Best Climber Stand

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  1. Duckologist

    Duckologist Elite Refuge Member

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    In have both API and most recently a summit. I like the API much better. I couple these with a Muddy harness for my fall protection.
     
  2. sherlockbonez

    sherlockbonez Senior Refuge Member

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    Which API do you have. What do you like about it vs the summits?
     
  3. Hally

    Hally Elite Refuge Member

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    FINALLY! I'm not the only one.


    Sherlock, this is what I posted a while back. It was the Cobra that I had.

    I'll throw the curve ball...I had a Summit climber and hated it. I may never climb another. I'm not fond of the teeth on the seat and platform that grab the bark. Unless they changed their design in the past 8 year, they are sort of round. I even had a hard time digging into an Ash. Too many times I would get 10 feet up and not feel safe so I sold it.

    Since then, I've been in a older model API Grand Slam Bowhunter. The Alui-Tech Bowhunter is the same thing, just comes with a better back rest and footrest. I have had zero problems with this stand. Even climbing hard-barked trees like Oaks, Aspen and Hickorys. I've felt very comfortable 25 feet up. That stand digs in like no tomorrow.
     
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    Duckologist Elite Refuge Member

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    I have no issues with the summit biting. My issues are the seat that hangs well below the frame of the stand. So I am sitting way down in the stand and I don't like that. Where on my API, I have the seat adjusted to where it isn't hanging at all. I can shoot my bow from a sitting position. I think I am going to order an API seat for my summit to solve this issue.
     
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    Hally Elite Refuge Member

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    haha..I can't win!
    I do know guys that have switched the seats out. They say it works pretty good.
     
  6. WoodieSC

    WoodieSC North/South Carolina Flyway Forum Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Likewise, I have no issue with the teeth biting AS LONG AS I keep a downward angle on both the upper and lower pieces.

    Don't understand your problem with the Summit seat. :scratch

    Mine is fully adjustable in the height from the top bar, so I set it low for gun hunts and raise it to just a few inches lower than the bar for bow hunts. :tu

    You must have a different seat. Mine is the older seat, not the full wrap-around style.
     
  7. Duckologist

    Duckologist Elite Refuge Member

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    Yes it's new. My buddy has an old one that he can adjust all the way up. I cannot. If I take all the slack out of the adjustment, it is still hangin about 6 inches bellow the top bar. I want it to be even. I hate the seat, it makes the entire stand uncomfortable. On the other hand, I love how it packs. Well now I do now that I turned it upside down and pack it with cables pointing upward.
     
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    WoodieSC North/South Carolina Flyway Forum Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Ducko,

    You may be able to sell that seat and replace it with the old style... only $40 + shipping. You should be able to get at least that for the new style one since they sell for $99.

    http://www.summitstands.com/productdetail.aspx?id=85147

    It would 'fix' your comfort issue with it. :tu
     
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    foldingwings Senior Refuge Member

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    What do you mean by turning the stand with the cables pointing up? If I remember correctly with mine I have to carry it with the cables down.
     
  10. Willow Point

    Willow Point Senior Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Had a summit 12 or 13 years ago. It was the old style without the cable. I hated it. I bought an Ole Man Climber 10 years ago and have used it every since. I love it. I wouldn't mind having the lighter version of it however.
     

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