When you look for the best lightweight hang-on treestand in 2018 you must take more than just its weight into consideration. Safety is an incredibly vital factor with many hunting accidents related to treestands. The hang-on treestands displayed below don’t weight much but you need to decide their sturdiness to work out if you feel safe in them.
Getting to and from the campsite or the car with all of your equipment can be a major drag and with a treestand slung over the back, the process can be an even greater imposition. With the modern hang-on treestands being produced in ever increasing numbers the emphasis on weight savings has never been more pronounced.
One of the big selling points of the hang-on treestands is their portability and ease of set up. An important aspect of this is the weight of the stand. After all, if it is a simple matter of throwing the stand onto your back and carrying it to the next tree you are going to feel much better about shifting your hunting location.
Factors For Choosing the Best Hang On Tree Stand
Naturally, important factors such as the hanging system, the size and comfort of the seat and the amount of room you have on the platform are also going to play a big part in the treestand you choose. Another piece of information that is going to be vitally important to many people is the price. A cheap hang-on treestand does not necessarily mean that it is a low quality product. In fact, some of the most popular and best selling stands are the cheapest available.
Listed below is a selection of lightweight hang-on treestands from some of the leading manufacturers in the industry. To get further information including the actual price of each stand plus reviews that have been left by customers you should click on the make/model.
Lightweight Hang-On Treestands in 2018
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It is important to remember that weight is not the be all and end all factor in choosing a hang-on treestand. You have to feel comfortable when sitting high above the ground and confident in the stability that the stand provides.
Listed below are all of the hang-on treestands that have been compared briefly above with a more detailed explanation of the various features of each.
Millennium M7 Microlite Hang-On Treestand
This is by far the lightest of the Millennium hang-on treestands and, in fact, is the lightest treestand in our comparison. The frame and platform is made from aluminium. It features the SilentHunt design which is a powder-coated finish to ensure it stays quiet. The ComfortMax seat is a sling seat that provides comfort without adding weight. The platform is on the smaller side at 26” deep x 20.5” wide. It is rated to carry a maximum of 300lbs.
Ameristep Buck Commander Redemption Treestand
This is the smallest and lightest hang-on treestand in the Ameristep range and has been designed to offer the hunter a comfortable perch that is easy to carry in. It is constructed from aluminium and has a seat that measures 8.75” x 14.75” and is 3” thick. The seat can be flipped up out of the way when standing to make the shot. The platform is 29.75” x 18.5” and the stand features the SuperCam leverage lock system for greater stability. It is rated to hold up to 300 lbs.
Lone Wolf Assault II Hang-On Treestand
This stand features a one piece cast aluminum platform that measures 26” x 19.5” and a padded seat that is 14” x 12”. The stand will attach to any tree that has a diameter between 4 and 22 inches and can carry up to 350lbs. For added safety the stand features a TMA approved 6-point Fall Arrest System.
The positive points about this stand as noted by customers is its absolute silence when in use as well as how easy it is to hang and the solid nature that ensures you feel confident of its performance in the tree.
The negative aspects that have been pointed out include the fact that the seat is not particularly comfortable, particularly if you're going to be sitting in it for any length of time.
Millennium Treestands M100U
The original M100 has been given a redesign and the result is a hang-on stand that is now 20% lighter. It weighs only 11.5lbs but it retains the same comfort and strength. The stand has a newly designed seat which is a full seat and back in the ComfortMAX sling seat style. The seat measures 20” wide x 17” deep. The frame and platform is made from aluminum and the size of the platform measures 20” wide x 38” deep. The stand is rated to carry up to 300 lbs.
Hawk Helium XL Hang-On Treestand
The Helium XL has been advertised by the company as the ultimate for large and lightweight hang-on stands. Made from aluminum it only weighs 12 pounds yet the platform measures 24 inches by 30 inches.
The weight also includes the safety features such as heavy-duty cables to ensure it remains firmly in place.
The seat is a plush foam that will help keep you comfortable over long weights. It measures 16 inches by 12 inches and sits 20 inches above the platform.
This stand has a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds.
Ameristep Buck Commander Vigilante
This is a slim design that has been designed to be easy to carry in and out. It features a 3” padded flip-up seat that measures 8.75” x 18”. The platform provides a reasonable amount of room at 31” x 23” and has also been furnished with a flip-up footrest. The stand is made from aluminium and has the SuperCam leverage lock system to give you greater stability. It is rated to hold up to 300 lbs yet it weighs only 12.5 lbs.
