The Lightest Climbing Treestands for 2017

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 climbing treestands 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

Make / Model

Weight
(pounds)

Max
Capacity

MSRP

X-Stand The X-1

11

300lbs

$299.99

X-Stand Sit 'n' Climb

12

300lbs

$349.99

TimberTall Baby Lite

12.5

250lbs

$341.00

Lone Wolf Assault Hand Climber Combo

14.7

350lbs

$379.99

Muddy The Stalker

15

300lbs

$199.99

Summit Treestands OpenShot SD

15lbs

300lbs

$259.99

X-Stand The Apache

15.5lbs

300lbs

$199.99

X-Stand The X-Scape

15.5lbs

300lbs

$319.99

Summit Specialist SD

16lbs

250lbs

$349.99

Summit Viper Elite SD

17lbs

250lbs

$359.99

Treewalker ProMag SL

17lbs

350lbs

$349.95

BuckShot SwiftLoc CenterShot

19lbs

300lbs

$295.99

Ol Man Alumalite CTS

21lbs

300lbs

$279.99

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.

X-Stand The X-1 Climbing Treestand

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Specifications

  • Weight: 9.6lbs
  • Platform: 21” W x 31” D
  • Seat Size: 19” W x 10” D
  • Seat Height: 19”
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • MSRP: $299.99

This tree stand is titled the world’s lightest climbing treestand and, indeed, it heads the list in terms of weight. It is made from 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum and has been created to provide a stable platform that is also very easy to carry into position.

Safety is an important consideration and the stand has patented fleX arms to keep the cable cinched tightly to the tree. This design means the arms not only grip the back of the tree but also to the sides for added hold when you are using it. The stand is also equipped with a 4-point full-body harness.

Even though it is very lightweight it is generously proportioned with the platform providing a lot of room for standing and shooting and the seat proving to be one of the largest and most comfortable available.

Carrying the stand into position has been made easier by the compact way in which the seat and the platform fold down together. When the two parts are cinched together with the supplied bungee cord it becomes a quiet and easy to carry pack. The backpack straps ensure it is a tight and secure fit.

X-Stand Sit 'n' Climb Treestand

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Specifications

  • Weight: 10.6lbs
  • Platform: 21” W x 31” D
  • Seat Size: 19” W x 10” D
  • Seat Height: 19”
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • MSRP: $349.99

Another lightweight climbing treestand from X-Stand, the Sit ‘N’ Climb is made from 6061-T6 aluminum to give it plenty of strength without adding too much weight. The feature of the stand that is most notable is the sit bar which is the part of the stand that allows the hunter to sit while climbing.

When the treestand is in place the sit bar can be adjusted so that it can be used as a shooting rail or an arm rest or a foot rest. It is also possible to tuck the rail out of the way when you need to stand. The treestand comes with a quick attach cable system that can be secured in place through a spring loaded rubber coated pin.

The platform is generous in size measuring 21 inches x 31 inches and the seat measures 19 inches wide by 10 inches deep. Comfort while sitting is enhanced by the 3 inch thick seat cushion.

The safety measure of the treestand is assured with the inclusion of a 4-point full-body harness.

TimberTall Baby Lite Climbing Treestand

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Specifications

  • Weight: 11lbs
  • Platform: 18” W x 27” D
  • Seat Size: 20” W x 27” D
  • Weight Capacity: 275lbs
  • MSRP: $341.00

A quick note from the start, the TimberTall treestands have been discontinued by the company. This model is included here because they are still available from retailers and places like eBay.

This is a treestand that has been designed to cater for the hunter who is looking to save weight wherever possible. The dimensions are small with the platform measuring only 18” x 27”.

Weight savings are made in the aluminum tubing that is used to frame the stand. There is less tubing used for parts such as the platform which features cross beams that are 2-½ inches apart.

It uses a pin and fastening system with plastic covered cables to attach to the trunk of the tree. It uses a self-leveling system that enables you to adjust the angle of the platform at the twist of a knob.

Lone Wolf Assault Hand Climber Combo

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Specifications

  • Weight: 14.7lbs
  • Platform: 19.5” W x 26” D
  • Seat Size: 19” W x 10” D
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • MSRP: $379.99

This is the lightest and easiest to move from place to place in the Lone Wolf range. It is designed to fit onto trees with diameters ranging from 6 inches to 19 inches. It is made from one piece cast aluminum and the same compact base that is used in the Assault Hang-On treestand.

