The Edelrid Finn II is an all-around kid's sit harness. It provides a comfortable seat, and the buckles are so easy to use that even smaller climbers can put it on and cinch it up. While this harness may not be the most technical in our test nor does it have the most advanced construction, it does offer all the essential features and will do most of what any kid climber needs it too. A few things left us wishing for more; the gear loops are tiny, and the padding tends to slip out from under the webbing near the tie in points both on the waist and on the leg loops. Fortunately, this doesn't affect the hanging comfort.
Edelrid Finn Review
Cons: Small gear loops
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|Pros||Easy to adjust, simple yet functional design, comfortable to hang in||Fully featured, comfortable, secure fit||Dual adjust waist belt, large gear loops, kids can adjust easily, comfortable||Dual waist belt buckles, largest gear loops, high quality||User-friendly, comfortable, lightweight|
|Cons||Small gear loops||Narrower size range, not the best for larger kids||Not the lightest||Heaviest||Limited uses|
|Bottom Line||This simple harness is both comfortable and easy for kids to get on and adjust.||This harness seems to have it all, comfort, security, and a plethora of features that can facilitate all types of climbing.||This is a comfortable sit harness capable of any type of climbing.||A fantastic option for almost any kid looking for a comfortable, and fully capable harness.||This harness is extremely easy to get on and off and is comfortable both on and off the wall.|
|Rating Categories||Edelrid Finn||Petzl Ouistiti||Mammut Ophir - Kid's||Petzl Macchu||Momentum Full-Body|
|Hanging Comfort (40%)|
|Standing Comfort And Mobility (20%)|
|Specs||Edelrid Finn||Petzl Ouistiti||Mammut Ophir - Kid's||Petzl Macchu||Momentum Full-Body|
|Designed for these disciplines||All Around / Sport||Top Rope||All Around / Sport||All Around / Sport||Top Rope|
|Weight (size medium) (ounces)||10.1||15.4||10.6||12||12.8|
|Waist Belt Construction||Sit||Full body||Sit||Sit||Full body|
|Waist Size Ranges (inches)||15.5 - 24 in||23 - 28 in||20 - 26.7 in||21 - 25 in||14-25|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The field of kids sit harnesses has gotten pretty competitive. In some ways, this harness stacks up well against the others, while other features of this harness fall short. Overall, the Finn II holds its own and would be an excellent choice for many climbing styles.
When we first put the sit harnesses side by side to asses the differences in construction and features, we wrongly assumed that this would be one of the least comfortable options. We know what happens when we assume. The rigid leg loops, which are no more than stiff padded sleeves for the single piece of structural webbing, actually spread the forces well. A unique "double back" design for the elastic risers is built right in the waist belt fabric and is easy to adjust to make sure that when kids sit back into the harness, their leg loops are sitting right where they need to be for a comfortable seat.
Standing Comfort and Mobility
While the rigid waist belt and leg loops worked well for supporting the weight of a climber, they did feel a bit cumbersome and clunky. By no means would we go as far as to say that the harness is uncomfortable, but it is always noticeable while others like the Petzl Macchu are so comfy that they seem to fade into the background after a few minutes.
This harness offers a great variety of basic usable features. The buckles glide smoothly, making it easy for kids to use. Even though the waist belt only has one buckle, the harness centers well and situates the two gear loops square on the hips. The said, gear loops are the smallest in the test group and can only accommodate up to six carabiners each before things get too tight.
It has elastic risers to keep the leg loops in place, and while they technically work fine, they seem cheap and less "finished". The leg loops are no more than a stiff sleeve for the webbing, and the overall construction feels less engineered than the others. However, it's fully functional and won't hold most climbers back from advancing through to their first leads.
Whether you are looking for a harness for a growing kid to use casually at the climbing gym or they are learning to lead outside, this harness has the features and comfort needed to do so. The size range left a little to be desired, but all in all, fit pretty well on a decent range of kids. If the climber intends to start leading or following long pitches, they may consider looking into a more advanced harness like the Mammut Ophir or the Petzl Macchu.
Parents who want to be slightly more hands-off will love that the kids can use this harness by themselves. Of course a final safety check should always happen before anyone leaves the ground, but this harness saves the hassle of having to help the kid every time they get in and out of it. It can accommodate comfortable top roping as well as holding gear for a lead for following multi-pitch routes - as long as the pitches aren't super long.
With all of the sit harnesses retailing for the same $50, it makes evaluating value more about personal preference. For example, does this harness tick all the boxes of a harness you need? If hanging comfort and ease of operation are the top priorities, then this may hold the most value to you. If more advanced climbing is in the cards, a more technical harness like the Petzl Macchu may hold more value. In general, however, we wouldn't hesitate recommending this harness to others.
With all the similar options available for kids sit harnesses, there are a couple of nice things that set this harness apart from the crowd. For one, the buckles slide and release super smoothly for use by even the smallest hands. And two, for hanging it is one of the two most comfortable available. However, a couple of things keep it from being a top performer. The craftsmanship doesn't meet the same standard as the others, and its stiff padding leaves kids wishing for a softer feel.
— Adam Paashaus