The Misty Mountain Cadillac is one of the best rigs for multi-pitch climbs. The support of the wider cut back is unparalleled and finally—no more painful belays! I sat at what Mountain Project dubbed “the worst hanging belay ever” in Zion this past spring on Monkey Finger and I barely even noticed. I’m not much of a gear sprayer, but this one is worth it. My first-ever harness was a Black Diamond and I loved it to its death (literally) but hanging out at belays for even thirty-minute intervals killed all feeling in my legs. The downside to comfort is that the Cadillac isn’t as lightweight and packable as other harnesses, but for me, I don’t mind the added bulk and I’d much rather not have to deal with sore hips at the end of the day.
These handmade babies are based out of Boone, North Carolina by climbers who simply love what they do. I think there’s something to be said for climbing gear made in the U.S. and not just mass-produced in a random country.
The Cadillac’s leg loops are fully adjustable and the haul loop is rated at full strength. The double buckles offer more of a size range for better adjustment. Overall, the harness is solid. I’ve been using it almost every day the past several months and it continues to stand the test of time (including brutal beatings in offwidths). Also, there are ice clipper slots built in.
You can email Misty directly, and they’re really good at getting back to customers. Misty is all about customization, too. Just email and request the added belay loop, extra gear loops, you name it! So now they won’t be surprised when I put in my request for cheetah print leg loops.
Disclosure: I am currently an ambassador for Misty Mountain Threadworks and the gear has been provided for this review. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.