Summit Seat-O-the-Pants Tree Descender
($25; 256-353-0634; summitstands.com)
An arrested fall is a whole lot better than an unarrested one, but the former can bring its own problems--namely, what to do (other than just hang there) if you can't reach your stand, steps, or ladder. Enter the Tree Descender, a safety rope that you can retrieve from a pocket and loop around the tree trunk. Two Prussic loops serve as movable footholds. As one supports your weight, you slide the other down and alternate left and right until you finally reach terra firma, safe and sound.