Gorilla Gear Safety Tools

Gorilla Gear Harness

It seems I hear about a hunter being injured or killed every season when he or she falls from a tree stand. While accidents will always happen, often times the injuries can be prevented or lessened through the use of safety gear.

Gorilla Gear makes a line of harnesses and other fall safety gear for hunters. While this is not a sexy topic, a properly used harness and rope system can act like a seat belt in a car crash. Preventing a fall could mean the difference between walking out of the woods with a few bruises and never being able to walk again.

The company makes a harness called the G-Tac Air Safety Harness. This three point rig is being upgraded for the new year by using elastic webbing called Flex Fit Technology that offers the same level of safety while improving flexibility and comfort. The back of the harness has a 30″ tether to allow for a lot of movement regardless of the angle of the shot. According to the company, the design uses a variety of loops and overlaps to provide a gentler fall should you ever slip. The suggested retail price is $84.99.

Also announced for 2017 is a Fall Defense Line quick connect tree rope. This rope includes a Prusik knot, coated O ring, and self locking carabiner. The braided polyester rope is tested to 400 pounds. The MSRP on this one is $39.99.

Enjoy the woods and be safe!

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • guest

    For a proper safety harness something much more serious than 400lb rope is needed as the rope will (depending on fall height) experience much, much more than that. Just go with a real safety harness instead, and cover it with camo. They are equipped with kinetic energy absorbers too.

    • Random Disable Person

      Not to mention rope stretch(they’ll want a dynamic(rope that stretches a little absorbing some force ) not a “static” rope(low stretch used for repelling and or securing loads), to soften the force of the fall. Often calculated in the complex Kilo- Newtons. KN is 1,000 of “1 N = 1 kg ⋅ m/s2” where the weight, fall distance and time falling combine to equal the mass force applied on the gear, which you want a minimum safety factor of 5 to 1.For breaking or yield strength at least 5 times what would be the worst case weight load with the motion force multiplier factored in as the 1 load. everyone should cheat the odds in their favor where injury and death are on the line.

      The longer you fall the more mass/energy has to be absorbed which ironically often means increased fall distance as kinetic energy absorbers are often stitched webbing designed for the thread to break as it is engaged expanding to the actual length not compressed by the folded and stitched safety section. So falling to ground can happen but at slow enough speed where you can adjust and land safely. or the ego’s worst case, is where you are just an inch or so above the ground and have to get a lift from someone to unhook.

      One thing to remember is that is just not your body weight but everything that is attached or goes with you. So a 150lb hunter with 50lbs of gack (a gun, food, fluids and web sat phone for TFB, etc.) will generate the same force as 200lb person who doesn’t have things attached to themselves.

      The inline spine connection point is very important. It is good to see the full body harness crossing over and the days of maybe just a safety belt going to the pages of old hunting magazines. You don’t want to fall and have the attachment at the waist, where it will cause you to whiplash/snap your upper half like “Tay ina win” to quote the film Nell.

      I ‘m curious if there is a study to cite on hunters from injuries from falling verses firearm related. Since it would fly once again in the anti- gun/peta/___ groups false stories of the evils of….

      Man may have mastered many tools,
      but Mother Nature can still make ’em a quick fool.

      • David

        Honestly, that’s not how it works at all. The hunter and 50lb pack?? aren’t jumping off the deer stand, they are leaning off and falling and the line keeps them from a full drop and jerk that you are picturing. You make it sound like they are jumping out of an airplane and snapping their chutes lol.
        A static decent line attached to the tree is plenty.

        • Random Disable Person

          That 200 lb person figure with the added “150lb person with all the gear” was how a leading rigging specialist phrased it an early safety class. To drive home even if you are of smaller frame, that the math was close and anything attached to you ups that weight/force being applied. A good pair of boots can add several pounds. Add the firearm and that adds about 10 pounds. If they have their water bottle in their coat so it doesn’t freeze….
          With a worse case sernio that the stand some how comes unattached from the tree and is fouled on you, that extra weight load adds up quickly. The problem is the how much weight does that extra safety room added of a bigger /higher rated rope. Better to have headroom and not need it then fall short.

          A problem happens is most people for comfort and/or ability to move do not have their safety lanyard pretty tight with very little slack. Happens in many industries not just a hunting issue. Although some do use a safety line or webbing as a means to help create three points of contact for stability when leaning out. Not everyone has a nice solid commercial stand in prime condition. I’m sure there on many more ways to fall from a stand or platform than we can think of. Someone always comes along and pushes that bar.

          When jumping out of the plane, the videos often make it look like there is a lot more of a shock load than there really is. It happens because the camera person recording is usually still falling, so while the parachute is opening and slowing the person down, it looks more abrupt due to camera person still in free fall and the difference in their speeds. Various packing of the chute can make for harder openings, but they aren’t as bad as non skydivers think. Falling on a tether has always felt harder than a parachute opening to me.

          It was mention above that people need training to make sure they safely use the equipment in a fall arrest system and be fitted for a harness. People also need to have rescue training for if someone is suspended and hanging. There a lot more involved than climb up, set your system , hook them to you and cut them free. Simple tasks can be difficult when hanging in the air.

          • guest

            What you wrote here is not exactly what most would like to use or even care of knowing/using. Maybe industrial workers are “too pampered”, but like you said a climbing job (usually) requires a buddy to keep a watch, communication equipment, a rescue plan and yes means to hoist the unfortunate victim of the fall down to safety which means extra gear. This probably goes a good deal beyond what an average hunter is prepared to muster, but then again like I said a person can be killed BY THE SAFETY HARNESS ITSELF due to blood circulation issues if one is so unfortunate that there is help near by or if one gets knocked unconscious (head vs the tree trunk for example). And that all by itself won’t take more than half an hour, tops.
            So on one hand it’s good that people would invest in gear like this, but it is like investing in a .50SWM revolver against bears in Alaska without knowing how to shoot. One risk goes down and a whole new one appears.

