This is the least expensive harness with self-locking leg buckles and waist belt. It is a capable harness that performed well in all our tests. The buckles were smooth and easy to adjust. The haul loop is one of the easiest to find, and there is a good amount of padding for legs and waist. Overall, it is one of the best entry level harnesses we tested.
If they offered a version of this harness without self-locking buckles for the legs (and could then charge $5 less), this would give the Black Diamond Momentum stiffer competition. As of now, the Momentum is our favorite entry level/value harness. But if you want self-locking buckles on the legs, the Momentum SA will run you $10 more than this harness. Try them both on and you might find the Mad Rock is the best all self-locking harness for the money. If you are just starting out climbing, we strongly recommend checking out their Deluxe Mars Climbing Package where you get the Mars, a belay device, locking biner, chalk bag and chalk for $70. Its the best deal that we know of for getting into the sport.