It depends on what you want - the Summit is MUCH more comfortable and MUCH cheaper. The LW is easier to pack and is lighter to carry. The LW sit and climb is nice - I personally thought the hand climber to be very uncomfortable to climb with though.
The arm rests on the Summit can get in the way with shots to the side. The Summit does bite the tree really well though.
Overall - they both have their merits, but for me, I chose the Summit and saved $200 over the LW. The LW line in my opinion is ridulously over priced.
For bowhunting I like the open designs better. For rifle use I like the sit and climbs better.
Summit stands are significantly more comfortable to me making them the better choice for long sits. I know if I'm not comfortable I start to move and wiggle a lot. Plus it's just not as enjoyable to be out there when you get a little uncomfortable.
Lone wolf stands are more quiet, lighter, pack smaller, and I really prefer their strap adjustments because they are more quiet and more precisely adjustable. They are ideal for when pack weight and bulk matter or for going into places where you don't know what trees you have because they are more adjustable. I like their platform and frames the best but Summit has the best seats. While I like the LW stands I think their retail cost is a bit artificially high for what you get, especially when you consider they aren't super comfortable. They are extremely well made however and with some modifications can be made even better and more comfortable.
In an ideal world you could have both a lone wolf and summit. If cash is limited you might could shop at the end of the season for like new, used stands. I'm into my LW and Summit for just about the cost of admission of a new Lone Wolf by buying them at half off after someone else tried them out for 2-5 hunts one season and decided to ditch the climbers.
-------------------- Sarrels Sierra Mountain Longbow - 53.5lbs @ 29" GT Traditional 5575 - 225gr up front for 22% FOC Posts: 1426 | From: Arkansas | Registered: Jul 2012
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I have owned lone wolf sit and climb, and the hand climber also. Also owned and used a few of the summit stands and will not knock any of them as they all seem to get the job done, I still own a open shot but use my tree walker tree stand most now. Would recommend anyone looking for a stand to check treewalker out. I loaned mine to a friend looking for a stand and after using got him one also. There are several videos and reviews of them on line. Although not as easy to access as summit and lone wolf they seem to be a great stand.
no reason not to buy an XOP. They're are made by the exact same guy that LW is made from, except at a much cheaper price. I know this is due to the parts being imported and not all being made in America.
For me, that really isn't that big of a deal. But to some that is a deal breaker.
The XOP Strike force is probably my next stand.
-------------------- Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. ~ Proverbs 16:18-19
I bowhunt out of my LW hand climber and *** hunt out of my summit sit and climb. I can sit from dark to dark in my summit, which is what I usually due for ***.
My bow hunts at most last 5-6hrs, averaging about 4hrs. I do thoroughly prefer climbing with the LW...it's lighter, the platform seems to bite onto my boots tighter for better control, it's much quieter, and seems more stable. But it ain't got squat for comfort. I wish the seat platform was just 2" longer so I could somewhat lean back a bit, but you get what you get.
-------------------- "Live like you ain't afraid to die....don't be scared, just enjoy the ride." Posts: 656 | From: Back home in Brethren, MI | Registered: Jan 2008
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