Very good climbing stick. Comes with everything you need but I wish they had a way to tie them together and wear them as a backpack. But that's not a big issue.\nWhen delivered, the box was in a bad condition and the product was suppose to be zip tied together but all the zip ties were cut. But I was not worried about it, the sticks are made to be strong and I think in my case, it seems like they went through a lot and they are still holding :-)\nOver all, I like them and I'm keeping them.
The product received is not nearly as thick looking as the pictures shown in advertisement. The shortness is a real problem it would have to be used in conjunction with something else. Very disappointing...
I bought the quad pod with the blind. I have three young boys and I was looking for something other than a tree stand. This is perfect. It provides weather protection, it covers their constant movement (being boys), and it is low to the ground for better safety.\n\nMy oldest son (13) helped me put it together and it took us about 3 hours. I am not a handy man so it may take others less time. It is well built and we did not have any issues. Just make sure that you lay out and organize the parts (especially the bolts) before putting it together.\n\nI am going to add carpet for noise and smell reduction and got a free 5' x 5' piece of carpet from a local store.
This stand is about half or less the cost of most aluminum climbers. I found it to be sturdy, quiet, and comfortable. Have used it about five times this season. I had to take the foam padding off the arm rests because it got in the way when attaching the stand to the tree, I replaced the two pins holding the rest with bolts because they kept the seat from sliding back and forth easily, and the two bolts at the front of the seat on each side had sharp burrs that ripped my clothing (so I filed off the burrs). I did not like the cheap safety harness that came with the stand because it was impossible to climb while attached to the tree because the tether was too short for me to lean back (I purchased a different harness separately). Except for the harness issue I would have given this stand 5 stars considering what I got for the price.
The rails themselves are very lightweight, easy to manage and carry into the woods and they seem sturdy enough. However, the steps are barely big enough to put a foot through and don't even try to get both feet on one step. I'm having trouble getting the steps to seat to the tree properly and the straps are a bit hard to tighten even with 2 people- the rails slip very easily. I've bought 4 more straps to make climbing safer.\nYou won't be able to attach the upper rails while standing on the lower ones. Make sure you bring another ladder in with you to get these things set up properly- me and my dad spent 3 hours trying to set them up without a ladder (attached to tree with a harness of course) and as of yet I can't put my full weight on them without risking a fall.