Petzl Sama Harness - Men's
Petzl uses perforated foam padding and a mesh lining to make the Sama Harness incredibly breathable and to help you stay comfortable on really hot days. Of course, the Sama Harness keeps all the features that make Petzl harnesses so popular. The pre-threaded DoubleBack buckle adjusts quickly without the need to re-thread. Elastic leg loops stay in place while you heel hook your way to the anchors, and they also drop to let you take care of business on a long climb.
- DoubleBack buckles for fast and easy size adjustment
- Perforated foam keeps you comfortable without compromising breathability
- Four gear loops to hold everything you need on a long trad route
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March 13, 2009
This harness is extremely light and comfortable. You can climb all day and completely forget you have it on. Plenty of room to stash your gear. Most of all without all the extra buckles, it never gets tangled so it goes on and off really easily which is nice if you also go to the gym.
The only thing to be careful of is since it doesn't have leg adjustments you want to make sure you get the right size. While I could probably get away with a small in most other harnesses I needed a medium with this one to make sure the leg loops weren't too tight. So if you are right in between two sizes. Go larger.
I am stressed with the sizing! I am 90lbs and about 5'1.
I am stressed with the sizing! I am 90lbs and about 5'1. i bought a S size Selena online (female version of Sama) but my waist is just at the borderline of the allowance (S Selena waist is 23.5-28' and my waist is 27.5'). I dont know if it is a design fault - but when i center the belay loop, with the waist belt pulled almost as tight as maximum, the back is off center a bit. I imagine if i wear a little extra clothing for cold days, or put on an extra couple pounds, I would have to loosen the belt of which then the back will be totally off centered. The leg loops fit comfortably though.
I would rather stay with the female version to try a M Selena but wondering if the S Sama will fit better (because the S Sama has the same leg loops as the S Selena whereas the M Selena has bigger leg loops than S Sama and S Selena)
Are there any female climbers who has tried the S Sama and found it a good fit?
Unfortunately, I cant get access to a store to try them on!
May 11, 2012
By: James Simmons
April 2, 2009
Super fun route. Sama was there for a comfortable catch every time my fingers went numb.
Light, comfortable, functional - Awesome.
June 29, 2009
I *love* this harness. I'm 5'9", 140 pounds, 30" waist, enjoy long walks on the beach and I wear a Medium in the Sama (and in the Petzl Hirundos.)
I have this year's Sama and this year's Hirundos. They share the same Frame construction that lightens the harness, keeps things comfortable and provides great ventilation. I got the Sama after I had the Hirundos for a while because I wanted something that would be more comfortable for long project-hangdogging or belaying sessions. It fits that bill perfectly.
My sizing experience echos a lot of people's here: I wear the waist-strap pulled through the speed buckle until the buckle is barely touching the other side of the waist-padding. That way, the harness is symmetrical side to side, so my gearloops aren't shifted to one side at all.
With that fit, the leg loops feel snug when you first pull the harness on, but your awareness of the legloops disappears 2 minutes later (that means they fit perfectly.) If you've got Clydesdale thighs, you'll want to go for the adjustable legloops on the Adjama harness.
I've hangdogged in this, taken big whippers, caught big whippers, belayed someone for 60 minutes on a 9 bolt sport route (looking at you, Andy), worn it all day then gotten half-way back to the car before I remembered I had it on. I *never* got that level of comfort with the Black Diamond harness I used to have, honestly.
The description says sandstone/gray, but the picture looks more
The description says sandstone/gray, but the picture looks more of a red and black. There is another Sama that some call orange or burnt orange, and sandstone/gray seems to be describing that one. Is this harness in the picture actually the sandstone and gray?
By: John Meckle
December 8, 2011
The harness is red and orange only
By: Zach Levy
April 17, 2012
June 11, 2012
I was really concerned about the purchase of my 1st harness, especially without getting to try it on first. I'm very glad I took the advice of other reviewers and ordered this one. It fits great and was very comfortable on some 135' rappels yesterday. I'm a 5'9" 220lb. weightlifter. The leg straps were a little snug but I made a final adjustment to them right before starting the rappel and never had to think of them again. I definitely recommend this product.
Hardest 12c in the world!!!
By: James Simmons
April 2, 2009
Haha okay probably not, but I did five 5.13a's before I sent this route! The petzl sama was an extremely comfortable catch for all the times I fell when I shouldn't of.
December 29, 2008
It's all about weight these days, and to choose light weight over comfort is very common. This isn't the lightest harness on the market but it is one of the most comfortable. The difference would be forgetting to get a couple of pennies out of your pocket. Think about that the next time you check the gram weight of a harness!!!!
im new to climbing so here it goes... Im about 5'5, 160lbs
im new to climbing so here it goes... Im about 5'5, 160lbs and my waist is 33in. but my thighs are about 24in around. would this harness fit well with the elastic leg loops?? if so, what size do you think?
