View Full Version : Whats your vote for the best climbing tree stand?

Count Glockula
November 2, 2001, 09:04 AM
I don't have a climber and I am getting tired of screwing in the pegs everytime I move my stand. Any recomendations for a good climbing stand? Main thing I am interested in is ease of setup.



November 2, 2001, 11:13 AM
tree lounge !!!!!

Robert the41MagFan
November 2, 2001, 01:10 PM
Any cable system.


November 2, 2001, 04:06 PM
API Grand $lam

November 2, 2001, 04:17 PM
Old Man Vision.

November 2, 2001, 08:12 PM
I 2nd the Ol Man Vision

November 3, 2001, 12:02 PM
I agree.
Ol' Man is a very good stand.

November 5, 2001, 09:19 AM
I really enjoy my viper xls... have spent as long as 5 hours in it and the cable lock system is real simple to apply.

I am in the market for a climber for my 10 year old and as he is a little lighter than me would like something a little cheaper... is the ol'man stand cable as well?

November 5, 2001, 01:45 PM
The Ol' Man stand is a cable system. Rubber coated cable, one release pin on each piece of the stand. Light, quiet, comfortable and roomy. I've hunted all day in it several times and been comfortable. I really like the amount of room it gives you. You can use it as a gun or bow stand (meaning the seat portion is reversable so you can either have a foot rest or a gun rest, very nice feature). It has a net seat. The range of tree diameters you can use it on is great, AND if you use a pee bottle, the 32 oz GatorAide bottle fits perfectly in the frame of the seat.

November 7, 2001, 10:18 AM
I have used just about every stand out there and to me the hands down winner is the tree lounge.Recently i have injured my back,preventing me from using any other stand!Nothing is more comfortable and safe-you can take a nap in it ,change clothes,once you are on the stand you are strapped in w/an automotive style safety belt thats on even while climbing the tree.The only down side is mine is an older model thats a little heavy(new models weight 19lbs)and setup is probably longer than most others>Think about it would you rather spend an extra 15minutes during setup so that you could stay in you stand the whole day.Many times during gun season i will stay in my stand from dawn to dusk as comfortable as can be. Good Huntin

November 7, 2001, 08:04 PM
I like the Summit Viper XLS. I prefer the strength of cable to chains.

November 8, 2001, 10:00 PM
Another vote for the Summit stands. I'm currently using a Bushmaster XLS. Cable system is fast and quiet. And the Bushmaster is only 16 pounds. Not fancy, but great for bowhunting.

November 9, 2001, 01:28 PM
I have a summit, but a friend of mine just bought one of these. I would trade him in a heartbeat. These things are awesome.


November 9, 2001, 03:12 PM
Do any of you Summit users have a hard time keeping the seat/upper portion on the tree? Mine will not stay on at all, until I strap it on. I can't tell you how many times I've nearly fallen when the seat lets go.

November 10, 2001, 03:52 PM

First stand I ever used was a Summit, and it did the same thing. Scared the crap out of me every time.

November 10, 2001, 06:49 PM
I traded my old summit with the foam cushion for a new summit with the air pillow last year. I can spend the whole day in the stand with my new summit.

November 13, 2001, 08:51 PM

Yup, same problem (feature) with the Summit Bushmaster. But I've never tried to sit in it before strapping on. Hasn't been a real issue for me. Guess that's the "down" side (pun intended) to the light weight and rigid cable.

Count Glockula
November 14, 2001, 01:07 PM
Thanks for all the good info. I went with a Ol' man vision and am VERY happy with it so far. Thanks again!