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Treelounge vs Summit Bullet Backpacker -- Advice?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by nickE10mm, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. nickE10mm

    nickE10mm F.S.F.O.S.

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    Hi all...

    I've been researching the market for a new climbing treestand to use for deer hunting. I've never owned OR used a climbing stand (but HAVE used a ladder stand a couple of times) and need advice. I've narrowed it down to two stands that I like. I'll mainly be hunting VERY hilly areas in the Ozarks/SW Missouri/Mark Twain National Forest area. I will be hunting with a handgun on most hunts. I'm looking for something with great stability, safety and comfort and something that I can pack into the deep woods with me, stay out all day and have lots of versatility as to what trees in can actually climb. I'm 27, about 200lbs and in excellent physical and cardiovascular shape. I'm not too concerned about the cost because I only plan on buying one stand and keeping it forever.

    The stands I have in mind are:

    Summit Bullet Backpacker (= 23lbs total)

    Treelounge (18.5lbs + 7.5lb foot climber = 26lbs total)

    I also like the idea of a stand that I can use when back at camp to sit on a tree (lower to the ground while there relaxin') and I've heard that the treelounge is good for that. Also, the treelounge seems like it might be a BIT more stable AND confortable, but at the cost of a heavier stand. I don't really see how the Summit sets up so I can't really compare potential noise of setup. The treelounge seems to have quite a few accessories (ie wheels, leveler, various holders) but all at additional cost to an already "more" expensive stand.

    At this point I'm rambling and have read enough "reviews" to make my head spin and need to get some people who have experience with either one.

    Thanks in advance....
     
  2. suckersrus

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    I've gotten some quality sleep in my Tree lounge.

    I don't know nutton about the other one.
     


  3. nickE10mm

    nickE10mm F.S.F.O.S.

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    You ever had any problems with it squeaking at all?
     
  4. MDT

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    Summit does make a good product and I was very pleased with my Bushmaster...until I got a Lone Wolf Alpha Climber. You can't sleep in it, but it is very light and easy to pack.

    No experience with Tree Lounge other than what I've read. Have you looked on archerytalk.com ?
     
  5. nickE10mm

    nickE10mm F.S.F.O.S.

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    No, I'll check it out though. Thanks!
     
  6. suckersrus

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    It has never kept me awake.

    I've never noticed a squeak.
     
  7. nickE10mm

    nickE10mm F.S.F.O.S.

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    I posted this same thread at several forums. The consensus, so far, is that the Treelounge is great, but its a heavier and noisier setup, but one that will easily allow an all day stay.

    I think I'm looking closer at at Summit because of the climbing I will often have to do before setting up my stand each day. Mobility is a huge issue, although not so much an issue that I still can't stay up in the tree for the entire day.
     
  8. nyredneck

    nyredneck كا&

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    I have a tree lounge and had never used a climber until I owned it. It is sturdy and with the bow hunter stand on it it is incredibly versatile. It is comfortable, too comfotable!!! I scale up and down trees with it and never had a problem. You are right about all the little accessories that you can add to it can make it very expensive. But I love mine and wouldn't trade it for the world! YMMV!:thumbsup:
     
  9. nickE10mm

    nickE10mm F.S.F.O.S.

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    as it stands right now, I'll be purchasing a Lone Wolf Alpha Sit & Climb stand.
     
  10. MDT

    MDT Glock21Love

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    I almost bought the Sit and Climb instead of the Alpha Hand Climber. Lone Wolf makes a great (and light) product. I think you'll be pleased.
     
  11. nickE10mm

    nickE10mm F.S.F.O.S.

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    I'm looking forward to it!