In my mind you should be able to use this setup with the sticks pretty efficiently, even in the dark
I could not agree with you more Birdman...but what I've come to find is each stand system has its own limitations, and the saddle is no different. What the manufacturers and pros recommend is that you have several prepositioned stands with climbing steps on them...you take out the first few so that no one can use your stand (unless they happen to have their own set of climbing steps). This way you have several options to choose from based on wind etc. The idea being you get to your stand that morning/evening, screw in the first couple steps, climb up to ur desired height and hook-in your Saddle.
So unless you have climbing sticks or a portable ladder with you, setting up on the fly with a saddle is probably not practical...but I'm ok with that because if for some reason i had to set up on the fly I would probably use my climber. The plus side to the saddle for me is its light I can pack it in my pack...once I've set up several stand sights I don't need to lug a climber or hang on to them..and I don't have to buy multiple climbers or hang on's either to avoid having to carry them around. Other advantages are being able to place the tree between you and the deer, even on the fly if the deer happens to be coming from a direction you did not expect. I can hang on trees that have branches on them, smaller trees, and trees that aren't neccesarily straight up and down. All of these scenarios have come up at least once or twice this season and having the saddle would have allowed me to negate each one of them...in more than one case it caused me to have to set-up in a tree that did not provide the best shot opportunity at a nice 8 point.
Hope this helps, and once I get mine setup I'll be able to speak more definatively...but Turkey Guy uses his exclusively with great success and can probably speak more to your concerns.