Whos uses them? Lets hear it, the good the bad, the ugly. Brand make and model please. Looking into buying one this season since 20 hang on stands arent enough.....
Same here...have used ladder stands...and also have used a friends climber before...looking to buy my own this year...I am going to go with the Loggy Bayou..i like the design...small...light...doesn't have gun rail to get in the way I plan on using mine for archery hunting....have heard nothing but good things about these stands.
Get a summit or a lone wolf, you'll be better off. Those two are the best for the money. You can get a summit in any configuration you want. As small and light, as big and heavy, with rails, without rails, foldable, etc.
I have used climbing stands back to the early Baker stands.
They give you the flexibility to go in to new locations quick and easy, no stand is left to alert others of your location, be stolen, or to be retrieved after the season is over. Some are very comfortable as is my API Shooting star and some are very light as my Timber Tall.
You pay for the versatility by the need to carry in your stand to your hunting location each trip. Some can be noisy or leave marks of softer bark. You need a fairly straight no low limbs tree to climb.
I currently use both...I typically try to position my lock-ons and ladder stands in the locations I believe the older bucks will be traveling during the rut i.e. close to or between bed downs. In the meantime I use my climbers to skirt those areas, hunt new locations and watch feeding areas with the hope of gaining information allowing me to move to a location closer to my buck of choice.
I have an older Loggy Bayou. I have been using this stand for almost 20 years without any difficulty. I hunted with it exclusively for quite a few years but I do have a few hang ons now. What I like about the climber is you never have to worry about having your stand stolen. I can be completely set up in the tree in about 5 minutes with my stand.
If i were to buy a new one I would look seriously into a Lone wolf. I know a lot of people that hunt exclusively with a Lone wolf hang on and Lone wolf sticks. Pack them in and out on each hunt. That is another route you could take.
API Grandslam. Not overly light, but very strong, very quiet, very stable, easy and quick to set up, NEVER slips. Also does not make any noise while on your back. I like the full containment even for bowhunting.