View Full Version : Climbing Stands

November 24, 2007, 06:14 PM
I'm going to get a climbing stand,but I'm not sure what kind.
The Summit Viper SS and the Sumit Broadhead BackpackerSS
are on my top list.
I'm planning to do alot of walking,so would the backpacker be that much better?
Funny the backpacker wt.is one pound more than the Viper.
What do ya'll have,tell me go good and the bad of the stands ya'll use.

November 24, 2007, 08:25 PM
summits are very good stands

December 1, 2007, 11:39 AM
i love my Summit...light, quiet and packs easy.

December 1, 2007, 12:30 PM
The folks at summit are very good people. A friend broke a strap on his, and he called to buy a new one. The lady on the phone said whats your address, and assured him it was taken care of. No charge, and he had 2 straps in the mail in a few days. They stand by what they make.

Also the way the summit locks on the tree is second to none. It's hard to operate some of the other locking systems with cold hands and quietly as well. The locking lugs on the cabe is really what sold me.

I hunt from a viper mostly with a bow, but I rifle hunt from it sometimes as well. I wouldn't have anything else, but maybe 2 or 3 more for when I want to leave them on a tree for a day or two.

December 9, 2007, 03:00 PM
Seems like the only trees I've seen suitable for climbing stands are pines. How do you guys keep from getting pine rosin all over you?:confused:

December 9, 2007, 03:13 PM
How do you guys keep from getting pine rosin all over you?

You don't. It's not as bad in really cold weather. I use permanent ladder stands or shooting houses now unless I'm walking them up.

December 18, 2007, 07:21 PM
I just bought a Summit Goliath and love it. The top is 2in wider. Really made a difference this morning. It was cold and i had several layers of clothing and looked like the michelin man. If you get the Summit get the footrest thats an option. Ive sat for 6hrs in mine without any discomfort.

I also like the strap that secures the top to the tree.

December 18, 2007, 07:39 PM
How do you guys keep from getting pine rosin all over you?
AS stated that really is not a problem. Whats a real problem is when the sap gets in the wingnuts and you can't unscrew them.

December 21, 2007, 12:53 PM
With a summit there are no wing nuts unless you have a viper with a shooting bar, but those nuts aren't close enough to the tree. I havnt ever noticed any sap from climbing any tree. You may have some if you leave a climber for several days, but if you're going to do that you might as well buy a few lock ons.

December 21, 2007, 01:22 PM
i avoid the sap by climbing slightly higher each time i hunt. this way the previous tree bark damage (where the sap leaks from) is lower than my stand.

December 21, 2007, 09:13 PM
I will leave my stand on the same tree without taking it to the barn for the whole year. I do not have to worry about theft, so it makes it very convenant.

February 2, 2008, 01:22 AM
I have a summit viper and i love it. is it quiet and very easy to use. My only complaint is that I didnt get one sooner.