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Saddle advice

Discussion in 'Arborist 101' started by dschroeder, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. dschroeder

    dschroeder ArboristSite Operative

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    I picked up a used weaver double-D from a Facebook arborist group (he was selling as it was too big for him)

    Anyways...planning to learn to climb with it (DRT) but was looking around treestuff.com at all the saddles and was wondering what a good next step would be without being crazy expensive. I don’t do tree work full time, just a side venture. Basically wanting to climb to be able to safely reach higher stuff without using a ladder to cut from
     
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    thetoolnut ArboristSite Operative

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    The Treemotion from teufelberger, close to being the perfect harness.

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    dschroeder ArboristSite Operative

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    thetoolnut ArboristSite Operative

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    If your going to spend big money on one piece of climbing kit spend it on a good harness. A bad uncomfortable harness will turn you off climbing very quickly whereas a good harness will make you fall in love with climbing.

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    Gotcha :) the tremotion does look nice, just above my price range for occasional climbing. I do tree work as a Part time/weekend thing. 80% of my work is done from the ground. Basically wanted to learn to climb to do my own work/parents/family trees...and to reach slightly higher stuff without cutting from a ladder (which I know is unsafe)
     
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    What I did was wait for a good deal on the Petzl Sequoiah, finally got one for about two bills last summer. Then I got a ZigZag and a Zillion for moving around in the tree, and am now in the process of teaching myself how to use them like the guys in the promotional videos. I particularly like the way they release under tension. The Sequoiah was one of the first lightweight ones to come out some years back, so it might not be as nice as some of the others posted by actual experts in their use, but I'm happy with it for the part-time gig I'm in process of developing Sure beats a rock harness for hanging tree gear..
     
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    Keep an eye on those plastic clips on the leg loops, they have been known to come undone in a tree. I've never liked that about Petzl harness's, the clips on the T.M are metal and are double locking.

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    I always thought that buckingham rebellion looked like a good saddle for the money.
    Alot of folks love the tree motion. Some specifically the light version although not having buckles wouldn't jive with me.
    I like the new tribe stuff alot but you're not gonna find a work saddle under 4 bills.
    Honestly anything with a rope bridge and decent leg pads is gonna be light years ahead of your 4d. If you were climbing for a living i'd recommend whatever is the most comfortable/ best fit and forget about price,a good saddle is worth every penny for a production climber. As a rec/occasional climber budget is more of a thing. I'll bet that rebellion would be just the ticket. There's a few other's in that price range that look good too, but I think it takes the cake for features in that range.
     
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    I wondered about that. That would definitely not be authorized. It seems pretty secure to me, but I could see a knobby stem pressing on it just right (more accurately, wrong) and a body motion twisting the clip out of place. Thanks.
     

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