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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-22-2018, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Climbing sticks

Looking to get a set of climbing sticks. Seems like Hawk, LW and XOP have some nice offerings. Does anyone have experience with these or recommend others?

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...I have older Gorilla aluminum ...really like them
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Hawk Heliums get my vote. They are lightweight and have the two step design vs. the one step design. This way I don't have to worry about how I am stepping up the tree at O' dark 30. Also, there are a bunch of forums and videos online on how to modify them to make them even lighter and easier to put up.
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Hawk Heliums get my vote. They are lightweight and have the two step design vs. the one step design. This way I don't have to worry about how I am stepping up the tree at O' dark 30. Also, there are a bunch of forums and videos online on how to modify them to make them even lighter and easier to put up.
Yeah they do seem nice and the price is 1/2 of what LW gets. I didnt want to buy Hawk and then regret the purchase b/c they were cheap garbage

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Guys really like the hawks. I have a set of LW that I use the rope mod on. They are good too.

You can pick up a set of LW used on Archery Talk for a decent price usually.

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Yeah they do seem nice and the price is 1/2 of what LW gets. I didnt want to buy Hawk and then regret the purchase b/c they were cheap garbage

I don't think they are garbage. If you check out YouTub, Rokslide Forums and Saddlehunter Forums, you will see a lot of guys like and use the Hawk sticks. There are tons of ways to modify them on those sights as well. There will always be that one guy that thinks he can make them better and will find that way.
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I really like my Heliums. The double step is an absolute necessity to me and nothing else really compares.

Last year I ran them stock. This offseason I did a few modifications to them. Cut the length down and took out the middle step, added rope/versa button, and changed up my aider system. They are basically the perfect climbing stick for my system now. But even stock they are great for most guysí needs.

They are made in China but Iíve thus far seen top notch quality in the extrusion and hardware. At worst you may have to tighten some bolts out of the box, Iíve seen guys complain about thatÖ talk about nitpicking.


My modified version. Obviously the mods void warranties, yada yada.



Compactness packing them, there is nothing close.
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I actually ordered a set last night (Heliums). Cableas had a 10%off yesterday only and free shipping over $50 so i pulled the trigger. Bonus was i used my Cab points so i am getting a set of sticks for "free". I ordered rope and i have a bunch of webbing at home. As soon as they arrive i plan on hacking them to pieces, LOL. Looking forward to a mobile set of sticks and may be able to ditch the climber.

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If you want to check out different mods people have done go to the saddlehunter
forums. Those guys have a lot of ingenuity.

Elkyinzer, what rope is that? I like the color better than the black I'm using.

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If you want to check out different mods people have done go to the saddlehunter
forums. Those guys have a lot of ingenuity.

Elkyinzer, what rope is that? I like the color better than the black I'm using.
7mm Sterling accessory cord. Desert camo. Rwrope.com usually has it in stock and woodland camo also. I feel like I should be getting commission at this point I've linked it across a few different forums.
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