Discussion Starter · #101 ·
I was using less expensive gear just a few years ago when I decided it was time to move on from my Summit Climber and I wasn’t doing just fine .I wont say i dislike the sticks...I just have a certain expectation that a high end item like they are should come hunt ready. When i got these they were useless in their ability to be stacked and used quietly. With and $90 a pop piece of aluminum should i need $30 of felt tape and a $25 rod for them to be effective? I dont think so but maybe thats just me.
I was honestly very disappointed. I mean not even any kind of strap to hold them together? Sheesh. I am also not into carrying them horizontal on the beast stand. Ive had about 5-6 different kinds of sticks going back to wolfs, gorilla, xop, hawk, muddy.....there is nothing the beast gear can do that the others cant. If you dont have $1200 to spend on a setup dont sweat it. You can do just fine with much less.
I was running a LW Assault 2 with 4 full length Hawk Helium sticks and hated it because it was such a heavy rig . The Hawk Sticks with the factory straps never seemed to get a real solid bite on the tree and the brackets would need tightened from time to time . Moving parts like that eventually begging to wear . Also not ideal being at your tree realizing things are getting loose . When grinding it out during the season I am just not sharp enough to constantly be checking my equipment and doing maintenance.
When I would have my last stick hung it was no fun standing on it while slinging the Assault off my shoulder and attaching it to the tree because while at the time it was known for being light it was still a challenge holding it with one arm and trying to keep my balance on those sticks .
The experience was such a pain I eventually abandoned that setup and went back to my climber .
The Beast Sticks are light with no moving parts and incredibly tolerances. Haven’t found a tree yet that I couldn’t get an awesome bite on and that gives me a great sense of security. I also have no issues with the way they stack and don’t find them cumbersome to pack .
With that being said I understand they don’t fit everyone’s style and people prefer other options. My Beast Sticks are such high quality they should last a lifetime.
As far as stands go I wanted something light that was also high quality. To me a light and balanced stand is so much easier to hang. I was doing a comparison the other day with the Assault and the Beast Stand by holding the post and sort of doing a front delt raise like you would do with dumbbells at the gym . The Assault was a real challenge and I could barely lift it over my head . The Beast Stand was as light as a feather and I could do it with ease .
With that being said guys out there don’t like the Beast Stand and prefer LWCG stands because they offer way more features. I get it . Everyone’s mind works differently. For me my biggest wants out of a stand are lightness and a decent size platform. There really is no other stand out there that compares in this regard . Those few less pounds actually make a huge difference. At least for me they do .