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Old 05-24-2018, 08:47 PM   #1
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If you havenít heard of saddle hunting, you should check it out. Lighter than stands, more comfortable than stands, more versatile than stands... I wonít try to convince you further, just check out saddlehunter.com for info. But, if you have already looked into saddlehunting and decided it wasnít for you because it required too much diy (not enough tailored equipment manufactured) you are in for a treat. Several of the guys on saddlehunter.com started a business that launches their first 2 products on June 1st. They are launching with a saddle and a platform.









They have just started releasing sneak peak videos of their core system and accessories.

https://youtu.be/pDgK9PVwiTY

https://youtu.be/U27PWvAA9G8

https://youtu.be/OLTOrnDJlrc

Some more general videos on saddlehunting.

https://youtu.be/oQXJV0QiH1M

https://youtu.be/dwxCPtb7jl8

https://youtu.be/JfMkGoETX-M

https://youtu.be/S8xC7C5SbRM


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Old 05-24-2018, 09:03 PM   #2
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Btw, I am not affiliated with them... (though I wouldnít mind being on the prostaff if they ever have one... #tethrdnation) I just personally met the guys once last winter, months before they announced the company. But, weíve all been bouncing diy ideas off each other for a few years over on saddlehunter.com and I just love to show new guys how much more comfortable/easy saddles are compared to even lone wolf or xop stands. If you hunt mobile, or would like to.... seriously consider checking out the forum. Heck diy a few setups before you decide to drop the coin on a manufactured system, most of us on the forum did.

But, if you want to try an off the shelf, ready to go, light as heck, cheaper than any box blind option for hunting from trees.... check out tethrd when they launch June 1st.


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Old 05-24-2018, 09:06 PM   #3
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Tagged so I can watch the videos later. Iím debating between a new hang on and a saddle at the moment.


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Old 05-24-2018, 09:13 PM   #4
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Tagged so I can watch the videos later. Iím debating between a new hang on and a saddle at the moment.


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Having not used my lone wolf assault in 2 years..... I recommend the saddle. It is a LOT less bulk, and can be as light as 14-15 ounces. I can roll my homemade saddle up and put it in my small ď5.11 rush 12Ē pack with room for water, snacks, and a couple trail cameras. You will already be carrying a climbing method regardless, so that piece is a wash as far as weight/bulk is concerned.

Several guys wear their saddle in instead of carry it, and run without a pack.
This is so shows @bordeauxboswell on saddlehunter with his entire setup. Sticks are assumed to be under him on the tree, his saddle is on him, he is ďstanding on his platformĒ, and his bow is attached.

This system is worlds less bulky than a hang on.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:30 PM   #5
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That looks terrible.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:35 PM   #6
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That looks terrible.


Itís definitely not for guys that like office chairs more than tucking in close to buck bedding.

It is actually more comfortable than a stand if you have any kind of back problems. I canít stand a lock on, it kills my back. The saddle letís me sit 7-8 hours in the same tree when 3-4 was a deal breaker in a lone wolf or XOP.


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Old 05-24-2018, 10:37 PM   #7
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Itís definitely not for guys that like office chairs

more than tucking in close to buck bedding.

It is actually more comfortable than a stand if you have any kind of back problems. I canít stand a lock on, it kills my back. The saddle letís me sit 7-8 hours in the same tree when 3-4 was a deal breaker in a lone wolf or XOP.


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In all seriousness, does anyone use traditional equipment out of one of these?
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:57 PM   #8
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So I have had major trouble with a saddle squishing my hips too tightly together.
When I built one out of plywood that would not squish against me it was very comfortable
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Old 05-25-2018, 03:17 AM   #9
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In all seriousness, does anyone use traditional equipment out of one of these?


Yes. Absolutely.
In fact, I believe the last video in the post above is a hunt a guy on the site did with a homemade longbow.

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Old 05-25-2018, 03:19 AM   #10
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So I have had major trouble with a saddle squishing my hips too tightly together.

When I built one out of plywood that would not squish against me it was very comfortable


That is often caused by your tether being attached to the tree too high, adjusting your tie in point lower and playing with bridge length will eliminate hip pinch.


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Old 05-25-2018, 07:40 AM   #11
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That is often caused by your tether being attached to the tree too high, adjusting your tie in point lower and playing with bridge length will eliminate hip pinch.


