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Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lycoming county
Best treestand, not summit
I know this topic has been beaten to death here, but i had my first encounters with summit stands this fall while hunting with friends and i wanted to share my thoughts on them.
I just want to say that when i was in the market for a new climbing treestand last fall i was looking for something with bow hunting in mind. I had my choices narrowed down to the summit openshot hand climber, or the lonewolf alpha hand climber combo two. Being a stockier guy, I was a little nervous spending the cash on a lonewolf not knowing if i was going to like a hand climber, so at the time i was leaning more towards the less expensive summit but was majorly turned off with the overall bulkiness of it. After careful consideration, watching countless videos, and reading reviews and testimonials online from users of each, i went with the lonewolf and so far i have loved the darn thing. I actually rank it up there with one of my best, if not the best, investments ive ever made for hunting. Super light, effortless to set up or take down even in the dark, quiet, super stealthy, doesnt slip on tree's, made of quality materials, everything ive ever dreamed of in a climbing treestand. The only down side that i can find is that the seat doesnt fold up, but ive learned to live with that.
Two of my buddies were using summits this year. One was using a summit titan sd and the other a summit specialist mlb edition sd. The specialist would have been comparable to the openshot i was thinking about purchasing. While the two stands were different in appearance and the way you use them, i came to the same general conclusion about each of them. Way too noisy, extremely bulky, and not made of quality materials nor the same craftsmanship as the lonewolf. Now i must admit, i did nothing more with these stands than assemble and climb with either of them, so i cannot attest to their comfort. Ive heard summit may be the more comfortable sit, but from just an assembly, climbing, and craftsmanship stand point, i am so glad i bought the lonewolf. First of all, the sd, "sound deadening metal", is a load of bologna. These stands make all kinds of noise not only getting them apart and setting them up, but climbing with them as well. I was shocked to find that out. The cables are also a pain in the rear end to feed in and out of the tubes and the rubber coating on them scrape right off. I can make mid air adjustments with my lonewolf rather easily, which is never a good idea, but i dont know how on earth that would be possible with the summits. I was not impressed with these stands at all, especially after all the praise i hear from guys that own them. I was at least two hundred yards away from the guys i was hunting with, and i could still hear both of them bang and clang around. With the lonewolf, all you hear is the occasional bark rub, thats it!
The purpose of this thread isnt so much to beat up on summit. I have no doubt that many guys like theirs, and for some guys they work. They also may well be the most comfortable to sit in all day, but for me, that comfort just wouldnt override everything else that ive gotten with my lonewolf.