If your issue is the seat pad there’s a couple of directions you could go. Hopefully for my b day next month my wife or daughter will get me the Millennium type seat a guy on FB is selling for the Novix/Lone Wolfs. It’ll add a little more weight so I would only put it on my Echo that I use mainly over pre-hung sticks. For my Assault 2 I’ll stick with a pad I already had I cut down that’s a little thicker and softer than the original seat pads, much like kneeling pads Lowe’s sells in their Lawn and garden section.I will say this. I hunted in my novix Sunday afternoon. 4 hours. That’s about long as I can take it. It’s not as comfortable as some. But much easier to put up.
Agree whole heartedly on double vs single-sided steps. When you're fighting to hang a stand and putting the bulk of your weight on one foot, you'll understand why you want the doubles. Even in setups where I have single sided XOP sticks, I use a dual Hawk Helium as the stop stick for just this reason.I currently own an XOP Air Raid Evolution and 4 XOP sticks. They weren’t bad, but not nearly as light as I was expecting them to be. I was thinking in the 20ish pound range, but the whole set up with synch straps and everything is somewhere around 30 lbs, maybe a bit more. And I’m sure it’s me, but I do not like trying to hang that sucker, I swear like crazy trying to get it in a tree. For those of you debating on single or double sided steps, go with double lol the single sided steps were a pain for me. I personally will be selling it soon and getting some sort of climber.
However, that’s not to say it’s not a good stand. If you’re on a budget and looking for a light(er) weight lock on, the XOP has a lot going for it, just not for me and my outta shapeness lol