Safety Harness…Too good to be true?

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  • November 9, 2012 at 2:11 am #496811 Back to Top REPORT
    jbk
    JBK

    Joined: 2/20/2009
    Searching the web for user friendly safety harness system and found a product from “20 Feet Up” called the Quick Climb.

    Did a search here before posting and found a post with only one reply. Anyone familiar with this system? Looks too good to be true and I know how that sometimes turns out…. :p

    November 9, 2012 at 2:16 am #539900 Back to Top REPORT
    bowhntr26
    bowhntr26

    Joined: 12/28/2009
    I use one piece clothes pins with my saftey harness around my summit cable
    November 9, 2012 at 8:43 am #539901 Back to Top REPORT

    handirifle

    Joined: 7/6/2011
    I use the Hunter Safety Systems vest and can tell you it works. I haven’t fell when hunting, but this summer I was trimming some limbs off a dying oak tree in my back yard.

    I had a friend helping me and when I got started the first thing I did was get a rope around a large limb well above where I would be working, and staked it to the ground. I used the sliding (prussick) knot and my HSS harness and even though I was climbing up an extension ladder, I wanted the system on.

    About halfway though the job (took 3 1/2hrs) I was using my electric extending chain saw. It reaches out about 8ft. My friend and I calculated, accurately, just where the limb would fall, and tied it off with a rope to keep it from swinging into my house. When the cut was complete, the limb swung exactly as we figured, almost. What neither of us calculated, was the limb pressing against the saw as it fell. I was in no danger from the saw as an electric it only runs when the trigger is pulled, plus the chain was 8ft from me, BUT the limb caught the saw, and PUSHED it back towards me, very quickly. I was holding it straight out in front of me and the limb pushed it into my chest, and since I don’t weigh anywhere near what that 12″ dia oak limb did, I went off my little perch. I had made sure the sliding knot was as high as I could get it (a habit of mine) and guess what? That sucked saved my bacon. I was about 20ft up and that would have really done me in, as I would have fell on my back onto a bunch of cut oak limbs on the ground.

    I cannot recommend the HSS system enough. They have several models to choose from, so give them a look. Do not cut corners on a “deal” it’s your life you are talking about, what’s it worth to you?

    November 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm #539902 Back to Top REPORT
    mike25
    mike25

    Joined: 8/21/2008
    HSS ultra lite is extremely easy to use. Maybe try them.
    November 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm #539903 Back to Top REPORT
    jbk
    JBK

    Joined: 2/20/2009
    Thanks for the input guys! :thumbup

    Not considering it because it’s a shortcut or cheaper (it’s not), actually appears to be safer[/i:1v7y5mho] way of getting up/down the tree based on its design [=}=]

    Anyone use the 20 Feet Up or have other safety tips/stories of harness saving them? [=}=]

    December 1, 2012 at 12:00 am #539904 Back to Top REPORT

    handirifle

    Joined: 7/6/2011
    Not familiar with “20 ft up” system, but the HSS has always recommended using the rope that runs from top of stand (or higher) to ground, and sliding the prussik knot up as you go. With that system you cannot fall to the ground.

    That was how I had my safety system setup for my tree trimming.

    I looked at the 20ft up web site, and my biggest concern with that system, is from what i have read, it isn’t safe to have just the legs and waist in the harness. To me, this isn’t much better than a safety belt. The reason being, is if you fall, there are two main problems that could kill you. One, with no shoulder system, you COULD tip over and get trapped upside down. Remember now all those that fall are conscience when they do so. An impact on a tree limb or the stand, ya never know. IF one becomes inverted, for any length of time, it becomes very difficult for the heart to pump the blood as it should and could cause death. In addition, problem number two, is even if upright, and the straps tighten on your legs or waist, the heart cannot get blood past that constriction, and you will soon black out and die. I see they recommend a shoulder harness for “certain body types”, but I would not stake my life on whether or not I had it adjusted just perfectly.

    That design is too close to the old ones that were deemed unsafe many years back.

    My suggestions is get a body harness and don’t look back.

    December 1, 2012 at 4:26 am #539905 Back to Top REPORT

    FF100413

    Joined: 8/5/2007
    I currently use the Muddy Safeguard. It is similar to the ultralight. I love it. I also use a lifeline for all my stands. Gets a tad expensive but its cheaper then a hospital bill and a helicopter ride. I personally do not care what someones preference is whether its Muddy, HSS, Summit, etc. The important thing is that you use it!

    They have some interesting products which seemed to be modeled after industrial harnesses. I noticed they also have a “Rope Grap Device” which is really what I know as a “Gibbs Ascender”. From the many rope rescue classes I’ve taken those have fallen out of favor due to increased rope wear and possible failure. Prussik is the better option. Rope on rope when possible.

    December 1, 2012 at 4:44 am #539906 Back to Top REPORT
    buckchef
    BuckChef

    Joined: 8/14/2004
    I use the 20ft up system.

    It works quite well, and it is as safe if not Safer than other systems. I dont find that the whole quick climb thing works that great, but it sure does look good on paper. I will continue to use it in warmer weather, but not my favorite when its cold an I’m wearing bibs and heavy clothing.

    December 1, 2012 at 6:56 am #539907 Back to Top REPORT
    mike25
    mike25

    Joined: 8/21/2008
    HSS ultra lite is extremely easy to use. Maybe try them.

    X2!!

    December 2, 2012 at 11:49 am #539908 Back to Top REPORT
    arrowport53
    Arrowport53

    Joined: 6/22/2011

    HSS ultra lite is extremely easy to use. Maybe try them.

    X2!![/quote:hmfmqq0u]

    X3

    December 3, 2012 at 1:21 am #539909 Back to Top REPORT

    Rookie

    Joined: 3/30/2012
    I really like my Gorilla G20. Some say its heavy but I don’t notice it’s on. Really comfy. I have recommended to 2 other friends and they also love it.
    December 3, 2012 at 1:48 am #539910 Back to Top REPORT
    bigrobc
    bigrobc

    Age: 33
    Joined: 1/26/2011
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    I too use the lightest, most comfortable on the market. MUDDY :thumbup
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