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Old 10-06-2018, 01:53 PM   #1
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I just left REI with a rock climbing harness and a bunch of tubular webbing. Iíll be working a sit-drag style hunting saddle. Stay tuned.




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Old 10-06-2018, 02:40 PM   #2
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Save yourself some butt ache and build it out of plywood
A ridged seat that doesn't squish you is way more comfortable
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Old 10-06-2018, 03:52 PM   #3
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Save yourself some butt ache and build it out of plywood
A ridged seat that doesn't squish you is way more comfortable


I have an aluminum frame seat that Iím trying to incorporate. It has a back too.


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Old 10-06-2018, 04:07 PM   #4
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Tuning in. I bought the sit drag last year and have all the stuff sitting on my desk to transform it, just haven’t gotten around to it. After about an hr with an awl I’m thinking a sewing machine is the way to go. If anyone wants to let me borrow one let me know!
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Old 10-06-2018, 07:34 PM   #5
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Got all of my materials ready to go. Iím going to sacrifice an old Cabelas heavy denim shirt that shrunk on me. I will post a detailed list when Iím done to make sure what I use.




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Old 10-06-2018, 10:19 PM   #6
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1Ē webbing cut to 80Ē to form the loop.

I inserted some pieces of rope to give the end loops some structure.



I started hand sewing the 6Ē overlap because I couldnít get the sewing machine to work. Iíll be buying a new one in the morning.






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Old 10-07-2018, 11:48 AM   #7
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Finished!!!

The seat is 30Ē long. I stuffed it with some 1Ē egg crate foam.





I made the bridge out of the same 1Ē webbing but I doubled it up. I ran a tight zig zag stitch the full length of it to be safe. The loops have a piece of rope for structure as well. The final length is 28Ē.



Since I had more webbing (30 feet goes a long way), I made a girth hitch tether for the saddle out of it. I tied a few bowlines to accommodate different size trees.



Set up on the tree:



I made a linemanís belt to attach to my rock climbing harness. The zip ties are not structural. They simply hold the loops in place. The linemanís belt is only for the initial climb since Iíll be using a lifeline as well.



The entire set up with the lifeline rope and harness weighs in at 5.2 pounds. With my climbing sticks included, Iíll be at less than 20 pounds. I think my backpack is heavier than that.

The total investment is about $150 and 4 hours of labor.

I sat in it and did some jumping to test the stitches. No popping or noise other than the tree moving as I jumped. Since Iíll be relying on the harness to save me in a fall, I will feel safe when Iím 20í off the ground.

I will be trying it next weekend in the wood as I sneak around the lease to get new views.





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Old 10-07-2018, 12:15 PM   #8
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Nice. Good job man!
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:19 PM   #9
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Travel mode:



Linemanís loops one each side buckled to saddle:




Saddle and harness buckled together. No noisy carabiners and no sagging saddle.




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Old 10-07-2018, 12:20 PM   #10
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Nice. Good job man!


Thank you.


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Old 10-07-2018, 04:18 PM   #11
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Complete mobile setup. With the two sticks and webbing extension, I can get up to about 15 feet.




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Old 10-08-2018, 03:50 PM   #12
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That will work! I just finished one as well. I have done quite a bit of sewing so i tackled a more complicated design.

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Old 10-08-2018, 07:21 PM   #13
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That will work! I just finished one as well. I have done quite a bit of sewing so i tackled a more complicated design.

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Whoa! Definitely puts mine to shame. The bulk of my expense was in the harness and carabiners. I plan on building another saddle soon now that Iíve gotten the rough draft out of the way. My sewing progressed immensely throughout the project. I want to do one with a little more back support integrated into it.


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Old 10-08-2018, 08:14 PM   #14
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Once you get a handle on sewing, you can make pretty much anything you want. You get better and better with every project if you make an effort. Eventually your stuff can look as good or better than what you can buy.

I was seriously considering buying a kestrel saddle. But they are just so simple and so expensive. So i just made a clone of one in about 5 hours. It cost me zero dollars because i already had all of the materials from other projects. I always try to buy more than i need when i order stuff.

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Old 10-08-2018, 08:33 PM   #15
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That’s pretty cool. How long can you sit in one before it becomes uncomfortable.
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:47 PM   #16
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Old 10-09-2018, 06:53 PM   #17
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Thatís pretty cool. How long can you sit in one before it becomes uncomfortable.