March 20, 2011
Great Investment for ANY experience level
April 2, 2009
If your just getting into climbing and your looking for a great harness at an affordable price you came to the right place. If your not use to how a climbing harness feels, the Sama is a very comfortable break in to the climbing world. If you are a seasoned climber looking for something comfy to sit in while your working your project or while bolting something new the Sama is extremely comfortable and can definitely keep you hanging comfy while workin out a crux sequence. I use this harness for working projects and redpoint in the super light Petzl Hirundos. Sizing on this harness runs pretty true to size, however if your bordering the sizing chart you can size up or down depending on preference. For example, I have size 28 waist but I where a size medium in this harness because I am not looking for an aggressive fit, even though the sizing says I could fit as low as an XS. Hope this was helpful.
April 19, 2012
Exp. level - Beginner to Intermediate
I bought an inexpensive Mammut harness off steepandcheap to start out and that thing pinched my legs and my 'boys' somethin' fierce when hanging (or holding a hanging climber on belay), no matter what adustments I made to it.
I am absolutely hooked on climbing, so I looked at buying a better harness. I researched like crazy and this is the one I ended up going with. When I shop, I sort by reviews, not price - this thing came highly recommended and with good reason. After 4 months of use twice a week at the gym... here's what I have:
Favorite things about this:
- Comfy! I forget that I am wearing it most days and end up walking out of the gym with it on
- No leg pinch - long hangs or belays, does not bind or pinch
- Good room for your meat and two veg
- Quick... slip on and go, no adjusting this that and the other
- DURABLE - this thing is indestructable
- Nothing so far... its a beast!
**One piece of advice, if you have tree trunks for legs, buy a different harness. This is made for people with average to smaller/skinnier legs. If your thighs are like Captain America, probably wanna go with something that adjusts to give you more room.**
I am planning on skiing with this harness with hiking, some belay
I am planning on skiing with this harness with hiking, some belay and short repels. Is this the right harness for me?
January 11, 2011
Actually I'd suggest something more like the Petzl Pandion (PTZ0086). Snow and mesh-style padding don't get along.
Check it out! There is the harness category dedicated to lightweight alpine style travel.
By: Cory Guru
January 11, 2011
March 22, 2012
Have taken some good falls in this harness, and felt safe and secure. It was comfortable, it was very evenly distributed. no adjustable leg loops, but if its all you do is climb in the summer on nice days and don't have to adjust for anything its great. Its light, packs small, and actually is surprisingly durable! I have no doubt its got a ton of life left. loops hang down nice and don't get in the way.
Comfort That Got Me On Rope More.
Casey "Wayne" Christoffersen
March 30, 2012
As far as comfort goes, this thing is like falling into a seat made out of baby ducks (and holy breathable batman, wear this puppy on the really warm days and you are still comfortable). With only the one speed buckle, and elastic leg loops this is a great sport harness. It's quick and easy to take on and off, minimalist and light weight. This harness knows what it's made for and meets all your needs in a sport harness.
is the color offered red/orange or beige?
is the color offered red/orange or beige?
November 16, 2010
I would suggest clicking the "chat now" button above and asking a live rep. "Sandstone" to me sounds like the beige color. The 2 uploaded pictures and REI's listing of the product would concur. However, Petzl's website lists it in the same confusing fashion. If you ask a rep nicely during regular business hours, they can have someone in the warehouse check for you!
I hope this helps a little.
November 17, 2010
November 7, 2011
Just started climbing, and wanted my own harness so i wouldn't have to bum other folks gear. Really satisfied with it for the price. A solid piece of gear. Isn't either to basic where I won't be able to expand my use of it. For sure recommend.
the best harness iv ever owned
September 22, 2011
the sama harness is unreal. i'm a route setter for one of the local gyms so i'm in my harness all the time, with one of my older black diamond ones i would always get a sweat band where the harness was. with the wide lag lops and padding its supper comfy and can site suspended for quight some time with out my lags falling asleep. super fast to get on and light wait. over all climbing in it i never notes it. only one ill buy any more
When this one wears out, will buy another
August 16, 2011
Super comfy, the fixed leg loops are super easy, has enough gear loops, vents well, and rarely requires readjusting when hanging as did my previous harness (dude's will get that). One of the gear loops came loose so that it lost its rigidity over time, but everything else is in good shape. When it comes time to replace this in a few years, I'm sure I'll just get another as it will be a tough one to beat.
