Best Tree Stands for Bowhunting

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For hundreds of years, mankind has been known to hunt—for survival, for fun, and whatnot. Because of that much history, we have also designed and developed one too many tools and equipment that help us succeed in our game, such as tree stands.

Today, in this article, we will focus on choosing the right tree stands for bowhunting. When it comes to finding the right one, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. These factors include the quality, safety, mobility, and the price. Which one do you give value to the most?

If you answer all of them, then check out our list of the best climbing tree stands for your bowhunting needs. Each one of the tree stands that we are going to review today has all of these features and more. Let’s get started!

Summit Treestands 180 Max SD

If you are looking for comfort and a bit more room, the Summit Treestands 180 Max SD is the one for you. Weighing 23 pounds, this one is not for the smaller framed but is perfect for bigger hunters. It has an extended top frame that is also an advantage for tall hunters. In fact, this tree stand can accommodate climbers weighing up to 350 pounds.

Aside from that, this tree stand is also designed with a reversible surround seat with an adjustable height. This means that you can choose to sit facing the tree or you can reverse the seat against it.

For easy transport to and from your destination, you can use the back straps to carry this tree stand around. It also comes with a 4-point safety harness, rapid climb stirrups, pads, ropes, and straps with backrest.

What We Liked

  • Very comfortable and easy to use
  • Comes with pockets for valuables
  • Only takes five minutes to set up
  • Comes with many safety features
  • Does not make any noise

What We Didn’t Like

  • Velcro pockets
  • The front bar gets in the way



Summit 81052 Viper Classic Tree Stand

The Summit 81052 Viper Classic is a very popular climbing tree stand. With a steel frame construction that provides strength and durability, it is guaranteed that this tree stand will last for years. It is designed with a large platform that is also made of steel, allowing for a stable stance.

With your comfort in mind, the Summit 81052 Viper Classic has a very spacious seat that is padded. As a result, you can sit on this tree stand for extended periods while waiting for your target. On the other hand, a four-point harness and lineman loops ensure that you stay safe.

What We Liked

  • Extremely user-friendly and adjustable
  • Does not make any sound
  • Very easy to set up on a tree
  • Safe and comfortable to use

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not to clear instructions regarding assembly
  • Fairly heavy at 30 pounds



Ol’Man Multi Vision Steel Tree Climber

The Ol’Man Multi Vision Steel Tree Climber allows you to hunt with peace in mind. This climber comes with a five-point safety harness that is TMA-approved and American-made. In fact, it even exceeds the industry’s standards for safety. It also comes with instructions and a DVD for hassle-free assembly.

The Ol’Man Multi Vision is actually a three-stands-in-one kind of climber, allowing you to configure the multi-vision for the way you hunt. You can choose to set it up as a straight bar or with the included rest for either a gun or a crossbow. The Ol’Man Multi Vision Steel Tree Climber has a seat width of 21 inches, a standing platform that measures 18 x 32 inches, and a weight capacity of 300 pounds.

The bar easily flips up for rifle hunting or down for a footrest. Either way, the Ol’Man’s Multi Vision Steel Tree Climber provides extra room and comfort, making this the perfect tree stand for all your perching needs.

What We Liked

  • Very comfortable to sit on
  • Strong and stable construction
  • Makes no noise
  • Designed with a multi-position shooting rail or footrest

What We Didn’t Like

  • Uncomfortable to carry
  • Shoulder straps are cheaply made
  • Too heavy at 29 pounds


Lone Wolf Flip Top Climber

The new Lone Wolf Flip Top Climber is a tree stand that is ready for anything! It boasts a climbing aid with a wider stance that allows for easy seated climbing. The seat, which is padded for ultimate comfort, is mounted high up to provide you with the best hunting position.

Are you wondering why it is named such? It is because the seat on this tree stand flips up and out of the way to provide you with a clear shot. It comes in a distinctive 3-D camouflage design to keep you hidden as you wait for your next hunt.

It has a 30 x 19.5-inch platform that is made of aluminum, which means that it is easy to use and carry around. For your safety, this tree stand is designed with a six-point fall arrest system. It also has backpack straps for portability.

