For many people the process of carrying a lot of equipment to and from the campsite can be a major drag. Every single ounce of extra weight is significant and saps the energy just thinking about lugging it out into the field. All hunting equipment has grown lighter over the years as competition and technology has pushed manufacturers to improve their products.
So it has become a very important factor in choosing a climbing treestand too. Climbing treestands are generally heavier than the svelte hang-on models, often with more substantial seats and platforms as well as the climbing equipment, but they are no longer the bulky, heavy units that they used to be. Indeed, some models are as light, if not lighter than hang-on treestands.
So what are the lightest tree climbers available today? Remember that just because the treestand is light doesn’t necessarily make it the easiest to carry, nor does it make it the most comfortable or sturdy. The list of treestands provided below has been created based purely on the numbers. Seeing as how we are dealing with weights we have also included the maximum capacity weight of each treestand too.
For some people the best climbing treestand is automatically going to be the lightest climbing treestand. But there are other factors that are also important such as comfort, stealth qualities and size of seat or platform. The way to approach your decision making process is to analyze as many of each stand's features as possible and make your decision accordingly.
The way this table has been presented is to take the lightest climbing treestand from each of the major treestand manufacturers and put them up against each other. From there you can make up your own mind based on the other features of the stand.
Lightest Climbing Treestands
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Descriptions of Lightweight Climbing Tree Stands
The comparison table above gives us a brief overview of what is available among the lightest climbing treestands on the market. Below we have put together short reviews of each of the treestands and they will give you a better idea of the features and specifications that each product provides.
As we sort our way through some of the other treestand manufacturers, this list will be expanded to include more lightweight climbers. One thing is for certain, there are significant differences between the design of the various brands. In some cases the emphasis is clearly on the task of saving weight while in other cases there is a much clearer attempt to make the seat as comfortable as possible.
The range of lightweight tree climbers that have been discussed above are a great alternative to more permanent options such as tower stands or ladder stands. Both of these types of stands have their place for those hunters who have a proven hunting field that they can return to every year or who are hunting on private land.
Remember that safety should be uppermost in your mind when buying a treestand and you've got to feel comfortable and safe when climbing and sitting in it. For some people the prospect of getting up in a light climbing tree stand is a daunting one with the preference being for a more substantial option. Fortunately, there are many far heavier and more permanent choices available and while they might be more difficult to get into position, they will provide the hunter with a greater feeling of security. If you feel you need a bigger and heavier climbing treestand it would be a far wiser option.
Looking For A Lightweight Hang-On Treestand?
For a treestand that is quick to set up and easy to use, many manufacturers have produced a line of hang-on treestands. We have also listed a selection of Lightweight Hang-On Treestands to browse through.
In the meantime please stop by the Treestand Buying Guide page to find a list of some of the most popular treestands currently available today.