Hark! A harness with women-specific versatility? Sign me up. The Misty Mountain Silhouette Harness is specifically designed for the ladies! Women have been asking for far too long: Shapes! Colors! And HEY: Not all women are designed the same way. And we are also tired of the goddamn color lavender. The Silhouette lives up to all of these challenges, and more.
The Silhouette is constructed of abrasion-resistant 500 denier nylon Codura fabric and has additional foam padding that provides exceptional comfort with minimal bulk. Because of the fabric technology, the Silhouette offers long-lasting durability for any type of climbing—from long hanging belays on multi-pitch routes, trad and outdoor sport climbing, and even a romp in the gym. VERSATILITY, BABY.
This harness has quick-adjust buckles at each leg loop that will allow for a variety of sizes to fit with ease. The Silhouette is designed with a force transfer layer in the waist for more back support, and there is a quick-adjust buckle at the waistline, as well. It has a longer rise as well as a slightly larger leg loop, which is wider in the back of the harness for even force distribution. I could sit in a hanging belay for days if need be (but please, don’t make me–as my age increases, my suffering threshold decreases.)
With four large, upturned webbing reinforced 1/4″ PE tubular gear loops on either side of the Silhouette, you can rack all of your gear–from alpine draws to number 6 cams. In conjunction with a cambered waist belt, this design is to help prevent any annoying slippage. A 3/4″ flat nylon haul loop is featured at the backside of the harness.
The Misty Silhouette clocks in at 16.4oz, 465g and is available in sizes XS through L. Here are some specs on the sizing to help you figure out which one you might be (post-doughnuts): Extra Small: (24″ – 26″), Small: (26″ – 29″), Medium: (29″ – 32″), Large: (32″ – 35”). You can order a standard belay loop or spring for the extra one. And for things like gear loops and ice tool slots, you can custom tailor those easily as well.
Customization is one of the best parts of owning a Misty harness. I’ve been wearing Misty Mountain for at least five years now and have never considered climbing in anything but. Their gear is versatile, durable, and proudly made in the US. Every piece of gear is hand-sewn in the rolling hills of Western North Carolina, and you will be extremely hard-pressed to find another harness as comfortable as this one. And personally, any company who designs gear for women outside of seventeen different shades of pink is going to score some mega points and my respect.
This harness retails for $114.95. You can purchase your own Misty Silhouette Harness here.
Disclosure: I am currently an ambassador with Misty Mountain Threadworks and the gear has been provided for this review. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.
All photographs courtesy of Misty Mountain Threadworks.