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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.


Edited by BlackBelt (11/12/09 07:45 PM)

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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]
BlackBelt
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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]
Lincoln Co Archer
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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]
BlackBelt
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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]
BlackBelt
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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: ]
BlackBelt
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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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