19. September 2008 14:44
I must say, the padded seats that used to come with the Lone Wolf Sit and Climb are perhaps the most uncomfortable seat on a climbing tree stand I have sat in for years.... The thin nylon straps underneath the old seat dug into the back of my legs through the rather thin padding of the seat cushion in no time making an other wise pleasing sit, not so pleasurable.
Installed on all 2008 and newer Lone Wolf stands is their improved seat cushion design. It is a HUGE step above the old offering. The seat is firm rather than soft. It is also acceptable for a lengthy sit, but still not as cush and comfortable as a Summit seat.
A head on view of the new seat. As it looks, it is firm and not as soft as the Summit seats, but is not near as bulky or heavy as the Summit seats either.
A view looking down on the seat.
You can see how the nylon straps attach to the climbing portion of the stand. You just thread the straps through the plastic buckles and slide them up or down to adjust the seat to your desired height. If you like your seat to sit high, you may want to trim the excess straps length off as they are rather long.
The seats strap is nylon with a plastic buckle closure which I seem to like better than the bungee cord with metal hooks like the Summit replaceable seat. The metal hooks would always catch on things and I would seem to make unwanted noise with them at times as well.
Final words, the seat is not as comfortable for an all day sit as the Summit seats are, but is lighter, less bulky and packs better. It also lacks the metal hooks which I did not care for on the Summit seat I had on here previously.
To me it is give and take.... I think I am willing to give the extra comfort of the Summit seat for the benefits of this slimmer, less bulky design.
3. September 2008 14:05
As we are all getting ready for the upcoming season and making last minute preparations to our stands. Please remember to be careful out there.
I found out the hard way how fast an accident can happen. I was trimming a path, with a brushcutter attachment on my weedwacker, from a field to my stand sight. Some of the brush I had cut loose got wrapped around the handle. So I reached down to pull it loose. When I gave it a yank the spinning blade sliced into my hand between my thumb and index finger.A trip to the ER and 14 stitches later I am thankful that that the injury wasn't any worse. I could have lost a finger or my whole hand in the blink of an eye. It happened so fast I still am not sure exactly how the blade came into contact with my hand.
OUCH, THAT HURT!!
The brush cutting blade makes fast work clearing shooting lanes of small trees and brush on the ground. Just remember to use it safely. After I am finished with the lower obstructions, I use my telescoping limb saw to take down the higher branches. Once I have the shooting lanes cleared from the ground, I climb into my stand and attach my safety harness to the tree. Never do this without being attached to the tree with an approved safety harness. I recently picked up a Hunter Safety System Vest. They are the best system I have found yet. Then I use my telescoping limb saw to remove any branches around my stand that might interfere with the arrows flight. If possible bring a friend along so you can have them trim from the ground as you are in the stand spotting branches that are in the way.
Please everyone, remember to this job in a safe way!! You don't want to miss opening day because of an injury.
1. September 2008 06:10
Many of you are probably a lot like me and have purchased several Lone Wolf treestands over the years. Most good companies are always trying to make their products better and Lone wolf is one of those companies that that has done just that. I recently ordered some new seats for all of my old stands, and started replacing them this weekend. I highly suggest making this upgrade as the newer seats are a lot more comfortable, and they added a micro seat adjustment which allows you to have some additional leveling adjustments when you're sitting in a crooked tree. This can make your wait as enjoyable as possible because we all know that having an uncomfortable stand stinks! While I was changing the seat I also went ahead and changed out the V-bracket to the new offset bat looking bracket (see the photos) I like the new bat bracket better as I think it grips better to trees and allows for some additional opportunities to hang your stand in crooked trees and still have a level seat and platform. We will be carrying most of the Lone Wolf products here at Bowhunting.com and we can get any parts for these stands that you may need. So just let us know if you're looking for something.
This photo shows the old Lone Wolf seat and V-Bracket. Needless to say, it needed attention!
Close-up of the V-Bracket after I removed it. I keep these just in case I need to replace one on my climbing sticks.
You must add this plastic piece, all you have to do is place it in the hole and hit with a hammer and it snaps in. This keeps the adjustment screw from making noise when you put the seat down.
New seat and bat bracket replacement parts have been added. This stand is ready to go!
Close-up shot of Batwing bracket and seat installed.
We're getting closer to the season, I cant wait!