Climber opions

Discussion in 'Bowhunting' started by Fishballz, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. Thinking about getting a new climber. I have a summit viper now. Would like to know who loves their stand.. Looking at a lone wolf sit and climb. Does the sit bar double as a shooting rest? I shoot a crossbow and need something to set my bow across. I like the viper but feel its a little noisy sometimes with the cabels. Are the lone wolfs less noisy, hows that rubber strap they use to go around the tree? Any other brands I should consider looking at? Just wanna see if there is that sweeet stand out there? Light, quite, easy and comfy.. Thanks
  2. 9Left


    Light? yes
    Quiet? yes
    comfy? depends
    easy to use? YES

    I have the Lonewolf climber(not the sit n climb) ... if you have a long hikes to and from your tree, it is a great stand as it weighs less than 15 pounds .. and folds very flat . i've always felt pretty safe and stable climbing the tree in it, but there's absolutely no way on this earth I would ever be in that stand without a harness . I think it is a great stand to bow hunt from, gun hunting, on the other hand… Not so much. There's just nowhere to rest the gun.

    The only other negative thing I would have to say about the Lonewolf is that you can forget about trying to catch a few z's while sitting in the stand… No armrests, no front support ... I said "depends" for the question of comfort because it depends on what kind of hunter you are ... I am only 42 and I still have no problem setting for 4-6hours straight with no backrest except the tree
    and no side or front rails to catch me if you doze off... I strap my harness to the tree a few of feet above my head,and pull it tight, if I think I might does off a little...

    to answer your other question, I have used the sit and climb before, my brother-in-law has one and I have used it ...The bar you sit on for climbing is not the greatest gun rest in the world as it only sits about belly button height when you are sitting in the seat. The Lonewolf definitely makes less noise as the rubber straps are very quiet against the tree
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  3. ezbite

    ezbite the Susan Lucci of OGF

    I have the summit titan and ill never buy another stand. its roomy and I always feel secure in it, I bought the swing seat for it too, keeps my back nice and toasty. once I get to the height I want I use ratchet straps to secure both 1/2's to the tree. i've spent many days (dawn to dusk) in the stand. take a nap about 11-1 I had a gorilla climber and ill NEVER use one of those again. id stay with summit if it was me.
  4. Carpn


    I have a LW sit and climb . As far as a bowhunting stand I don't think there is another . It's quite , climbs easy , and adjustable on the tree making it nice to get around knots or stubs as well as leveling the stand . The bar is about worthless if you are wanting to use it for a gun rest .
    I weigh 250# and have no prob sitting all day , but I'm sure there are more comfortable stands .
    The pros outweigh the cons for me . I replaced the factory seat with a hazmore seat . It doesn't hold moisture , and isn't as bulky or noisy as the factory seats
  5. Thanks for the replies guys. I'm still not sure which route I'm gonna go. Guess I'll finish the season out with my viper and try to decide. Just doesn't seem like there is a perfect climber for the crossbow hunter out there
  6. X2 on the Summit. They all make noise unless your really careful. I have used a summit goliath for years, and yes, front bar is great, almost like a red roof inn !! All day sits are a piece of cake.
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  7. I use a summit viper elite sd but i modified it to use lonewolf belts and cam locks i 've done it to a few vipers i cut the side bar off and weld in new 1 in. 1/8 wall aluminum square tube with pocket milled out for lone wolf cam locks love it been using this for 3 years now i had did it to the original viper that my son now has and uses that stand is about 8 years old. that was my problem with cables was the noise it made
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  8. HookSet Harvey

    HookSet Harvey Set the Hook

    Now that's the best of both worlds. I'd like to see a pic of that set up.
  9. That is awesome!!!!! Wish I had the abilities to do that! Reminds of the show monster garage where the basically mash cars together
  10. 20171115_111718.jpg 20171115_111755.jpg 20171115_111711.jpg well here are some pics custom paint job too i dont think theres a more comfortable stand than summit vipers 20171115_111718.jpg 20171115_111755.jpg 20171115_111711.jpg
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  11. I have a summit as well. It is so old I have no idea what model it is. But it still works great. Has the seat and back all in one. It is a sit and climb stand. I just rest my Xbow on the front rest. I sit all day and have no problems in anyway. Feel very secure in the tree. Just have to pick the right tree. Never sit in a tree with smooth bark. I always sit in soft barked trees.
  12. I'd love to see some close ups of your mod. I have a viper i would like to do this to as i hate those cables. My stand of choice is my old trusty API bow hunter but i like the viper besides the dang cables.
  13. i have done it to an API bow hunter stand also but i feel viper is a lot sturdier than API so went back to viper if you would like i can give you dimensions thru text or personal message
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  14. G-Patt


    I bought a Summit Viper earlier this year and really like it. I don't find it to be too noisy unless you plan to set up on deer beds in the evening. Then it can be an issue climbing up and down trees since it does make some noise. I've killed deer making noise during my set ups, so noise is not that big of an issue. It's smell and sight I'm more concerned with.
  15. buckeyebowman

    buckeyebowman On the back 9 and loving it!

    I've found that if you're going to try to set up in that situation, get in early if you can. If you can't, get in and set up making whatever noise you need to, then get really quiet! I think the deer figure that whatever was making that noise has moved on.

    Plus, I've seen deer not react at all to a nearby shotgun blast! They can be pretty cool customers. Just yesterday, waiting for a couple of buddies to sight in one's new muzzleloader, I saw 2 deer cross the club road behind the pistol range, which had fire ongoing, moving TOWARD the range! They had no fear of gunfire whatsoever!
  16. Ive had a Summit Bushmaster for years. I really like it. It's kind of a young mans stand since it's not sit and climb (I'm 50 w a bad shoulder), but I love how light it is. Only mod I've made is to replace the cables. Yea there's nothing to rest a gun on but I've rigged shooting sticks to work. Good luck!
  17. Get a set of third hand stabilizer straps and a bow holder for any Summit. Can't be beat.
  18. Those stabilizer straps look awesome I just wonder if they work as good as advertised????
  19. If you want a really good stand check out “tree walkers”. They’re the best and this is coming from someone that has a summit viper and bushmaster and a lone wolf. The tree walkers are a bit heavy but are very comfortable and easy to shoot out of and very quiet.
  20. crittergitter

    crittergitter Multi Species Angler

    I've had my Lone Wolf Sit & Climb for over 15 years now. I absolutely love it. It is easy to use, quiet and light. I shoot a compound bow. So I always fold the sit bar under the seat and use the straps to secure it there so it is out of my way. I don't think it would be ideal for a rest to use with your crossbow, but I guess it could work. You'd need some type of adjustable tensioner on it. Honestly, I don't think I'd want it. I'd keep the crossbow in my lap.

    There's a chance if I do some late archery season hunting in January that I'll use a crossbow. If I do, I'll come back here and add how I liked it with a crossbow.

    A couple of other options are Ol' Man tree stands and X-Stand. X-stand has an ultralight on Amazon for $150.
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