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    I am using this down time to look at a new climber. I used an API last year and was not fond of the mounting chain especially in low light conditions - I even dropped the pin a couple of times while trying to assemble it, but that was user error.

    I also tried my buddies Summit Viper and it was an amazing stand BUT that wrap around bar was great for sitting but a pain for climbing with a bow or gun. I really liked how the cable secured to the stand - very easy!

    I am looking at the following:
    - Summit (Viper & Razor)
    - Lone Wolf
    - X-Stand

    I am leaning towards the Summit Viper but wanted to see what everyone is using and get your feedback.

    Thanks!

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    I use a Summit Viper but I find it very noisy to hang. Heavy to haul any distance. I like it's safety during the climb and it's comfort. If you're young and mobile it's the only way to hunt crownland IMO.

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    I have had an older API and a new model API, the pins on my newer unit came wired to the frame on a short bit of SS wire similar to the way fishing wire is used for terminal connections. I would suggest you use a string to haul your bow up after climbing.
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    I just love my Summit Goliath, Plenty of room and easy to use, little maintenance required,

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    What maintenance is required on the Summit?

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    I started Climber stand recently.My choice was Lone Wolf.
    Most "flat"to fold to carry it,so during transportation does not created issues in the bush,light,easy to use.I believe it is also the quietest to set up.
    Not the cheapest one.

    Try raising and lowering your stuff with a string.Takes nothing and makes the climb so much more enjoyable.
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    A decade ago I bought a Lone Wolf Alpha Hand Climber and never looked back. No chains or loose metal parts to clang together and super light and portable. If ninjas used tree stands, they'd use a Lone Wolf. Its not a big stand when set up, but its the same size seat and platform as most hang-ons.
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    I've had a Summit Viper for about 5 years and I still really like it. I bought a army surplus backpack frame which I use to haul the stand in and out. It makes it much more comfortable for that task. I also attach a haul line on each side before I climb up, one attached to my bow/gun and one for my pack. TC

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    I am old and fat. I have used the Summit Goliath for years. You make some noise climbing but I can climb down almost silently. Hunting witha gun or bow should not affect your climbing because you should only pull up your weapon of choice with a string after being completely setup and tethered.
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    I have a Lone Wolf which I purchased 20 years ago, and hunted hard with it . Still works as good as the day I bought it. Compact,Light (14.5lbs)and the most quiet one to install and climb with that I have been around. The stand is not a tree Lazy Boy if that is what you are after. I highly recommend the stand for bowhunters

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