Safety in the tree stand is your top priority and that's why it is crucial to find the best possible tree stand safety harness. And then, before you start climbing, make sure it is properly attached.

Presented here is a listing and close examination of some of the best hunting safety harnesses for tree stands as judged by hunters the country wide.

No matter how well designed with safety features your tree stand might be, the bottom line is you're 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.

Protect Yourself!

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

Sizes

Capacity

MSRP

S/M
L/XL
2X/3X

n.a.

$87.99

S/M
L/XL
2X/3X

300 lbs

$99.99

S/M
L/XL
2X/3X

300 lbs

$139.95

Small
Medium
Large

300 lbs

$79.99

One Size Fits Most

300 lbs

$69.99

S/M

L/XL

2X / 3X

300 lbs

$59.95

S/M

L/XL

2X/3X

4X/5X

300 lbs

4X/5X 400 lbs

$99.95

One size fits most

300 lbs

$32.95

One size fits most

300 lbs

$49.99

Youth Safety Harnesses

Youth

50 - 100lbs

$84.95

18-24" waist

300 lbs

$79.99

20-27" waist

110 lbs

$49.95

Women's Safety Harnesses

S/M

M/L

n.a.

$119.95

Small

Medium

300 lbs

$69.99

Description of Tree Stand Safety Harnesses

Now that we have been able to browse through some of 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 is highly rated, with the vast majority of customers giving it 5 stars, comes largely down to a few key factors.

1). Is easy to put on with the leg straps and zipper ensuring it is simplicity itself.

2). It includes the eight pockets that provide handy storage of small items.

3). It is reversible with either the Realtree Xtra camo pattern or the safety Brushed Tricot Blaze Orange visible.

The most important factor of the harness, of course, is its ability to arrest your fall.

The harness is part of 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.

Find out more about the company and all products available by siting the Hunter Safety System website

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 has a figure-eight strap configuration that does not include a waist strap and attaches either outside or under your outer shell.

The makers of ScentBlocker clothing designed the Tree Spider harnesses.

They are compatible with these clothes in particular. But 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 design makes adjustment simple. The leg buckles are machined aluminum. They operate by large tabs and 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.

Find out more about the brand and the other products available by visiting the Blocker Outdoors website.

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.

It's a vest 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.

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.

Find out more about the company and all products available by siting the Hunter Safety System website

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.

Find out more about the brand and the other products available by visiting the Summit Treestands website.

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.

In 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.

Find out more about the brand and the other products available by visiting the Blocker Outdoors website.

Hunter Safety System X-1 Bowhunter Harness

Product Features

  • Harness weighs 2.5 lbs
  • Primary Treestrap
  • Suspension Relief Strap
  • Safe-Use Instructions
  • DVD
  • Available in Mens, Womens and Youth sizes

This harness offers an affordable option for all types of weather conditions. 

It only weighs 2.5 lbs and provides mobility and comfort as you move around both in and out of the stand.

This is a harness with a straight forward design eliminating dangling straps and weave through buckles. The aim is to provide a safety harness that is easy to put on without the risk of making a mistake.

It is created so that it can be worn either over lightweight clothing in warmer conditions or underneath cold-weather jackets when the temperature drops.

Find out more about the company and all products available by siting the Hunter Safety System website

Hunter Safety System UltraLite Flex Harness

Product Features

  • Weighs only 2.0 lbs
  • 1.25” upper-body webbing with shock absorbing tether & waist buckle
  • Includes a secure, mesh cell phone pocket
  • Lineman’s climbing strap
  • Adjustable tree strap
  • Suspension Relief/Deer Drag
  • Instructional DVD
  • Safe-Use Instructions

This harness has been advertised by the company as the lightest and most flexible harness on the market. It uses a series of padded hexagons as a means of making it comfortable and it is this design that also gives it a great deal of movement and flexibility as it moves with you.

It uses 1.25” upper body webbing which is particularly strong without being heavy. Other security features built in are a tether and a strong waist buckle.

The design is minimalist while it fits snugly to the body and allows complete movement.

Available sizes for men are: Small/Medium (100-175 lbs) fitting a torso measuring 28” – 42”, Large/X Large (175-250 lbs) fitting a torso measuring 35” – 56”, 2X/3X (250-300 lbs) fitting a torso measuring 48” – 60” and 4X/5X (300-400 lbs) fitting a torso measuring 42.5” – 71”.

Available sizes for women are: Small/Medium (100-175 lbs) fitting a torso measuring 28” – 39” and Medium/Large (175-250 lbs) fitting a torso measuring 35” – 53”.

The available sizes for a youth are: Youth (50-100 lbs) fitting a torso measuring 24” – 33”.

Find out more about the company and all products available by siting the Hunter Safety System website

Big Game Treestands EZ On Basic Safety Harness

Product Features

  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Built-in deer drag
  • Fall Arrest Harness
  • Quick-release leg buckles
  • Tree strap and suspension relief strap included
  • Lineman's climbing belt included
  • Weight Rating: 300 lbs
  • Total Weight: 2 lbs

The EZ On Safety Harness provides you with the safety and comfort of a padded lightweight harness that will remain comfortable through an entire day.

The EZ On has a built-in deer drag that has been included for greater convenience. The quick release belt buckles on the leg straps helps with the harness adjustment.

It has been noted that these belt buckles can be prone to making a loud click when they are engaged but this can be overcome by being careful to hold the release button in when buckling up.

This is a harness that weighs 2 lbs and will fit most body types.

It is the basic model that has been released by Big Game and is meant to be a no frills option that will perform the task of saving your life should you fall. In that respect it works very well.

