I thought I'd ask the people that should know best.
I hunt from a treestand and I'm thinking a rock climbing harness - like a Petzl Calidris - is far better than a treestand shoulder type harness if I fall out of the stand. Even with the leg loops, these shoulder harness have a waist strap that gets pulled up into the ribcage when the restraint line is pulled tight.
I'm thinking the rock climbing type would be a better choice and less resticting on my legs and chest - am I right about this or comepletely off base? Thanks.
A couple of issues:
- As mentioned, the tie-in at the front can make things a little difficult. You can still connect to it, but you will need more slack and should you actually need the harness to stop a fall, you're going to fall farther.
- If you happen to fall, and you go the extra little distance and you're still not touching the ground, you risk flipping around, and even more so, something called "Harness hang syndrome" if you're stuck there for too long with no way up or down.
Keep in mind I don't hunt, and I have no idea how tree stands work. I think hiding for hours on end just to kill something that doesn't know you're there is pretty cowardly. I dig tracking though.