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Back ups

Dopo87

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So is everyone using backup bridges and tree tethers with their saddles? What should I be using. I currently have the Evolution set up just the way it came.
 

redsquirrel

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The evolution and the kestrel are designed to be use without any backups. They are very safe saddles.
 

justsomedude

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Dopo,

Are you using a Prusik on your tether? The "backup' is that you also clip the end of your tether to your carabiner.
 

Dopo87

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The only thing I find hard to do is make adjustments which I'm assuming is why everyone recommends the ropeman1.
 

justsomedude

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The only thing I find hard to do is make adjustments which I'm assuming is why everyone recommends the ropeman1.
It isn't just the ease of adjustment but that it is also ONE HANDED. You can hold the tree or hold your tether up in place or hold your bow... while adjusting.

I have three of them now :)
 

Dopo87

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It isn't just the ease of adjustment but that it is also ONE HANDED. You can hold the tree or hold your tether up in place or hold your bow... while adjusting.

I have three of them now :)
I think I see one being purchased in the near future! Would I need a backup to the ropeman since I would be going away from the original equipment.
 

justsomedude

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I would say most people don't backup the Ropeman.
I see no way they can slip. Under a VERY hard fall they can damage the rope.

To back up against slipping, you would just tie a loop in the end of your tether and clip that to the same carabiner. You could also attach a prusik above the Ropeman and clip it to the same biner but you would have to have room above the RM (I usually don't)

If the Ropeman spontaneously blew up and broke in half, that backup wouldn't do anything. A redundant connection would be a prusik clipped to your Saddle lower than the Ropeman . It could stay loose on the rope but that would save your butt. Too close to the Ropeman and it would make adjustment harder.
 

Dopo87

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I would say most people don't backup the Ropeman.
I see no way they can slip. Under a VERY hard fall they can damage the rope.

To back up against slipping, you would just tie a loop in the end of your tether and clip that to the same carabiner. You could also attach a prusik above the Ropeman and clip it to the same biner but you would have to have room above the RM (I usually don't)

If the Ropeman spontaneously blew up and broke in half, that backup wouldn't do anything. A redundant connection would be a prusik clipped to your Saddle lower than the Ropeman . It could stay loose on the rope but that would save your butt. Too close to the Ropeman and it would make adjustment harder.
You wouldn't happen to have a picture of a prussic clipped to your saddle would you?
 
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