This is a great value for money option.

Muddy The Magnum Pro Safety Harness

Product Features

  • Padded shoulders and waist
  • Cinch adjustable torso straps
  • Noiseless adjustable leg buckles
  • Lineman’s belt
  • Tree strap
  • Suspension relief strap
  • Weight rating: 300 lbs
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs

The Magnum Pro is an upgrade on the company’s original Magnum harness. It is lighter in weight and has had a couple of small adjustments to make it more comfortable.

It is made from light weight padded nylon with the padding located at the shoulders and waist so that it remains comfortable while sitting as well as when you are on the move.

The tether straps are strong and durable to ensure there is no risk of failure. At the leg are cam buckles that are easy to locate and deploy when needed. These buckles are non-metal so that the chance of making a clanking noise is minimized.

Included with the harness are a lineman’s belt, a tree strap and a suspension relief strap.

The harness has a capacity rating to carry up to 300 lbs and it only weighs 1.5 lbs.

With an MSRP of only $49.99, this is another great value for money option for the budget-conscious who also wants to stay safe.

Find out more about the company and all products available by siting the Muddy Outdoors website

Best Youth Treestand Harness

If a younger member of the hunting party is going to be doing some climbing they must be equipped with the best possible youth hunter safety system.

This will involve either a treestand safety harness or a youth climbing harness which is also very secure.

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 with positive reviews by hunters who have used them.

In addition are some junior climbing harnesses that protect kids and are comfortable to wear.

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 fits properly and is size adjusted 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 catch or make noise when moving. The saddle straps are wide enough to offer a degree of comfort if involved in a fall and following suspension.

This has 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 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.

All have found that it works well with the kids feeling safe and comfortable when wearing it.

Find out more about the company and all products available by siting the Hunter Safety System website

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 provides 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.

Built in design features to provide stealth include the silent-slide Prusik knot on the safety line as well as rubberized quick-lock buckles.

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

Find out more about the brand and the other products available by visiting the Summit Treestands website.

Black Diamond Momentum Kids Climbing Harness

Product Features

  • Pre-threaded Speed Adjust waistbelt buckle
  • Adjustable rear elastic riser
  • trakFIT adjustment for easy leg loop adjustment
  • 22 to 27” waist size
  • 16 to 20” leg size
  • Harness weight: 8.5 oz

This climbing harness features a lightweight, breathable design that will grow with your child to provide a wide range of fit.

It is a sit harness designed to fit kids aged 5 – 10 years and who weigh between 35 - 110 lbs.

The harness uses Dual Core Construction consisting of two slim bands of high-tensile webbing on the outer edges of the waistbelt.

It has an OpenAir foam insert in the center for breathability. This insert also provides comfort by removing pressure points.

The trakFIT leg loops adjust with a slide mechanism to allow for leg growth.

The difference with this harness to a hunting harness is the lack of stealth features.

This is purely a climbing harness that focuses primarily on safety and comfort. If you want to ensure no unwanted noise from the harness, this one doesn’t provide it.

Find out more about the company and the range of products available by visiting the Black Diamond Equipment website.

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.

Find out more about the company and all products available by siting the Hunter Safety System website

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.

Find out more about the brand and the other products available by visiting the Summit Treestands website.

What to Look for In the Best Hunting Safety Harness

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.

If you use a climbing tree stand you're going to be exerting a fair amount of effort as you climb. The comfort factor is going to be sorely tested here.

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.

Safety Tips For Using Your Tree Stand Harness

Buying a tree stand harness is only the first step to ensuring your safety in the tree stand.

The next step is to learn how to wear it and how to use it properly.

Read and Follow the Manual Instructions

Before you take it out on your hunting trip you must make sure you know what you’re doing with it.

This means reading the instructions, watching the explanatory DVD, putting it on, securing the tether and the suspension relief strap and practice on the ground.

Failing to properly wear the harness or to fail to properly attach your suspension relief strap can be disastrous.

Carefully Check Your Equipment

Before you use your harness for the first time and, indeed, before each hunting trip, closely check over the harness.

You’re looking for any signs of damage or wear in the material or components. Cracks, fractures, frayed material could all indicate weak points that may result in the harness failing to save your life when needed.

 You should replace anything that appears to be broken or wearing immediately.

Take Your Time As You Climb

The tendency might be to try to get up into your treestand as quickly as possible. After all, there’s deer to be hunting.

But rushing can cause mistakes and mistakes are to be avoided at all costs.

Go through your climbing routine each and every time before you start climbing.

Make sure your harness is properly worn and that the lines are correctly attached to the tree. These are your lifelines and essential for the harness to do its job.

If You Fall...

With any luck you won’t need it, but if the worst happens and you fall you need to know how to rescue yourself.

If you fall your hunting safety harness will have you suspended in mid-air, presumably away from the tree trunk itself.

This is where your suspension relief strap is crucial.

You will need to take hold of the suspension relief strap and use it to right yourself into a vertical position.

From here you should be able to use it to get yourself back to the tree, ladder or the climbing sticks to enable you to complete your self-rescue.

Always Use a Haul Line

It is important to never carry your weapon, or your equipment when you’re climbing up to the tree stand.

This is incredibly dangerous for a number of reasons.

You won’t be able to properly climb with both hands if you’re also trying to lug items of equipment up too.

Your concentration will be diverted by the problems your gear could be posing (snags, loss of balance, extra weight). You need your full focus on climbing.

Once you’re in the tree stand you can haul your equipment and your weapons up in safety.


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