API Summer 2021

Manufacturers use color in practical ways. Left to right: The Kong Indiana Full II features color-coded leg straps; The Eyolf Cyclone offers customizable colorways; and the Edelrid Radialis comes in a different color for each adult size.

making harnesses “as idiot-proof as possible—like putting on a jacket.”

makers use to simplify donning for cus- tomers is color-coded leg straps—one color for the right leg and a different color for the left. Among the many har- ness models with this design are Edel- rid’s Radialis series, the Eyolf Cyclone, Ropes Park Equipment’s EZPZ, the Kong Indiana Full II, the Deimos Eco D-Lite, FrenchCreek Production’s 4330, and Petzl’s new, park-specific Swan models. Some companies, including Eyolf and FrenchCreek Production, can customize the coloring to a park operator’s pref- erences. Petzl takes color coding a step further on its Swan models by continu- ing the use of separate colors for each side up through the shoulder straps.

laying out harnesses on the floor (or ground) so that guests only need to be instructed to step in and pull harness- es up into place. To make that process even easier, painting foot marks on the floor is an additional measure to consider. Another common color-coding concept is to use different colors for different sizes. This is a design feature used by Eyolf and Edelrid’s Radialis series, among others, which allows customers to choose colors for different sizes. FrenchCreek Production avoids any siz- ing confusion issues by making its 4330 adult model one-size-fits-all. In preparing harnesses for guests to step into and pull up over their tor- sos, laying out harnesses to avoid any confusion about which shoulder strap goes over which shoulder is an obvious measure. On its 4330, FrenchCreek Production makes this process relative- ly foolproof by featuring only a single strap in the back, which bifurcates just behind the neck. That helps keep the shoulder straps from becoming tangled.

Edelrid vice president Blair Williams concurs, saying that Edelrid’s Radialis Pro is designed “to be put on in 20 seconds, unaccompanied, by someone who has never used a harness before.” Deimos owner Tom Clark also stresses simplicity. “It shouldn’t be rocket science,” he says. In short, the aim is to make a harness so intuitive that a park guest can quickly and easily figure out how to put it on and make initial adjustments, with the guide doing only a final check or adjust- ment before heading on-course.

COLOR CODING

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Left: The FrenchCreek Production 4330 avoids any size confusion by making its adult model one-size-fits-all. Right: Each side of the Petzl SWAN EASYFIT harness is color-coded to make gear-up easier for guests.

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