The Jayne II is a good all-around harness from Edelrid. This is a versatile model that can work well for a variety of disciplines, though it is on the heavy side. We preferred the Camp Supernova for all-around use, but they are similar and even have the same vibrant color scheme! We thought this harness didn't have the highest rise — that might suit you well if you have a lower rise or just prefer to wear your harness around your hips instead of on your waist. If you're looking for a beefy trad climbing harness, look to the Misty Mountain Silhouette, which has more padding and was more comfortable at hanging belays.
Edelrid Jayne II Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Sliding waistbelt keeps the belay loop in front as you adjust it, comfortable to hang in
Cons: Rear haul loop isn't very functional, a little heavy
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Edelrid Jayne II has a sliding waistbelt to help you keep the belay loop in the right position. It has a tiny loop in the back that you could potentially use for a haul line, but it's hard to get a carabiner in and out of it. It does have two ice clipper slots and a low profile back for chimneying. Note that we thought this harness was a little on the roomy side in the size small that we tested. The sizing chart says that a small fits a 24.8-32.7 inch waist, but at its smallest, it's more like 28 inches. Just keep that in mind if you are between sizes on their chart and perhaps size down in this one.
Standing and Hanging Comfort
This harness received an average score for both standing and hanging comfort. It's a little bulkier than some of the super-thin and lightweight models, and it wasn't quite as comfortable as them when hanging around the crag. There is some good padding in the waist and leg loops, so we liked hanging in this one more than the Arc'teryx models, but it wasn't as plush as the Misty Mountain Silhouette. There was one spot on each leg loop that is hard and full of stitching, and we sometimes felt that pushing into us which wasn't so comfortable.
The Jayne has some good features for an all-around model, like ice clipper slots, but it is missing a real haul loop in the back, which was a little annoying.
We did like the plastic reinforcement on the bottom tie-in point though. This protects both your harness and your rope from repeated friction and wear in one spot.
We had pretty good mobility in this model, though it didn't quite compare to the harnesses with elastic at the leg loops, like the Black Diamond Solution.
This is a pretty versatile harness. It's comfortable enough for long routes, though you might not have quite enough room on your gear loops and it doesn't have a useable haul loop. (The tab at the back says 25 kg (55 lbs), but its hard to get a carabiner through it.) It does have two ice clipper tool slots, should you only ice climb occasionally or only want one on each side when you do.
While this harness does have adjustable leg loops, we thought that the rise was a little low, and even when we had the leg straps extended all of the way it didn't sit on our waist properly. The leg loops are fully adjustable though, which is nice when its cold out and you need to layer. The waistbelt is also adjustable in a unique way. The load bearing webbing is moveable within the padding so that you can keep the belay loop directly in front of you when making the waist bigger or smaller.
Edelrid Jayne II is a good option for someone looking for an inexpensive and burly all-around harness. While we didn't score for durability, this one is sure to hold up for a while, and the plastic protector on the tie-in point will increase its longevity. The sizing tag is right on the front of this model, which seems a little strange for personal use (you can just cut it off), but makes it great for programs or gyms who purchase "real" harnesses instead of the fully adjustable (and fully uncomfortable) webbing ones. With the Jayne you'll be able to organize your sizes easily.
This harness retails for $60, which is a good price. We liked the Black Diamond Momentum a little bit more than this one though, and it costs a little less ($55).
There is nothing wrong with Edelrid Jayne II, but it didn't stand out enough in any one particular way to win an award in our review. It is comfortable and fairly versatile though, and may just be the perfect fit for you!
— Cam McKenzie Ring