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Really Uncomfortable?

Gorvai

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Has anyone gone up into the saddle and had it be really really uncomfortable around their stomach? I'm a bit overweight but not a ton, and the sides of my stomach where my saddle's bridge rested were sore for like 2 days after only a few hours in the tree. Was my tether too high or something like that??
 

Hellir

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Has anyone gone up into the saddle and had it be really really uncomfortable around their stomach? I'm a bit overweight but not a ton, and the sides of my stomach where my saddle's bridge rested were sore for like 2 days after only a few hours in the tree. Was my tether too high or something like that??
I have been uncomfortable as well in the upper part my hips. But I think it’s all about tether placement. I haven’t had time to be able to adjust it and find the sweet spot. I think the higher the tether is, the higher the saddle will ride up. Try going chin level with the tether and mess with the bridge adjustment. Might need a day to just practice with it. I know I need to do that as well.


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slonstdy

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When I've experienced that in the past I would loosen the waist belt and drop the saddle lower on my butt so I was more sitting on it than I was wearing it like a pair of shorts. Tether height is the main culprit, the more you lower it the more comfortable it will be.
 

Tapeworm

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Just gotta tweak it to find what works best

I was getting upper hip pressure

It’s definitely worse when I sit

Like some others have commented:
-I lloosen my waist belt & pull the saddle a little more under my butt

-I also lower my tether height to reduce the bridge angle


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drew13

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Longer bridge and lower tether height is what I would try first. Along with loosening waist belt once at height.

When I measure for saddle size, this is what I do. Wrap the saddle around you like you’re going to wear it and hold the 2 bridge loops in front of you - I usually shoot for a 4-6” gap between them touching each other. If your bridge loops are more than that apart then you might need a bigger saddle.
 

Gorvai

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Thanks for your input everyone. I really appreciate you guys. I like the saddle thing a lot but it was legit so freaking uncomfortable lol.
 

ImThere

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Thanks for your input everyone. I really appreciate you guys. I like the saddle thing a lot but it was legit so freaking uncomfortable lol.
Have you had a chance to try any of the suggestions? Any feed back?
I’m not sure if anyone mentioned saddle shape. Above. I know I didn’t. But it’s a thing. Your saddle will become more comfortable as the season progresses. Not because the saddle changes but because you body does get used to the saddle.


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Bigterp

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Have you had a chance to try any of the suggestions? Any feed back?
I’m not sure if anyone mentioned saddle shape. Above. I know I didn’t. But it’s a thing. Your saddle will become more comfortable as the season progresses. Not because the saddle changes but because you body does get used to the saddle.


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I did a few long sits plus an all day about a week ago in a saddle I know is completely dialed in & I was a bit sore after the all day. Then last night was much better……
 

JPS

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Another idea: try hunting from a larger diameter tree. Larger than the typically recommended "basketball diameter". in my experience: Cover is better, comfort is always superior in terms of: 1) knee relief, 2) hip pinch. Disadvantages: climbing may take more time (sending stick traps/ropes around the tree is trickier) and moving around it to shoot may also take some practice, especially with a X-bow.
 

Gorvai

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Have you had a chance to try any of the suggestions? Any feed back?
I’m not sure if anyone mentioned saddle shape. Above. I know I didn’t. But it’s a thing. Your saddle will become more comfortable as the season progresses. Not because the saddle changes but because you body does get used to the saddle.


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I haven't had a chance yet, no sir. I have an infected tooth and I'm scheduled for 3:30pm today so I doubt I'll be in any condition to try it for at least a few days to a week. Luckily I have a ground blind that I can hunt from until I can do said fine tuning. I did have my tether way super high. It was up above my head. So that could easily have had something to do with it.
 

6L6

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Small adjustments can really change your comfort level. My saddle sits low and I use a back band, really helps comfort.
 

rutjr

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I keep my tether about nipple high and my bridge 18-20" long. I am also a leaner. I believe this puts more weight on my feet and not everything on hips and butt. just something to try.
 

ImThere

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Oh for the record my bridge is as long, very long. My tether is very short. Head high and I sit.


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Jeremy_D

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I bought a pair of uninsulated camo bibs this year. It really made a difference for me not having my pants waist line material, normal pants belt and saddle all bunched up in the same area.
 

Maverick1

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No problems as you describe. I usually put my tether at chin to forehead height. Good luck!
 
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