What are some good Heavy Duty climbing tree stands for big Men this Hunting Season?. Before Deer season commences, be sure you’re armed with your own heavy duty tree stand. That is unless you’re prepared to set up ground blinds and hunting chairs this year. With falling from trees being a common cause of injury in the hunting industry, a sense of nervousness for any overweight person to put there life in the hands of just any old tree stand is completely understandable.
As manufacturers are making more high weight capacity climbing tree stands easily accessible online, there are other factors to consider besides weight capacity. These factors will vary from hunter to hunter depending on personal requirements, but should always be considered.
Portability of a tree stand my be important to many hunters but not necessary for some. So the issues of quick set up features will come into play, along with the tree stands weight. The more weight to carry around, the less portable the tree stand becomes. Plus as a heavy person, the extra weight can become tiresome. So less product weight is ideal for the portable factor. But on the other hand, the more weight the bigger the tree stand typically is. Or is made from more heavy duty materials with a stronger framework to hold heavier limits.
All of the oversized tree stands will have varying features to choose from. Many will have different platform/seat sizes and this is especially important for the big Man. It’s never good when you’re trying to be dead quite and as you turn around your jackets rubbing up against the safety rail making all sorts of noises. So choose a platform based on your actual dimensions, if your a wide Guy, then don’t force yourself to squeeze into a seating, even if you’re under the weight capacity rating.
Other factors to consider are: whether the climbing tree stand is tree facing only, this can be very annoying when wearing a harness, How small is it for transport/does it flat pack easily, is it a noisy pack in/pack out, and comfort level which is extremely important in my opinion. To help you buy a a strong, stable and durable tree stand build for the bigger Man, we have sourced out a few rated with heavy weight capacities.
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It’s A Summit, Need I say More? With a 350 pound weight capacity, The Summit 180 Max climbing tree stand is well suited for the Big Man. While considerably larger than your standard tree stand, the overall weight of the product is only 23 lbs. Which is a tad heavier than what you may be use to. But and this is a BIG but. It’s a hell of a lot safer I reckon and more heavy duty than what some are offering. In saying this, its still very easy and quick to climb down and change trees in mere minutes. Pending on level of experience and fitness levels naturally.
The 180 Max tree stand has the same large platform area as the Summit Titan, yet is a few pounds lighter. The larger platform is a necessity for any big hunters. Having that extra moving space can mean the difference between getting your target or scaring it away. The overall size of the platform is 21″ by 38″, but for the actual space you can take advantage of is 21″ by 28.75″.
The 180 differs from the Titan in that it can face towards the tree and away from the tree. The ability to rotate 180 degrees is a very handy feature. With a possible tree size of 8 to 20 inches, the teeth on this stand bite in very firmly providing a very stable platform to go about your business.
I found comfort to be second to none on this oversized tree stand. Aches and stiffening of the joints is one sure way to ruin a successful hunting trip. But with comfortable working space, you can be at it for hours on end. Even when wearing the included safety harness (Unless you have your own preferred) you should still feel more comfortable than previous less comfortable stands. Not to mention safe.
There’s not too many bad things to mention about the Max 180. However some improvements could never hurt. Such as how the straps on the back pack loosen slightly if you have a heavy load and perhaps a bracket of sorts to attach the tree stand bow holder. Oh and I wish the Summit Footrest Kit came included as well, but maybe I’m pushing my luck there. Other than that, everything about the Summit Max 180 just screams high quality for me, heavy duty awesomeness.
Another 350 pound capacity climbing tree stand built for the larger hunters. The Lone Wolf is one of the lightest heavy duty tree stands I know weighing in at just 20 Lbs. Which is very nice for hunters swapping and changing locations a fair bit. It also flattens down to such a thin size (4 inches), I don’t think you can find a better packed tree stand right now.
To compliment the lightweight feature and portability of this tree stand is how amazingly quite it is. Due to the material of the straps, it’s silent going in and out of the tree stand and also when climbing. Which is great for the hunter on the go.
I do like the Extra Wide platform, especially since I’m of the plus size variety. It measures in at 30″ x 19.5. However I do think the seat could have been somewhat larger and more comfortable. The comfort level for long sessions would probably irritate a few of the more pedantic hunters. I give it a 6.5 out of 10 for comfort on long days. Although the seat can also be replaced with your own design suited to your comfort level.
In conclusion, I consider the Lone Wolf a great tree stand for us bigger Guys, but in particular for those who want a fast and lightweight get up. The cam lock system connects to the tree in a very fast fashion that many mobile hunters will love about the Lone Wolf Sit And Climb. But if you’re the type of hunter who prefers to drive closer to the hunting site and take camp for several hours at a time I would suggest you go with something like the Summit 180 Max SD. Reason why?. Because the Lone Wolf Sit & Climb tree stand is fantastic at portability, speed, non bulky and is very quite. Which is suited to the hunter who’s more active and doesn’t intend to be in the same location for hours on end. So the comfort level would probably bother you and the Summit 180 Max SD has got you covered for a potentially good comfortable hunting session.
The original and possibly still one of the best Big Mans climbing tree stand. The Goliath has stood the test of time and has gained a great reputation among the plus size hunters. The Goliath has a mix of positives from both the Max 180 SD and the Lone Wolf tree stands. The Goliath SD is remarkable for its capabilities yet still weighing just 21 pounds in weight. Where it differs form the Lone Wolf is in the comfort level and the Goliath has a slightly shorter platform, but is wider than the Lone Wolf (20″ x 28.75″). If the Goliath had an extra 2-3 inches for foot room (Large Feet Here) it would be superior in almost every way.
Like the Lone Wolf tree stand, the Goliath SD is also highly recommended for its stealth and mobile abilities, but where I think it shines is with its amazing comfort. The padded arm rests and wide seat raise the bar for hunters planning a long day in the trees. Do note that the arm rests don’t go all the way up the bar anymore. So if you rest your gun in that position it’s advisable to tape some foam in that location to reduce clinking noises. Top it off with a 4/5 channel footrest and comfort level is unbeatable. Channels are the number of bars under the seat and as the Goliath has 5 channels this footrest is the one you want.
Is the Summit Goliath SD a safe tree stand?. If this is going to be your first climbing tree stand then you are heading in the right direction. The Goliath is a solid rock!. It shouldn’t sway, wobble or slide an inch within reason. It appears extremely safe and sturdy to me, just as if you were sitting in your big Man camping chair on ground level. Plus its super easy to assemble and get going. Just follow the manual and wear the harness, even tho at times you may feel as if it’s too safe to wear a harness. But ALWAYS safety first, so always wear protective equipment when at heights.
In conclusion, as a big Guy needing help with which tree stand to buy, any of the above 3 climbing tree stands are what I believe to be more than adequate for hunters up to 350 Lbs. Each heavy duty tree stand has been used by some really heavy guys and has lived up to their weight capacities over the years. While some have advantages over the others, each one is unique in their own way. Depending on your requirements from a climber stand, I’m confident in saying that these 3 tree stands are going to rock your world. Happy Hunting.
This 10 minute video demonstrates from set up to climbing the tree and spotting a Doe. Not bad in under 10 minutes. The Goliath is that quite it doesn’t scare the animal off. Please note this guy hasn’t used a safety harness and this is not endorsed. Everyone should always wear a harness when climbing.