Ameristep Non-Typical Steel Rapid Rails Portable Step Stick
Set them up right, and they work fine.
If you set these up correctly then they work just fine. You just have to strap them in extremely tight so they don't slide.
June 17, 2013
Love this product
I have 5 sets of these steps. They install minutes and they are quiet if you install them correctly. The trick is getting them good and tight and synching down as much as possible. My only complaint is there not enough pieces to get as high as I like to hunt. My solution was to buy an extra set. I also install a few screw in steps to get me 5 to 8 feet off the ground before installing the ladder steps. The other neat thing is you can climb up any shape tree.
September 8, 2012
For the price, I was a little worried. I am a big guy and I have been very impressed with the performance. They are narrow, but I have no problem climbing them. They are not perfectly silent, but certainly better than most methods I have used to climb. They are far more stable than I expected when I first saw them. I am planning on getting two more sets.
November 13, 2010
I bought these looking for a "silent" climbing aid to be able to access my treestand in heavy cover where deer are always close by. The Ladder type stands and sticks always have a creak to them when climbing, and I get busted climbing into my stand on occasion because of it.
The rapid rails are not silent, and have a similar problem with noise I've found out. They are better, but not totally silent. For the only slightly better silence, I consider them "marginally safe." You must be very careful to keep your weight in line with the installation of the rails or they will shift under weight. The steps are pretty narrow, and you can't see them very good especially when coming down. You have to do it by feel and the steps are not on the tops of the rails. You can mistake the sides for the steps, and if you should happen to slip, if you have a harness on, you'll be hanging, if not, you might get down really fast!
I put these up to a stand that was already hung. I'm not sure it will be easy or much fun to actually hang a stand while using these! The DVD that came with the product was defective, so I couldn't actually watch it. Have no clue if there were other instructions on it or not. I doubt I'd buy these again, or another Ameristep product for that matter. I did not feel I got my monies worth from this product.
November 6, 2010