I believe the vest your referring to is called CDSone. Controlled descent system.how does it let you descend ? wasn't there some other harness that had a strap you pulled and you went down at your own speed that would brake your descent as you released the strap?
I agree if you fell something went terribly wrong, and you just might not be able to operate the CDS system.....live wire requires no hands or shifting weight to operate.I am thinking about getting the livewire or down safe descent and have been reading all of the posts related to these products. I find it funny yet disturbing how many posters on here are saying 80 bucks is too much for a one time use. I personally have never fallen from a stand in 18 years....so had I bought this product 18 years ago that $80 bucks is damn cheap for 18 years. So I would hope you would only have to use it once! If you are falling out of a tree with some frequency don't get in a tree even if its in an elevator with a fully enclosed stand!
I think the 80 bucks is well worth the cost of life and given the frequency of falling out of a tree, or should be, is very low per hunter, I say the reason for not buying it being a one time use holds no water.
ALso, I really like the Mountaineer CDS system. Very smart and looks to be well built. However, I am thinking if i fell and hit my head on the tree or stand and pass out, then i won't be able to open the "brake" strap and lower myseld down. The spider livewire and down safe descender appears to be automatic...if you fall and get knocked out then you still descend anyway.
So................has anyone tried the spider livewire or downsafe and have any thoughts?