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#1614063 - 11/12/09 07:43 PM Pack-n-Stack ladder stand
BlackBelt
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Just a heads up about these stands, if you haven't seen them.
I got one of these Pack-n-Stack backpackable ladder stands last week, and have used it all this week. It's a ladder stand that folds down to a lightweight backpack size and you carry it in and out on your back.
I'm a fan of these.
I've been using a climbing stand for years, but it's a pain to find just the right tree, then cut off the branches as I go up the tree.
The Pack-n-Stack ladder takes me about 5-7 minutes to set up, and I'm hunting in 10 minutes from time I find the right tree.
The only downsides to the Pack-n-Stack is that there's no where to hang your gun off of it, and the backpack straps that come with it are not wide enough to spread the load well enough. But I put some wider straps on it (seatbelt type), and those work very well.
If you hunt in thick scrub type brush, or public lands and want the portability of climbing stand, look at this Pack-n-Stack by Rivers Edge.
I paid about $72 for it. Most places have it for less than $100, but if you look around you can find it for a lot less.
Just trying to help some fellow TNdeer brothers out.


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#1614248 - 11/12/09 08:36 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: BlackBelt]
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how tall is it?
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#1614944 - 11/13/09 06:56 AM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: Lincoln Co Archer]
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It comes in 10' or 13.6' "to the seat" versions. I know that's not as high as some people like to get, but for me, thats plenty. I use the 13.6' version. If you want to use it at 10', you just leave off one of the ladder sections. I guess if you want to go higher, you could purchase an extra ladder section or two and go up in 3' increments.
I like the versatility of being able to go up as high as you want. Monday of this week I was hunting in the Hatchie swamp bottoms, and only put the ladder up to 10' because I couldn't see through the limb/brush foliage canopy if I went any higher than that. Then, later that day I was hunting a hardwood valley and went up 13'.
Unfortunately all I saw that day was a bobcat and a coyote, both of which came to within 30 feet of me and never saw me.

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#1615116 - 11/13/09 07:55 AM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: BlackBelt]
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Sounds like fun probably going to invest in one.
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#1616226 - 11/13/09 07:13 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: Lincoln Co Archer]
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I got mine from SportsmansGuide for something like $72.
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#1616291 - 11/13/09 07:57 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: BlackBelt]
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What is the weight?
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#1616663 - 11/14/09 07:06 AM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: Mag]
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 Originally Posted By: Mag
What is the weight?

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33 pounds with the 13' version, probably 4-5 pounds less for the 10' version. Weight capacity for the stand is a person no more than 300 pounds.

I've done some modifications to my Pack-n-Stack:
1. Added the wider backpack straps. Bought camo-colored straps from Harbor Freight for $9.97 for 27 feet. Only needed 9 feet of strap.
2. *very slightly* enlarged pin holes with a hand drill. Only needed to do this to add a carriage bolt as a stabilizer for carrying. This keeps it from shifting when you carry it. I run the 5" bolt through all the sections when in backpack form. It keeps it all together.
3. slightly bent the retaining pins to make them easier to get on and off with cold hands. They are stiff when you get them, so I just barely bent them outwards with a pair of pliers. This probably isn't really neccessary, but it's a nice touch on a cold morning.
4. put a couple of plastic zip-ties through the bottom holes on the foot of the stand. This keeps the dirt from the ground from getting all up inside the stand feet each time you put the base on the ground and bounce on it to get it to seat into the ground firmly. They should have capped this end from the factory, but the zip ties do the same thing.

I really like this stand. It's actually lighter and easier to put together than my TreeLounge climber.

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#1630134 - 11/21/09 09:45 AM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: BlackBelt]
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I picked up one of these from Cabela's, on sale for $69 plus $18 shipping. Like it pretty well so far except for a short person the foot rest is too far from the seat. Going to see if I can lower the seat some or put something on the foot rest to raise it up a few inches. Nice light stand.
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#1630631 - 11/21/09 06:37 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: JLC]
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yeah, I've never been happier with any stand that I've bought than I am with this one.
I added one more modification the other day:
I bought a $0.48 steel hook at Lowes and attached it to the side of the seat platform, so I can have a place to hang my rifle when I need too. It also gives a place to hook the stabilizer bar when carrying the stand in backpack form.

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#1641728 - 11/28/09 08:33 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: ]
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Sportsmans Guide is now showing it as 'in stock'. I don't see any info on a flip up seat, though.
The company's website is: huntriversedge.com
They have a lot of good info on there about it also.
I'm really digging this stand. I've got it down to about a 3 minute setup now.