Features ot the stand include a contoured padded seat, a 6-point fall arrest system, 2 regulation traction belts, an in cast bow holder, cam action fastening system and backpack straps.

In order to completely stabilize the set-up the Assault Hand Climber comes with stabilizer straps that can be cinched down tightly to anchor the seat and platform against the tree.

​Muddy The Stalker Climbing Treestand

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Specifications

  • Weight: 15lbs
  • Platform: 20” W x 28” D
  • Seat Size: 21” W
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • MSRP: $199.99

This is an extremely compact and light climbing treestand constructed from aluminum and built to provide a solid stand that is quiet and easy to set up and position. The stand offers a number of customizations to the way the seat is set up.

The seat is a mesh sling that measures 21 inches wide. The depth can be altered to be specific to the person sitting in it. The height of the seat can also be adjusted to ensure that you are sitting comfortably no matter what your size. Further comfort whilst sitting is provided by the inclusion of padded armrests and a seat bar.

It comes with 2 hybrid climbing chains that may be fastened with a spring bolt knob and cam buckle straps. The safety accessory included with the stand is a full body fall arrest harness.

​Summit Treestands OpenShot SD

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Specifications

  • Weight: 15lbs
  • Platform: 20” W x 28.75” D
  • Seat Size: 18” W x 12” D
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • MSRP: $259.99

The design of this treestand ensures that the entire front is completely unencumbered to give the hunter complete visibility and access. The frame and platform are made from aluminium and it has been coated with Dead Metal, Sound Deadening (SD) Technology to keep it quiet when in use.

The seat is foam padded and is large enough to remain comfortable when sitting for lengthy time periods. It can be folded-up to let the hunter stand flush against the tree trunk and the cushion will still be usable to act as additional cushioning while standing.

The cable attachment system is designed to speed up the process as much as possible. It uses a QuickDraw trigger lock system that secures everything in place very easily. The RapidClimb Climbing Stirrups are standard with all Summit climbing stands and is in use on the OpenShot SD.

Other features include a Four-point Fall Arrest Harness System with safety strap, camo backpack straps, a utility strap and a stand umbilical rope.

​X-Stand The Apache Treestand

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Specifications

  • Weight: 15.5lbs
  • Platform: 20” W x 27” D
  • Seat Size: 21” W x 16” D
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • MSRP: $199.99

This is another lightweight tree stand from X-Stand and has been designed to maximize seating comfort as much as possible. The seat consists of a padded cushion that is 2 inches thick and it sits on nylon netting. It pushes back and out of the way when you need to use the foot platform. It also has a 2 inch thick backrest for further comfort.

The stand is made from aluminum giving it a solid frame. The climbing cables have a 3 part design and run in aluminum extrusions. The cables are also rubber coated for additional protection.

The additional features of the stand include a small gear pouch as well as backpack straps to make it even easier to carry into place. Also included is a 4 point full body safety harness.

X-Stand The X-Scape Treestand

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Specifications

  • Weight: 15.5lbs
  • Platform: 20” W x 27” D
  • Seat Size: 21” W x 16” D
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • MSRP: $319.99

This is made from lightweight aluminum as all of the climbing treestands in the X-Stand range are. The seat is a mesh sling construction and is designed to be pushed back out of the way for the times where you need to stand.

The cables used to attach the stand to the tree are a 3 part design consisting of super strong cables that pass through aluminum extrusions and they have been given a rubber coating for added protection.

The stand also features a padded armrest and seat bar that offers both comfort when sitting and a greater feeling of safety and solidity. Climbing is made easier through the inclusion of flexible rubber foot straps located on the platform.

The stand is equipped with a 4-point full-body safety harness that should be worn whenever you are up in the tree.

Summit Specialist SD Climbing Treestand

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Specifications

  • Weight: 16lbs
  • Platform: 19.5” W x 27.75” D
  • Seat Size: 18” W x 12” D
  • Weight Capacity: 250lbs
  • MSRP: $349.99

This is another open front treestand from Summit that has been created to give the bow hunter the best possible perch from which to shoot. It is made from lightweight round tube aluminum and the platform features the Summit Dead Metal Sound Deadening Technology to keep it quiet.

