Presented here is a listing and close examination of the top rated tree stand safety harnesses as judged by hunters the country wide.

No matter how well designed with safety features your tree stand might be, the bottom line is that you are at risk of injury or worse if you don’t wear a safety harness. This is a mandatory piece of equipment for tree stand hunters with the injury rate from falls out of tree stands off the scale across the country.

The fact that hunters continue to climb into tree stands without properly securing themselves with a safety harness is staggering. There is a high probability that if you are regularly climbing into and down from a tree stand, you are going to take a fall at some point. Your properly deployed safety harness is the only thing that will save you from serious injury.

So, on this page, we take a close look at all of the highest rated tree stand safety harnesses that are currently on the market. They have been listed together to provide you with the opportunity to compare them against each other and then, further down the page, we have provided a more complete review of each one.

List of Tree Stand Safety Harness Systems

Make / Model








300 lbs



300 lbs



300 lbs


One Size Fits Most

300 lbs


Youth Safety Harnesses


50 - 100lbs


18-24" waist

300 lbs


Women's Safety Harnesses







300 lbs


Description of Tree Stand Safety Harnesses

Now that we have been able to browse through what might be considered the best tree stand harness options available today we will take a look at a more detailed overview of each.

Each of these brief tree climbing harness reviews aims to provide you with extra information about the harness that is not otherwise immediately apparent in the summary list such as special unique features. It should also help you in working out which would prove to offer you the greatest value in terms of its effectiveness.

Hunter Safety System Patriot Reversible Vest Harness

Product Features

  • Upper body webbing 1.25” thick
  • Lineman’s Climbing Strap
  • Adjustable Tree Strap
  • Suspension Relief/Deer Drag
  • 8 Pockets
  • Reversible Vest – Realtree Xtra / Brushed Tricot Orange

This safety harness is actually a reversible vest that is lightweight and easy to put on. It also feels comfortable when moving around before you start climbing so that it will not hamper your basic motions.

The reason the Patriot has been rated so highly, with the vast majority of customers giving it 5 stars, comes largely down to a few key factors. Firstly, it is easy to put on with the leg straps and zipper ensuring it is simplicity itself. Secondly, it includes the eight pockets that provide handy storage of small items. Thirdly, it is reversible so it can be worn with either the Realtree Xtra camo pattern or the safety Brushed Tricot Blaze Orange on the outside.

The most important factor of the harness, of course, is its ability to arrest your fall. The harness is built into the vest and consists of 1.25” thick webbing for the upper body, a shock absorbing tether and a waist buckle. It comes with a Lineman’s climbing strap, an adjustable tree strap and suspension relief/deer drag.

This safety harness meets the TMA standards and has been roundly endorsed by a vast majority of customers. It is considered the most comfortable safety harness and provides you with the safety you should be looking for when climbing into and down from a tree stand.

Tree Spider Speed Safety Harness

Product Features

  • Shock Reducing Bungee Tether
  • YKK Adjustable Belt Buckle
  • Shoulder Strap and Leg Adjustments
  • Lightweight Aluminum Powerlink Carabiner
  • Tree Strap
  • Suspension Relief Strap
  • Weight: 3lbs 3oz

This Tree Spider Harness is one of the lightest harnesses being offered weighing in at only 3 lbs 3 ounces. It is configured as a figure-eight strap that does not include a waist strap and can be worn either outside or under your outer shell.

The Tree Spider harnesses are designed by the makers of ScentBlocker clothing and is compatible with these clothes in particular. But it will also be well suited for use with any other hunting gear.

The bungee tether is elastic which serves to slow the fall before bringing you up short to cushion the fall to a certain extent. It also means it is easier when getting yourself back into the tree stand.

The harness is designed to make it easy to adjust. The leg buckles, which are machined aluminum can be operated by the large tabs that can be gripped with gloved hands. In short, the components are well-made and durable and robust enough to provide you with the fall protection you are aiming for.

The positive comments from customers include the fact that it is quick and easy to put on. It is also comfortable to wear underneath your outer clothing and allows smooth impediment free movement.

There were only a very few negative comments which includes a mention that the fact that the tether is located at the back makes it uncomfortable to sit when using the tree as a backrest.

Hunter Safety System Pro Series Harness

Product Features

  • ElimiShield Hunt Scent Control Technology
  • Adjustable tree strap
  • Suspension relief strap
  • Lineman’s climbing strap
  • Eight pockets
  • Binoculars/Accessory straps
  • Instructional DVD

The 2019 version of the Pro Shield Safety Harness is a re-release of what has been a long-time favorite of hunters. The vest has been improved with a few added features to make a sturdy and reliable harness into an even more valuable safety device.

The vest is available in 3 different sizes, small/medium, large/extra large or XX-large/3X large.

