Top 5 Lightest Climbing Tree Stands for Bow Hunting in 2019

  • Last Updated On: May 22, 2019
  • / Hunting Gear
  • / By Dave E Crockett

Lugging hunting equipment out to your site can be an energy drainer in and of itself. The more weight you are carrying and for longer the distance, the more exhausted you are before you have even begun your hunt.

Over the years hunting gear has grown lighter as technology has advanced and pressed manufacturers to better their products.

That's why I wanted to give you some information to help with your search for the lightest climbing tree stand.

Of course weight is a huge factor when choosing a tree stand. Climbing tree stands are often heavier than the lithe hang-on models, typically offering more sizeable seats and platforms.

They are, however, no longer the heavy, bulky, tedious units of yesteryear. Some new models are certainly as light, if not lighter than many hang-on tree stands.

Top 3 Lightest Climbing Stands

Summit Treestands Viper SD

Summit Treestands Viper SD
  • WEIGHT: 20 lbs
  • CAPACITY: 300 lbs
  • PLATFORM SIZE: 20"W x 26.5"D
  • SEAT SIZE: 18"W x 12" D

X-Stand Mini X-1

X-Stand The X-1 Climbing Stand
  • WEIGHT: 15 lbs
  • CAPACITY: 300 lbs
  • SIZE: 29 x 17 x 24 inches

Summit Treestands OpenShot SD

Summit Treestands Open Shot SD
  • WEIGHT: 15 lbs
  • CAPACITY: 300 lbs
  • PLATFORM SIZE: 20"W x 32" L
  • SEAT SIZE: 19"W x 20" L

Dave's Picks

Below are five of the lightest tree stands you can find on the market to make your hunting endeavor more enjoyable.

1. X-Stand Mini X-1 Climbing Tree Stand

At an incredibly light 15 pounds the X-1 is the lightest climbing tree stand out there. It attains such lightness by being constructed by the lightest aluminum in the business: 6061 T6 Aircraft Aluminum.

Despite its lightness, the X-1 is very durable and stable, and can hold up to 300 pounds.

The X-1 packs up easily with its included bungee chord that wraps around the seat and foot platform that fold to lay flat on one another. You then fasten the backpacking straps for a secure fit.

The bungee chord binds the seat and foot platform together, which reduces any sound while walking, making it that much more convenient to hall around.

X-Stand X-1

2. Summit Treestands Viper SD Mossy Oak

Summit Viper SD Stand

The Summit Viper SD weighs in at around 20 pounds and can hold up to 300 pounds.

It is a closed-front aluminum stand with a suspended foam padded seat and backrest for extra comfort.

Included is a full-body harness for safety and just one of the many aspects of the Viper SD that makes it Summit's most popular model for 17+ years now.


3. Summit Treestands Open Shot SD

The Open Shot is an ultra-portable stand weighing a mere 15 pounds and with a weight capacity of 300 pounds. It is intended for hunters who enjoy hunting in the deepest woods.

It feels quite comfortable and spacious when you are ready to hunt, despite being a compact stand.

A folding seat is set inside the seat frame and effortlessly folds up when you want to stand up beside the tree.

The cushioned seat then becomes a pad for your back, permitting you to stand more contentedly for an extended period of time.

Summit Open Shot SD

4. X-Stand Deluxe

X-Stand Deluxe

At 16 pounds the X-Stand Deluxe is a convenient, lightweight tree stand to meet your hunting needs. It folds flat and comes with built-in backpack straps for easy transportation.

It is equipped with safety hoops to assist you in “climbing” the tree of your choice.

Once you have reached your height, you can rely on this durable and stable, albeit lightweight, aluminum engineered tree stand to hold you comfortably for hours to come.


5. X-Stand Sit & Climb

The 12 pound Sit & Climb is constructed out of 6061 T6 Aircraft aluminum like its sister the X-1, making it easily portable for great distances, but safe and sturdy when fixed in a tree.

It lies flay so that it is easy and quiet to pack.

Allowing for a weight capacity of 300 pounds, it is equipped with a sit bar that can also be used as a shooting rail, foot rest, arm rest or simply be pushed under so as to be out of the way.

X-Stand Sit and Climb

About the Author Dave E Crockett

Hi, I'm Dave, the Head Hunter here at HelloTrail and you might have guessed it already...my handle back home is Crockett. Needless to say I like to hunt and have been doing so for over 30 years now. In the farm country of the Midwest it's our way of life and these days I'm happy to pass on what my Dad and Uncles taught me to my son. Oh, and you too of course! ;)

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