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tree stands

In your opinion what climber tree stand is best for the money?

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I personally like the

I personally like the Ameristeps.  I had a grizzly, and it was one of the most comfortable stands I have been in.  The seat is great, and I could imagine falling asleep easily if I was sitting during rifle season.  They are relatively inexpensive also.

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I don't have a climber, but

I don't have a climber, but my hang on is a summit and I am happy wiht it.

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I've owned several climbers

I've owned several climbers during my hunting career. My favorite climber was an API Outback. It was stolen from a private farm I was hunting at the time. It has since been discontinued. It was quiet when ascending/descending, it came with a comfortable sling seat and the rails were level all the way around from side to side. Therefore, I could rest my rifle or bow on the rails or even make longer shots with my rifle because I could get a better rest. Can you tell I liked that stand? Anyone have one for sale?
Currently, I hunt out of Buckshot climbing stands. I own the one that uses a cable to grip the tree. It is a good climber if you aren't going to climb that high. If you aren't going over 30 feet high then it's a great climber to use. Now they have a leveler system built into the climber that allows you to go higher and still keep the foot platform and seat in the level position.
My hunting buddies have the original Buchshot stands with the metal v-shaped gripper arm. With the rigid gripper arm, you can climb higher.
There's another company out of Charlotte NC building a similiar climber to the Buckshot. I'll have to find the name. Anyway, they have an extra-large climber that is very comfortable for even smaller framed hunters, like myself.
Summit, API Lone Wolf all make good climbers. It depends how much money you want to spend and you preference.
Good luck finding one you like. Thumbs up

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You mentioned the one that

You mentioned the one that keeps level.  I think that is a great feature and one that I would want on my tree stand.  I've sat in unlevel stands and it gets to be a pain and makes it more difficult to stand for long period of times.

Tree stand, especially climbers, have come a long way in recent years with the focus being on safety.

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"Tree stand, especially

"Tree stand, especially climbers, have come a long way in recent years with the focus being on safety."
you're so right...I remember the old baker climber stands that were nothing more than a couple pieces of angled metal and plywood for the seat and foot platform.

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I have had a lot of climbing

I have had a lot of climbing stands over the years and I now swear by the Summits.

The cable system is so quick and easy, with nothing to lose or fumble with...

They climb easily and seem very secure, at least to me... I have never had mine slip even an inch and I can not say that about blade type climbers, which are the only other type I have owned.

I used one one time - do not recall the brand - that had a chain encased inside a plastic sleeve... it was quite secure also - someone may know the brand based on the chain.

Back to the Summits, I use a 180 that is roomy and allows me to either face the tree or face away... and it is convertible in a matter of seconds.

I frequently face the tree when gun hunting... it allows me to sort of hide behind the tree.

Summit seats are super comfortable too.

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"I used one one time - do not

"I used one one time - do not recall the brand - that had a chain encased inside a plastic sleeve... it was quite secure also - someone may know the brand based on the chain."
Jim, I'm guessing you're talking about the API climbing treestands. They use the chain encased in a plastic coating. I really liked my Outback by API. Like you said, a very secure stand and quiet operating stand.

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I don't have a climber, but

I don't have a climber, but it is something I think about getting. It would allow me to change positions quicker and easier.  Moving my ladder stands or hang on is a pain after the season starts.  Maybe I'll get one next season.

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"I don't have a climber, but

"I don't have a climber, but it is something I think about getting. It would allow me to change positions quicker and easier.  Moving my ladder stands or hang on is a pain after the season starts.  Maybe I'll get one next season."

That's the name of the game sometimes...being able to move to a better vantage point in a moments notice.
I've moved my stand after the morning hunt in order to get in the right position to take a buck during the afternoon hunt.

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My favorite stands to hunt from are 17-20' ladder stands. Secure, easy to climb into, but obviously not easy to move to a new location. We have several ladder stands that are pretty much permanent stands now. The absolute best climber I've ever used is an API Grand Slam. I've used both the regular Grand Slam and the bow hunter Grand Slam. They are super comfy and the regular one with bar across the front is so stable I feel very comfortable taking a little siesta in it too.  Yes

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