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Tree climber stands

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Hey guys, I wanted to get some tips on the climber stands. I have seen quite a few different ones but have never used them but I hate to keep screwing in tree pegs and have a few new areas that a climber would work great! What price should I expect to pay for a good one and who carries the best ones????

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There are a ton of them on the market now. Go into a shop and have them run through what each one has as far as good qualities and what maybe they could have done better with.

I myself have a Summit Viper and love the thing. I have quite a few portables.. and if I can hunt from my climber I do.. its far more confortable than any of my other portables, and I feel safer in it as well.

Good luck!

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Depending on what you will be using it for will also tell the price.If you are going to be doing some backpacking with it you will for sure want a alum one as the steel are somewhat heavier.

The prices can range from a 100 dollars up to 350.Size is also something to look at as each stand is rated for different weights.There are many brands out there and everyone likes something different.I would try to find one with the clamp type adjustment for the cable that goes around the tree.The pin type is ok,but the other is faster and easier.

I would stop at Cabelas or some other sporting goods stores who have a varity on hand and ask them for the pro's and cons of each.I would say for a alum stand rated for 300 pounds you are looking at a couple hundred for a better one.

Best to go look at them and choose.

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Summit Vipor!!!! You will love it. The price is right and talk about stable. 20lbs and comfortable to haul. I have gone out and made five different areas ready to hunt. Such as an eye screw with rope attached for pulling up bow or rifle, also my snack bag. I had a neighbor woman design me a cover that I velcro on the top rail to prevent wind and also had her put pockets on it for my calls, drinks and other misc. stuff I want in the stand. Best $240.00 I've spent. I used to have permenant stands but every year you spend $ and quality time fixing them. Not anymore.

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I just got my Summit Viper a few days ago.. I've been up and down the tree in the back yard. My wife just laughs. I love it. I got the one for $139.99. It's not the SS it's the classic. Dicks had them for sale the other day. The only thing I could see different between the SS and the classic was the weight. And a few accesories. I couldn't justify the extra $100.00. Good Luck, Kid

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Amen Harvey Lee and company. All good advice. The general rule of you get what you pay for applies here. However, you have to compare that to how much you can use it, how far you will walk it in, etc. I have heard good things about the Summit Viper and I personally own an Lone Wolf Alpha Sit-n-Climb. Theses stands are a bit harder on the wallet but very nice on the rear end.

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I am picking up a Viper or Goliath in the next week. I have looked at them all and they seem to be the best on the market. The only other one I would look at is the Lone Wolf however I personally like the summits better. I can't decide between the Summits however I think I am going for the bigger Goliath. More room and the weight is the same.

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I'm 5'8" and about 180lbs give or take a few. While in my Summit Vipor I do have to say being dressed to the hilt for rifle season in November may become a tad tight, but still have plenty of room to move around. If your a bigger guy I see that the Goliath is a little bigger and has more weight allowence. I believe if you go on their web site they have all of the dimentions.

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Cabela's sell Cabela's branded climbers that are made by Summit. Checking out the Cabela's website is worth the time. They have some pretty good deals.

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As stated above the Lone Wolf Alpha is a bit spendy but they are a very good climber and nice to sit in.I also have others but the Alpha is the stand of stands.

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Yep, the summit Viper and Goliath are about the best out there. Safe, reliable, lightweight, and easy to use. The bottom section on the Viper and Goliath are exactly the same. The upper section on the Goliath is 2 inches wider. That little extra does help during late season when the clothes start getting a bit bulkier.

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I agree with you all on the Summit stands, but I went with the Razor. I had to order it because it seems like no one carries it, but the shooting rail on it will fold under the seat. I particularly like this feature for archery, since I like to keep the rail for gun hunting but get it out of the way when I'm using my bow.

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I just purchased a Loggy Bayou climbing stand. It has the wire cord that goes around the tree. I have a friend that says he knows 3 people that have fallen and gotten hurt with the cord stands. Is this true. Should I bring it back. He said that the cords slip down the tree unlike the metal v type climber stands. Please let me know before I climb a tree with it. Thanks guys

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The summits are very stable when put on a tree of the correct size, with good bark (Not real smooth). See my other post over in the equipment/info section, but I wouldnt be worried. I would trust the cable far more than a rigid steel type... Just my $.02

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I've never had my summit stand slip yet..

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My older (heavier) metal rivers edge climber with the 2 metal "v's" gripped any tree great, but they were heavy and noisy to put on and carry.

My newer cable style can fall if you don't have weight on it and then but bump it (standing-problem with the top and sitting-problem with the bottom).

But if you use the safety straps to connect the two pieces together, it is vey solid and won't slip.

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DOES ANYONE OWN A TREE LOUNGE TREESTAND, IF SO HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM?

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