I did a 9 hour sit in a modified sit drag on Monday...

Once you figure out how to adjust for comfort... they are unbeatable!

TBH is starting to feel like saddlehunter!


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Old 10-09-2018, 09:26 PM   #18
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I did a 9 hour sit in a modified sit drag on Monday...

Once you figure out how to adjust for comfort... they are unbeatable!

TBH is starting to feel like saddlehunter!


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I have been browsing SH a lot lately. I am finishing up a Kestrel clone right now based on the plans on SH. I will try both this weekend but I'm liking the Kestrel clone more and more. I'll repurpose this one as a back support or something. I'll have about $10 in making the New one since all of the other hardware is interchangeable.

I've got screw in steps for this first weekend but I'm trying to figure out a platform on the cheap. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:53 PM   #19
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I used the seat from my lone wolf alpha 2, a tube of aluminum, a versa button, and 2 standoffs.

My favorite, though, is the EZKut bolt system with grade 8 bolts. I recently got carbon fiber rod to replace the bolts, but havenít gotten to use it yet.


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Old 10-09-2018, 10:48 PM   #20
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I ďbuiltĒ a sit drag setup this year too.......well most of it I bought and put together since I donít have a sewing machine. My setup weighs right at 4 lb. plus two sticks with tubular webbing extensions.

What kind of sewing machine are yíall using to build your setups and how cheap can I get a sewing machine for?




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Old 10-09-2018, 10:58 PM   #21
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Just finished. Took about 3 hours. Really quite simple when following a pattern. Itís way better than version 1.0.




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Old 10-09-2018, 11:05 PM   #22
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I ďbuiltĒ a sit drag setup this year too.......well most of it I bought and put together since I donít have a sewing machine. My setup weighs right at 4 lb. plus two sticks with tubular webbing extensions.

What kind of sewing machine are yíall using to build your setups and how cheap can I get a sewing machine for?




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Iím using a Walmart special. It was $90. Iíve really only been using a few stitches but it has 37. Its limited is three layers of webbing or two layers of webbing and two layers of fabric. I was going to try to put a camo edge around the saddle to reinforce the hems that are already there but it just wouldnít punch through everything. No camo edging for me.


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Old 10-09-2018, 11:33 PM   #23
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you've got my attention. how do you stay so comfortable, it seems as if your legs would get tired. like leaning up against a wall standing up for hours. what am I missing. im all ears because I really like the idea of being that light and mobile.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:34 PM   #24
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you've got my attention. how do you stay so comfortable, it seems as if your legs would get tired. like leaning up against a wall standing up for hours. what am I missing. im all ears because I really like the idea of being that light and mobile.


Just finished my first hunt in the saddle. Unlike leaning on a wall, you arenít supporting the majority of your weight with your legs. The saddle is supporting your body and your legs are simply stabilizing you and maneuvering you around the tree. I was extremely comfortable in a full sit and and in a lean. Iíll be hunting the same setup in the morning.




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Old 11-13-2018, 02:49 PM   #25
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Mid-season update:

A platform is a critical piece of equipment when you are saddle hunting. I took the seat off of my lock on stand as a make-shift platform and it works beautifully.

Having the platform greatly increased my comfort and mobility in the tree.


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Old 11-13-2018, 03:20 PM   #26
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Old 11-25-2018, 08:55 AM   #27
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Old 11-26-2018, 11:55 AM   #28
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I see you are in Pearland. I've been trying to get my son to try one out, but he just can't see how it would be comfortable. Would you be up to letting someone give it a test run in the back yard?
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Old 11-26-2018, 06:04 PM   #29
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I see you are in Pearland. I've been trying to get my son to try one out, but he just can't see how it would be comfortable. Would you be up to letting someone give it a test run in the back yard?

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Old 11-27-2018, 10:01 AM   #30
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I took a young 8-point with my diy modified sit drag a couple weeks ago. He came in directly downwind of me, thanks to rising thermals he didnít bust me. I would have never gotten the shot without the ability to walk around the tree. I had to let out almost a foot of extra rope to walk around the big oak trunk I was hanging from to. Canít do that in a hang on!




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