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Says it is good for a max of 20 stories. Suppose you could stash one every 20 stories for a taller building. Also looks like a good way to get a medic down to a ledge real quick in a cliffside rescue situation.

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You'd have to have the building owner agree to install the anchors, right?

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Yikes!
For a fraction of that price you could get yourself a 70m static line, several harnesses and descenders.
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I'll never be around a tall building, but that is really cool.
We don't even have a 20 Story building in my state.
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For a fraction of that price you could get yourself a 70m static line, several harnesses and descenders.
But then you need to have someone show you how to properly use them.
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It's a good idea, but if I lived up high in one of those buildings I think that I would opt for parachutes.

I just do not have the Bond-like ability to climb around at heights.

If there was a fire warming my behind I think that I could be persuaded to jump out a window, haha. And with a chute is better than without.
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But then you need to have someone show you how to properly use them.
Not particularly any more 'difficult' than using this gadget.
All at a fraction of the price and far more useful.
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This kinda reminds me of that idiot on youtube who said (paraphrase) "How cool would it have been if those people during 911 had been abseiling down the building?"

In theory it looks like a good idea, my question is how many people can it hold? Because when people are panicking and thinking they only have one way out............. Everyone will be reaching for that lil itty bit of wire right behind you
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I would like to know how to use the equipment to descend. If 70m would be sufficient, could you explain how to use the rest? Or, is there a site tgst explains this skill?
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I lived in high rises much of my life (growing up in a major city), and while this item looks like a viable tool, it's fanciful dreaming for most practical purposes.

1) The majority of people are sedentary by nature, and would need a modicum of training in rappelling before using the safety vest.

2) High rises are densely populated, and in an emergency situation one or two vests would not be enough to accommodate a family trying to flee, or a crowded office of panicked employees.

3) Aside from military vets, LEOs, firefighters, etc. who have experience operating at extreme heights, John Q. Public isn't going to to willingly strap on a safety vest and start wall walking without a rescue net or support.

4) Finding a professional to secure those anchors into a high rise's exterior will be impossible without building management's pre-authorization. And that pre-authoriation is wishful thinking for 99.999% of major city high rises, possibly 100%. It's tough enough to get a Chinese food delivery buzzed in past the front lobby door, or schedule a roach sprayer. Install escape anchors outside windows for emergency rappelling?

I experienced blackouts, elevator operator strikes, etc. in high rise living, and it's the last place a person wants to be if an emergency scenario arises where exits are blocked and down is the necessary direction. Could the safety vest work for someone? Absolutely ... just not everyone.
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Not particularly any more 'difficult' than using this gadget.
All at a fraction of the price and far more useful.
I wholly agree, I'm actually just pointing out that most folks are lazy and don't want to learn how to properly harness or even tie a swiss seat, let alone how to correctly run the line through the hardware. Admittedly, my climbing experience is limited, and I have not done any for quite some time, but if I ever do I'll need a refresher myself.
There's plenty of places around here to rent gear and get free instruction, especially in the summer months at the ski resorts.
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Just install a zip line. It will be one hell of a stop though.
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Without training and practice I'm also in the wouldn't likely work well camp!

With a little creativity I think you could find anchors for your equipment in most buildings. A bigger problem is that many building no longer have Windows that open.

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Anyone else note the bottom strap where all your weight will sit?

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I like that the company is out of Israel and called No Camels.
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Yikes!
For a fraction of that price you could get yourself a 70m static line, several harnesses and descenders.
more or less idiot proof it with a grigri, the auto lock feature on those would be a nice feature to have for a novice in a panic situation... the tough part would be having the frame of mind to rig everything right and quickly...


another advantage to this guys system is the line is all self contained, you don't have 70 meters of rope dangling below you blowing on the wind to get snagged on debris or an unfortunate ledge....

some one with real climbing/rappel experience would probably be ok with a rope and harness but i don't know about someone who knows nothing doing it...
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You'd have to have the building owner agree to install the anchors, right?
Absolutely.

My wife is the President of the Board of Directors in our building, which is a co-op (See? Dinosaurs DO exist ), and I can tell you for a fact that no B.O.D. or management company would EVER permit something like that to be installed --- based solely on the liability issue.

That device is a personal-injury attorney's wet dream come true.

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Anything higher than the 2nd floor gives me the jeebies.
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Anything higher than the 2nd floor gives me the jeebies.
Word.
It's going to be tough enough surviving ANY SHTF situation under normal circumstances, impossible with a fractured limb.
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Does anyone else remember all the egress gear that got publicity after 9/11 ?
The one that stuck with me looked like the resistance fan on an exercise bike then a gear box to a pulley that stored a length of 7/16 cable you strapped into a harness attached the carabiner to the harness and bailed out the window the device was secured to the floor and had a press board cover that looked like a credenza till you needed it.
This is it ,only man portable

What do you do when the cable is fully extended and you are still X floors from the ground how do you get in to acquire the next pack
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