Yeap..and another tip for a quick platform set up that someone else mentioned is to use 4-5 of the ameristep strap-on steps on a single strap and just strap them on...easier than the screw-ins and faster.
Birdman, how many of the LW sticks did you buy...looks like three 36" sticks come to a set? How high do you get in the tree with just 3 sticks?
Hello all! I hunted in my new Tree Saddle for the first time this past weekend after a few practice rounds. I LOVE IT!!! Unfortunately, I too was having the same problem several others have mentioned with the slow, strenuous process of getting to my desired height using screw-in steps. I have a set of LW sticks, but that only gets me about 12-15 feet off the ground, and I prefer to be no less than 20 in most locations...especially since the leaves are starting to fall here in Arkansas. So...after the 2 minutes required to get my LW sticks on the tree, I proceeded to spend another 30 min. screwing in steps to get close to 20'. I was dripping with sweat, and daylight had arrived. I found this forum entry while researching methods for climbing trees when using the Tree Saddle. After reading this thread, I've now ordered another set of LW sticks (these are awesome by the way), 2 3-packs of the Ameristep Strap-On steps to use as my base, and a "strap only" ratchet strap from the sight listed here.
As for the performance of the saddle...I sat 6 hours in my first sitting and was totally comfortable. I am a size 31-32 waist, so I ordered a medium (Tyler is still there, and I can honestly say this was the best customer service experience I've ever had...he went above and beyond what I had expected when I found out my saddle was backorderd). I found that I have to tighten the waist belt all the way down to get it snug, but I didn't have any problems with trying to slide down while walking to my stand location.
One thing I did notice in my evening setup...I set up in a leaning tree (minor lean around 5-10 degrees) and I set up on the "top" of the tree based on the trail I was hunting. Throughout the hunt I noticed I was having to almost work to keep from swinging around the tree toward the "bottom" side. It felt like gravity was trying to pull me around the tree. So, for those of you that are more experienced with the TS, is it better to set up on the "bottom" of a leaning tree? In this case, I would have had to forgo setting up for the 90 degree shot to the left in order to get "underneath" the lean of the tree.
All-in-all, I am sold on the saddle. And after I get my new LW sticks and strap-on steps (hopefully by this weekend) I think I might have some lock-ons and a climbing stand for sale, lol
Thanks to everyone for their input...
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