Safety First – Diamondback Harness
by Darren Choate
I never sit a tree-stand without my safety harness, and neither should you. That said, not all safety harnesses are created equal; especially those “so-called” harnesses that come with your purchased tree-stand. I have a better chance of solving a Rubik’s Cube–dating myself–than putting one of those on. In addition to the safety features of a harness, there are three features that are a must for me: 1) simple design, 2) fit, and 3) Linesman’s belt (or climbing feature). First, I want something that is simple to use; I want to put it on, get to the tree, and hunt. Second, I am a small guy (5′ 8″ and a buck-forty), so I need something that conforms to my small frame. Third, hanging tree-stands can be a dangerous activity, but the use of a Linesman’s belt takes away most of the danger.
This year I came across Big Game Treestands, Diamondback Harness, and it fit all of my requirements. Built like a vest with backpack straps, you simply put this harness on like you would an article of clothing–one arm at a time–clip the sternum strap, and then wrap the leg straps around your legs and clip them in place with an easy to use clip (I had to adjust the leg straps as small as they would go to make them a perfect fit, but again, I am a small guy, most would have no problem as is out of the box). Once you are in the tree, all you have to do is wrap the safety cord (provided) around the tree and clip the anti-shock bungee tether with a carabiner clip, and your ready to hunt!
This fall, I spent several days on stand waiting for the right Coues buck to show up, and I felt both comfortable and safe in the Diamondback Harness. Close to the end of the hunt I had six Coues bucks come within 30 yards of my stand–the closest at 23 yards–but I elected to pass, hoping for one of the monster Coues bucks on my hit list. The monster never showed, but there will be more opportunities down the road.
Big Game Treestands – Diamondback Harness
- THICK PADDED SHOULDERS & BACK
- MESH BREATHABLE BACK
- ANTI-SHOCK BUNGEE TETHER – EXTENDS TO 30″ LONG
- QUICK-SET CARABINER CLIP
CONSTRUCTION: Lightweight Padded Nylon
DESIGN: No Tangle, 1 Chest buckle and 2 Quick-release leg buckle, Shoulder & Leg strap adjustment for defined fit
SIZE: One size fits most
WEIGHT: 2 Lbs.
WEIGHT RATING: 300 Lbs.
For more information on the Diamondback Harness and other Big Game Treestands products, visit https://www.biggametreestands.com/.
Darren is the Founder of Western Whitetail. Prior to his career in the outdoors, Darren served as an Airman in the US Air Force. As a freelancer, his articles have been published online and featured in magazines such as Western Whitetail, Western Hunter, Quality Whitetails, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Fur-Fish-Game, and Rocky Mountain Game & Fish Magazine. Additionally, Darren spent time as the Editor In Chief of Whitetail Journal, Bowhunting World, Predator Xtreme, Archery Business, and Hunting Retailer magazines with Grand View Outdoors. He is a voting member and supporter of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). Although he lives in elk and Coues country, Darren enjoys hunting across the country and writing about his experiences.