January 1st, 2012, 09:18 PM
anyone ever use sport climbers?
good evening all, just wondering if anyone here uses/used sportclimbers for setting stands as opposed to tree pegs, and what you thoughts are. Are they worth a trying or not? Thanks
January 1st, 2012, 09:28 PM
I have climbed trees extensively using spikes and would not recommend them to a beginner. The risk of falling is very high unless you know what your doing. As far as the spikes go, they are a bit uncomfortable with spikes only long enough for smooth to slightly rough barked trees.
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January 1st, 2012, 09:31 PM
I had a pair of those, only used them once, never again. There's much better, and safer ways to climb trees.
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January 1st, 2012, 09:34 PM
Being trained/qualified on pole-climbing with gaffs, I can't imagine ever using those sport climbers. They look pretty uncomfortable and I can only imagine how many people have cut out and bit it wearing those things.
January 1st, 2012, 11:27 PM
I used them for years. I saw the need to hunt higher than I felt comfortable climbing with spikes, so I retired them. They are good for quick hunts or scouting with your stand on your back, but if you use them on the same tree over and over it makes for a nasty climb(especially pines).
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January 1st, 2012, 11:39 PM
So will hunting in general. out of shape, out of the picture. Better off watching your hunting shows. Most of what you want or can do is in your mind .Not comfortable , don't use it.
January 2nd, 2012, 08:42 AM
I've tried them twice - my first and last time. The Sport Climbers are so short that you need ankles of steel to support your weight. I have a pair of actual lineman's pole climbers where the top section straps around just under your knee. Even with the additional support it will wear you out trying to climb a tree. And the spur doesn't puncture into the treebark as easy as it does in the smooth surface of a telephone pole. But it's your money.
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January 2nd, 2012, 09:06 AM
I had them and Collins is right, they are pretty junky compared to the linemans climbers. I found it easy to go up but alot harder to come down. I give them up they made me mad everytime I used them.
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January 2nd, 2012, 10:15 AM
thanks guys, I have always wondered about them, but the replies you guys gave, are exactly what I was looking for. Obviously not worth it
July 22nd, 2012, 08:28 PM
I use them but carry a 60 foot piece of rope to "rappel" using the double rope technique. Too hard to walk back down. I climbed trees for a living and used a very similar system. 60 feet of rope will let me sit 30 feet up and only adds 3 pounds. Much lighter than climbing sticks.