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#3337759 - 08/27/13 10:57 AM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: Outdoor Enthusiast]
NateUK
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Registered: 12/01/08
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I've been using a Muddy harness for several years and it's great...lightweight and not bulky.
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#3337822 - 08/27/13 11:29 AM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: rem270]
HuntingDicksonDTC
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x2 - bought the HSS ultralight, had the HSS vest & did not like it, tree rope with prussic - quiet & fast to adjust when ascending/descending the tree

 Originally Posted By: rem270


I bought a HSS Ultra Lite last year. Its lighter and not as bulky as the "vest style" harnesses and i really like it. I can wear it in or on the outside of my clothes. I know some people like the ves t style and there good for the pockets and all. But there also very hot in the early bow season
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#3337931 - 08/27/13 01:10 PM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: gator-n-buck]
scn
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 Originally Posted By: gator-n-buck
I use the HSS with a Summit rope. Been the best combination that works for me. Makes it easy to keep your rope on the tree while you are going up, hunting, and climbing down.


x2

If I were buying one this year, I would be buying the HSS Hybrid. It has the pockets that I like, but an open upper that would be cooler. The Summit rope/prussic make it really easy to use with a climber or fixed stands.
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#3337957 - 08/27/13 01:31 PM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: Outdoor Enthusiast]
Bone Collector
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Registered: 09/09/09
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I have the HSS reversible. Like others have said it is a bit bulky, but it comes in handy during firearms season, when it is cold and I can use it as my blaze orange vest.
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#3338105 - 08/27/13 03:28 PM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: Bone Collector]
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Taking Hunter Education with my daughter has ALMOST convinced me to buy both of us harnesses. Almost... They're just so darn much trouble in a shooting-rail surrounded 2-person ladder, and they certainly wouldn't save either of us from falling when falling is most likely (climbing and decending the ladder).
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#3338109 - 08/27/13 03:34 PM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: BSK]
Wrangler95
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Registered: 11/28/02
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I have a Spiderwire Livewire connected to my tree strap and the other to my harness carbiner.In the case you fall,it lets you slowly to the ground.Would not climb a tree without it!
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#3338165 - 08/27/13 04:13 PM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: Wrangler95]
Jake47
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Registered: 07/30/13
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I like my HSS vest. I always put it on at the truck under my outermost layer. This means no fumbling with it in the dark and no noisy buckles banging on stands,steps, cams, etc.
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#3338266 - 08/27/13 05:28 PM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: MarlinSlayer]
Vermin93
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Registered: 12/11/10
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Loc: Dallas, TX & Signal Mtn, TN

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Aloha! Welcome to the site and to hunting! I've been fortunate to be able to hunt Hawaii a few times. It was awesome - especially the turkey hunting on the Big Island! If you go back I highly recommend it.

I started with a HSS vest about 5 years ago. I did not like the vest for a number of reasons, so I switched to the lighter and less bulky Muddy harness. I liked it a lot. After additional research, I've since switched to a Black Diamond Bod rock climbing harness. It's the best option I've used so far. If I fall I will not be dangling from a tether behind my head like I would with a typical treestand harness such as a HSS or Muddy. I will instead be dangling from a tether in front of my waist, and I will simply pull myself back onto my stand if I'm using my climber or back onto my stand or tree steps if I'm using a hangon.

Like Wrangler95 mentioned, there are tree descent systems that you can buy that will lower you to the ground in the event of a fall. DownSafe makes one for about $80. Here is a video of it in action.

DownSafe Descender System

Honestly, I was surprised to learn that BSK doesn't wear a harness.
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#3339012 - 08/28/13 08:23 AM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: Vermin93]
Mike Belt
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I just bought a Gorilla harness. I got it because it was basically straps instead of a vest or coat incorporated set up. It's easy to use and not restrictive but it's not the only system like that on the market. I don't like the flat straps that attach to the tree and will probably go with a rope type system like Summit.
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