What type of boots do you use? I mainly like to wear my muck boots, do you tthink mucks are to soft of soles?I climbed them and bounced on them at 298. I don’t think you will have any problems. You may want to bounce test all your bolts from ground level but manufacturing defects aside they should hold you without issue. I wouldn’t go longer than 6” bolts. Also being a heavier guy you’ll want to wear a stiff soled boot during the initial drilling.
My favorite are mucks. They were a Cabela’s exclusive basically more like the woody max than fieldblazers. They are fine for climbing bolts. They can get uncomfortable while drilling but any boot can.What type of boots do you use? I mainly like to wear my muck boots, do you tthink mucks are to soft of soles?
That’s why I’m going DRT on big cottonwood trees.Shear loads, proof loads, tensile strength are all fine and dandy until you have a bolt with small cut or burr not readily visible or any number of other variables. A 3/8" grade 8 should hold all of us but there are numerous other variables involved. I noticed in thick bark trees (big cottonwoods) around here it's hard to drill to depth and not have some elongation in the hole when ascending or decending. I can feel the bolt sinking as I climb. That being said, after using gaffs, bolts and sticks I'd still stick with the bolts. Oh, I'm 225lbs. if that helps anyone!
You should probably start a new thread and tag me in it and we can talk about it there.Don't mean to hijack the thread but @PJC how is DRT/SRT on the bigger trees? Some of em around here seem like they don't have branches suitable until 50ft. up. Seems noisy and sweaty this time of year. Sticks don't work without a mile of rope/strap, screw ins are sketchy and the bolt holes elongate on the big cottonwoods. Seems like a lot of the places I want to set up have these big cottonwoods that are a challenge. Oh, tried my gaffs too and skidded about 5 ft. down after the soft bark didn't like the 225lbs.