Folks, I've been contemplating the purchase of a new climbing stand. I'm am looking for a stand that is extremely light, quiet, portable and easy to set up in the dark. Everything led me to believe the Lone Wolf Alpha Climber was the answer to my prayers...and then i looked at the reviews on Cabela's and Bass Pro. The reviews for the most part were good and above board...but two things in some of the negative review stuck out...
1. The cables are like a rubber fan belt with treads and a reinforced aircraft cables, which is great except they make it difficult to climb trees with very scaled bark..i.e. pine, hemlock, cedar trees. I experienced this myself with my current climber which has a thick plastic coated cable. Furthermore, if the tree has any knots or stubs on it you can forget about it and move on to another tree....the cable cannot will not get over it.
2. The positioning of the climbing seat itself, being so close to the tree makes it very difficult to get any kind of leverage and pull yourself up.
Notwithstanding those two objections the stand is quite pricey at close to $360.00...OUCH!!! Now I could avoid this altogether by going with a different stand, like the Summit Open Shot...similar characteristics but about $100 cheaper or buy the Lone wolf sit and climb model. However I want something light and portable, the sit and climb is another 5 lbs and I'm not convinced the open shot is as quiet as they claim.
So I'd like to know if anyone has any experience with the Lone Wolf Alpha climber, with regards to the above issues? At this point I don't know anyone who has one that i can try nor is there a retail store nearby that would afford me that opportunity. Thanks all for your help!