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I use the hand climber method with all my climbers. Rest my weight on forearms and climb standing up. Of the one's I've owned..quiet a few starting back when they first came out..I like the way Lone Wolf and XOP climbers climb best.
 

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Go with a summit. My buddy got a lonewolf and he can't climb trees half the size that I can climb with my summit. Really restricts you even more and a lot of times big straigt trees are the only ones around and also provide more cover.
 

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I have an old summit bushmaster. I modified an old safety strap that I slide over the bars/handles to convert it to a sit n climb then slide it off when I'm up.Fits right in my pack.
 

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Love my summit bushmaster. Ive used them long enough now its super easy to climb with. Tried a lone wolf and hated it.
 

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I have never had an issue climbing with my Summit Openshot. It climbs like a champ, and it is easy to get set up on the tree.
 

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Maybe I wasn't doing it right but I hated my summit open shot. Just way too noisy vs lone wolf. If I bumped it or wasn't really careful with the belt going around the tree I got major ping noises anytime the stand got bumped. Not so muc with lone wolf. Summit might be easier to climb with but definitely not as stealthy.
 

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There isn't much difference in actual climbing between hand climbers. X stand is a little lighter, but less comfortable and more difficult to climb with because of the spring arms.
Personally I think the difficulty climbing pulling one's body weight uses more energy than carrying a sit and climb. I guess it really depends on how high one climbs and how far they walk in.
 

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Go with a summit. My buddy got a lonewolf and he can't climb trees half the size that I can climb with my summit. Really restricts you even more and a lot of times big straigt trees are the only ones around and also provide more cover.
Lone wolf hand climber is listed to fit trees 6-19". Summit's are listed to fit trees 8-20".
 

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I have an old summit bushmaster. I modified an old safety strap that I slide over the bars/handles to convert it to a sit n climb then slide it off when I'm up.Fits right in my pack.
Yup I've done this with a summit cobra for years!!! Works great
 
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