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position, without any compression on the
chest, which causes breathing difficulty.
A few decades ago, tree-stand safety
belts were the norm. You wore it like a
normal belt, either around your waist or
your upper chest, and attached it to the
tree. If you fell, though, that belt held all
of your weight in one spot, which could
crack ribs and/or prevent you from breathing. That's why improved fall-restraint
devices are available today.
The harness will keep you upright
without compression that affects breathing. However, there will be compression
on your thighs at the crotch, which is certain to restrict blood flow if you're hanging for an extended period. To eliminate
this problem, get a harness that includes
suspension-relief straps.

EXTRA FEATURES

One end of the suspension-relief strap
connects to the harness's waist belt. The
other has a loop big enough for your foot,
that hangs down slightly shorter than
your leg; they're deployed only if you
fall. By stepping into each strap's loop
while hanging, you can relieve the pressure from the straps around your thighs,
ensuring you've got good blood flow
through your legs.
Something else to consider is a harness that has metal D-rings sewn into its
waist-belt to accommodate a lineman's
belt, often used to ascend utility poles.
A lineman's belt alone isn't a good fit
for hunting from trees. But it's indispensable when putting up climbing sticks or
hanging stands. With your feet resting on

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something solid, and the strap holds your
body upright, freeing both hands to work.
Let's say you're putting up climbing
sticks. By sliding the lineman's belt up as
you climb, you can secure the stick sections to the tree with two hands, and not
worry about losing your balance.
And if your harness can serve as a linemen's belt, you don't need two separate
belts.
Tree-stand safety harnesses today
come in a variety of forms. The basic strap
system that provides the security part of
the harness is essentially the same for all
of them. Beyond that is where variety
comes into play. Some harnesses have
only straps. They're light, simple and tend
to be the least expensive. Then there are
harnesses that have padding in areas for
extra comfort or they might be built into
vests, so your harness can have pockets
for warmth and holding gear.
Some of the newest vests even have
built-in phone charging ports. Amenities
built into today's safety harnesses are
nearly endless. Your budget and your
needs will guide you to the one that's
right for you.

GETTING A GOOD FIT

Once you've found a harness you want,
it's time to think about fit. Each manufacturer should have its own sizing chart,
but here's a general guide to help you
choose what's right. Measure your torso
at belly button level. If the number is 28
to 42 inches, and you weigh 100 to 175
pounds, go for a small/medium harness.
For 35 to 56 inches and a weight of 175 to



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