Muddy Outdoors Vantage Point Fixed Position Treestand
This treestand has been constructed from aluminum and has been furnished with a range of features. The seat is padded with 3 inches of Triplex foam and is waterproof. It measures 15” wide x 11” deep and flips back and can be completely removed. The platform has 4 adjustment options and includes a footrest. It measures 20” wide x 32” deep. It comes with a full body fall arrest harness plus 2 backpack straps. It is rated to carry up to 350 lbs.
Summit rsx Hawk Hang-On Treestand
This stand has been designed to be quickly installed with the Talon Bracket System as part of the setup. The rsxHawk has an extra-thick seat that is foam padded and waterproof. It can be flipped up out of the way. The platform measures 33” x 20” and it has a powder coated finish. A leveling cable and spreader bar will allow the platform to be automatically levelled. It comes with a 4 point safety harness and is rated to carry up to 300lbs.
The positive comments about the rsx Hawk come down to the ease and speed with which it can be hung. It is also noted that it is particularly sturdy.
The negative comments about this stand from customers is that the platform of the stand becomes slippery when it gets wet with a traction strip being available but it will cost extra. Also not included in the purchase price are backpack straps which are necessary when carrying it over longer distances.
Millennium Treestands M60U Ultralight
This is another new addition to the Millennium Treestands range and it once again proves that you can create a light weight stand but still pack it with features. The seat is the Comfort MAX sling seat and it measures 20” x 16”. It sits 21 inches above the platform which is 24” wide x 33” deep and the seat folds up for when you want to take your shot. It comes with a full body harness as well as backpack straps. The stand is rated to carry a maximum of 300lbs.
Lone Wolf Alpha 2 Hang-On Treestand
This is an incredibly quiet treestand that features a large one-piece platform that measures 30” x 19.5”. The contoured padded seat is 14” x 12” and is comfortable without being overly soft. The stand has also been fitted with a bow holder. It will fit any tree with a diameter between 4 and 22 inches in diameter. A 6 point Fall Arrest System is also included to meet safety requirements. The stand is rated to carry up to 350 lbs.
Leverage 5100 Treestand
This is a treestand that has been constructed from aluminum with a durable black powder coat finish. It has a levelling system built in that will compensate for trees with a lean of up to 10 degrees. The platform features a strong honeycomb design and the stability is assured by the 4-Corner stability system. It comes with a full body fall arrest harness system. It is rated to carry up to 300lbs.
Muddy Outdoors The Boss Treestand
This is one of the more enduring and popular stands in the Muddy range. It has been designed to provide comfort and stability to ensure you are safe and secure while in place.
This is a fixed position that boasts a platform that measures 24 inches wide by 30 inches deep. It also has a flip back footrest which offers even more comfort. The seat is a Flextek flip-up seat to give you added room when taking the shot.
The stand comes with a two-inch nylon web-strap and slide buckle. These straps ensure there is no metal on metal contact to help keep it as silent as possible. The weight rating of the stand is 300 lbs.
Ameristep Challenger Hang-On Treestand
This is a sturdy treestand made from high grade steel. It has a cushioned seat that can be flipped up when you need to stand. The dimensions of the platform measures 18 inches x 20 inches and the stand is rated to carry up to 300 lbs.
This stand has been superseded by the company by the lighter Vigilante.
Millennium Treestands M25 Loc-On Treestand
This is a strong hang-on treestand that has been constructed from steel with a powder-coat finish. It can be attached to a tree with a chain and is stabilized by the platform stops. The seat is a MAX contoured sling measuring 20” x 16”. The platform provides good room measuring 33” x 24”. It folds down into a flat package making it easier to carry from one location to the other. It is rated to carry up to 300lbs.
Hang-On or Lock-On Tree Stands?
You might find that when you are shopping around for these stands they are referred to by a term other than "hang-on treestand" and that is lock on tree stand. This refers to the fact that the stand is actually locked into place on the tree with the use of some form of locking mechanism such as a chain or strap.
Safety is key when it comes to these types of treestands and the term lock on should give you the reassurance that once it has been properly secured to the tree it will not slip or move.
You'll find that the terms are interchangeable.
In order to safely get up into your hang-on treestand you will also need to take a good set of treestand climbing sticks with you. We have examined some of the most popular treestand climbing sticks currently available and also taken a closer look at how to safely use them.
We have also provided a guide on how to find the lightest climbing stand that is currently available.