For safety and comfort reasons it is important to make sure you find the best possible hunting safety harness if you are a big guy. In fact, it’s an important piece of hunting equipment no matter what your size – but in this case we are focusing on harnesses to fit big guys.
No matter how high you climb off the ground, it is crucial to wear and properly attach an approved safety harness.
For the larger guys, it is important that the harness is the right size, provides support and distributes the weight evenly in the event of a fall.
Due to the greater weight to be supported, incorrect weight distribution could become a major factor in whether or not you get out of a fall without serious injury.
Hanging in your harness for a period of time can lead to suspension trauma (aka harness-induced pathology) resulting in loss of consciousness.
The point is, if and when you experience a fall, you'll need to have a plan for how you're going to get back to the stand / climbing sticks / safety line.
When we’re talking about “big guys” we’re going for an audience of over 250 lbs and up to as heavy as 400 lbs.
There are harnesses available that cater to these weights and sizes, having been properly tested and meet or exceed standards recognized by the Treestand Manufacturers’ Association (TMA) for these dimensions.
Rather than inundate you with a plethora of choices we have narrowed down the field to the three most suitable safety harnesses for big guys.
The first is a high quality safety harness vest, the second and third are lightweight safety harnesses at a great price produced by leading treestand manufacturers.
Hunter Safety System Pro-Series Harness w/ Elimishield Scent Control
In the Box
- HSS Harness
- Adjustable Tree Strap
- Suspension relief strap / deer drag
- Economy lineman’s climbing strap (carabiners not required)
- Instructional DVD
- Safe-Use Instructions
The Pro-Series harness from Hunter Safety System offers a lightweight, comfortable system with built-in features that provide useful storage and functionality.
The material of the harness is a lightweight fabric combined with ventilating mesh. It will sit comfortably over hunting gear so that it is barely noticeable.
Heat fused into the fabric is the new ElimiShield Hunt Scent Control Technology to stop from detection.
For fit and comfort the Pro-Series harness is the most suitable, particularly for the bigger body types.
There is plenty of room for the legs so they won’t be restrictive as you climb and go through the usual standing up/sitting down movements while waiting.
It includes features such as dual bino clips as well as 8 pockets for small gear storage.
The harness also includes a built in USB port that allows you to connect your USB compatible device to a battery pack.
The harness is available in 2X-Large/3X-Large size which fits 250-300 lbs and a 44 inch waist with room to spare.
It has an MSRP of $169.99.
Find out more about the company and the full range of products available by visiting the Hunter Safety System website.
Summit Treestands Pro Safety Harness
In the Box
- Full body harness
- Safety rope with Prusik hitch
- Locking carabiner
The Summit Pro Harness is a completely adjustable Fall Arrest Harness System that is quick to tighten or loosen to comfortably fit the body.
The larger of the two available sizes (Large), fits waist sizes between 35 and 46 inches.
All of the straps use slides to simplify the fit process. It also helps to avoid overtightening that might impede movement or pinch the skin in unfortunate places.
It has padded shoulder straps, a high-strength tether and quick-lock buckles.
Included with the harness is an 8 foot safety rope with an adjustable Prusik Knot as well as a locking carabiner.
Around the belt of the harness is a MOLLE attachment system to provide you with the ability to store a range of hunting accessories.
It has a maximum weight rating of 300 lbs and an MSRP of $99.00.
Find out more about the company and the full range of products available by visiting the Summit Treestands website.
Muddy The Ambush Hunting Safety Harness
The Ambush safety harness is a lightweight harness made from a padded nylon fabric designed to offer freedom of movement without any restrictions.
The harness features a one hand carabiner clip and a flexible tether to provide full 360 degree movement.
Padding at the waist strap is another comfort feature built in and an elastic chest strap draw the harness in close to the chest.
All straps at the shoulders and legs are adjustable to cater for larger body types. They can then be drawn in until they sit firmly against the body.
The harness will easily fit larger guys of 6’ 4” and 290 lbs. In fact, the adjustment range is more suited to catering to the big and tall guys rather than short.
(Many of the complaints lodged against the harness is that it is too big and “unless you are 6’4 and 250 lbs, the harness won’t fit”).
The Ambush harness has a weight rating of 300 lbs and an MSRP of $99.00.
If you are after a safety harness that is barely noticeable when moving about, you want to walk into position wearing it, then this is the one to choose.
Find out more about the company and the full range of products available by visiting the Muddy website.
Just a final word for those who believe the hunting safety harnesses featured above are still not big enough.
There has been, in the past, an even larger safety harness on the market with a weight rating up to 400 lbs.
Unfortunately, the harness has sold out but it may be possible to get them specially built by contacting the company directly.
You might also be interested in the discussion on the purpose of the safety harness tether and how to properly use it.