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Automatic Emergency Descenders
As many of you, I am well aware as I get older and less agile the fear of falling out of a stand with a FB harness on, and experiencing suspension trauma. I would like to try something like the Down Safe or Tree Spider Livewire automatic descender systems. I would like to actually talk to someone at one of these companies, but the contact phone numbers on their web sites don't work (Down Safe's is disconnected and can't get through Tree Spider). I tried emailing, but I received no reply. Does anyone know how to talk to someone at these companies? Is Down Safe even still in business? Any info would be helpful.
Thank you. bowhuntress
I now use lifelines on my tree stand set-ups. The product you described does not seem to have caught on and perhaps that is why there is little info. Good luck and safe hunts! C
If I'm not mistaken, the Tree Spider product is a "one and done" descender. It is not re-useable.
While on embassy duty we had controlled descent devices to aid in evacuatuons. Google that and you will find what your looking for. Ours where not one use. You clip in and it gradually lowers you.
I've used the Rescue One CDS harness for several years. Not lite, but provides a reusable 30' lowering system.
Thank you all for your help! I will look in to your suggestions.
What about the Treestand Wingman? Supposed to lower you safely and is re-useable.
I have a Down Safe that I bought 5-6 years ago. Says it has an expiration date of 2 years. I still use it. Honestly don't know how it could become expired after only 2 years. Might be for liability reasons. If anyone has more information, please chime in. Thanks.