I have used a lot of safety belts, harnesses, and one vest in the last 16 years, always trading up to a higher degree of safety. Yesterday my Rescue One CDS II was delivered. I am sooooooooooo impressed with this as being the safest possible treestand device on the market that I was just getting ready to post in the product reviews (and will) but will also post here.
As soon as I saw Dr. Woods (originator/designer) promo video I knew I wanted one but the cost was high enough that I was sure I'd never afford it before my hunting days were over (76 next month). However, the more I watched that video and read about it The more convinced I became that i would feel much safer with one - sooner, rather than later. A dear old friend told me about a company (not a sponsor - yet) that "Demonstrates" the products they carry, and have the lowest price plus limited time free shipping. I checked them out and their demo video was perhaps even more convincing, So I ordered one and it came UPS (free shipping). This thing is so well thought out, planned, designed to cover all the little things that others don't quite get right, although they may "do the job", that I give great kudos to the designer. I also praise the company I ordered it from just for making it where my budget break (recent bingo luck) would allow me to order mine - NOW.
IMO everyone should do yourself a favor and, at the least, check this "One" out with an eye/mind towards how much value your life as a non-disabled hunter is to you and your loved ones, no matter how many seasons you may or may not have left [Big Grin]
(put it in a search or PM/e-mail me - I get nothing out of it but safety satisfaction)
-------------------- Bernie: "Hunters Are People Too"
Ret'd USMC '53-'72 Disbanded Hubert Archers (Treasurer) Traditional Bow Shooters of West Virginia (Official Dinosaur Wrangler, Supporter, and Member) TGMM Family of the Bow Posts: 18940 | From: S Coastal NC | Registered: Mar 2003
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I bit the bullet and purchased one of these about a month ago. What finally convinced me was the fact that I usually hunt alone and even if someone knows what property I am hunting, they may not know what tree I am in. The self rescue feature is what finally sealed the deal.
When I received the harness I put it on and immediately did not like it because the steel block that the rope runs thru felt very uncomfortable on my back while sitting in my recliner. I threw it back in the box with intentions of returning it. I decided to not make such a hasty decision and went thru the familiarization process while watching the DVD that came with the harness.
I recently returned from a week long hunt in OH and IL where I gave the harness a good testing. In the field, the block against my back proved to be a non issue.
The harness fits me perfectly and is much more comfortable than the SOP harness I have been using for years (Never could get it to fit comfortably; either too baggy at shoulder straps or too tight in the crotch area).
The Rescue One is a quality made harness with all metal buckles. You can definitely tell a lot of thought went into the design. The self rescue feature is very simple and should be very reliable. The harness is quite a bit heavier than other harnesses but you do not notice it while wearing though you can feel the difference while holding it.
After using it for a week solid, I am very happy with the Rescue One. Even though the chance that you will need to use the self rescue feature is probably very small, I definitely feel safer knowing the option is there if needed.
You owe it to yourself and your family to check out this harness if you hunt in areas where a quick rescue may not be available in the unlucky event you fall. Like the old saying goes, "there are only two kinds of tree-stand hunters; those who have fallen and those who will fall"
No matter what harness you decide to buy, use it always and be careful out there. The buddy I hunted with in IL fell about a week before I arrived while checking some stands (not wearing a harness ). Luckily he only suffered some bruising and soreness but it could have ended much differently.
Posts: 351 | From: McDonough, Georgia | Registered: Mar 2004
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Purchased a Rescue One harness last year as my old harness was too worn to still be considered safe. The Rescue One is not as thin as my old harness, but my Cat Quiver still fits over the top. While in the tree, I don't notice is poking me in the back, but I do notice that it pushes me forward in the seat of the stand. Some stands seats are bigger than others, and at present, I favor the big seated stands.
But I went in this direction for two important reasons. One, I recently purchased a climbing stand, after many years of avoiding them. I remember using the Baker climbers, and they were not fond memories. I think the ability to lower yourself down from a climber is mandatory. Two, the design is the best out there right now.
Hunt hard and be safe.
-------------------- If man were to know everything in advance, there would be no such thing as adventure! Posts: 324 | From: WI | Registered: Sep 2006
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