I have used aTreelounge treestand for about 15 years. I made my own after seeing the stand in a video. I used Aluminium from old balcony railings and cored it with wood to minimize noise. The absolute most comfy stand I have ever hunted out of, I can stay in it all day long, no problem.
It depends on what type of hunting you do and how far you have to pack it in.
I don't think there's one climber that perfect for all situations. I have a summit and it's very comfortable, but not great for bowhunting and I have a lone wolf that's light and great for bowhunting, but not real comfortable.
There are times when the deer are simply not moving and you're forced to make something happen. Maybe you're up against a full moon or hot weather. This is when a silent drive to force deer to move should be considered.
By silent drive, you're not yelling and making a commotion to scare the deer. When deer are panicked, they're liable to bust out of the cover on a dead run, and any shot you get will be tough to make.
A silent drive is different. It means playing the wind to carry the driver's...