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    Default Harnesses, etcetera

    What harness would you recommend as the "best" overall full-body rope rescue harness (for a rescuer)?

    If anyone has any experience with the PMI Avatar, I'd like their opinion. We currently only have CMC lower body harnesses and are looking to upgrade to a full-body style.


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    Yates Voyager harness is a good one. Very easy to put on. and comfortable.

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    We use the Petzl Navaho V2 BOD. It is nfpa class 3 rated. Easy to put on and very comfortable. It has work positioning rings on the sides, a fall arrest ring on the rear and a waist and sternal attachment for rescue. The PMI Avatar looks very similar in construction to the V2 BOD with the addition of evacuation rings on the shoulders. I have never tried it myself but it looks like a great harness! A little more versatile than the V2 BOD.

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    It all depends on what you are going to do with it. First does everybody have their own harness or do you share?
    If everyone has their own then the most comfortable is the two piece from cmc. They are more adjustable then the one piece and are far superior when doing inverted work. Also the chest piece is cheaper then purchasing a one piece for everyone.
    I've played with the Navaho and once properly adjusted, it seemed to work well. The yates looks the same but I haven't got my hands on it yet.

    Again use should dictate what you get. If your only doing confined space work then their are many very comfortable harnesses out there, but I've foundd that most of them don't do vertical work well. If you only do vertical work then, again their are a few that excel, but may not be best for CS or general fall protection.

    Our team does everything, and so far I like the 2 piece CMC best.

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    I just spoke with a friend of mine who teaches technical rescue. He had purchased a couple of the PMI Avatars for students to use on his courses. He stated that they were found to be terribly uncomfortable. Within 2-3 minutes suspended in the harness, people were in substantial discomfort. Anyone who wore it, only wore it once.

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    I have a CMC-ROCO harness two-piece, one of the first by CMC when we have a rope class I generally wear the harness the whole time approx. 5 hours plus and it's not uncomfortable to wear during that time. I also have tried the Yates full body harness (not sureof the name) and it also is pretty comfortable. Not to push a product, I have found that as long as the webbing is wide and the padding is also and the leg straps come up in the front then attach off set of the center (not come up in the front and attach to a center point, puts pressure on the package) it should be comfortable to wear.


    Robert B.
    Haddon Fire Co.#1
    Camden County Fire Academy Confined Space & Rope Rescue Instructor
    NJ-TF1 Rescue Specialist

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