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But the breathing problem can be trigger at less than body weight and often comes as a surprise. This has struck climbers and sailor alike. What can happen is that heavy clothing prevents the harness for sliding up into the armpits.
A properly sized and fit harness shouldn't be low enough to cause breathing problems when not under load in any case.

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I also witnessed a teenager falling out of a climbing harness from ~ 100 feet up - it ended badly. I was ~ 50 feet from the impact zone. He did not follow the instructions and did not double the belt back. That experience made me a bit of a stickler for harness fit, particularly on children. Like shoes, a harness should be bought based upon fit, not fashion, price, or features.
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A properly sized and fit harness shouldn't be low enough to cause breathing problems when not under load in any case.


No argument there.
But sometime crew just grabs a harness from the bin, without fitting. In the climbing example above, the kid had grown.

(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")

"Well, I just climb up to them."

by Joe Brown, English rock climber




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That's why my crew has dedicated PFD/Harnesses. Just keeps the problems down to a minimum.

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But sometime crew just grabs a harness from the bin, without fitting. In the climbing example above, the kid had grown.

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