Is The BaSt-Ing VinZent Worth The Extra Weight, Discomfort, And Price?

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This is the BaSt-Ing VinZent, a lightweight aluminum shield to protect against injuries from falling branches during tree harvesting.

It is worn like a backpack and is designed to disperse the impact of a falling branch.

Is it a good idea or a bad idea?

You decide.

BaSt-Ing VinZent Chainsaw Safety

Unless you speak German, you probably didn’t understand much of this promo video. But, you get the idea, and, no, it’s not a joke.

It’s a real product that can be bought for €833 or US$900 – you could buy a nice new chainsaw for that!

The company states:

VinZent is the cleverest protection for the hardwood harvest, which greatly minimizes the risk of injury from falling branches.

It’s supposed to be comfortable to wear with padded shoulder straps and weighs only a minimal amount.

They claim that you still have complete freedom of movement and that you’re not restricted when looking up.

The guy modeling the VinZent looks reasonably comfortable, right?

vinzent PPE

However, by the time you have your chainsaw chaps, gloves, helmet and visor, arborist boots, and other PPE on, you’re already reasonably burdened.

It’s a good idea to have something for increased head and back protection, but it is a bit tough to add this on top. If you’re working in warm climates, in particular, every extra piece of PPE is another layer that’s going to warm you up further.

back protection for arborists

We think it’s better just to get the best of the best other gear, such as the Protos Arborist Helmet, or another good arborist helmet, which already offers excellent head protection. Then you can save on more complicated devices like the BaSt-Ing VinZent.

However, if you think this invention might be of use to you, and you can afford the expense, why not give it a go?

Reactions To The BaSt-Ing VinZent

vinzents back protection

We first saw this device after someone shared it in the Stihl Chainsaw Facebook group.

Here are some of our favorite comments from the post.

Luke asked:

Does it come in ninja turtle paint 🐢 asking for a friend 🤓

Frank suggested:

Get two and wear one backwards for those lunchtime chainsaw battles.

Chris said:

The trees will chop themselves down when they see that thing coming…

And Jason commented:

This shield makes branches magically not weigh 400lbs when they drop out of the sky…

Most of the comments are jokes because the thing is a little ridiculous.

However, there are a few guys who thought that, depending on the situation, it could be helpful.

Kyle had a good point:

At what point is the crossover between safety and fatigue. If you are dying of heat exhaustion from wearing excessive ppe you are no longer safe to work.

And Sean said:

To be fair, this is a good concept, but it needs to be made more practical.

And the overall consensus was that it would make working in the forest more difficult.

There are vines and low branches that will snag on the device, making it more of a nuisance.

VinZent Back Protector

VinZent back ppe logging

The best advice is that when you are cutting down a tree, get out of the fall zone.

It was the Germans who invented the first chainsaw for cutting wood, and we can now add the BaSt-Ing VinZent to their list of innovations as well.


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3 thoughts on “Is The BaSt-Ing VinZent Worth The Extra Weight, Discomfort, And Price?”

  1. First of all , how much is a new back worth ? Trust me , I know this first hand . Yes , maybe it needs some refining , but all new concepts do . If you spend a long time in the bush , then you know people , who are crippled for life , or dead , that this could have possibly have saved !

  2. Why not wear a boogie board on your back instead? Then you could take it for a surf during your lunch break. I got into a spot of trouble for not wearing chaps while operating a chainsaw at a bushfire in Katoomba in 2002; I’d never heard of them! Apparently they had been just introduced into the Rural Fire Service/ Bushfire Brigade of NSW, Australia.


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