IM CONFUSED! The color that you are selling is the orange or
The color that you are selling is the orange or the kind of beige??
By: Perla Karina
September 23, 2009
Petzl has it listed in the same confusing manner on their website too. The two uploaded photos make it look like the beige color, but I would recommend opening a live chat window and asking a sales rep to be certain.
November 17, 2010
14 in stock only color available is the Sandstone/Gray
September 25, 2009
August 7, 2011
If you're looking for a lightweight, but not super light-weight, harness this is the one. It has minimal padding, but the height of the waist has been increased to add some additional comfort. Gear loops are good as are the slots for ice clips. I have medium legs and the leg loops fit perfect. I don't think it would be uncomfortable if they were tighter and a little more loose would be fine too. I have a 35" waist and the size Large fits perfect. A little room is available should I go up or down in waist size, or want to use it over winter gear when ice climbing. It packs down small so it doesn't take up much room in the pack. The quality you expect from Petzl is there, nothing that needs to be fixed or changed.
Gets the job done
March 22, 2011
I've been using this harness for a while and still love it. I wouldn't want to hang all day in it, but for anything up to 2-3 pitch sport or trad routes, this guy is awesome.
Comfort + Safety = Heart
March 25, 2011
After pouring over reviews I chose to go with the Sama and have zero regrets. I'm a newer climber so It's mostly seen gym use but in/outdoors this harness is rad. The Sama has a very light weight construction and ample padding with good breathability. I'm a big fan of the non-adjustable legs in combination with double back buckle- this pretty much reduces a safety check to "is it on?" Which as it turns out is important, because, you'll forget you're wearing it.
My brother is 13 and wants to begin climbing, is this harness
My brother is 13 and wants to begin climbing, is this harness a good starter one, or should we go kid size?
May 22, 2009
This is a good harness for that. As far as a kids size i doubt it but you didnt tell us how big your brother is the S will go down to a 25 inch waist.
By: Vern Nelson Jr.
May 23, 2009
November 16, 2010
Very light and does the job. Great buy! I'm 180 - 6' 32 waste with sorta small legs and the Med fits great.
Nice Harness, but not so great for Trad
July 11, 2010
Overall, this is a good harness, however, the sizing is a bit off for me. My old Petzl harnesses, in size Medium, fit me perfectly. The Sama still fits good in the legs, but I can't get the waist quite tight enough to be comfortable when I'm racking trad gear on it. I'm also not a big fan of the gear loop design. I much prefer the semi-molded gear loops of the Black Diamond Chaos, which I use most of the time. For really hot sport-climbing days, the Sama is a great choice, if it fits your waist. If you're looking for a trad harness and/or spend a lot of time at hanging belays, check out the BD Chaos.
June 4, 2010
Everyone has said it all before, awesome, lightweight, and incredibly comfortable. LOVE IT.
would this be good if im getting started on rock climbing in
would this be good if im getting started on rock climbing in a gym?... im 6' 6 ... and weight about 225, it would be i guess 80% on the gym climbing and belaying
By: Tonatiuh Fernandez
May 7, 2009
yes, I know some people that wish they got this harness before any other one. Just make sure to get the leg loop sizing right many people get it wrong. If your legs aren't proportional then it is better to get another harness with adjustable loops
By: Andrew Wilkinson
May 7, 2009
Great overall harness!
May 31, 2010
I'm new to climbing and this was the first harness i've purchased, but compared to harnesses i've borrowed and rented this one does not even compare! The waist band is light and the leg loops are fairly comfortable. I'm a kind of a big guy so my gear loops are slightly off center but it isnt a major problem. This is a great harness for the money!
Nice, but Gear Loops Are Too Soft
April 23, 2010
This is a very comfortable harness. The only downside is the gear loops. They are floppy and soft and, in my opinion, a step backwards from the older rigid Petzl loops. I understand why they changed them, but my older harnesses with rigid loops never bothered me and made it much easier to clip and unclip. If Petzl went back to rigid (and oversized) loops, I would give it 5-stars. Otherwise, very comfortable and light, and the tie-in points are bomber.
March 22, 2010
I've been through the basic BD Momentum and also the Adjama. This thing ROCKS.
It fits well around the waist (got a Large and i'm about a 34'') and the leg loops are what make this thing awesome. All adjustable leg loops, once adjusted, only stay at one size. But your legs expand and contact depending on certain movements you make while climbing. Although the Sama's leg loops are "adjustable", they do stretch and that means they are more likely to accommodate your legs while you climb.
The Sama is the most comfortable harness I've worn to date!
how well does it work for a hanging belay. my momentum al starts
how well does it work for a hanging belay. my momentum al starts to hurt after about 5-10 min in a sittin belay so.. how does this one compair?
