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#867497 - 08/13/08 08:15 PM Open front climbers
8 Point

Registered: 08/21/07
Posts: 1084

Last couple years I've hunted with a Summit Viper and really like it. This year I'm cosidering an open front stand. I've been looking at Summit Razor and API Alumitech Bowhunter magnum both $279 at Bass Pro. Is it worth it to have open front so you can shoot sitting and just to have a little more room to swing the bow?
#867533 - 08/13/08 08:37 PM Re: Open front climbers [Re: JDBinTN]
6 Point

Registered: 07/29/08
Posts: 511
Loc: west Tn.

I have one of the summit broadhead climbers and I love it. It folds up to make a good carry into the woods. It is also very comfortable. A good choice for an open-front stand....
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#867620 - 08/13/08 09:06 PM Re: Open front climbers [Re: 1bow4me]

Registered: 07/03/06
Posts: 27605
Loc: Crossville

I use my viper and keep the foot climber closer to the seat when bow hunting. My bow clears the front rail when i stand.

#867640 - 08/13/08 09:22 PM Re: Open front climbers [Re: buckhorn40]
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Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 3850
Loc: crossville tn

I normally use a summit viper but was able to pick up a lone wolf climber for $150. So im thinking there has got to be pluses to being able to shoot sitting down. Hopefully this is my new go to bow stand.
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#867695 - 08/13/08 09:59 PM Re: Open front climbers [Re: paradis1142]
TnDeer Old Timer
10 Point

Registered: 11/22/99
Posts: 3562
Loc: Hendersonville, TN, USA

I think you can have two stands for the price of one if you just get an open-front top section from Summit to match the bottom platform of your Viper. That's what I did years ago.

I did it mostly for weight savings; the open front plus no seat cushions make it about 3 pounds lighter to carry. In warm, early season I want as light a carry as possible. I also replaced the cushion with s simple web seat, saving even more weight. In early bow season I don't sit much anyway.

Having said that, I've shot a few deer while seated in my climber with the front bar; I had plenty of clearance becasue I sutuate my stands so that the most probably shots are straight to my left anyway. If I have to shoot straight in front of me or to the right, I stand up. The front bar makes me feel more secure when I lean against it slightly with my legs.
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#867926 - 08/14/08 07:03 AM Re: Open front climbers [Re: jakeway]
16 Point

Registered: 01/20/04
Posts: 14288
Loc: Clinton, TN

Always used a API Grand Slam. The bar has never been an issue for me.
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#867949 - 08/14/08 07:17 AM Re: Open front climbers [Re: JeepKuntry]
12 Point

Registered: 03/31/08
Posts: 6710
Loc: B-Y-B to the double E

I use a Lone Wolf Hand Climber and I love the open front. Just don't fall out on your head \:\)
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#868149 - 08/14/08 08:45 AM Re: Open front climbers [Re: Seminole39]
12 Point

Registered: 11/06/02
Posts: 6832
Loc: savannah, tn., usa

I have an api grand slam that i took a hacksaw and cut the front bar out works great. Been using it for about 6 years now.
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Let em go and let em grow!
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#868407 - 08/14/08 10:48 AM Re: Open front climbers [Re: muddyboots]
Hillbilly Hunter
16 Point

Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 17665
Loc: Branchville

I used a open front for years, but I like the Summit Bullet now. It gives added safety.
...they never call me by my name, just Hillbilly...

#868628 - 08/14/08 12:30 PM Re: Open front climbers [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
10 Point

Registered: 03/04/07
Posts: 3207
Loc: Chattanooga, TN

I have a Summit Goliath and a Summit open shot. The open shot is by far an awesome bow stand but I feel safer in my Goliath
Just as the deer can suddenly materialize in the woods, "Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect" (Matthew 24:44)

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