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Gorilla Greyback Tree Stands

Tree Stands Manufacturer: Gorilla
Gorilla Model: Greyback
Review Category: Tree Stands

Purchase: Tree Stands Purchased from Gander Mountain in November 2007 for $150.00 I was looking for my 1st climber with price and quality as primary concerns. Tester’s specifications: Age: 55 Height: 6’2” Weight: 180 lbs. Waist: 34 inches Boot size: 12 Dates tested: November 17-19, 2007 Testing conditions Weather: Dry, 30 to 50 degrees, calm to breezy (0-15 mph). Location: State forests in Saginaw & Gratiot counties of Michigan. Trees tested: Maple, Oak & Poplar. Tree widths: 18-20 inches. Heights: 12 to 35 ft. Usage times: 6, 5, 5 & 3 hours.

Things I like about the Gorilla Greyback Tree Stands: The ease of climbs and descents; while seated or standing. Low profile once packed for transport. Enclosed cables within framework. Aggressive teeth in frame; holds stand very secure. Body harness easily adjustable and stays in place during daily activities.

What I don't like about the Gorilla Greyback: Skimpily padded backpack straps. Narrow seat area. Light-weight, cheap plastic D-pin holding cables. No padded seat. Having to strap feet into position with light-weight bungee cord.

Tree Stands Greyback quality: Frame assembly is held into position with enclosed cable system, locking D-pin and aggressive teeth in the back of frame. All of these features make this stand a very safe and secure unit.

Greyback summary: Grades Tree stand: B Body harness: B+ Tree strap tether was easy to thread, even with gloved hands, open and close during use. A couple of the plastic holding cables for the D-pins broke the first day, but if you are careful to keep them in sight or buy extras, loosing them should not be a problem. Although, I felt quite secure in the Greyback model, I did not find it comfortable along the sides of my hips, which is possibly due to the hinged folding arms on 18-20 in. trees. This is a good solid and low profile stand.

Rating for this Gorilla product: 4

Author of this review on Gorilla Tree Stands: Jerry Barz, Saginaw, Michigan

Date: 2007-12-01

Usefulness Rating: 4.7 out of 5.
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