I have never never understood why someone would have $100 boots, $1500 gun and scope combo, $ 300 sentlock clothes, ect but they will buy the cheapest safety harness they can find or not use a harness at all. I know all the excuses but I think the most important piece of hunting equipment you can have is a good quality safety harness if you hunt from any type treestand. I have a little road rash on my cheek where my stand cut out on me and my face hit the tree as my harness caught. The seat-of-the-pants harness worked just like it was designed. No trip to the hospital, no broken bones, no lifetime in a wheelchair. My mistakes #1 I have climbers that really cut a tree and others that don't cut as bad. I use the cutters on trees with hard bark and the one that don't cut as bad on soft bark and pines. We lease timber land and we try not to damage there trees. I have seen pines die from people using a real cutter stand on them. I found a white oak tree dropping and it was hot with sign. The only tree I could find was a live oak about 16" in diameter that was within rifle range not to big or to small and I had some vision. #2 Next to hickory or ironwood a live oak is probably the hardest bark tree we have. I needed a stand that would really cut but all my cutters were in other places that I did not want to abandon. So like a dummy I tried to use a stand that does not cut well on one of the hardest bark trees in the woods.#3 When I started climbing I noticed I was not marking the tree I should have stopped then but that white oak is hot and I can get by. I was almost to where I was going to hunt and I had to saw a limb. I was standing up sawing when I got my feet to close to the tree and not on the back on the stand and the bottom platform cut out. BE CAREFUL GUYS AND WEAR A SAFETY HARNESS IF YOU USE TREE STANDS.