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#867497 - 08/13/08 08:15 PM Open front climbers
JDBinTN
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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?
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#867533 - 08/13/08 08:37 PM Re: Open front climbers [Re: JDBinTN]
1bow4me
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Registered: 07/29/08
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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]
buckhorn40
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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.
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#867640 - 08/13/08 09:22 PM Re: Open front climbers [Re: buckhorn40]
paradis1142
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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]
jakeway
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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]
JeepKuntry
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Always used a API Grand Slam. The bar has never been an issue for me.
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#868149 - 08/14/08 08:45 AM Re: Open front climbers [Re: ]
muddyboots
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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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#868407 - 08/14/08 10:48 AM Re: Open front climbers [Re: muddyboots]
Hillbilly Hunter
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I used a open front for years, but I like the Summit Bullet now. It gives added safety.
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#869742 - 08/15/08 06:48 AM Re: Open front climbers [Re: ]
Radar
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The Summit Open Shot is the best bowhunting stand I have used .
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#870487 - 08/15/08 03:06 PM Re: Open front climbers [Re: ]
Kevin
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I have the api open front, but mine is not the magnum, I am a pretty big boy, and have pretty large hips, i would surly recommend the bigger one, but as for the open front, it is a little more awkward to climb in. I typically stand up to shoot anyways.
Still cant get over my ol'man getting stolen by the paper company a few years ago, didnt hunt for three weekends, went back and my stand location was clear cut. NOT a good feeling. I'd go with the closed front at this point IMO.
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