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#3337759 - 08/27/13 10:57 AM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: Outdoor Enthusiast]
4 Point

Registered: 12/01/08
Posts: 296
Loc: Nashville, TN

I've been using a Muddy harness for several years and it's great...lightweight and not bulky.
#3337822 - 08/27/13 11:29 AM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: rem270]
8 Point

Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2486
Loc: Dickson

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
Treat a man as he is & he will remain as he is.

Treat a man as he could be & he will become what he should be.

#3337931 - 08/27/13 01:10 PM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: gator-n-buck]
16 Point

Registered: 02/05/03
Posts: 10449
Loc: Brentwood, TN US

 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.


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.
Life is too short to fish with a dead cricket.

#3337957 - 08/27/13 01:31 PM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: Outdoor Enthusiast]
Bone Collector
14 Point

Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 9646
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

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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“There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
General James Mattis

#3338105 - 08/27/13 03:28 PM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: Bone Collector]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN

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).
"Know where you stand, and stand there" --Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan

"There is no reasoning someone out of a position he has not reasoned himself into." --Clive James

#3338109 - 08/27/13 03:34 PM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: BSK]
16 Point

Registered: 11/28/02
Posts: 14605
Loc: Celina,Tn

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!
Psalms 37:16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked

#3338165 - 08/27/13 04:13 PM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: Wrangler95]

Registered: 07/30/13
Posts: 61
Loc: Brentwood

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.
#3338266 - 08/27/13 05:28 PM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: MarlinSlayer]
12 Point

Registered: 12/11/10
Posts: 6400
Loc: Dallas, TX & Signal Mtn, TN

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.
"Florida State blew the coverage and they got rewarded for it.” Coach Brian Kelly

#3339012 - 08/28/13 08:23 AM Re: Recommendations for Harnessess [Re: Vermin93]
Mike Belt
TnDeer Old Timer
16 Point

Registered: 03/26/99
Posts: 18623
Loc: Lakeland, Tn.

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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