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ABOUT APE CANYON OUTFITTERS

WE DO SADDLE HUNTING GEAR

ABOUT US

We are Ape Canyon Outfitters, a subsidiary of J.E. Weinel Inc., a 3-generation family company specializing in life safety, work-at-height, and rescue equipment.

BRINGING 40 YEARS OF LIFE SAFETY EXPERTISE FOR SAFER SADDLE HUNTING.

Sister brands to Ape Canyon Outfitters include Rock-N-Rescue and Rock-N-Arbor, suppliers and manufacturers of rescue, arborist, and work-at-height equipment, and Omega Pacific, manufacturer of life safety hardware such as carabiners, pulleys, and rigging plates.

Driven by a demand for reliable & affordable gear, Rock-N-Rescue began crafting its own equipment in 1982, which continues to this day. In 2016, after attending an aerial rescue training, we recognized the need for more affordable and durable tree care products designed for the modern arborist. One year later in 2017, RNA was born.

As we began to hear about more and more preventable injuries and accidents occurring in the saddle hunting space, we saw an opportunity to apply our expertise to help make the industry safer. As a family of outdoorsmen focused on safety, it only made sense to expand our offerings to saddle hunting. Thus in 2022, Ape Canyon was born.

As a 3-generation family-run business, ACO is committed to providing reliable, certified, US-made gear that has been thoroughly tested and inspected. As we are users of saddle hunting & outdoor gear ourselves, we understand the importance of safety and focus on providing saddle hunters not only with the gear, but also the education they need to get back home safe after every hunt.

WHAT WE DO

Beyond stocking leading brands and crafting our own line of saddles, tethers, pouches and accessories, we:

  • Design and extensively field test & destructively test products
  • Ship all of the products on our website out of our own Pennsylvania warehouse and ensure a quick turnaround of in-stock items
  • Operate a production splicing department that specializes in sewn terminations and hand splicing
  • Produce custom-made products for more than a few leading brands within the rescue, arborist, fitness, hunting, outdoor, and rigging industries

WHY WE DO IT

With four decades of experience in life safety, ACO is dedicated to a simple yet crucial mission: to share our life safety expertise for safer saddle hunting.

KEEPING HUNTERS SAFE

Our foremost priority is the safety of hunters. Our equipment is carefully designed and rigorously tested to meet the highest safety standards.

timely delivery

We understand that sometimes gear can break or get misplaced and that in hunting, time is of the essence. That’s why we pride ourselves on our commitment to prompt delivery of in-stock items, thanks to our hardworking shipping department. At ACO, 80% of orders of in-stock items ship the same day they are placed.

MAKING SAFE HUNTING WIDELY ACCESSIBLE

Everyone should be able to enjoy the thrill of the hunt, no matter their budget. With our termination and manufacturing capabilities, we create products from start to finish all in-house, and pass the savings onto you.

supporting u.s. jobs

We manufacture and partner locally, contributing to job creation and the vitality of our communities. As we are based in PA, once the steel capital of the world, we take pride in creating US jobs and focus on doing our part to help rebuild America’s manufacturing capabilities.