Two types of harness can be used with the Trekker’s Friend. Version 1 is 60 grams lighter than version 2, but not as well suited for walking for long periods with the weight on the waist strap.
To understand more about the differences between the two harness versions you can watch the video below and/or see the pictures and explanations further down this page.
Differences between harness versions: video
Differences between harness versions: pictures and text
Version 1 harness
The version 1 harness has:
- A 25-mm wide waist belt with a simple plastic buckle
- 50-mm wide shoulder straps with plastic tighteners. The shoulder straps are fixed to the waist belt
- 2 snap hook carabiners for attaching the hand straps of trekking poles directly to the waist belt
- A simple suspension system at the point where the shoulder straps attach to the waist belt
- Weight: 180 grams.
Trekking pole connection
In the version 1 harness the trekking pole hand straps are directly attached to the snap hook carabiners on the waist belt.
Version 2 harness
The version 2 harness has:
- A 50-mm wide waist belt with a two-way plastic buckle
- 50-mm wide shoulder straps with plastic tighteners. The shoulder straps can be disconnected from the waist belt – the user can also move the attachment points if required
- 2 snap hook carabiners for attaching the hand straps of trekking poles to the harness via the suspension system
- The ladder facility on the waist belt which allows the connection point for the trekking poles and shoulder straps to be moved to fit different hip sizes.
- A simple suspension system at the point where the trekking poles attach to the waist belt
- Weight: 240 grams.
Connections to waist belt
The shoulder straps and trekking poles both connect to the snap-hook carabiners on the waist belt, which are movable.
The shoulder straps can be disconnected when the user wants to walk with just the waist belt for extended periods, as shown.
The trekking poles connect to the waist belt via the suspension system. This means that the suspension system functions whether the shoulder straps are connected or not.
The details of the version 2 harness are labelled in the close-up photo. As shown,
- A ‘ladder’ arrangement on the waist belt allows the trekking poles and shoulder straps to be connected at multiple points, catering for different hip sizes
- The shoulder straps can be disconnected entirely to better facilitate walking for extended periods just using the hip belt
- The suspension system, which is used to attach to the trekking poles, connects to the waist belt at the snap hook connectors. Suspension ‘safety cords’ prevent the accidental loss of the suspension system when in use.