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Dog Leash Gear Hoist

JBDaddy

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Every year ye olde Gear Hoist thread reappears here, regular as velvet on antlers. In it, you'll see Doyles Hoist, Allen, Hawk, Summit, and Thumb & Pinky. In the past I've also flirted with Antique Automatic Fly Fishing Reels, and even chalk-line reels.

One idea in the annual threads I flat out rejected was the "dog leash" idea. I've owned a few and had them apart. They cost more on Amazon than I want to waste, inner coil spring was a pita, they felt heavy, and the cord or webbing inside it was only 10, maybe 16 feet. Not long enough. Rejected.

The other day I happened across this video:
with a new (to me) angle.

Harbor Freight's $6 retractable dog leash has a 24 foot length, and it's really cheap. You should watch it. And Like And Subscribe (no, it's not my channel, it's just consistently good, and the guy deserves it)

Not content to leave well enough alone, I bought 2 HF leashes today, plus a 50' length of "mini" paracord (allegedly rated for 350 lbs). The HF version is easy to take apart AND put back together, and capable of taking 30-40ft of thin paracord, not just the 24 they include (which is longer than any dog leash I've seen on Amazon, too).

If you don't have a auto-retracting gear hoist rope solution, you should look into this. $6 for the leash, and you could stop there. Or another $6 for longer cord, if you want.

DIY bliss.

 

Weldabeast

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The muddy 1 they have on camofire is pretty decent...I think it was 15 dollars. I got it to have as a backup for my doyles... It's a little larger but pretty comparable to the doyles
 

rswink

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Hey, I use to use that. It worked great for pulling things up and it still sits in the back up box.

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tcmetrohunter

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I'm going to be making a HF trip this week so I'll have to snag one of these up. Been wanting to try a Doyles for a while but couldn't stomach the cost and lets be honest the 550 cord I have been using is very capable. But worth $6 bucks to give it a go in my opinion.
 

Coachschaller

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Sep 19, 2021
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I have used a retractable dog leash for a few years now. I suppose I could stealth strip it but there area advantages and disadvantages. I normally only use it for my hang on stands. The biggest drawbacks are that it can be noisy - either with the clip or with the locking mechanisms. The biggest drawback is that when using it to lower your weapon from up in the tree, you don't always know when to stop. Old style pull ropes height were set when the hang on was set up - no fuss with the height. However, I have been using the tag end of my tether rope to pull up my pack and using my sling across my shoulders for my weapon when climbing.
 

JBDaddy

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Jan 21, 2018
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Lenawee, MI
I have used a retractable dog leash for a few years now. I suppose I could stealth strip it but there area advantages and disadvantages. I normally only use it for my hang on stands. The biggest drawbacks are that it can be noisy - either with the clip or with the locking mechanisms. The biggest drawback is that when using it to lower your weapon from up in the tree, you don't always know when to stop. Old style pull ropes height were set when the hang on was set up - no fuss with the height. However, I have been using the tag end of my tether rope to pull up my pack and using my sling across my shoulders for my weapon when climbing.
I've used a hacksaw to cut off the handle & locking mechanism - less noise, smaller size. I ran a piece of extra cord through the hole that created and tied it in a loop to connect to my saddle, no additional metal.

I lower my bow on an open hook, slowly until I see it turn as it hits the ground, then lay it down gently, and wiggle the line to free the hook so it can come back up to me. Then I attach that to my tether so when I rappel down it can be used after to pull my tether free and down to the ground.

I weighed the cut-down dog leash from HF against my automatic fly fishing reel - both came out to 9.6oz, with cord on them. I'd like something lighter and smaller (the fly fishing reel is smaller across, but deeper, but until I figure out 3d printing a real alternative, this will do.
 
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