I love my ladder stand. It's my favorite. I have two hang-ons as well, but I find myself frequenting the ladder stand much more than the other two. I feel safer because it is easy and sturdy to climb, and it seems bigger on the seat area and the foot rest area. It is more comfortable than my hang-ons too and much easier to put up on a tree (especially alone if you have no other choice). I did buy a new hang-on this year with a shooting rail and a sling seat, so I will put it to the comparison test this year. I also feel the ladder stand is safer for my 11 year old son. He was helping me rehang a hang-on last weekend and relocating the ladder stand. He was up and down that ladder stand real easy, but when he tried to climb the climbing sticks, he slipped on his way down and missed two rungs. Luckily he landed safely but he ended up getting a nasty scrape on his side from a rung on the climibing stick. Those climbing stick can be awkward.
On a side note... I am so siked... only 24 more days until archery season opening day here in Ohio. It's all I can think about. I am ate up with it. I want to get in a tree now!!!