I think the older we get, the more stable we like our deer hunting tree stands to be. And while I don’t want you to think I should be in that ‘old geezer’ category, sometimes it does occur to me that finding the combination of safety and portability and comfort means looking at all the options that are out there.
You see a lot of talk on the forums asking about ladder tree stands that you can backpack to your spot. The problem lies in the trade off between the weight being light enough to pack in, and the strength and stability of the stand. If you’re not a big guy, and you want the best of both worlds, then I would definitely suggest checking out a backpack ladder stand.
River’s Edge makes a 10 foot backpack ladder stand that looks like it would fit the bill for both something that is usable and yet light enough so that you’ll have the energy to climb into it after you’ve packed it to your spot. The stand complete only weighs 28 pounds. This has got to rank in the lowest weight for a ladder stand that you can find. It’s as close as you can come to the comfort of a permanent stand and still be using a ‘portable’. The design of this stand is simple and makes it easy to set up. It uses a ratchet and strap mounting system and is made from welded tubular steel to get a combination of light weight but still have good strength. The platform is 17 1/2″ x 10″ and it has a sling seat. The weight capacity is 300 pounds. (A full body harness system is also included.)
If you read the whitetail deer hunting forums it seems that most agree that River’s Edge is a good brand name. The guys that own their stands speak highly of them.
Even though I look at a lot of different types of stands, I can see where these backpack ladder units are something to consider if you have someone who’s a little squeamish about ‘riskier’ ways of getting up and getting into a stand. It sure looks like you would have a nice solid seat to work from.
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