Gear Review: Lone Wolf SIt-N-Climb

Blake Hagemeier

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The Lone Wolf Sit-n-Climb is the quietest, easiest to use climber that I have ever taken to the woods. Not only is it easy to use, but also deadly quiet and easy to transport.
I’ve used climbers for a number of years. I feel they give the hunter the ability to surprise a weary whitetail by allowing them to utilize a same day setup. A lot of climbers allow the hunter to get up a tree in these areas quietly, but only a few offer the hunter the opportunity to quietly walk to the area and keep the strain off their back. The Sit-n-Climb weighs in at 18 lbs. which is noticeably less than most all other climbers available. Not only is it lighter, but it also folds flat to make transporting the stand a breeze. Other climbers are bulky and extend over a foot off the hunters back. They not only weigh more, but also some of the weight sits away from the hunters back which makes it seem heavier. When hunting in remote locations nearly a mile from your parking spot, the last thing you need to worry about is wearing yourself out just a few hundred yards into your trip.

Another great aspect of the Lone Wolf Sit-n-Climb is its whisper quiet use. The traction belt utilized by the stand fastens securely inside the stand which eliminates any noise. The belt is made of a rubbery plastic material that is silent if you do happen to hit it on something. I’ve been able to successfully climb a tree numerous times with deer in range without spooking them.
The Sit-n-Climb has a learning curve of a few hunts before the hunter is really able to get the hang of using it. This is the case with all climbers that I have used. When preparing to attach to the tree, the hunter must loosen two knobs and move the stand's support bars into a diagonal position. Tighten the knobs, attach to the tree, and you’re ready to climb. The moveable bar in front of the top section allows the hunter to completely eliminate upper body strain when climbing. He or she is able to sit on the bar and pull the bottom section up instead of having to put all of their weight on their forearms.
The only change I have made to my Lone Wolf is switching the seat out. The seat that comes equipped on the stand is thin and not made for all day sits. To fix this problem, I installed a seat with a thicker cushion to make it more comfortable. I’ve also had to occasionally tighten the bolts and nuts on the bar to keep it from rotating down on its own. As with all climbers, the hunter must be somewhat selective on the tree they choose to climb. The Lone Wolf doesn't allow the hunter to climb trees as big as a few other climbers, but they offer traction belts that are slightly longer to allow use on slightly larger trees. Very rarely have I ever had an issue with this. It will depend on the type of trees on the farms you hunt.
The Sit-n-Climb is a quiet, easy to use stand, but with those features comes a price. It is one of the most expensive stands on the market, but with the price comes quality. Not only are the movable parts and traction belt quiet, but the platform is as well. It is made of cast aluminum that is completely silent no matter what the temperature is. With a price tag of $359, it might be your big purchase of the season, but in my opinion you get what you pay for and the Lone Wolf Sit-n-Climb is well worth it.

Posted by Blake Hagemeier under Hunting Gear Reviews on November 17, 08 07:12 AM | Permalink

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