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Woodsman88 08-28-2012 09:29 AM

Which Summit?
I am tired of lugging heavy stands through the woods and after hearing soo many good things about the summit climbers, I have decided to get one. The problem is all of them sound nice! I have been considering the viper sd and the viper elite. Has anyone used the elite and can you use a different seat with it?

7.62NATO 08-30-2012 04:07 AM

The fact that the elite is 4 pounds lighter is a big plus, but only if you have long hike to your hunting spot. With that said, it doesn't come with the comfortable foam seat with seat back that the standard Viper SD comes with. I can't say how comfortable the "lightweight mesh seat" is, but my guess is not very (i.e. you might as well go with a Wolf if you don't care about comfort and are more concerned with packability and weight).

I have the Viper SD and like it very much. However, with full cold weather gear on, the frame is a bit tight. If I could go back, I'd get a Goliath or Titan, just for the extra space. I'm 6'1", 220 lbs, so if you're not as big, it may not be an issue. I just wish it was possible to have a stand like the Open Shot with the seat of the Viper!

Kid 08-30-2012 05:35 AM

I have the Viper Elite and I love it.

AR Bowhunter 08-30-2012 03:55 PM

I have the older aluminum viper an it is the best stand I have ever owned.

7.62NATO 08-30-2012 07:56 PM

Originally Posted by Kid (Post 3966886)
I have the Viper Elite and I love it.

How much time have you spent in it? Isn't it new this season? i.e. have you actually spent four or more hours sitting in it hunting?

Mojotex 09-01-2012 07:02 AM

I have a Viper and like it a lot.

Joey3377 09-03-2012 06:20 AM

I have a viper and it does the job for me.

Woodsman88 09-03-2012 09:12 AM

Well I settled on a viper sd and couldn't be happier. The online pictures give the seat cushion no justice as it is very thick. Also the stand feels lighter than I expected. Now I just got to hope it will climb the small pines on my lease in n. Florida. Anyone ever try climbing the smaller trees with them? I know it will sway more but it's the only option I have.

BowPassion 09-03-2012 10:05 AM

I have the Razor SD and so far i love it

On_Point 09-03-2012 04:09 PM

Woodsman, I've climbed & harvested several deer from trees no thicker than 8" with my viper. Though it's not recommended in moderate winds, it sure is fun.

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