Summit Openshot SD Climbing Treestand
The treestand of my dreams
The Summit Openshot SD Climbing treestand is a bow hunter's dream treestand. Has exactly what you need and want, and does not have exactly what you don't need.
Simplistic, extremely well designed and well made, solid and robust.
Light weight - some spots I walk about 1 mile and no problem at all, probably could walk all day with this on your back
Fast and easy set-up - this feature of locking and unlocking is amazingly simple and fast
Very fast climbing - I can get to 15 feet in about 1 minute.
Very secure - I used this stand approximately 25 times on all types of trees and the base (foot) stand absolutely does not move, not from slippage or from weight being applied or no weight applied. Note: because of its very light weight the hand (seat) climber will slip sometime if there is no weight applied, I simply use the strap that keeps the stands together when walking to secure the hand (seat) climber to the tree. You don't need much force, just a little so it doesn't move if you stand up).
Super quiet - zero noise when set-up in the tree and very little when carrying.
Very compact - small everything, but has enough room to sit comfortably and stand or move or turn from side to side. Exactly what you need when bow hunting to allow those deer to come in up close and not see a hunting cabin up in the tree
Great color - blends in completely with the surroundings
My favorite feature - freedom - no goofy bar in front to hinder any kind of shot you could think of trying with a bow and there is no feature on this stand that interferes in anyway, whether a standing straight shot or a sitting twisting shot. Total freedom to hunt. Plus there is no worry about accidentally touching a part of metal and making a sound.
Observations that may be beneficial - Can you tell I love this treestand. However, it may not be for everyone. If you are a bit out of shape - this probably may not be the treestand for you, yet!
You'll need one or two times to get used to the openness. I had to, but now I move around freely feeling right at home.
Climb up the tree holding on the hand (seat) portion climber using your grip on the end of the metal bars at the far end away from the tree with you forearms kind of straight up, you can cover approx 3 ft of height at a time. Climb down by gripping the hand (seat) portion climber close to the tree and rest your forearms on the metal side bars on each side of the seat.
Raise the seat when climbing - this well become obvious
I have notice the black rubberize coating over the metal cables is starting to come off in places. The manufacturer say this is normal and will not affect functionality. I believe this to be a true statement and actually believe it would be virtually impossible not to have some of the coating come off. It occurs at very specific places. Although it is in no way a concern for your safety or functionality, I chose to just take a small piece of black electrical tape and recoat it
Enjoy and good luck!
November 4, 2014
If you are looking for a climber to bowhunt out of, this is definitely the one you want!! It feels just like a lock-on stand when you are sitting in it. Way easier to climb with than you would think. I can climb faster with this than a traditional sit-and-climb stand, because of the length of stride you can get with this stand. Seat folds up out of the way easily, and is very comfy. Very lightweight, easy to unpack, and pack up to leave out. It would not be a hassle if this were the only stand you owned. The only thing I would change is the seat size. It's just a couple inches to big. But the folding option makes up for that. You won't be disappointed!!
January 20, 2014
my open shot was stolen a few weeks ago .I am bout to by another my open shot was the greatest climber I have ever owned and I have owned at least 5 or 6 light easy to put together and backpack out you can even pack your backpack on back of it with bow hooked to backpack and be hands free in and out of woods unbelievable tree stand looks simple but does the job
November 6, 2013
Summit Openshot SD Climbing Treestand
The stand looks well-made and is very light (15 lbs apparently). I have not yet tried it as archery season is still many weeks away, but I'm expecting it will be as good as the other reviews claim. It's minimalistic, but should be just what I need for packing into the backwoods for archery season. IF you own your farm and drive right up to your tree, you may want something a bit more luxurious. ;-)
July 16, 2013