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Summit Clearshot Tree Stands

Tree Stands Manufacturer: Summit
Summit Model: Clearshot
Review Category: Tree Stands

Purchase: Tree Stands I purchased a Clearshot because I found the lightweight and the cable feature appealing. I am an avid bow hunter and have been using one of the original Summit stands since the mid 80's. While the old stand has its drawbacks (heavy, a bit noisy during setup), it is stable, comfortable, packs small and is safe. I figured after nearly twenty years with one stand, I would treat myself with the newest Summit had to offer. I chose the Clearshot, and paid $175.99 plus tax.

Things I like about the Summit Clearshot Tree Stands: The Clearshot provides light weight and comparatively quiet setup.

What I don't like about the Summit Clearshot: Insufficient hardware for assembly. Very bulky, does not pack in compact form. Huge cushion, but uncomfortable seating. Very noisy while climbing.

Tree Stands Clearshot quality: Seat mounts did not properly align and needed compression to fit bushings. Summit provided the wrong hardware to attach the seat to the stand. The mount calls for 1/4 x 2" bolts, but 1-1/2" long bolts were provided. Construction is sound.

Clearshot summary: The Clearshot may be Summitís solution to simplifying the hunting experience, but little or no thought went in to ensuring practicality. The Clearshot provides light weight and comparatively quiet setup. After that, I see very few positives. My Clearshot is going back to the store.

Rating for this Summit product: 2

Author of this review on Summit Tree Stands: Joe Hyder

Date: 2004-12-05

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