The Yates Shield is the burliest big wall harness we tested. It is the harness you see many true modern Yosemite wall rats using. Everything about it — buckles, webbing, and padding — is stout. The Yates Shield Harness can be difficult to find at major retailers; if you're in search of a big wall harness immediately, consider the Metolius Safe Tech Waldo, $119, which wins our Editors' Choice Award.
It has been put through the test on the hardest big wall climbs on El Cap and passed with flying colors. That said, it is the heaviest harness we tested and for many people will be overkill. It is also the most expensive harness we tested. In general, we prefer the Metolius Safe Tech Waldo, which is lighter, less expensive, more comfy, has better gear loops, and two belay loops. But if you are a big wall addict and want the most burly harness on the market, you should check this one out.