Monkey Beaver harness

TimBr

Official Well Known Greeter
@Tony Martinez; Great! I'm really jealous of your situation. To have found out about climbing trees at such a young age, at a time in the history of the technology when all of the coolest innovations have just recently been developed and are available for you to try. You'll have many strong years to take advantage of all of it. I'm really happy for your circumstance. I wish you many years of safe, enjoyable climbing.

Tim
 

Jehinten

Well-Known Member
Location
Evansville
I have noticed some wear on my sequoia and am looking at this harness as a replacement. Are any of you bigger climbers running this harness and what are your thoughts on comfort, how's it wearing, and back support?

Thanks,
Justin
 

39Buick

Well-Known Member
Location
Alabama
I have noticed some wear on my sequoia and am looking at this harness as a replacement. Are any of you bigger climbers running this harness and what are your thoughts on comfort, how's it wearing, and back support?

Thanks,
Justin
I have been using the MB for better part of a year as a rec climber so I'm not sure how much weight my review would carry.
I am a bit over 250 and I love mine. Hanging in the suspension or laid back in the side D's it is a very comfortable saddle. I can't really comment much about durability as I don't climb every day and i don't punish it as much as a working climber would. Also I have found a pair of suspenders were a game changer for me to keep the MB in just the right spot without having to constantly pull it up after moving around the tree.
Hopefully some folks that use it in a work environment will chime in and share their experience with you. Good Luck!
 

Alejandro Concolor

Active Member
Location
SB Mtns
I have noticed some wear on my sequoia and am looking at this harness as a replacement. Are any of you bigger climbers running this harness and what are your thoughts on comfort, how's it wearing, and back support?

Thanks,
Justin
I personally didn’t care for the MB. But I’m the only one I know with that opinion, everyone else loves it. Idk. But for that much $ look into the Buckingham Ergo Pro (not ergovation) it looks like it is Way better for heavier dudes.
 

JCJC7

Member
Location
Grand Rapids
I just got the MB saddle and it’s awesome I was using the Cougar it was good but I love the MB. My boss told me about the decals he don’t like them, lol.
 

TallTreeClimber

Well-Known Member
Location
Beautiful South
I mean this in the best possible way: that is a harness for fat people by fat people. It's made for americans by americans. And I include myself in that group. I'm a 6'8" 245lbs big American, and if I climbed trees for a living I would have to try that out. As it is I have a sequoia, and if I sit in that for any length of time at all, my legs get a lil numb, so I know I'd appreciate that MB saddle.
 

ghostice

Well-Known Member
Location
Calgary
I've noted before - leg aches was a problem with me and my Sequoia esp. when cabling without a great place to stand. MB with the extra leg pads fixed this and haven't had the leg aches for couple of years since - on spurs or not. It's just a great harness I think (I use with suspenders - 34" waist/ 175 lbs - size M).
 

Stick79

New Member
Location
New Bloomfield
Is that basically like a cougar/buckcat, or is it more like the liger mod/ergolite empire/edge/sentinel? If it's the latter, those are some reasonable saddles and the beginning of better and worse being more flavor based than they are objective.

Edit: I just looked it up. It's a liger modded cougar that is orange.
I hear some trash talking about them, but I loved my cougar once I modified it a little. There are some things missing that the $500 saddles have, but it is a fine saddle. It has the paws to make double bridges easy or attach extra systems, and no useless frills or crazy excessive gear loops (edge, empire, sentinel). I'm pretty sure there are caritool slots.
Its has a bunch of pinch points and that is something I am trying to get away from. Buckingham rebellion. Is just uncomfortable to me. But I'll keep using it till I get up the funds for a monkey beaver saddle.
 

Rob.ck

Member
Location
North bend
Got my MB saddle the other day. Everything looks and feels top notch. Only gripe I have is strap management. I have a bunch of loose straps dangling around and nothing on the saddle to secure it with. Any of you have any recommendations for this?
 

oldoakman

Well-Known Member
Location
Alorgia
The excess leg straps are supposed to be fed back through the same hole in the rigging paw that they come through and then placed back through the buckle thingy that is then set against the paw. Waist belt is another dilemma that I am trying to solve. Putting the leg strap back through the paw is a job though.
 

FreeFallin

Well-Known Member
Location
Wisconsin
I let my extra straps flop around for months, then I realized it was a safety concern and I wasn't going to suddenly double in size. So I cut off the excess, melted the new ends, sewed a small fold into each end, and then lightly tacked the straps all down with thread that I could rip loose if I ever needed to adjust them again.

Now it is sleek and fits perfect every time, no more slippage to deal with. 20200322_203451.jpg 20200322_203451.jpg
 

oldoakman

Well-Known Member
Location
Alorgia
I let my extra straps flop around for months, then I realized it was a safety concern and I wasn't going to suddenly double in size. So I cut off the excess, melted the new ends, sewed a small fold into each end, and then lightly tacked the straps all down with thread that I could rip loose if I ever needed to adjust them again.

Now it is sleek and fits perfect every time, no more slippage to deal with. View attachment 66350 View attachment 66350
Yeah, I should probably do that too. I do have a frayed seam on the left leg pad that I'm waiting on a replacement for. Saddle is only 6 months old and not used every day.
 

JeffGu

Well-Known Member
So I cut off the excess, melted the new ends, sewed a small fold into each end, and then lightly tacked the straps all down with thread that I could rip loose if I ever needed to adjust them again.
This is what I do, as well. I try to leave enough for someone a little larger than myself, in case I sell the harness, or get fatter. I tack the ends back with a Speedy Stitcher with about four stitches, so they stay out of the way and the adjustments can't slip. Easy to cut a few stitches back off. I don't have the MB, but it works on any harness where the excess is a hassle.

Is that tip one that Donald Trunk gave you, @FreeFallin ?
 

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