When it comes to determining what constitutes a great climbing treestand it is not the fact that it is easy to carry because it is so lightweight, it comes down to a few other extremely important factors. Things such as comfort and safety tend to dominate the reasoning behind buying a treestand and in a lot of instances, this comes down to buying one that is large sized.

Now, there is not really a correlation between the size of a stand and its safety or comfort, however the larger, heavier stands tend to be made from sturdier materials such as steel framing and contain more substantial cushioning and padding. So there is a greater likelihood that they will be built with features to make them more comfortable.

Many people will simply feel safer in a stand that has larger dimensions and this feeling can result in calming the nerves. You won’t constantly be feeling as though you are about to tumble out, and that means the overall experience is a much more pleasant one.

So to help you in making a decision about what might be the most suitable large climbing treestand to use we have taken a close look at all of the treestand manufacturers and identified the makes and models of the heaviest climbing treestands available.

List of the Largest Climbing Treestands

Make / Model

Footrest
Dimensions
(inches)

Weight

MSRP

21 W x 38 L

26 lbs

$459.99

18 W x 32 L

29 lbs

$189.99

21 W x 38 L

25 lbs

$409.99

20 W x 36 L

25 lbs

$329.99

21 W x 36.75 L

22.5 lbs

$374.99

19.5 W x 30 L

21 lbs

$479.99

Description of Climbing Treestands for Bigger Guys

Now that we had a brief look of the various climbing treestands that have been designed for the larger hunters we will take a look at a more detailed overview of each.

Each of these brief tree stand reviews aims to provide you with extra information about the stand that is not otherwise immediately apparent in the summary list such as special unique features. It should also help you in working out which would prove to offer you the greatest value in terms of its effectiveness.

Summit 180 Max SD Climbing Treestand

Features / Specifications

  • Platform Frame Dimensions: 21” W x 38” L
  • Seat Frame Size: 24.5” W x 43” L
  • Stand Weight: 26 lbs
  • Seat height is adjustable
  • Max capacity: 350 lbs
  • Cable attachment
  • Full-Body Fall Arrest Harness System included
  • Dead Metal Sound-Deadening Technology
  • Quickdraw Cable Retention System
  • Rapidclimb Climbing Stirrups

The whole purpose of the 180 Max SD is to cater for the bigger hunters and that’s why it has more room on the platform as well as a larger, more comfortable Surround Seat to sit in.

As the name suggests, the seat is able to spin through 180 degrees and it has the room do this thanks to the larger, rounded frame. This means you will have the capability to turn through a wide arc to scope a better field of view.

The size of the stand will also suit the larger frame. It boasts the company’s largest platform with dimensions of 21” in width by 38” long. This means better leg room and a greater feeling of comfort and security while in position.

The stand features Dead Metal Sound-Deadening Technology to eliminate noises as you move in the stand. It uses the RapidClimb Climbing Stirrups for a quick and safe method of climbing the stand into place. It also uses the QuickDraw Cable Retention System that can lock the stand securely into place and then, when ready to take it down, it can be removed at the pull of a trigger.

The stand is made from aluminum and has been precision welded for greater strength and rigidity. Although it is a large stand with a good seat size, it still only weighs 26 lbs and it has a max weight capacity of 350lbs.

Ol’ Man Multi Vision Climbing Treestand

Features / Specifications

  • Platform Dimensions: 18” W x 32” L
  • Seat Style: 21” wide net
  • Stand Weight: 29 lbs
  • Max Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Steel construction
  • Gun Rest / Foot Rest included

The Ol’ Man Multivision treestand has a steel frame to offer considerable strength and can be configured in a number of different ways to best suit the way you wish to hunt.

It can be set up with what might be considered the standard straight bar across the front. Alternatively it is possible to use the reversible Gun Rest/Foot Rest which means it will be equally appropriate for use by gun and bow hunters alike.

The seat is a 21” wide net seat which reduces some of the possible weight giving it a stand weight of 29 lbs. The platform is a good size measuring 18” wide by 32” in length.

This is a good and versatile treestand that offers the hunter a number of different options for the way it might be configured. The platform is large and roomy and will offer a comfortable perch for the bigger framed hunters.

Summit Titan SD Climbing Treestand

Features / Specifications

  • Platform Frame Dimensions: 21” W x 38” L
  • Seat Frame Size: 24.5” W x 39.5” L
  • Stand Weight: 25 lbs
  • Seat height is adjustable
  • Max capacity: 350 lbs
  • Cable attachment
  • Full-Body Fall Arrest Harness System included
  • Dead Metal Sound-Deadening Technology
  • Quickdraw Cable Retention System
  • Rapidclimb Climbing Stirrups

The Titan SD is one of the roomiest stands in the Summit range and, not surprisingly, it is also one of the most popular. As well as providing plenty of space at the foot platform it also boasts a large and well-padded seats.

This stand is constructed from aluminum and has a closed front so the occupant has a greater feeling of security. The seat is suspended from the frame by means of webbing straps and foam-padded at both the base as well as the backrest. When it comes time to take your shot, the seat can be quickly moved so you can stand with plenty of room.

The usual features found in the Summit Climbers such as the Dead Metal Sound-Deadening System, the QuickDraw Cable Retention System and the RapidClimb Climbing Stirrups are all employed on this stand.

The platform measures 21” wide and 38” long and the seat size is 24.5” wide and 39.5” long. The main requirements of size and stealth are fully met with this stand option.

