The dishes to forget about (in a good way): Arc’teryx C-Quence Review

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Arc’teryx exploded into climbing with the thermoformed steam belt in 1992, ushering in a new technology that separated them from others. Similarly, the Arc’teryx C-Quence harness offers new technology.

The Arc’teryx C-Quence harness is a comfortable and high-performance all-round harness with a fixed leg loop. Due to its small volume and thin profile, it was largely unnoticed during use, but it turned out to be comfortable while charging.

The C-Quence is made using Arc’teryx’s Warp Strength technology which, instead of creating a scene, disappears as it ascends and does its job in relative darkness.

For all types of climbing without large walls, the C-Quence is a great quiver. It is also suitable for ice and alpine climbing.

Photo credit: KING.

The nickname “All-Arounder” is displayed in the statistics of the C-Quence harness:

Arc’teryx C-Quence Technical specifications

  • Verified weight: 13.6 ounces, men’s size M.
  • Construction: Warp Strength Technology in both the tapered swami and elastic leg loops
  • Properties: Four molded gear loops and one webbing loop
  • Four attachment points for ice cutters
  • Elastic leg loop risers that fall over a stainless steel clip
  • Wear markings on the securing loop and attachment points
  • Price: $ 145

Arc’teryx also offers the C-Quence harness in a women’s version.

I tested the C-Quence for 2 months in spring with sport climbing with limestone, starting with short, bouldering power stretches to seemingly endless pitches on water slabs.

Arc'teryx C-Quence Harness

Arc’teryx C-Quence Harness Review

I am 6 feet tall, 167 pounds, with a 32 inch waist. The men’s medium fit me on the smaller side of the waist adjustment area, and the leg loops in summer clothes were loose.

This additional sagging of the leg loop was surprising as I’m not a typical sport climber with branches for my legs. I have 22.5-inch thighs, not my regular partners’ strands of spaghetti.

While leg loop sagging wasn’t an issue for me during the test period (and allowed for winter clothing), leaner climbers are taking note.

The first thing I felt was how thin and small everything felt. The waist and leg loops are lined, but essentially unpadded.

Rather than relying on foam to distribute the load more evenly, Warp Strength technology uses superfine wires in the Burly Double Weave four-way stretch fabric to carry and distribute the load without adding any apparent thickness or bulk.

Arc'teryx C-Quence Harness

C-quence performance

At first I was skeptical of this strap design, but it worked surprisingly well. Whether I secured, hung or fell that C-Quence handled the cargo comfortably. I have never felt areas of higher pressure, and the tapered Swami never cut his torso, even with extreme dislocations.

Occasionally I had to pull down the leg loops when belaying or before hanging, but they didn’t cause any pinch when falling – including a 20 foot foot! Otherwise, the larger than average leg loop diameter went largely unnoticed.

The minimal, thin profile and perforated lining kept things bearable as temperatures climbed into the 80s, and nothing rubbed even with the lightest of sweat-drenched clothing.

The four molded gear loops were a delight on Quickdraws. They taper to a low front corner that kept all the draws close together, which I liked (some don’t like it).

However, I see this design can be negative for trad climbing as camera clumping can be problematic. The amount of real estate on these molded gear loops was plentiful; No problem collecting more than 20 draws for Potrero Chico Sends or a generous Trad Rack for the crack junkies.

The webbing loop in the middle and back was a great place to stow a leaver biner, rap / belay device, pruss, etc. Whenever I reached for the primary loops, I knew that the only possible gear was being used for guiding.

Arc'teryx C-Quence HarnessPhoto credit: KING.


There are certainly lighter competition or sport climbing harnesses and there are more comfortable trad climbing models. However, the Arc’teryx C-Quence harness makes minimal compromises when it comes to being the quiver of a harness.

The flat Warp Strength Technology ensures that both the bolt cutter and the handheld jammer remain comfortable and mobile when climbing or loading the rope. And the spacious gear loops provide space for the longest sports tracks or a full rack of commercial equipment.

At this point in time, if I were to go on a road trip with an agenda that says nothing more than “climbing”, I would pack the dishes. Sport, trad, alpine or ice – the C-Quence can do everything in an admirable way.

Check the price at Arc’teryx

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