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If you get it to low the odds of flipping go up
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Old 05-25-2018, 08:25 AM   #12
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Both look nice, I guess a new saddle and platform are in my future!

I wonder if they will do some tree steps or sticks as well. I love the Stepp steps I use.
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Old 05-25-2018, 08:28 AM   #13
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If you get it to low the odds of flipping go up


I donít think I have ever heard of any of the guys flipping overnight a true saddle.... except when G2Outdoors did it on purpose to prove the saddle would hold you.


I run a very low tether with a very short bridge because I primarily lean rather than sit. My tether is about nose level.


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Old 05-25-2018, 08:29 AM   #14
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Both look nice, I guess a new saddle and platform are in my future!



I wonder if they will do some tree steps or sticks as well. I love the Stepp steps I use.


Theyíre pretty hush hush about future products, but I wouldnít be too surprised if they come out with a 2-step, 24Ē climbing stick like the DIY sportsman put together. (Since he is involved with the company)


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Old 06-02-2018, 07:22 AM   #15
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An overview video of the saddle posted since I started the thread.

https://youtu.be/Lh813kFuog4


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Old 06-02-2018, 10:43 AM   #16
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Also, their website is open for pre-orders

https://tethrdnation.com/shop/


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Old 06-02-2018, 02:36 PM   #17
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Has anyone kept their lineman's belt on, loose, while using a saddle? I'm not concerned about a fall or flipping. The bridge and saddle are the only safety contact. This is similar to rappelling which is why it is considered one of the more risky procedures in climbing. I like the idea, having hung from a harness while climbing, it appears comfortable. I would just prefer a redundant system in case of saddle or bridge failure.
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Old 06-02-2018, 03:52 PM   #18
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Leaving a linesman belt on makes it really hard to maneuver in the tree. I guess it could feasibly be done, but you would probably do better to use the same rope as a back-up tether.


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Old 06-02-2018, 04:47 PM   #19
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Has anyone kept their lineman's belt on, loose, while using a saddle? I'm not concerned about a fall or flipping. The bridge and saddle are the only safety contact. This is similar to rappelling which is why it is considered one of the more risky procedures in climbing. I like the idea, having hung from a harness while climbing, it appears comfortable. I would just prefer a redundant system in case of saddle or bridge failure.


I leave my linesmanís rope on lose every single climb. It actually make for one less thing to do once Iíve tethered on. I just leave it right where it is, give a tug on the ropeman to loosen it up some and Iím ready to go.
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Old 06-11-2018, 12:42 PM   #20
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Thanks for posting the info IkemanTX.

Im gonna have to watch all the videos later...but already sounds what Im aiming for in an aerial hunting system.
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Old 06-11-2018, 12:54 PM   #21
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Itís definitely not for guys that like office chairs more than tucking in close to buck bedding.

It is actually more comfortable than a stand if you have any kind of back problems. I canít stand a lock on, it kills my back. The saddle letís me sit 7-8 hours in the same tree when 3-4 was a deal breaker in a lone wolf or XOP.


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I guess you have never sat in a millennium, most comfortable stand I have ever sat in. I can see where it can be a advantage in certain situations.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:08 PM   #22
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I guess you have never sat in a millennium, most comfortable stand I have ever sat in. I can see where it can be a advantage in certain situations.


Considering I havenít sat the same tree in over 2 years... a millennium is out of the question for my style of hunting. No matter how comfortable they are, Iím not dragging a 20lb bulky stand into the kayak or hiking in 2-3 miles with it on my back.

If you only sit a few different trees a year, you would miss out on most of the benefits of a saddle. I use it because I can get my gear extremely compact. This contains everything I need to get in a tree.... linesman spurs are my climbing method (where legal) and the saddle is inside the backpack, along with water and food for an all day sit.



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Old 06-11-2018, 01:34 PM   #23
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When I read your title, I thought you meant saddle, as in horse back. That would be fun. I've been on a horse a number of times and walked right up on deer.

Anyway, I thought about those a while back when thinking of hunting public land. Havent had to replace any stands lately, but might do that next time it's needed.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:46 PM   #24
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Ironically enough I have the sitdrag, some webbing and a sewing awl sitting on my desk waiting for me to find the time to get to work on it. I don’t exactly want to eat the money I have in the equipment I’ve bought so far, but it looks like what they’ve designed is really nice.
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