The first addition is the ElimiShield Scent Control Technology that effectively eliminates the human odor to help keep you undetected.

The next feature is a reduction in weight with the lightweight fabric that is used in the construction and the inclusion of ventilating mesh. When compared against the original Pro Shield this new version is 40% lighter.

Another nice little feature is the inclusion of a USB port that will connect your USB compatible device to a USB battery pack. The battery pack must be purchased separately.

Storage of accessories is also possible around the vest thanks to the accessory straps on the outside plus eight pockets that will enable small to medium sized items to be stored.

Customers have consistently given this vest the thumbs up citing comfort and ease of putting it on and taking it off among the reasons for the high review scores.

Summit PRO Sport Safety Harness

Product Features

  • High-performance tether
  • Lineman’s climbing rope
  • Quick-lock buckles
  • Comfort-engineered padded shoulder straps
  • Holds up to 300 lbs.
  • Small - 25” to 28” waist
  • Medium - 28” to 35” waist
  • Large - 35” to 46” waist

This safety harness by Summit provides the experienced hunter with the equipment necessary to remain secure and comfortable in the stand.

The harness uses a MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) attachment system that gives it versatility and the wearer a customizable piece of equipment that will also allow for accessory storage.

The safety features are an important part of this harness and the PRO has a completely adjustable full-body Fall Arrest Harness System. The straps and other pieces are tangle resistant and the entire thing is easy to put on no matter what the lighting conditions might be.

Comfort is also well considered with easy to reach adjustment straps and a fit that will sit comfortably without feeling too constricting. While it is on it will move with the body so that it doesn’t impede movement in any way. 

The Summit PRO may be worn over or under your hunting clothing.

It is also designed with noise reduction in mind with features such as the silent-slide Prusik knot on the safety line and the rubberized quick-lock buckles.

Tree Spider Venom Harness

Product Features

  • Lightly padded and flexible
  • Quick connecting leg buckles
  • Vertical Climbing Loops
  • 1 Carabiner
  • 1 Tree Strap
  • 1 Suspension relief strap
  • ShockBlocker
  • Instruction manual

The Tree Spider Venom safety harness has been created as a lightweight option that is also lightly padded to provide a comfortable fit without being too bulky. It has been rated to carry up to 300 lbs and it comes with all of the safety accessories necessary to ensure that any slip or fall will be comfortably caught.

The harness has been designed with enough adjustability for it to fit the majority of body sizes. It is advertised as a One Size Fits Most harness. It has been noted that people as small as 5’ 2” up to as large as 6’ 9” will comfortably fit into it. It trying to determine by waist size, the harness will go down to 32” and up to 60”. Adjustments may be made around the legs, waist and back to ensure a snug and secure fit.

A notable feature that should be pointed out is the ShockBlocker breaking device that is built into the main line to the tree which absorbs up to 40% of normal shock force and would reduce the chance of injury in the case of a fall. Also, at the legs is a safety loop designed to relieve pressure on the legs if you find yourself hanging from the harness.

Reviews of the harness are generally very positive with only a few reservations cited. Drawbacks such as the strap widths which are quite narrow and could cut in severely in the event of a fall; the metal buckles at the leg tend to clank against everything; the straps tend to loosen while wearing the harness.

Best Youth Safety Harness

There’s small and then there’s junior and the safety harnesses required by the younger hunters are best provided by the manufacturers who have produced youth harnesses. Not only will these harnesses be more comfortable for the kids to wear but they will also be safer because they are made with the children’s dimensions and needs in mind.

We have examined a range of them and are happy to present a couple below that have been given positive reviews by hunters who have used them.

Hunter Safety System Lil’ Treestalker Youth Harness

Product Features

  • Adjustable Tree Strap
  • Suspension Relief/Deer Drag
  • Instructional DVD
  • Safe-Use Instructions

The Lil’ Treestalker Youth Harness is another vest-style harness that has been created to provide the younger hunters with the utmost safety when off the ground. As long as you make sure the vest has been properly fitted and adjusted for size it will prove to be as reliable as the adult version.

The vest is extremely lightweight, weighing in at only 2lbs. It has no dangling straps or weave-thru buckles so there is nothing to get caught or to make noise when moving. The saddle straps are wide enough to offer a degree of comfort if involved in a fall and following suspension.

It has been designed as a slim fit profile to eliminate bulk and to help with mobility. The fabric that it has been made with is quiet so that there will be no give away rustling. The leg buckles are designed to remain silent too.

As with the adult vests from HSS the Lil’ Treestalker contains 2 pockets to allow small accessories to be stored and easily accessed.

