 out of
Dennis a climber from
The best harness for young children!Quite simply, this is the best harness for young children. I've worked at a couple climbing walls with young kids, and the Petzl Simba and Oustiti seem the standard for the little ones (so I will therefore make a lot of comparisons). But the Edelrid Fraggle is easily a cut above the Petzl products.
First of all, the harness is great for smaller children. I've used it with my child when she was a bit under 3 years, and it worked great. The webbing slack on the Fraggle is cleverly located high up on the shoulder. So even if you have it adjusted down quite a bit for toddlers, all the extra slack will not be dragging on the ground, or get tangled in your child's legs (like it would on the Petzl Simba). While I realize that the Simba is designed for kids over 5, and Ouistiti is for 4 and up, there are not many choices for smaller toddlers and preschoolers. The Petzl harnesses will actually work safely with smaller children (its not like they will fall out of the harness)but the main problem with those harnesses, is all the extra slack on the straps just gets in the way. Of course, you can tie or tuck away the extra slack. But they will invariably become loose again, and get in the way, as a friend of mine (who also climbs with this preschool daughter) advised me.
The other great thing about the Fraggle, is that other kids (full body) harnesses are little more than webbing and buckles. The Fraggle actually has some good padding. Probably not needed all that much from a comfort standpoint (kids weigh so little, so not much weight is actually bearing down on the webbing straps). But what makes this a great feature, is that the harness actually keeps its shape. The leg loops stay open, so the harness is much easier to put on than other kids harnesses (which just about any parent will appreciate). And it keeps its shape while in your pack, so it doesn't get tangled and twisted (like other kids harnesses always do).
Furthermore, the fit seems comfortable on my child. It appears well made, and I look forward to many more years of climbing with my child with this harness.
Bottom line, if you are looking for a harness for a young child GET THIS HARNESS. You will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2014-04-15
Rated 5 out of
Safe and Secure!Having two toddlers and just being occasional climbers ourselves, we really wanted a secure, full body harness for the kids. We are not disappointed. This fits them both very well and is easily adjusted. It fits securely over thier little shoulders and around their bodies. It is soft in all the right places. Great buy.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 5 out of
fantstic skiing and climbingI have used it at teh climbing wall and have had great succes with our two year old. What was the big seller was the skiing oportunity. You can attach at each hip so you can help turn them attach as well at the top of the back loop so you cn lift them up.The loops are big enough to go over ski boots which is great if you forget to put the harness on before. Little guy loves skiing with the harness.
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated 4 out of
Lion of Zion from
important safety noticeBy all accounts, the Fraggle is an excellent harness. But a previous review touts the fun of tying-in your child to the back loop. Parents should note that the back loop is not PPE rated, and is only intended for supplementary control. (It's also a handy way to tether your child when skiing.)
Unfortunately, Edelrid's manual gives zero guidance on this.
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated 4 out of
FlyingBought this for my 3 year old dare devil. lower price was on the tag in the store and we were charged the higher price but, worth it. The rear tie in point is great for overhangs. My son lets go and gets to fly like superman- he loves it. Older son has petzl harness which is a little more difficult to put on but was cheaper. This one is top of the line.