Lone Wolf Wide Sit & Climb Combo II 

Features / Specifications

  • Platform Dimensions: 19.5” W x 30” L
  • Stand Weight: 21 lbs
  • Max Capacity: 350 lbs
  • 2-Panel contoured foam seat
  • Cast aluminum construction
  • Padded armrest and seat bar
  • 6-point Fall Arrest System

The Sit & Climb Combo stand has been made available in a wide version that has been designed to accommodate the larger hunter. The seat features a 2-panel contoured foam pad so that it offers the same comfort features as the Sit & Climb Combo but in a width of 21 inches.

The stand has been constructed around a one-piece cast aluminum frame that offers a nice balance of strength and weight savings. It features a unique pivoting sit and climb bar that is designed to make the climbing part of the process easy.

The foot platform is pretty roomy measuring 30” x 19.5”. When it’s not in use it will fold down so that it is only 4 inches high making it easy to pick up and carry out.

The cables of this climbing stand will fit trees that have a trunk diameter that falls between 6 and 19 inches.

Included with the stand is a 6-point Fall Arrest System that should be worn through all stages of using the stand. The F.A.S. has been tested to meet the industry standards.

Cougar Claw Bubba Prowler

Features / Specifications

  • Platform Dimensions: 21” W x 36.75” L
  • Top Dimensions: 25.25” W x 38” L
  • Stand Weight: 22.5 lbs
  • Max Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Aircraft Grade Aluminum Frame
  • Thick padded foam seat
  • Cast aluminum construction
  • Padded armrest and seat bar
  • 6-point Fall Arrest System

We have included the Cougar Claw in this list due to the large size of the foot platform. The platform measures 21” W x 36.75” L to give the taller and larger hunters more room to stand and take their shot. It should be noted at this point that the maximum capacity of the stand is 300 lbs.

The frame of the stand is constructed from premium grade, all-welded aluminum for a high-strength base. The seat has been made with the thickest foam available so that it is particularly comfortable. It also has some nice features such as a foot rest, under-seat storage, a fully-coated multi-strand climbing cable, noise-dampened permanently attached cable pins and snap lock seat buckles.

The seat is a snap-in design that can be completely removed for the climb part of the install process and can then be attached quickly without making any undue noise.

Carrying the stand into its location has been made easier by the inclusion of attached back-packing straps that are also easy to adjust.

Lone Wolf Wide Flip Top Climber Combo 

Features / Specifications

  • Platform Dimensions: 19.5” W x 30” L
  • Seat Dimensions: 14” x 12”
  • Stand Weight: 21 lbs
  • Max Capacity: 350 lbs
  • Contoured foam seat
  • One-piece cast aluminum construction
  • Pivoting Sit & Climb bar
  • 6-point Fall Arrest System
  • Backpack straps

The Wide Flip-Top Climber has been dubbed a combo stand because it takes the features of the company’s already successful Sit & Climb model and has added the flip-up seat capabilities that come from the Alpha Hang-On stand.

The stand itself has a wide profile and this has been designed to assist with the climbing process. The wider stance of the climbing aid makes it easier for seated climbing.

The seat is padded and comfortable and has been mounted higher than what might be considered normal and this is to put you in the “ready” position. When you stand to take your shot the seat can then be flipped out of the way to provide added space on the platform.

The climbing cables and assembly has been designed to fit trees that measure 9 inches through 19 inches in diameter.

The maximum capacity of the stand is 350 lbs which should be enough to cater for the majority of hunters.

Tree Stand Safety Tips

Even with all of the warnings that accompany the start of each successive hunting season, treestand related accidents continue to be the biggest cause of hunting injuries. So, it is important to reiterate the safety tips that are published each year. Read them and follow them diligently each and every time you use your tree stand. No matter whether you are climbing, sitting, hunting or descending you should be thinking safety first. And the first step to take before even making a move is to ensure you have fully read and digested the tree stand owner’s manual.

  • Always use a haul line to pull up your gear and unloaded firearm or bow to your tree stand. Never climb with anything in your hands or on your back. Before descending, lower your equipment on the opposite side of the tree.

  • Always select the proper tree for use with your tree stand. Select a live, straight tree that fits within the size limits recommended in your tree stand's instructions.

  • Always hunt with a plan, and if possible, with a buddy. Let others know your exact hunting location, when you plan to return and, who you are hunting with.

  • Always carry emergency signal devices, such as a cell phone, whistle, walkie-talkie, signal flare and flashlight on your person at all times and within reach, even when you are suspended in your tree stand.

  • The recommended height for an elevated tree stand is less than ten feet above the ground.

  • Know your physical limitations. Don't take chances. If you start thinking about how high you are, don't go any higher.

  • While climbing with a tree stand, make slow, even movements of no more than 10-12 inches at a time. Have proper contact with the tree and/or tree stand every time you move and follow the 3-point rule.

3 Point Rule

Follow the 3 Point Rule of tree stand safety. Always have 3 points of contact to the steps or ladder before moving. This could be two arms and one leg holding and stepping on the ladder or one arm and two legs in contact with the ladder before moving. Be cautious that rain, frost, ice or snow can cause steps to become extremely slippery. Check the security of the step before placing your weight on it.

Safety Harnesses

  • Always wear a safety harness, also known as a fall arrest system, when you are in a tree stand, as well as when climbing into or out of a tree stand.

  • A safety strap should be attached to the tree to prevent you from falling more than 12 inches.

  • In the event of a fall, harnesses provide some "cushion", generally about four inches, which is the result of the alternately tightening and slipping of the harness as well as the normal stretch of the material.

  • Always inspect the safety harness for signs of wear or damage before each use.

  • Follow all manufacturers' instructions for use of a safety harness and stand.

Not everyone needs a substantially sized climber and there are many other options available in the market. We have also cast our eye over the various makes and models available and have put together a guide to find the lightest climbing stand on the market.

Similarly, for those who would prefer something even more mobile you might want to take a look at  the selection of lightest hang-on treestands available.


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