Positive comments from customers about this harness include the ease with which it is to put on and take off and the good fit that it offers. People who have used it have cited their children’s ages to be from between 6 and 12 and have all found that it works well with the kids feeling safe and comfortable when wearing it.

Summit Junior Sport Safety Harness

Product Features

  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Performance tether
  • Quick-lock buckles
  • Lineman’s climbing rope
  • Silent-slide Prusik knot
  • Rubberized quick-lock buckles
  • 18” to 24” Waist size

The Junior Sport Safety Harness from Summit has been built to provide the safety features you would expect from a full-sized harness but has been sized specifically for a child’s body.

Features to note include padded shoulder straps and a high-performance tether that will provide both comfort and security. It also comes with a lineman’s climbing rope.

Design features to provide stealth have also been built in such as the silent-slide Prusik knot on the safety line as well as rubberized quick-lock buckles.

The harness is easy to put on and can be adjusted to fit properly with a minimum of fuss. Once it is on and the lineman’s climbing rope has been attached it will provide constant contact with the tree for maximum safety.

Best Women's Hunting Safety Harness

The shape and size of the female body differs enough to that of a man’s that it makes sense to have a safety harness designed to fit comfortably. For this reason there are harnesses available specifically for women hunters.

We have examined them and present below the ones that have proven to be the most popular by hunters.

Hunter Safety System Lady Hybrid Harness

Product Features

  • ElimiShield®Hunt™ Scent Control Technology
  • Adjustable tree strap
  • Suspension relief strap / deer drag
  • Economy lineman’s climbing strap
  • Sound dampening buckles
  • Dual bino clips, six pockets and cell phone pocket
  • Charging USB port
  • Instructional DVD
  • Safe-use instructions

This is a ladies safety harness that has been designed to fit the female form and has been created with a lightweight design that is both functional and comfortable. The harness has also been equipped with a few modern features that add a little flair to the rig.

The entire harness has been treated with ElimiShield Hunt Scent Control Technology which is fused into the fabric and kills the human odor. This is designed to last for the life of the harness.

The upper mesh portion is a lightweight mesh fabric that makes the harness appropriate for use in whatever season you choose. Once it has been put on and adjusted it will be barely noticeable on the shoulders.

Organization is also considered with six accessory pockets as well as dual bino clips and a dedicated cell phone pocket. Not only that, it also contains a USB port that can be connected to a battery pack (you buy that separately) to keep your USB powered devices charged.

The harness system itself is built on the patented lightweight HSS harness system, which provides unparalleled strength and comfort when seated or standing. It comes with all of the necessary safety straps such as an adjustable tree strap, a suspension relief strap and a lineman’s climbing strap.

This is a highly effective safety harness and the fact that it has been created for the female form makes it a comfortable one too.

Summit Women’s Sport Safety Harness

Product Features

  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Performance tether
  • Quick-lock buckles
  • Lineman’s climbing rope
  • Silent-slide Prusik knot
  • Rubberized quick-lock buckles
  • 25” to 28” Waist size (small)
  • 28" to 35" Waist size (medium/large)

The Summit Sports Women’s Safety Harness has been designed to properly fit a woman’s body perfectly so that it is both comfortable and secure. It is designed with all of the features that are available in the Men’s harness.

The shoulder straps are padded and the adjustment slides on the straps are wide to ensure that the harness remains comfortable at the points where it comes in contact with the body. It can be worn either over or under the clothing.

The harness is available in either the Xtra Small/Small size which provides for 25” to 28” waist sizes or Medium/Large size which provides for 28” to 35” waist sizes.

The harness is an adjustable full-body Fall Arrest Harness System and comes with a high-performance tether and a lineman’s climbing rope. It also uses rubberized quick-lock buckles and features silent-slide Prusik knot on the safety line to ensure it remains silent when moving about.

This is a quality safety harness that performs the two important tasks of feeling comfortable in the stand and providing the utmost safety in case of a fall.

Safety Harness Considerations

Comfort - The first factor that should be worked out when you buy your harness is whether it is comfortable. This is something that you are more than likely going to figure out the moment you put it on. If it feels even slightly uncomfortable in that first minute after you put it on, it is more than likely going to become unbearable if you wear it hour after hour.

You need to test it out by wearing the clothes that you will have on when hunting. You are going to be layered up out in your tree stand so put your harness on over your base layer and under your shell.

Simulate movements that you are likely going to be making when out in the field. This includes drawing and shooting your bow or, if you’re a rifle hunter, sighting and shooting. You need to ensure there are no snags or other impediments to your natural movement.

TMA Certified - The Treestand Manufacturers Association provides a stringent set of standards that they will put all treestand products through. The safety harness is a crucial piece of equipment and all makes and models should be put through this process.

You know that the harness is safe to use and will provide you with the protection you need if it has been TMA certified.

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