1. Our Top Items of 2019

    GME Supply's Top 10 Gear Items of 2019

    As we wrap up 2019 and look ahead to not only a new year but a new decade, we wanted to take a moment to recognize some of the best gear of 2019. We carefully curated the following list based on what was most popular amongst our customers or gear we just think is downright awesome and everyone should know about. So, without further ado, lets jump right into the top 10 best gear of 2019

    DBI Sala Suspension Trauma Safety Straps | Shop Now


    Coming in at # 10 is Suspension Trauma Safety Straps from DBI Sala. They’re easy to install on any harness, relatively cheap, and might just save your life one day. Suspension Trauma, or Orthostatic Shock, is a life-threatening hazard that’s often overlooked. If a safety harness is a part of your daily uniform, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have some of these bad boys attached to it.


    Competent Climber // Competent Rescuer Course | Shop Now


    While # 9 isn’t exactly a tangible item, it’s nonetheless something that nobody should be climbing a tower without, and that’s Competent Climber and Competent Rescuer Training from Safety LMS. This three-day course gives you one full day of classroom training and two days of Practical training on the tower with some of the best instructors in the industry. After this course, you’ll have the knowledge, experience, and most importantly certification to call yourself a competent climber.



    Rock Exotica Omni-Block 4.5 Inch Rigging Pulley / Material Handling Block | Shop Now


    # 8 on our list goes to the Rock Exotica Omni-Block 4.5 Inch Rigging Pulley / Material Handling Block. This game-changing block is the largest, most efficient block from Rock Exotica. This big brother to the MHP55 was designed for 3,000 Pound Capstan Hoists and can handle ¾” load line. Have full confidence in your lifts with the MHP58.


    Ty-Flot Quick-Switch Starter Kit 2 | Shop Now 


    At # 7 the Tyflot Quick Switch Starter Kit 2 is something no climber should be without. This year we saw an industry-wide emphasis on tool tethering, and we think the quick switch is one of the most innovative solutions to come from that. You can easily swap tools from a bolt bag or between workers while keeping it 100% tied off with its unique docking system.


    Kenwood NX-P500 2-Watt Dual-Mode Two-Way Radio | Shop Now


    At # 6 we chose the Kenwood NX-P500 Two Way Radio. Communication on the Jobsite is paramount. And, with a ton of power packed into such a small waterproof radio, the NX-P500 secures our pick as the best two-way radio of 2019. Plus, Kenwood has tons of accessories for this radio to provide you with convenient communication anywhere.


    Petzl Jag System Haul Kit | Shop Now


    # 5 is the Petzl JAG Haul Kit. A rescue system is an absolute must on a tower site, so why not have the smallest, lightest, and quickest to deploy. The JAG has all the little bells and whistles to create an incredibly intuitive haul system.

    DBI Sala ExoFit Tower Climbing Harness | Shop Now


    # 4 goes to the DBI Exofit Strata Tower Harness. Those of you in the tower climbing industry are probably no stranger to this harness. Its biggest differentiator is its liftech load distribution system which takes the weight off your shoulders and distributes it down to your hips. Believe us, there is no other tower climbing harness quite like it.


    AB Chance 3,000 Pound Capstan Kit | Shop Now


    Coming in at # 3 is the AB Chance 3,000 Pound Capstan Kit. Chances are pretty good that you had to do some kind of heavy lifting over the year. With our selection of capstan kits, we can outfit your crew with everything you need to perform those lifting tasks safely and efficiently.


    Narda Radman 2XT RF Monitor | Shop Now


    At #2 we have the newly released Narda Radman 2XT RF Monitor. The Industry finally has a 5G ready RF monitor that won’t cost an arm and a leg. This device features isotropic sensors for both the E and H Fields, meaning it measures both electrical and magnetic radiation omnidirectionally. Not to mention it has the largest frequency range available at this price point that covers all current and planned 5G frequencies.


    Petzl Vertex Helmet | Shop Now 


    Taking the cake for the # 1 piece of gear for 2019 is the updated Vertex Helmet from Petzl. They’ve taken the wildly popular original vertex climbing helmet and given it an upgrade with better materials, a more efficient design, and a huge line of compatible accessories. This helmet is available in both vented and non-vented versions.

