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!