Today, we have a review of the DMM Puma 2 women’s harness, which was donated to us by Bev Wolf, a multi-talented climber, and teacher who is also a friend of Crux Crush. In relation to it, she has the following to say:
Because I place high importance on having a harness that is both well fitted and comfortable, I never buy one without first putting it through its paces in a test run. In addition to that, it needs to be multi-functional so that I can use it when I’m not leading because when I’m not leading, you can often find me either sport climbing, conventional climbing, or hanging from a harness bolting routes.
It is reasonable to say that I spend an unusual amount of time tied, given that I am also a rock climbing teacher at a college. In fact, it is acceptable to say that I spend an inordinate amount of time tethered. When I decided to buy a harness without first trying it on or even physically inspecting it, it goes without saying that I had some reservations about the purchase. I was completely unprepared for what was to come. On the other hand, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that selecting that option was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Fit: The DMM Puma 2 is a harness that comes in a vivacious shade of purple and was built with the needs of female climbers in mind. After viewing the video of this harness on (This item is already sold out – we highly recommend a better item) their website, I decided to take a risk on it, and I have to say that I am really pleased with the decision that I made.
The floating waistline is an incredible element that I think is an incredible addition to the garment. The padding rests over the waistband, and the waistband itself glides through, similar to how a belt would move through the belt loops on a pair of pants. What is it about this feature that makes it so awesome? It ensures that the belay loop is always centered, regardless of how much or how little I’m wearing below the harness at any given time.
If I’m wearing a lot of layers, I don’t have to deal with turning the entire harness around to get the belay loop centered. Finally, a single harness that can be used all year! Because the leg loops are adjustable, I can change their length depending on what I’m working on on the wall. When I’m trying to on-sight or when I’m dangling for extended periods of time when bolting, this harness works wonderfully for both situations. Regardless of what I’m doing, the Puma 2’s minimal weight ensures that I never feel like I’m dragging myself down.
Form: the harness has a perfect fit in the manner that it should. I’ll be honest and say that I’ve never really noticed a significant difference between men’s and women’s particular harnesses, but the Puma 2 harness fits like a dream on me (I’m 5 feet 3 inches tall and have an average physique for an athlete). As I was saying, the men’s version is available in orange, while the women’s version is a lively shade of purple.
If purple isn’t your style, the men’s version also comes in orange. The harness is contoured to match the shape of a woman’s body; it is narrower around the waist and more substantial in the back, where support is needed. Because it is made of open-cell foam, it has excellent ventilation, which means that even in the heat of summer, you won’t be uncomfortable sweating while wearing it.