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Old 06-17-2006, 04:06 PM
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Which ones are the best? Where can I get them the cheapest? I'm ready to purchase and have been strongly considering the Summit Swiftree Steps. Anyone with experience on these? Also, I would really like to at times get the full "nose bleed" 20 to 25 feet up so I'll need at least enough steps to get my stand that high. I am short stepper so please help if you have this same dilemma and what your solution was.

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Old 06-17-2006, 04:30 PM
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http://www.sportsmansguide.com/browse/browse.asp?c=8&pg=3

Look around in here ^ if cheap is your quarry. I bought a set of the guide gear 20' climbing sticks last year when I didn't want to leave an expensive set in the woods where theft was a concern.

They worked OK, but attention to detail is a must when climbing up, the staggered steps will leave your feet looking for the next step- no big deal as long as you slow down and take your time (as you should be when climbing anyway)

The guide has several other ladders & such to look at while your there.

I wouldn't say any of what they offer is the "best", but it will be darn near the cheapest.

I added a "real" ratchet strap at the topto make the set up safer.

Good shopping.


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Old 06-17-2006, 05:20 PM
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I have the Swifttree and it has been great and dependable for 5 years. The best feature is that your foot is enclosed in the step and this could save you from a dangerous slip. GREAT product. Oh yea; 1st thing I did was replace the rope tie downs with camo pull straps. Ratchet straps are not necessary on these.
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Old 06-17-2006, 05:50 PM
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Hardcore, What exactly do yo mean by "pull straps"? Not familiar with anything other than ratchet straps for this type of setup. Your response is appreciated and I really am leaning hard toward these steps. Did you get a good deal on yours? If so, where did you score them?

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Old 06-17-2006, 07:33 PM
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DaveC,

Thanks for the link. I am in the market for a good set of sticks/ladder and forgot about the Sportsmans Guide.


LaTomkat,

Check out these links. I am seriously considering the rapid rails at this price. From what I hear they are nice, especially in trees that are crooked.

Anyone else have any experience with the rapid rails.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=265275

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...&noImage=0


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Old 06-18-2006, 06:26 AM
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Hardcore, What exactly do yo mean by "pull straps"? Not familiar with anything other than ratchet straps for this type of setup. Your response is appreciated and I really am leaning hard toward these steps. Did you get a good deal on yours? If so, where did you score them?

Thanks, LT
LT, I bought mine at cabelas in MN while I was up there one day. No great deal just what they seem to go for everywhere. I just didn't have to pay shipping as I was there. There are two types of tie down straps; ratchet and the pull type that tighten by you pulling on the strap. These are quiet and very easy to use and you release the tension by depressing a metal "strap release" on the strap. This can be done one handed. By customizing these like this they work awesome. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:32 AM
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The best and lightest I ever used is the API Quick sticks. They are so light and a snap to put up I strap them right to my stand and back pack then in together. Cheapest that I found is at Dicks I bought 5 sets of 16 ft. ladders for $25.00 now there a lot heaver and not as easy to put up but they are strong and solid and safe!!!! And for the money how ya going to beat it. I got 3 sets cheaper then 1 set of quick sticks. Mike
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Old 06-18-2006, 09:07 AM
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Check out the Lone Wolf climbing sticks. I've used everything else, and these are the best. Easiest to set-up, quietest, lightest, pack the best (silently), and have the best belt system on the market.
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ORIGINAL: The Lone Wolf

Check out the Lone Wolf climbing sticks. I've used everything else, and these are the best. Easiest to set-up, quietest, lightest, pack the best (silently), and have the best belt system on the market.
The Lone Wolf sticks are nice, lightweight and easy to pack, but be careful, I have a bigger foot and my foot slips easily off these! Happy Hunting!
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:18 AM
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Hey Tomkat
Your looking a little stressed out.
I have been using river edge climbing sticks for years now, They came in four foot sections 4 in a box for only $19.89.
I got them atDunham's & Meijer's, yea they are cheap but they work pretty good, they are light weight and made to hold 300lbs.
I have enough sticks to go 62ft but I have 3 tree stand's and thinking about getting some more, I like to get up high.
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