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duckdog132 08-10-2006 07:53 PM

summit stands.
first off are they really worth what you pay for? and if so please indacate why they are so much better than other climbers? second.

what is the differences between the viper classic and the viper SS? and is the difference worth the extra 100 dollars? or is another summit model better than both of them(archery and gun)?
the third thing is for people who have been comparing prices ofall these stands. is$149 (dicks sporting goods)a good price for the classicor are there better deals on summit stands somewhere else.
any of your imputwould be great thanks.
Jeff S.

m.t.hands 08-10-2006 08:10 PM

RE: summit stands.
great climbing stands, built in this area (last i heard anyway) i have not used any of the newer versions, had several of there first models, being it was a local company, unfortunatley all 3 i had got stolen, at the time of the 3rd one getting stolen i bought an ole man climber (used/cheap), i now have 3 of them, however i have heard the are built overseas now and that the quality is not what it had been, if i were buying new today, summit would be my first choice even though i'm sure there are other climbers that are very comparable

if this is your first climber be very very careful, they are a great tool but if misused the can be dangerous, get with someone that has been using a climber

also i like a sit and stand climber better than a seat and hand climber, the sit and stand is much easier to use IMO

timbercruiser 08-10-2006 09:32 PM

RE: summit stands.
I have a Viper and like it, but not as much as I do my Buckshot.

duckdog132 08-11-2006 03:33 PM

RE: summit stands.
thanks.can any one else have any experience or just opinions? thanks
Jeff S.

Greg / MO 08-12-2006 09:54 AM

RE: summit stands.
duckdog, I can speak from personal experience of being a Summit owner...

I bought a Viper XLS (which comes with the shooting rail) for my father, who is a gun hunter. After listening to him gripe and moan about how much work it was to put a safety harness on and attach a stand to a tree (read, "lazy" -- not trying to be mean, just honest) -- I bought it back from him.

Since I'm a pure bowhunter only, I wasn't crazy about the idea of the shooting rail possibly interfering with a shot, so I contacted Will at Summit and they sold me just the Cobra XLS top to go along with my stand. Now, I've got the best of both worlds: if I ever do gun hunt (doubt it) or if I'm just looking for an easier way to get up a tree in the stand, I'll use my Viper top. Ninety-nine point nine times though, I use my open-top Cobra.

Now... what do I like about it... The extremely stiff cable keeps it from dragging against the back of the tree while climbing or descending. The way the cable fits into the stand with no pins or bolts is a major, major plus.I don't know how Summit gets their stands to feel so absolutely, 100% rock-solid, but that's exactly how it is.

And the comfort factor... Even when reading posts where people are not necessarily huge fans for one reason or another (i.e., sponsored by another company or something), everyone still gives props to hom comfortable a Summit is.

I wouldn't use any other stand.

1950KID 08-12-2006 01:29 PM

RE: summit stands.
They are light to carry, climb easily, and are comfortable.

duckdog132 08-12-2006 10:28 PM

RE: summit stands.
thanks guys

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