March 19, 2009
I think it is more comfortable than your momentum, but you can always get a super small belay/butt seat from yates and then hang in luxury at belays.
By: Evan Stevens
March 20, 2009
March 8, 2010
I am 6' 4" 190lbs and purchased the Large harness. This is one of the better fitting harnesses I have worn. I have yet to take any lead falls but look forward to putting this thing to the test.
January 22, 2010
I shopped around for a long time before I bought myself a new harness. I have always been a bigger fan of black diamond when it comes to harnesses, but this sama is way lightweight, speed adjust buckles and is hella comfy. plus it looks sweet too. sorry bd
My #1 Harness for Sport
November 27, 2009
Of course you can climb anything in this. But I really like it for sport. It's light and comfy. Two thumbs up Petzl.
July 17, 2009
This is a great harness. Anything Petzl makes is really good. The waist is fairly comfortable and its a pretty good fit. I'm not a fan of the fixed leg loops, but this one isn't bad. It may ride up a little depending on your leg size.
awesome harness, sizing not so much
June 25, 2009
this harness is great, really comfortable, really simple, looks cool too. my only issue is with the sizing. the medium was too tight on my legs, although everything else fit fine. i got the large and the legs are good, but i have to really crank down on the waist adjustment to get a snug fit. probably something you would want to try on before you buy
Best harnesss ever...
June 8, 2009
I can guarantee that this is the best harness I have ever worn. It is extremely comfortably and light. It has the ability to stash a ton of gear and it also can be used on multi-pitch. I have found that it is excellent for sport and trad and whatever you want to do.
Sizewise you should go get a tape measure and figure out how big your waist is. If you are in the small portion of one size you should stay with that size, but if you are in the large portion of one size you could size up.
May 26, 2009
This is a great harness. It fits wonderfully, and is pretty light. I am very pleased with it. If you want gear that works and you dont have to bother with get this harness.
French people must have chicken legs
May 14, 2009
I bought this harness because of the venting it offers and in that regard it did not disappoint. As a lot of the previous reviews said the waist to leg ratio on this harness is a bit off. The leg loops are snug and I have to tighten the waist as far as it will go. The front gear loops slope back into the rear of the harness and when I am on overhanging routes the quickdraws slide to the back. It is lighter than my BD Monentum harness and it doesn't give me a heat rash on my back though so I'm gonna keep it.
April 20, 2009
I purchased this harness a few weeks ago and have climbed in it a few times and absolutely love it. I am a big
(6'2" 275) guy and the XL fits me perfect. This harness is great the waist is thick so it doesnt pull into your sides and the leg loops are super comfy as long as you have the elastic strap adjusted right. After climbing in this harness i will never buy another harness other than a petzl. Super pleased!!!
A great harness
February 27, 2009
What more can I say that hasn't been said already? Its a great harness. Its not very light but it is comfortable and for a gym go-er like me thats exactally what I need. Its a great buy!
September 16, 2008
This is a great harness! It's super comfortable, and worth the buy. Doesn't hurt any of the guy parts either. Which is very important when looking for a good harness. Anyway, I love it, and I am very happy with it. Later!
Wanna Climb Hard Sport?
August 22, 2008
I have last year's model, but almost everything I love about it seems to have carried over. This is the most comfortable harness I have ever hung in (admittedly I have never been in the Arcteryx). The lack of adjustable legs is great, because you just buy the size that fits you and forget about fumbling with them. The elastic gusset means the legs are always snug, and don't stretch out during a whipper. I looked at lots of Singing Rock, BD and Mad Rock harnesses, and there is no comparison. The only thing it looks like they lost that I liked is the hard plastic gear loops. If you wanna send hard, buy this harness!
Nice and Simple
August 1, 2008
This harness is very light and simple to use with the fixed leg loops and pre-threaded DoubleBack buckle. I also think the swami is big and the leg loops are small. The rear gear loop does not hang down far enough. Great for sport climbing or multipitch routes as long as you are not going to be hanging a lot.
all-around sport package
May 1, 2008
I just got one of these about two months ago and its the best harness i am yet to own. I use it in the gym, redpointing, projecting, and on multi-pitch sport routes. Basically its a great all-around sport harness, light enough for freedom of movement but not like those skimpy sport harnesses (hirundos, phoenix) that are uncomfortable to hang in for even the shortest periods of time, you can still comfortably work a route in this harness. The only thing i dont use this harness for is mountaineering and trad, this is because of the fixed leg loops and lighter padding. Also, be forewarned, this harness sizes weird, the leg loops run small while the swami runs big.