      • guest

        I don’t remember off the top of my head what the arresting wire/lanyard is usually rated for an industrial safety harness, but I’ll guesstimate about 5000N or thereabouts. That is, STILL with a kinetic energy absorber in the daisy chain, because talk about stretching all you want it does very little to do away with the energy itself.
        That, and one of those sheathed lifting loops rated for about a tonne or so to throw around the tree to attach oneself and it starts looking like something that might actually save a life from a 20ft drop.

        One thing to the credit of the product in the article – they do sell them with those tension relief things, their proper name escapes me, those little black things with two coiled up lines to relieve the harness around the thighs… there’s another death trap for those who don’t know how to use them right. Hang around for half an hour, get a buddy to get you down …. and there’s sudden death from all that blood finally released from the legs.

        All in all I don’t think many people understand safety equipment like this, this does not in any way equate to something self-explanatory like a yellow hi-vis safety vest. This needs training and professional guidance.

        • Random Disable Person

          Minus brand/sport/special snowflake company name, naming the PPE is simply called a “shock absorbing lanyard”

          One thing nice about this it helps with management and sliding both purist knots on the rope.

        • Random Disable Person

          Minus job field jargon/sport/special snowflake company’s product name, the PPE is simply called a “shock absorbing lanyard” . Harnesses and attachment methods have come a long way from the old attitude of “if you want to wear a harness, maybe you aren’t ready to be up there”. Now having a two way shock absorbing lanyards in “Y” so you never unclip to transfer between lifelines is great. Some of the early full body harness felt like they were made from old 1950’s Chevy’s seat belts for the webbing and buckle sizes. It kinda sad how long it took to catch on about having a harness that you couldn’t fall out of to became the norm.

          While in rock climbing the amount of rope in use between you and the belayer absorbs a lot of energy but the belayer’s weight also comes into the mix. Too much difference between the two and the belay can be pulled upward and/or slammed into the rock face. That distance between them, plus that last piece of protection you placed/clipped into starts adding in to the mix the “fall factor” ratings, which adds more complexity than just kilo-newtons. Ice climbing and aid climbing were some of the first areas to use shock absorbing webbing slings to reduce load on the piece of gear in the ice/rock. So you were less likely to get pieces breaking free. While it is not mentioned, a light weight helmet would be an added bonus. It is amazing the number of of climbers who don’t bother with one.

          Sadly a fall from a 6 foot ladder can be deadly if you land wrong. The old advice of ” if falling is inevitable, jump or push off”, so you fall in more controlled method and where you can recover orientation quicker. Head up and feet downward is the goal. Of course that only applies if you have on safety gear and/or you would hit the ground before everything would engage properly. Any fall should hopefully be a clean fall. As you said ,People need training and practice falling with their safety gear.

          One thing nice about this product is helps with management and sliding both prusik knots on the rope. There are numerous climbing device you could use, but the ability to feed the rope through easily while you ascend and descend is a pro’s verses con with many preferences. This looks like a good way when using a non mechanical camming or jumaring type device. Which the price is also way less. Plus the device probably has less restrictions for what size ropes it can be used on. being able to add a stronger rated rope is nice.

          Sadly minus using steel cables and even then, you can’t leave a rope set up at the top and left out in the weather to use next year. Which adds to danger of having to keep setting an attachment point as you climb upwards. Verse ascending an already affixed line.

    • wb

      Agreed. It doesnt have to have lead-climb level ratings… but just 400lb listing is insufficient. A specific fall rating should be easily obtained and straight forward information. Listing 400lb is the rope/safety equivalent of telling a traveling hunter to bring a “rifle caliber” for an elk hunt in alasak. Totally obtuse and bordering on useless/negligent amount of information. With the above information you’d be better served by type III 550 cord…
      I like the prusik and overall setup though. Simple small and efficient.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “….when he or she falls from a tree stand.”

    I wonder what percentage of those accidents resulted from sippin’ back on grandpas old cough syrup.

    • Devil_Doc

      I’ve been hunting for 25 years, and I’ve never seen a hunter drinking.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I cant even count all the times ive seen guys take a bottle into their blind.
        Granted, that was a long time ago.

        • Jeff Smith

          I live in Mississippi. When I was a kid (20+ years ago), a six pack was standard hunting equipment for my dad’s friends. Game wardens are pretty strict on it nowadays, but I know plenty of people who pregame for a hunting trip.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I live in Texas and a bottle of Jim Beam was I assumed a way to keep warm for my dads buddies. If that’s gone out of fashion it’s probably for the best.

          • Random Disable Person

            Amazing how much gun & hunting culture has changed. We are aware more of the dangers and have more access to information of tragedies, then any generation before. Safety is at an all time high and increasing. Accidents are national/international depending on severity. Compared to few decades ago of being only local news and maybe state news on a day with few stories/events to report. Yet we are still shifting towards more puritan and regulations.

            If we were able to travel back in time to hunt with our grandfathers when they were young( we can dream right?), we would be appalled at behaviors they considered perfectly acceptable and responsible. Plus you could get in earlier on “what is the best deer caliber to hunt with?”. one of the few arguments that rivals the Hatfields & McCoys for long running status. Imagine arguing with great-great- grandparents over whether smooth bore for quicker shot follow up or rifled barrels with increased accuracy, is better for hunting. By the way, what did the troublesome kids shoot before their were road signs?

  • Anomanom

    Looks like i should be attaching 3d maneuver gear to it.