Hunter Safety System Reflective LIFELINE System Review

Hunter Safety System Reflective LIFELINE System Review This review of the Hunter Safety System Reflective LIFELINE System (Amazon link) will be short and sweet, since the products is very simple and VERY […]
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Hunter Safety System Reflective LIFELINE System Review

This review of the Hunter Safety System Reflective LIFELINE System (Amazon link) will be short and sweet, since the products is very simple and VERY important.

Find the HSS Lifeline at Amazon or Cabela’s.

What is the Hunter Safety System Reflective LIFELINE System?

A strong rope you connect to your safety harness via an included carabiner before you start climbing to your tree stand and leave attached until your feet are back on the ground after climbing down.

Why do you need the Hunter Safety System Reflective LIFELINE System?

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POV view of the HSS Lifeline attached above one of my tree stands and hooked to my safety harness.

Notice I didn’t ask IF you need it. There aren’t many products that I consider a “no brainer”. This is one of them. If you hunt from a tree stand and don’t already have a safety system to keep you from falling, then you need this. Period.

For the past few years I have religiously used a safety harness when hunting from tree stands. However, I couldn’t clip into my short safety strap until I was at the top of the ladder. That meant I was not secured to the tree during climbing up to or down from the stand. The only times I ever came close to falling were when the ladder slipped or I missed a foot peg… while I was climbing up or down from the stand. If the ladder failed or I slipped my fancy safety harness was useless since it wasn’t hooked to anything. I don’t know about you, but falling from when alone in the woods and likely being injured in the process doesn’t sound like fun to me at all.

By connecting the Hunter Safety System Reflective LIFELINE System above my stand I am able to connect my safety harness to the safety rope BEFORE I start climbing up to the tree stand. I remain connected to the safety rope while transitioning from the ladder to the seat, back to the ladder, and as I climb down. If at ANY point I fall, then the the HSS Lifeline will catch me and keep me from impacting the ground.

One HSS Lifeline per person, or per stand?

If you use a two person stand, then you can install one HSS lifeline per person, or opt for the HSS Tandem Lifeline, which has one rope and two prussics, carabiners and cowbells.

How Hunter Safety System describes the Reflective LIFELINE System

Hunter Safety System Reflective LIFELINE System Review - keep calm and more cowbell“86% of treestand accidents occur while ascending or descending the tree or getting into or out of the stand. Stay attached to the tree from the ground to the stand, during the hunt and back again with a properly installed HSS-LIFELINE™. The HSS-REFLECTIVE LIFELINE™ features reflective material that “lights up” with the slightest flashlight beam to locate your stand in low-light conditions. All HSS-REFLECTIVE LIFELINEs™ come with our HSS-RECON carabiner and our new HSS-COWBELL sound dampeners (patent pending). Once properly installed, our HSS-REFLECTIVE LIFELINE™ keeps you connected from the ground to the stand and back again.

  • Reflective material that “lights up” with the slightest flashlight beam

  • HSS-COWBELL sound dampener eliminates rattles and clangs

  • Accommodate stands up to 30 feet

  • Comes complete with Recon carabiner”

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All it needed was MORE COWBELL!

But this is just a rope with a prussic knot on it, right?

If you’ve spent any time on Gear-Report.com, then you have no doubt seen a variety of DIY gear projects. I hate paying full price for something when I can make it myself for less. I suppose you could look at the HSS Lifeline as an overpriced rope with a prussic knot and carabiner on it. However, if you have ever looked at climbing ropes, then you know that ropes used in lifesaving or climbing applications have to be stronger than the typical rope you might find at Walmart or the local hardware store. I have looked and haven’t been able to find an outdoor rope that is rated sufficiently to absorb the shock load of a 400 pound person falling (the HSS Lifeline is rated up to 400 pounds) that could be economically purchased to make my own DIY version of the HSS Lifeline. Add to that the cost of the climbing rated carabiner and throw in the innovative silicone cow bell to keep the carabiner from clanging on things, and the HSS Lifeline looks like a pretty reasonable value.

Overall

The Hunter Safety System Reflective LIFELINE System is a “must have” item for EVERY tree stand that you hunt from. Usually when we review products our goal is to help you understand IF you should buy it or not. In this case the only question is HOW MANY you should get. And  honestly, that question is easy to answer: One for every tree stand that you hunt from. I highly recommend saving a bit of money and buying HSS Lifeline three packs. If you will never use your tree stand at dusk or after dark, then you can also save a few dollars by getting the non-reflective HSS Lifeline.  However, if you are like me and try to get in the stand at least 30 minutes before sunrise, then the reflective version may be worth it.

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About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits.

A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management.

Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.