This stand features a round perimeter tube of high tech alloy and the seat is a sling seat that is made from lightweight mesh. It is a particularly comfortable seating option.

The climbing features include 2 coated steel climbing cables and the RapidClimb Stirrups. A 4-point Fall Arrest Harness System also comes as part of the package. Other features include two zippered arm pads, a utility strap and a stand umbilical rope

​Summit Viper Elite SD Climbing Treestand

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Specifications

  • Weight: 17lbs
  • Platform: 19.5” W x 28.75” D
  • Seat Size: 18” W x 12” D
  • Weight Capacity: 250lbs
  • MSRP: $359.99

The Viper Elite is an updated version of the original Viper and has a different look as well as being 3 pounds lighter.

This is a closed front stand that features a round perimeter tube style for a solid look that will help make you feel more secure. The frame and platform are made from round tube aluminium and it has been coated with Dead Metal, Sound Deadening (SD) Technology to keep it quiet when in use.

The seat is a lightweight mesh sling design that has been found to be comfortable for sitting over extended periods. The inclusion of the solid bar retention perimeter makes it easier to climb and gives you a barrier when going from a sitting to a standing position.

The cable attachment system is designed to speed up the process as much as possible. It uses a QuickDraw trigger lock system that secures everything in place very easily. The RapidClimb Climbing Stirrups are standard with all Summit climbing stands and is in use on the OpenShot SD.

Other features include a Four-point Fall Arrest Harness System with safety strap, camo backpack straps, a utility strap and a stand umbilical rope.

​Treewalker ProMag SL Treestand

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Specifications

  • Weight: 17lbs
  • Platform: 20” W x 35” D
  • Seat Size: 22” W x 25” D
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • MSRP: $349.95

This is the lightest climbing treestand in the Treewalker range. The SL stands for Super Light and at only 17 pounds it certainly qualifies. It is a bow hunting stand that features an open front to make it easier to take your shot.

When you look at it you can see that it has been pared down as much as possible but it has a solid frame and is still very roomy. The platform measures 35 inches deep which provides ample space to stand and take your shot.

The seat is a mesh sling and it has been placed inside a solid metal frame. The big positive that most hunters have found is that the stand really grips the tree and provides an extremely stable perch.

The negative aspect of the stand has been found to be in the noise that it makes when you are setting it up. The cables are encased in a hard plastic material that don’t provide you with the stealthy silence you’d prefer, but once it is in place it is a very effective climbing stand.

BuckShot SwiftLoc CenterShot Treestand

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Specifications

  • Weight: 19lbs
  • Platform: 19” W x 29” D
  • Seat Size: 21.5” W x 10” D
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • MSRP: $295.99

The 21.5” wide version of this model is the lightest climbing treestand in the Buckshot range weighing only 19lbs. It is rated to be used on trees with a trunk diameter that ranges from 8” to 19”.

The SwiftLoc CenterShot is constructed from high strength 6061 aluminum tubing and uses the company’s patented SwiftLoc Cable Technology that enables one of the fastest and safest cable connections on treestands. The cables are 7x7 gal. steel cables used in the aeronautical industry.

The stand cannot be adjusted once it has been attached to the tree so it should be started at an angle to compensate for the tree taper as it ascends.

It is very important to note that this stand does not come with a full body safety harness included with it. You should never use a treestand without one so you will have to buy one separately.

Ol Man Alumalite CTS Treestand

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Specifications

  • Weight: 21lbs
  • Platform: 18” W x 32” D
  • Seat Size: 21” W x 15” D
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • MSRP: $279.99

The Alumlite CTS treestand is a newer model climbing stand that has incorporated the technologies from the older models and has made a few improvements. The first is the use of oval tubing for greater strength while not adding weight and the other is an improvement to the cable system to make setting up even easier. The platform has been made more sturdy with solid crossbars to stand on and the platform itself is larger than before.

The stand uses the patented ComforTech Seating system, a mesh sling system that provides comfort while minimizing weight and bulk. It also has pivoting spreader arms and a complete cable system to secure the stand solidly.

Care should be taken when setting the climber with some people pointing out that the teeth are not sharp enough to bite properly into hardwood trees. Reports have been made of the stand slipping as a result.

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. 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.

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.

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