I had been in the market for a hunting stand and looked all over for the stand that would best suit my needs and was very highly regarded. My research finally led me to the Viper SD Climbing Treestand.
What to Look for When Buying a Tree Stand
It didn't take my long to realize that there are a few important things to keep in mind when buying tree stand.
Ease of Use
If you just buy the first treestand you
see based on price alone then you are destined for trouble particularly if you are going to be using the treestand on a regular basis.
So stick with me here as I will be explaining each of these in relation to the Summit Viper SD.
Good grief some treestands are a pain to set up!
One of the most important attributes of treestand is the difficulty of setting it up. This stand comes with Summits rapid climb stirrups which is a nice bonus, and set up is a breeze. It’s not going to work the best for a very large tree, I would go with a 20” or less diameter tree to be safe, but assuming you’re aren't trying anything crazy setup is quite smooth. The Summit Viper SD sets up pretty easily as long as you’re following the directions.
It’s all about my poor bum...
After several hours of sitting my poor bum can just hate me, I’m sure you've been there! This seat is just a joy to sit on. It’s padded quite well and the padded back is just a wonderful bonus. Having a foot rest is the final piece of the puzzle that makes me love the comfort of this stand.
I have to carry this where?
The Summit Viper SD is a great compromise between portability and comfort. When it comes to treestands, you have a choice. Do I look for something extremely portable? Or do I look for something extremely comfortable. Well this stand is a great combination of the two. It is relatively portable, and we've already discussed the comfort. If you fall on the very far extreme of portability, you may want something else, but the way I see it is I’m sitting on it a lot longer than I’m hiking into the woods with it!
Quiet up there!
The sounds that our treestand makes are frequently overlooked when making a purchase. Some stands can be quite squeaky, either in the joints, or in the cushions that we’re sitting on etc. This stand is surprising quite quiet. I was very surprised by this fact and I’ll never buy a stand again without thinking about this issue. Can’t praise the feature enough.
All this is great….will I fall?
When it comes to nicer treestands, safety is more of an issue with user stupidity. Sure there are some really chincy treestands out there that may literally be unsafe. However, these nicer stands are mostly inherently safe if you follow the directions and aren’t trying to do things like the boot scootin boogy while waiting for that buck to walk by. The bonus of this stand is that it comes with a harness for an added level of safety. Please, make the decision to be safe and not think you’re superman!
How Much Should You Expect to Pay?
The Summit Viper SD Climbing Treestand typically goes for around $250-$300. I prefer to make my purchases off Amazon where I can read real reviews from people that have used these products, and this stand comes with a ton of praise, averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars. Well worth the money for an incredible stand.
Complete stand, includes the following:
20lbs. | 300 lbs Maximum Weight Limit
Aluminum 5 Channel Platform Frame with Dead Metal - Sound Deadening Technology
Aluminum Closed Front Seat / Climber Frame
Comfortable Foam Seat with Backrest
2 x Coated, Steel Climbing Cables
4 Point FAS (harness) with safety strap and attached SRS strap
Three, 16" Camo Arm Pads
Adjustable Backpack Straps
Stand Umbilical Rope
Safety / Instructional DVD
Does it include a Warranty?
Yes, the Summit Viper SD Climbing Treestand includes a 5 year limited warranty.
What Others Are Saying
This stand has received rave reviews from most consumers on the net with an average of 4.5 out of 5 from most reviewers on Amazon.
Here are some of the comments to date:
“Better than my easy chair...”
“Great Climbing Treestand”
“Worth Every Penny!”
“This Is The Best Stand On The Market!”
“Awesome First Stand”
“Great Customer Service”
I found very few complaints for this stand, and ones that I found seemed to be around people doing things that they shouldn’t be doing with them, such as chain sawing in a tree….srsly people! A couple people wished they had purchased the bigger version, which falls a little more on the spectrum of less portability. If you are intersted in the bigger one, it is available on Amazon, Summit Ultimate Viper SD Climbing Treestand. It’s a little big for me, but I’m not the largest person either.
Where Can You Buy the Viper SD?
You can buy this Summit Treestand from Amazon. At the moment they include free shipping and from what I can tell when comparing prices with other online merchants, Amazon do currently have the best deal especially with the free shipping option. Click here to view on Amazon.
Where Can You Read More Reviews for the Summit Viper SD Climbing Treestand?
The best place for reviews from people who actually use the product is Amazon. Click here to read more.