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    I am trying to decide what harness to choose for technical rope rescue. What type of harness would you guys say is the best to go with?

  • #2
    Being there are so many different harnesses out there it may take some time before you find one thats comfortable for you. Two great harness that I could recommend are the Petzl Navaho Bod and the Yates Voyager. I find both harnesses to be very comfortable.
    Mike Donahue
    "Training Prepares You...For Moments That Define You

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    • #3
      Just my .02 but the Petzl and Yates harnesses are my favorites for comfort and features. I've worn many different makes of those and others (CMC, Roco, Yates, Petzl).

      I would suggest that even if you don't use them right now that you should get a harness with side positioning d-rings that all tower, rope access, and arborist harnesses have. You'll be glad you did when you want to climb up something...

      -mike
      My opinions posted here are my own and not representative of my employer or my IAFF local.

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      • #4
        I like the Yates line (Voyager, TechRescueII, etc...) a lot. I got a thick neck and cannot stand when the chest harness had a bunch of padding to rub your neck.

        Way off topic... first rope work was in the Army, we would rappell using a 12 foot body cord tied into a swiss seat (had to insure the "boys" where positioned right or you'd pinch one off real quick). Then to rappell, we used a non locking carabeiner with rope double hitched into it. You could do a 60' tower in a bound and a half... or off a helo skid to the ground in 3 seconds. After that experience, any harness and rappell set up we use seems safe!
        ~Drew
        Firefighter/EMT/Technical Rescue
        USAR TF Rescue Specialist

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        • #5
          Why do you need a harness? There are many time tested and proven alternatives...
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          • #6
            Originally posted by stickboy42 View Post
            Why do you need a harness? There are many time tested and proven alternatives...
            ~Drew
            Firefighter/EMT/Technical Rescue
            USAR TF Rescue Specialist

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            • #7
              I will throw out another vote for the Yates Voyager.
              Career Firefighter
              Volunteer Captain

              -Professional in Either Role-

              Originally posted by Rescue101
              I don't mind fire rolling over my head. I just don't like it rolling UNDER my a**.

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              • #8
                I saw a couple votes for Yates, but check out RescueTECH. www.rescuetech1.com. Their Vanguard Harness is very comfortable; I also like Singing Rocks Expert II.

                Neck rub is probably the most common complaint concerning the new style of harnesses. The Vanguard and Expert are pretty ergonomically designed to prevent this.

                Jeff

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                • #9
                  Another Seat suggestion

                  Jerry Smith from Progressive Rescue Solutions builds an awesome seat. He has tons of experience in rescue and will custom build a seat for your comfort at about the same price.

                  http://progressiverescuesolutions.co...oduct-catalog/

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