Ever since having our first child my wife and I have been looking forward to taking her climbing. This summer was finally the summer that she was able to rope up for the first time. To get her going we bought a Petzl Kids’ Ouistiti Harness
The Ouistiti is the smallest in Petzl line of kids’ climbing harnesses. Kids need a full body harness because their hip bone structure isn’t defined enough for a regular harness (some will say it also isn’t strong enough) and it helps keep them upright.
Petzl Kid’s Ouistiti Harness Features
- Full-body design accommodates a child’s body so they can climb safely
- Works for children from ages 4 to 9 years old who weigh less than 30 kg (around 66 lb), so one size fits all
- Safety: the adjustment buckles are located on the back of the harness and are out of reach of the wearer
- Bicolored webbing, black on the inside, color on the outside
- DoubleBack adjustment buckles
- Double chest tie-in point
- Price: $49.95
Petzl Kid’s Ouisititi Review
Petzl got many things right with this harness. They had to give it a lot of thought to help kids want to wear it and want to climb. For starters, it’s made by Petzl so you know the quality is high. They moved all the buckles and adjustments to the rear of the harness to reduce kids playing with them. They made the leg loops padded to increase comfort. The colorful designs on the outside of the webbing keep it looking interesting for the kids. They even gave the storage bag a little shoulder strap so a kid could carry it. If your child is anything like mine, she was so stoked to be able to carry her own harness.
My only complaint with the Ouistiti is adjustability. The only adjustments are up on the shoulders. My little girl is on the smaller end of the spectrum (about 35 lbs) and the harness is almost too big. As a result the leg loops were big on her and the straps that link the leg loops to the shoulder straps had a lot of slack in them. Legs loop adjustment and back strap adjustments would have made a better fit for her. However though, because everything is linked together, the harness still kept her safe. I gave her the “pick her up by the tie-in point and bounce her test” a few times and there was zero chance she could have slipped out. The big concern is getting the extra slack catching on the rock and getting stuck. Three-and-a-half year olds have a bit of a hard time facing the wall when being lowered or falling.
- Harness made to get the wee ones on the rock
- Little details to keep the kids excited
- Low adjustability
We are stoked to get our kids out on the rock and we want them to be safe. Petzl made a high-quality harness with the Ouistiti Kid’s Harness to will keep them safe from the little years to the bigger years. You can’t go wrong with the Ouistiti.
Buy Now: Pick up the Petzl Kid’s Ouistiti Harness and get your little climbing.