I am looking into tree steps, possibly Lone Wolf, to go with my new LW hang on stand.
Any other top end options to look at? I need quick, quiet set up as it's nothing for me to change trees over a dozen times a season and I am tired of sounding like a horseshoe competition with the screw in steps at 5 am.
Can't think of a style that hasn't shifted, come loose ,fallen off or broken in my 4 decades of bowhunting. Thank God for my discipline on using fall protection. The one stand where I didn't use my climbers this year broke a step. Hung there by fall protection and a single step until I could get a back up step out of my pocket and install it. 4 years ago was just about impaled on another hunt where they prohibited use of climbers and screw ins. Again fall protection saved me but was almost castrated-might have been a Lone Wolf or a Loggy baou strap on step. I tossed all of them so not sure.
I have lone wolf as well as the muddy pro sticks. Prefer the muddy but they are a little heavy compared to some of the newer options out there. If you really want to research all the available options as well as all the mods people are making to them. Then check out YouTube there is a ton of info on there.
well, the bottom is the thickest and I dont use the belt till I get to my second step ... so it is toss around the tree .. sometime I catch it first time, others its two or three... no biggie .... ... I'll hang the bottom two sticks, come back down, put on my fanny pack, put the remaining two sticks over the pockets (looped), climb back up, toss the belt back around and hang the other two sticks.... the only time I remove the belt it to go over a limb ... I use the hook/strap with the stand and I have extensions for the stand straps if needed ... I have my method down pat, one develops their own 'method' ... ... I can do it blind folded if needed ... Ive done this a few hundred times by now .... I need to make a vid of this ...lol ...
I have XOP - very similar to Lone Wolf. I chose XOP since they're stackable, but Hawk has some out with the suction cups to do that as well since I've gotten mine.
I've seen some of the Hawk Helium mods and other cut down/smaller sticks and they look awesome. I decided to stick to only 3 sticks (instead of 4 with the smaller sticks). Harder/bulkier to pack but less sticks to set up and overall quicker. I added some aiders to each stick and can get to 18-20 feet with this. I too did the rope mod and it's pretty good. I find I don't get quite as much bite vs the straps but much quieter and easier than trying to prevent a buckle from hitting a stick.
XOP/LW only have a single step per stick, which is a bit awkward. Definitely would prefer the double steps at times. Something to consider.
New XOP or Hawk Helium as well as LW. Forget the rope mod and use a daisy chain, way lighter and quicker as well. Also buy some rv door bumper stops and put them on the sticks. You can stick the sticks together for easy transport just like the new Hawk Helium sticks! Shawn
Hawk helium’s here. And the wild edge steps. Both very good for mobility. Lone wolf makes nice sticks too but, the steps are off set. I like having both feet on my step as I’m installing the next stick or step.
Sorry I can do pics later but for now look up JR products Bumper Door Holder, you drill holes in your sticks and attach with bolts and you can basically stick your sticks together. They work awesome just like hawk does on their sticks. A daisy chain is basically dyneema strap with links seen in every couple inches and you attach to your versa button wrap around tree and slip a link in the chain over the button again and pull down to secure stick to tree. You Tube it way better than messing with rope mod. Shawn