    Honorable Mentions


    Trying to limit our list to our top 10 items was difficult. So, we decided to make an honorable mention section outlining some more of our favorite items from the year.

    • 3M SecureFit X5000 Series ANSI Safety Helmet | Shop Now
    • Petzl L052CA GRILLON HOOK U Adjustable Positioning Lanyard | Shop Now
    • Petzl I’D Self-Breaking Descender | Shop Now
    • Elk River Raven Tower Harness | Shop Now
    • Harken Industrial Riggers Winch | Shop Now
    • WestFall Pro PSK Kernmantle Rope | Shop Now
    • Build Your Own Tower Climbing Kit | Shop Now
    • Multiwave SmartAligner Antenna Alignment Tool | Shop Now
    • Yates 532 Big Wall Rescue and Safety Ladder | Shop Now

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.


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  2. The Ultimate Tree Care Equipment Guide

    The tree care industry is an important part of our world. Arborists and other tree care professionals dedicate their lives to keeping people and homes safe, planting trees, and caring for trees to allow them to thrive and preserve nature for the next generation. But that doesn’t mean that tree care is a “walk in the park”. It’s a dangerous job and the equipment that tree care professionals use can be the difference between a job well done and a terrible or even fatal accident. This week our Gear Experts® are going to outline the must-have equipment for every tree care professional.



    Spending all day climbing trees is by no means easy. Having a comfortable harness can help make the job a little bit easier, though. A harness is one of the most important gear choices you will make. Not only will you be wearing it for most of the day, but it is where all of your other gear comes together to keep you safe and productive on the job. Some things to look for when choosing your tree care harness include padding, back support, D-rings and connection loops, and shoulder straps.

    Padding can truly be the difference between comfort and misery. Having padding strategically placed in areas like leg supports and shoulder straps can have a huge impact on productivity. Back supports can come in handy, too. Working at-height isn’t exactly gentle on the back. A high-quality back support helps you push through to get the job done. Depending on what type of work you will be doing, how much gear you need to take with you, and whether you need additional support, additional D-rings, connection points, and shoulder straps are all things to consider.



    Pulleys can be useful for a variety of tree care projects. The type of pulley and the capabilities that it has will depend on what you are trying to accomplish. However, some things to look for when picking a pulley will include the weight, max rope size, sheave, and if it is a single or double pulley.

    When you are spending all day climbing trees, the last thing you want to have to deal with is a bunch of heavy equipment weighing you down and tiring you out. If you don’t need a huge pulley that is made of a heavy material saving the weight will be well worth it in the long run. Now imagine getting to the job site, getting everything set up, and realizing that the pulley you need to complete the job doesn’t work with the rope you brought. That is why it is important to consider max rope size when selecting a pulley.

    The sheave is the grooved wheel that is mounted inside the pulley that holds the rope in place. A sheave spins on an axle or bearing inside the frame of the pulley. The reason why it is important to pay attention to the sheave is that they come in a number of different shapes which are designed for different styles of ropes and wires. Whether or not the pulley is a single or double just depends on what you will be using the pulley for.

    Rope, Rope Devices, and Hitch Cords


    Pulleys and a harness aren’t very effective without rope. Not only does rope protect you from hitting the ground in the event of a fall, but it can also serve a range of other purposes. Those purposes can be amplified with rope devices and accessories. Things like ascenders, fall arresters, throw bags, rigging plates, swivels, and a whole slew of different devices can help you achieve your rope’s full potential.



    A saw (whether handheld or mechanical) is pretty much required when it comes to tree care because cutting down or trimming a tree with your bare hands isn’t easy (trust us… we tried). The type of saw that will be best for the job will depend on what you are doing. For example, if you are pruning trees, a hand saw might be more effective. On the flipside, if you are cutting at the base of the tree, a chainsaw will be more effective.

    If you’ve got questions about tree care or finding the right equipment to get the job done, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Click here to see our full selection of tree care gear

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