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#2542176 - 09/27/11 08:50 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: ]
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I have a couple of the old buckpro totem pole ladder stands. Similar concept easy to carry in and one man can set it up from the ground. Mine are 18 ft and worth their weight in gold. If you find one buy it cause they don't make them anymore.
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#2544093 - 09/28/11 10:16 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: fairchaser]
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 Originally Posted By: fairchaser
I have a couple of the old buckpro totem pole ladder stands. Similar concept easy to carry in and one man can set it up from the ground. Mine are 18 ft and worth their weight in gold. If you find one buy it cause they don't make them anymore.


I have one of the original single pole v-lock stands that is only about 12 or 13 feet to the seat..they are nice to set up.

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#2544521 - 09/29/11 08:12 AM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: JA1234]
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I used the Pack-n-Stack for the first hunt this season this past weekend. The only thing I've added to it since last year was a cushion for the seat. The nylon web seat is okay, but for all day comfort the cushion is perfect.
Still the best stand I've ever owned and used, and by far the least expensive.

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#2549957 - 10/03/11 06:10 AM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: ]
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http://www.farmandfleet.com/products/615149-13_pack_n_stack_ladder_stand.html

$64.99 on sale through 10/9
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#2550585 - 10/03/11 11:42 AM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: htnseymour]
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interesting. Id say this is probably worth the 65 dollars? Also, is it pretty easy to set up on a whim on a hunting morning?
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#2550862 - 10/03/11 02:06 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: 93civEJ1]
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Thanks for that above link...ordered 2 of them.
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#2555901 - 10/06/11 01:14 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: 93civEJ1]
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Just recieved mine today. I was able to set it all up very quickly. It looks higher than 13'. I was able to stack it up just fine..and then put on the back pack straps. It wont be the most comfortable thing to carry, but so far I see nothing wrong with this setup.
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#2555918 - 10/06/11 01:31 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: 93civEJ1]
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Thinking about getting one myself. I think I would feel better being connected to the ground, instead of a climber.
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#2557913 - 10/07/11 04:55 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: eastTN270]
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If anyone does get this...I recommend replacing the thing rope they give you for tieing the stand to the tree...its really thin, and think it would be more beneficial to get some thicker rope or better yet some ratchet straps
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#2558206 - 10/07/11 09:54 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: 93civEJ1]
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Mine came with rachet straps for the tree. Guess they changed that.
I also put 3 inch wide carry straps on it for much better comfort on longer carrys into the woods.

You might also put some dowel rods into the base of the ladder to keep the dirt out of there. It's not critical, but it's just a nice touch so that as the dirt dries out it doesn't fall out all in your truck or garage.

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#2562050 - 10/11/11 11:51 AM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: BlackBelt]
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Just ordered one myself. That company, Blaine's Farm and Fleet seems very good to deal with. Looking forward to trying it out.
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#2562162 - 10/11/11 01:04 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: adirondack46r]
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yes...they were no issue to deal with...I got my stand just a couple days later after I ordered. We used our stands this past weekend. They were easy to put together and up...not the lightest thing to hike with on your back, but they worked.
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#2562164 - 10/11/11 01:06 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: 93civEJ1]
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A lot lighter than most ladder stands, though. That's what attracted me. Did you find the height sufficient for your purposes?
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#2562187 - 10/11/11 01:24 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: adirondack46r]
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Well I am new to deer hunting, but at first it seemed taller than 13' but I was able to sit in it comfortably for a few hours.
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#2566843 - 10/14/11 09:32 AM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: adirondack46r]
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 Originally Posted By: adirondack46r
A lot lighter than most ladder stands, though. That's what attracted me. Did you find the height sufficient for your purposes?


Did you happen to get yours in? If so, have you used it?

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#2575646 - 10/20/11 06:50 AM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: 93civEJ1]
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Here's a tip...if you are going to sit all day on that stand, you might want to take a lightweight cushion to put on the seat.
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#2615548 - 11/14/11 08:37 AM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: BlackBelt]
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Any other reviews on this. Has anyone used it any more this season. I'm really having a hard time deciding on this or a climbing stand. Thanks.
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#2616082 - 11/14/11 12:59 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: eastTN270]
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I have used it a few times now...havent had any issues, and my gf and I both have put in hours on them..she can even throw it together and tear it down herself.
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#2616951 - 11/14/11 07:52 PM Re: Pack-n-Stack ladder stand [Re: BlackBelt]
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A turkey vest with a turkey seat might come in handy.
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