Summit The Viper Elite SD Climbing Treestand
I bought a summit after reading other reviews and speaking to friends who have used these through the years. This is my first climber and I am fully satisfied with it. It is easy to use, durable, and the silent metal is great. The only thing I have run into is what others have written about....the rubber coated cable gets torn up due to a rough edge it passes over. That I can fix. The seat is very comfortable...maybe too much so. I fall asleep easily and sit in it from 4-8 hours at a time. I comes with a harness but I replaced it with one that is a little easier to use and seemingly a little safer. All in all.....this is a great climber and I would recommend it to anyone. I'm 6' 195 lbs..
December 17, 2013
Summit climber elite
This is my 3rd Summit stand, I had the original viper, open shot and now viper elite. The 1st was too heavy, second too small, and finally the elite is just right. Very well made, the 'dead metal' actually works and comfortable. I have been hunting for over 20 yrs and I haven't been this impressed with a product in a long time.
1 tip - if you purchase the stand, use the strap that holds it together while carrying to secure the top section to the tree once your set. This will help with stablity.
October 14, 2013
Very disappointed after reading rave reviews about summit trees stands. Sold stand after just one week as it has no place in my gear for archery deer hunting. This stand is noisy, cumber to and difficult to use, and poorly thought out design. It gets one star only due to it's sturdy welded design and sturdy cable system. Drawbacks- 1) Noisy; 2) teeth bind into bark on each step ascending or descending from the tree; 3) stirrups are not sturdy enough to jerk stand from tree bark and feet must be placed under metal bars to yank teeth from bark; 4) bar is too far back for short-legged people (30 inches or less) to climb safely and comfortably; 5) oh yeah, did I mention...IT"S NOISY!!! Having used this stand makes me really appreciate my 12-year-old lone wolf hand climber, hands down ahead of summit.
November 11, 2012
most uncomfortable ever
I like how lite the stand is, it is very easy to transport and easy to climb because the seat easily slides out of the way of climbing. Now for the bad....it feels like i sat on a piece of two inch webbing the entire time in the tree. The piece of metal in the back hits in the lower back and the seat is NON adjustable. I contacted Summit and they said it was not designed for comfort. I told them I spend more time sitting in the stand than I do carrying or climbing and comfort is paramount. He did say others had called and had the same complaint.
October 16, 2012