Rated 4 out of 5 by TheNiceHunter Summit Comfort
I have had this summit tree stand for almost two years now and am very happy with it. There are positives and negatives about this tree stand, but in my opinion the pros far outweigh the cons.
The main reason I bought this stand was because of the comfort it promised. It did not disappoint. I have a bad back, and I can sit 4-5 hours easily... I can hardly do that in my recliner. This thing is light weight, well balanced, easy to attacth to a tree, a breeze to climb 30 feet straight up (ha,ha), has plenty of room to stand, gives a feeling of extreme safety while seated with surround everything, all kind of ways to adjust your seat for any shape and size of person.... oh boy, could I go on-and-on. Mr. Summit and me have been through a lot together. Sun, rain, snow, wind, hot, cold, (freezing), and a lot of time together walking in the dark. Adding up to 50+ hunts. It's done everything I've asked it to and then some!
Now, for three things Summit could improve on without loosing too big of a profit margin! First thing is the poor paint job... it reminds me of those old Ford pick up trucks with the peeling paint on their hoods and cab roofs (you know what I mean#. My summit was so poorly painted, actually missing paint on certain weld joints, that I phoned Summit and asked them to send me some touch up paint. They did. A can of spray paint free of charge. I must say, the service was excellent, professional, and friendly. But by the time the paint got here #Canada) hunting had begun so the "touch up" had to wait.( I wish I had taken some "before and after" pictures because the stand I have now looks like it should have looked out of the box). Anyways, the second thing that bothered me, perhaps more than the paint, was how quickly the shrink tube on the cables got chewed up from the "square" holes the cables go in and out of. No matter how careful I was the tubing was quickly ruined. And I mean I was careful! Soooo, before I re-painted the stand I ground and filed all the rough and SHARP edges that came in contact with the cables. I'll let you know how that turns out.... Summit should have done that already, don't you think? And thirdly, the back pack straps are too cheap for this higher end Summit tree stand. I hike into the bush about 1/2 to 1 Km. and the staps cut in making it quite uncomfortable if I'm not wearing a thick sweater or coat. Padded back straps would not hurt Summit's reviews.
Over all, I am very, very glad I went with the Summit Ultimate Tree Stand and would buy a second one without a thought. The problems Summit have are easy fixes... try fixing a problem with a tree stand that is uncomfortable to sit in? I'd rather have a stand that is extremely comfortable with a paint problem, than with one the other way around! I love my tree stand, and have spent countless hours of enjoyment in it along with many successful hunts proving my point.... which is, Summit stands for comfort and comfort stands for 'time' in the stand! I need to add that "time' in God's creation, in the world as we know it, is one thing in this life that is NOT overly rated! If you love to spend hours upon hours of hunting, like I do, then I strongly recommend this tree stand.... love, enjoy, respect, guard and maintain our environment!!
April 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mattn summit
i have had this treestand for 3 years now and absolutely love it...yes the paint has chipped off some but what to expect climbing trees with it...the seat is very comfortable. i like the pad on the foot rest...didnt care much for the gun rest but thats and easy fix just took it off. im not a small guy and its very comfortable to me...i would recomend to anyone that wants a reliable treestand
September 30, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by linkto Poor quality
First, the padding is attached by zip ties. The padding after packing it around a couple of times begins to bow out. Next, the comfort mat is cheaply made. When you receive your stand in the box you are required to assemble to it. You must cut holes in the comfort mat and in order to attach it to the stand you are to use four zip ties. Needless to say after only using this unit for a week the holes are beginning to stretch out. The gun rest is a poor design. The brackets that attach the gun rest to the stand are of poor quality and leave you feeling as if it is not securely attached. As others have stated the paint is chipping. For the amount of money this stand costs and the little use it has seen the amount of chipping is unacceptable. You will be better off spending your money on another unit.
November 24, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by thegoodt1 very disapointing
This was my 2nd ultimate viper, because someone stole the one I purchesed 5 years ago. The material is thinner than my last one, the paint is peeling already and I've only used it 3 times. Worse of all this stand is sqeaky when you move around!!! The older Viper was so much better..... Boxing it up now to send it back
The best part of this stand is the seat !!!
November 15, 2012