When you look for the best lightweight hang-on treestand in 2021 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 weigh much but you need to factor in 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.

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 the lightest hang-on treestands from some of the leading manufacturers in the industry. A point to note is they are listed in order of weight so that the lightest hang on tree stand appears at the top.

From this list we can see that the Millennium M7 Microlite is the lightest hang-on treestand currently available. 

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 2021

Make / Model

Weight

Max
Capacity

MSRP

8.5lbs

300lbs

$224.99

10 lbs

350 lbs

$199.99

11 lbs

300lbs

$246.99

11 lbs

350 lbs

$269.99

11.5 lbs

300 lbs

$259.99

11.8 lbs

350 lbs

$249.99

12 lbs

300 lbs

$159.99

12 lbs

300 lbs

$289.99

13.5 lbs

300 lbs

$256.99

14 lbs

350 lbs

$279.99

14.5 lbs

300 lbs

$139.99

16 lbs

300 lbs

$119.99

16 lbs

300 lbs

$249.99

17 lbs

300 lbs

$122.99

17 lbs

300 lbs

$119.99

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

Lightest Millennium Hang-On Tree Stand

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.

Find out more about the company and all products available by visiting the Millennium Treestands website.

XOP Vanish Evolution Treestand

Lightest XOP Hang-On Tree Stand

The Vanish Evolution uses a newly designed foot platform to reduce weight and help the portability of the stand.

Features 100% cast aluminum construction for great strength at a reduced weight.

The seat cushion is richly cushioned and measures 11” x 14”. It adjusts in a dual action way to provide space for standing.

There are heat treated steel fast strap attachment buttons as well as heavy duty UV treated polyester attachment straps that will last for a long time.

The stand design helps to integrate the company’s climbing sticks making it an all-around mobile hunting system.

It comes with a TMA approved 6-point fall arrest system.

The weight rating of the stand is 350 lbs.

Find out more about the company and all products available by visiting the Xtreme Outdoor Products website.

Hawk Helium Ultra Lite Treestand

Lightest Hawk Hang-On Tree Stand

The new entry in the Helium range from Hawk weighs only 11 lbs taking off an extra pound from the Helium XL.

The stand features a lightweight aluminum construction frame and has a memory foam seat to provide added comfort when sitting for long hours.

It is quiet, easily assembled and quick to hang. It is also very lightweight and combines with the Helium climbing sticks for convenient transport to your selected tree.

The platform measures 16” x 10” and is fully adjustable.

Included in the package is a ratchet strap, a pull tight strap, a full body safety harness a lineman’s climbing strap and a pair of backpack straps.

It is rated to carry a maximum of 300 lbs.

Find out more about the company and all products available by visiting the Hawk Hunting website.

Lone Wolf Assault II Hang-On Treestand

Lightest Lone Wolf Hang-On Tree Stand

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.

Find out more about the company and all products available by visiting the Lone Wolf website.

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.

Construction of the frame and platform is aluminum and the size of the platform measures 20” wide x 38” deep. 

The stand is rated to carry up to 300 lbs.

Find out more about the company and all products available by visiting the Millennium Treestands website.

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.

Find out more about the company and all products available by visiting the Hawk Hunting website.

XOP Air Raid Evolution Hang-On Treestand

This hang-on treestand from Xtreme Outdoor Products has been designed to be stronger and lighter than the majority of its competition.

It uses a patented cast aluminum I-beam center that serves to deaden sound as well as provide it with robust durability.

It is built so that the seat and platform remains level through a six-point bracket that allows offset when hung on a tree that is not vertical. It is easy to install thanks to the heat-treated steel fast strap buttons.

The life and security of the stand is prolonged by the inclusion of Heavy Duty UV treated full polyester attachment straps.

Included are backpack straps to make it easier to carry as well as an industry standard fall arrest system in the form of a full body harness.

The stand measures 30” x 21” and has a maximum weight rating of 350 pounds.

Find out more about the company and all products available by visiting the Xtreme Outdoor Products website.

Hawk Helium Pro Treestand

The Helium Pro has the light weight of the Helium series of stands but also comes with features that take it to the next level in comfort and ease of use.

The seat has a memory foam cushion top that ensures the greatest level of comfort possible for long periods of sitting.

The platform measures 24” x 30” providing plenty of standing room when it comes time to take the shot.

The stand comes with a cam buckle tree strap, a full body harness with lineman’s climbing strap and a pair of backpack straps to make it easier to carry.

It has up to 6 adjustment positions that level the platform to cope with tree trunks that are not exactly vertical. Noise abatement is dealt with through Teflon coated washers at points of moving parts.

There is some concern that the stand does not always sit properly against the tree because there is no bottom strap supplied. This can be overcome by attaching your own strap to the stand, but it is something to be aware of.

The weight rating of the stand is 300 lbs.

Find out more about the company and all products available by visiting the Hawk Hunting website.

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.

Find out more about the company and all products available by visiting the Millennium Treestands website.

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.

Find out more about the company and all products available by visiting the Lone Wolf website.

Rivers Edge Big Foot Lite Foot Treestand

The Big Foot Lite Foot stand is a reliably solid tree stand that weighs only 14.5 lbs yet provides a reassuringly stable platform.

The case aluminum platform measures 28” x 21.5” and features a honeycomb pattern design that offers great strength.

The seat is padded for the comfort of the hunter and it flips up to give you the option of taking your shot either sitting down or standing up.

The stand bites into the tree with a lever-action motion holding it firmly in place making it unnecessary for a second strap.

Throughout the stand there is no chance of metal on metal contact and the components are single-piece construction all of which means no unnecessary noise.

The stand comes with a full body safety harness.

Straps are not provided with the stand and must be purchased separately.

Find out more about the company and the products available by visiting the Rivers Edge website.

Hawk Combat Treestand

The Combat hang-on treestand is a solidly built stand that balances a smaller platform to the Helium stands but is more heavy-duty and durable.

The platform size measures 21” x 27” and is welded at all contact points creating a solid single piece design that won’t make any undue noise.

The seat features four layers of foam for greater comfort. It is adjustable to multiple positions to achieve a customized angle.

A strong grip to the tree comes from the Tree Digger Teeth combined with the ratchet strap.

All movable parts contain Teflon washers to avoid unwanted squeaks or creaks.

The stand is rated to carry weight up to 300 lbs.

Find out more about the company and the products available by visiting the Hawk Hunting website.

Summit Dual Axis Treestand

The Dual Axis treestand gives us a look at a seat design with a bit of a difference. It certainly stands out from the crowd in appearance.

This patented seat design serves a dual purpose (hence its name). When it is down it provides comfort for extended sitting periods through its textilene mesh material.

When flipped up in the standing position it provides a comfortable pommel seat as the hunter waits to take their shot.

The stand itself uses the Summit DeadMetal Sound Dampening Technology to minimize noise. It also has a dual-post design to spread the platform cables out.

The platform is large, measuring 34” x 24” providing plenty of room when standing.

Quick-attach straps make attaching to the tree a quick and easy job and adjustable backpack straps help to make hauling the stand more comfortable.

The weight rating of the stand is 300 lbs.

Find out more about the company and the products available by visiting the Summit Treestands website.  

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.

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.

Find out more about the company and all products available by visiting the Millennium Treestands website.

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 have a couple of options available to you: treestand climbing sticks or climbing steps which may be either strap-on climbing steps or screw-in climbing steps

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.


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