What We Liked

  • Advanced safety and security features
  • Well-built using hard-wearing materials
  • Compact and lightweight yet heavy-duty
  • Easy to use and assemble

What We Didn’t Like

  • Assembly instructions are poor
  • Can be uncomfortable after being seated a while



The Verdict

So, which one do you think will pass as the lucky tree stand to add to your hunting arsenal? If you ask us, we would definitely go for the Lone Wolf Flip Top Climber. You see, there are many factors that should be taken into account, but this one has got it all covered.

It comes with a wide platform, comfortable seats, and a six-point fall arrest system—all of which adds up to a pretty reliable tree stand. What’s more is that although the Lone Wolf Flip Top Climber is the lightest of them all, it can still handle a weight capacity of up to 350 pounds.

About the Author Pink Crossbow

Jen loves the outdoors and enjoys exploring a wide-range of activities. A mother of 3 whose seen far too many friends suffer from cancer, she believes Pink Crossbow reflects a sport for LIFE. It's a reminder that archery belongs to everyone regardless of age, size, or gender...and real enthusiasts aren't afraid to wear pink!

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Marc says June 26, 2015

I grew up hunting and haven’t been able to for quite a few years because of travel and work. Things are getting to the point that I can actually spend more time out in the great outdoors and I am now looking for a good tree stand for deer. Thank you for the review. I have not been bow hunting before but I am considering starting, possibly next year.
Thank you for the review on the tree stands.

    Jenn says July 15, 2015

    Hey Marc, sometimes life happens and we get lost in our day to day life, it’s good to take a break once in awhile and have a me day. I am glad things are turning around for you and that you are able to spend more time out in the great outdoors because there’s nothing more, better than that.

    I would recommend heading down to your local archery range and start practising.

    And before heading up a tree, ask a friend who has a treestand, ask them for pointers and if you can try it out before heading out and purchasing one, so that you now it’s something you are sure you’ll use.

    Then, once you feel more confident with the bow then I would consider climbing a tree of course with a safety harness because safety comes first. Take these steps and you should be set for next year.

    Thanks for your reply, you are very welcome glad I can help. Play safe and have fun. 🙂

Brian says June 26, 2015

Wow Jenn, I never realized that there was such a wide variety of tree-stands out there! And the tech involved seems to be allot more complex than I’m sure it was on the older style models…
One question I thought I’d bounce your way. Is there a rule of thumb concerning the weight ratio between the hunter and the stand?
Great job here on your site and thanks for all the great info on these stands. Truthfully, I’ve learned a bunch on them here.

Todd says April 29, 2015

Hi Jenn,

I haven’t hunted with a bow in so long I didn’t know that the technology for tree stands have gotten so advanced.

It’s nice to have a site like yours when choosing the right tree stands for bowhunting for sure.

It can get confusing to figure out which is best for an individuals needs. If I get back to the mid west and get back into bowhunting, I’ll have to check your site out again. Hope you don’t mind me bookmarking it.


    Pink Crossbow says April 30, 2015

    Hello Todd,

    The technology is constantly improving and changing with the hunter in mind. It can definitely get confusing when you’re searching for the right tree stand for sure especially if you are completely new to it, If you are new at using a tree stand I would recommend practising a few times before going too far up the tree, as accidents do happen. Please remember to wear your safety harness at all times…

    Come back anytime, I am glad you enjoyed it. 🙂


Peter says April 27, 2015

What an interesting site is I learned something about crossbow hunting that I didn’t know before. The images are great I clearly understand the product and your review is excellent. Certainty something any serious hunter needs to consider. Thank you for the great review.

    Pink Crossbow says April 30, 2015

    Hey Peter,

    Climbing Tree stands are not for every hunter, some would rather be on the ground than up in a tree for sure & other’s prefer using a tree stand with ladder, it really depends on the hunter. But for those who enjoy’s Bow Hunting their game in a tree, we wanted to help BowHunter’s find best climber for all their needs so they can concentrate more on the hunt at ease.

    Thanks again for your comment greatly appreciated.

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