All I've ever done is add an extra ratchet strap to the base of the seat area. That usually tightens things up quite a bit. Those stand don't last forever though. If you want extra braces, save your old ones as you get rid of stands and use those if they are fit. There are probably even people on here who have some extras if you'd ask around.
That said, there are ladder stands and there are ladder stands. I stay away from all of those $50 - $60 ones because they are usually the flimsy ones that aren't as well made. There are some really well built ladder stands out there. Go to places that have them set up on display and really look them over. Buy the heavier and better built ones if you really want steady and sturdy.
I forget the name of it, but I have two 16' stands from Dicks that are the sturdiest stands of all the ones I have. I feel like I could dance on them and be perfectly safe. As I replace what I have, they are the ones I will buy. There is also a stand in Sportsmens Warehouse that is 21" tall. I have two of those and they are very sturdy also and they come with two braces. They are difficult to put up by yourself, but when they are cinched in, they are very sturdy.
PS- I got to thinking about it and I'm pretty sure in those Sportsmens Warehouse flyers they have just those extra braces that you can buy. If it's not in the flyers then check online. I know I've seen them in there.
Last edited by kudu58; 08-09-2017 at 03:59 PM.