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Mammut Ophira Review

Price:  $55 List | $49.95 at MooseJaw
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Pros:  Reinforced tie-in point, lack of buckles on leg loops, comfortable waistbelt, versatile
Cons:  Heavier than some sport-specific harnesses, does not have ice tool attachment loops
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Designed for these Disciplines:  Sport
Weight (size small):  12.5 oz
Gear Loops:  4 (rigid with flexible attachment points)
Manufacturer:   Mammut

Our Verdict

Mammut has updated its Ophira harness since our last review. The older version won our Editors' Choice award thanks to its comfortable design and climbing performance. While the second generation of this harness is still comfortable, we weren't a big fan of the redesigned gear loops. Our gear sat awkwardly on the loops, which come in a bright pink color, and since they are no longer covered in plastic they instantly got dirty. The open mesh and perforated padding on the waistbelt allow for good breathability, and the leg loops are comfortably sized. It's a little less versatile than the similarly priced Best Buy winner, the Black Diamond Primrose, and we were more impressed overall with the Camp Supernova, which earned our Editors' Choice award this time around. If you are looking for an affordable sport or gym harness, however, then this one is still a great choice.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Cam McKenzie Ring

Last Updated:
Tuesday
March 17, 2015

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The Mammut Ophira has a 3 inch wide waistbelt with a perforated foam interior and open mesh overlay. It has four slightly forward-angled gear loops with only a small clip loop in the back suitable for a chalk bag. The belay loop has red indicator threads sewn into it; once it becomes worn they appear to let you know it is time to retire your harness. Additionally, the bottom leg loop attachment point is reinforced with rubber to reduce friction and wear at that spot.

Performance Comparison



This lightwieght sport-specific harness doesn't weigh you down on steep routes.
This lightwieght sport-specific harness doesn't weigh you down on steep routes.

Standing & Hanging Comfort


Our testers found the Mammut Ophira to be pretty comfortable all around. It's a little bulkier and stiffer than the Mammut Zephira and Black Diamond Siren, so we noticed it a little more when belaying and sitting around at the crag, however it is a little more padded than those harnesses and so more comfortable to hang in.

The updated Ophira. The pink gear loops definitely make a statement.
The updated Ophira. The pink gear loops definitely make a statement.

Discipline-Specific Features


The older version of this harness had an all-around design, but with the updated model, Mammut seems to have switched to a more sport-specific model. They've replaced a large integrated haul line loop with a tiny p-cord style chalkbag clip-in point. They've also replaced one of our favorite old features, the gear loops, with our new least favorite gear loops. The previous gear loops were plastic-coated and flexible at the attachment point, which easily racked both gear and quickdraws and were comfortable when donning a pack over the harness. The new gear loops are a little more rigid and angled, causing our quickdraws to sit at odd angles. They are also bright pink and not coated in plastic, creating pressure points when wearing a pack and quickly picking up dirt. We weren't sure about the pink, but we like it even less now that it's dirty! This new gear loop is similar to the front loop on the Petzl Selena and Petzl Luna, but it's somehow not as well done.

The updated gear loops are a little strange and caused our quickdraws to sit at odd angles.
The updated gear loops are a little strange and caused our quickdraws to sit at odd angles.

Mobility


We still found this harness easy to move in, and could high-step with ease thanks to the extra-long elastic on the leg loops.

High-stepping was no problem in this harness  though it was a little difficult to extricate ourselves from this pod once we got in it.
High-stepping was no problem in this harness, though it was a little difficult to extricate ourselves from this pod once we got in it.

Versatility


The older version of this harness was definitely more versatile than its updated sister. Now, due to its lack of haul line loop and funky gear loops, we probably wouldn't take this on a long multi-pitch trad climb and would choose the Camp Supernova, Arcteryx AR-385a, or Black Diamond Lotus instead.

The updated version of this harness is more suited to sport climbing than as a trad or all-around harness.
The updated version of this harness is more suited to sport climbing than as a trad or all-around harness.

Adjustability


As women, finding an appropriately fitting harness can be frustrating. Ideally, a harness would not have a buckle or slider on the leg loops. The hard piece on the leg is uncomfortable when chimneying or off-widthing, it creates another point of wear on the harness, and it adds weight. However, with such variability between women's leg sizes, it can be difficult for a manufacturer to please everyone. Our testers found that the Mammut Ophira fit better than the other models with fixed leg loops that we tested (much better than the Petzl Selena) and that we could wear the harness over a variety of clothing. The loops have about a 2.4 inch range, which is still not as much as most adjustable leg loops (which tend to have about a 4 inch range) so if you have legs on the large or smaller end of the spectrum you will probably be better off with an adjustable leg loop model.

The leg loops have a long elastic connector for greater ease of movement and sizing.
The leg loops have a long elastic connector for greater ease of movement and sizing.

Best Applications


The Mammut Ophira works well for sport and gym climbing. If you are looking for a more all-around harness, then our Editors' Choice pick, the Camp Supernova, would be a better option.

Value


At $50, this harness is one of the least expensive models that we tested. While you could get more value out of the older model, which was a more all-around version, this newer harness is a more dedicated sport and gym harness. It even has the extra bonus of a reinforced tie-in point, which reduces wear on the belay and leg loops.

The plastic cover on the leg loop attachment point (left) will increase the longevity of your harness. The harness on the right is an old  and worn  Arc'teryx model.
The plastic cover on the leg loop attachment point (left) will increase the longevity of your harness. The harness on the right is an old, and worn, Arc'teryx model.

Conclusion


To be honest, we were a little disappointed to see that Mammut had changed so many of the things that we liked about this harness. While the comfort and excellent sizing remain the same, the lack of versatility propelled the Camp Supernova to the top spot instead.

Other Versions


The men's version of this harness is the Mammut Ophir. Both the men's and women's come in a slightly more expensive version with adjustable leg loops, the Ophira 3 Slide, women's. There is also the Ophir 4 Slide, which has two adjustable waistbelts to accommodate any-sized person. Additionally there is the Ophir Kids and the Ophir Rental, designed specifically for a climbing gym's rental fleet.

Cam McKenzie Ring

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