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 is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...