The first time when you hold the WeBee harness in your hands it will inevitably remind you of a bee’s honey comb. This is a lightweight, 3 buckle system climbing harness. When Ocùn asked me to try out this harness before it was available in the markets, I was excited to find out if the performance of this harness would also work well for sport climbers.
Packing out the WeBee
Like most other harnesses, the harness came packed in a zippable mesh bag that kept everything in a climbing bag organized. The honey comb waist belt and the leg loops are designed specially with ventilation holes to allow maximum breathability to excel especially in hot weather. This is made from a perforated 3-D foam. 4 non plastic coated gear loops are attached to the waist belt to the left and right. These loops are sewn on more to the back, so that you won’t have gear constantly falling between your legs while you lead. A small loop for chalk bags hangs centered at the back of the waist belt. Bands holding the leg loops are adjustable and detachable to enable you to change your pants while climbing and staying secure without having to remove the harness completely. This can happen on multiple day trips to big walls or when the nature calls. The leg loops are adjustable through the Slide-Lock stainless steel buckles which comes in great if you using this with your winter wardrobe on, or if you have huge thighs. Moveable rubber-bands holds excess bands to prevent them from hanging down unnecessarily. The harness felt lightweight and durable, and well processed.
Some Techno facts
Taking a closer look at this honey comb design, the 3D Foam allows a single layer material composition without any lining or coating. The honey comb provides flexibility and plenty of ventilation. It is extremely durable yet comfortable. You might remember hot days when climbing gets intense, you will start perspiring especially around the harness area. With the honeycomb design, you can expect better ventilation. The belay loop in the middle is thin and saves on weight. However, it is also the most crucial area that suffers from wear and tear.
- slide-lock buckles, stainless steel (3 x 20mm)
- adjustable leg loops, detachable at the back
- 4 uncoated gear loops
- made in the EU
- WeBee performance Technology
- weighs 370 g in M
What I liked:
- lovely color! (As a woman, I am allowed to judge by this means ;)
- uncoated gear loops. I’m not a fan of those plastic coated loops which made the harness stiff and unfriendly.
- good price
What could’ ve been better:
buckles at the legsjoints between the foam and the leg bands started to press in after a while. I felt that if the integration of the foam in the leg bands would be smoother, the knob could be avoided. (see pic)
- Stiff. Due to the durable foam, it took a longer time before the harness gets really comfortable to sit in. Other harnesses with padded and layered sandwiches are much softer, but wears off quicker too. While this harness is manufactuered for the unisex, I felt that the boys had less problems.
- The lower tie-in Loop at the bottom was not gathered at the seams, which would definitely wear out faster than those gathered or double protected. This is usually the most critical area where a harness experiences abrasion in its life-span.
- The 2 detachable bands at the back could’ve been constructed in a v-shape way that hangs together only on one buckle. It would’ve solved the problem of looking for 2 independent bands dangling behind your back after taking them off. Unless you have eyes behind your head, it wasn’t easy to put them back on again.
- the stainless steel buckles didn’t slide off easily. Every time when I wanted the harness off, it took me a while to fumble the loops out of the waist buckle. I usually prefer them coated so that it slides off easier. This would be however, a nice-to-have.
Generally, a climber does not change the harness until there are signs of wear and tear that could inhibit the security. A harness that’s fitting and comfortable is an investment for a longer time. The Harness is reasonably list priced at 49,95 € and it’s light. It is therefore ideal for the novice sports climber, for Alpinist and mountaineers who wears many layers, those who appreciates the ease of on and off and flexible adjustments at the thighs.
Ocún is a specialist in the manufacturing of climbing harnesses, slings, crack gloves, carabiners and crash pads. Thanks to systematic design and development, Ocún has added belay and rappel devices to their product portfolio, and has become one of the renowned producers of climbing hardware. Climbing equipment with the red flower brand brings to its users a unique combination of beauty, function, security and a great climbing experience.
Thanks to precise manufacturing, function, reliability, longevity and clean design, Ocún has many fans among the climbing community. Ocún has been on the market well over 10 years and can be found in more than 40 countries worldwide.