I use all three. Each have their own strengths, but I guess I would prefer a hang-on stand because once they’re up, all you do is walk up and climb, yet they’re still portable enough to adjust locations easily.
I use climbers and hang ons. Just started using hang ons a couple years ago, with climbing sticks. What a treat! Just an easy walk to the stand, and climb on in! No sweaty walk in with a stand on your back. Of course, I do all my sweating in August putting them up! Of course you better do your scouting well to find the best location.
Bought one of those Equalizer (self leveling) climbers last year, and it’s quite a bit lighter than the API Grand Slam. At my age it’s getting harder to lug a heavy climber very far into the woods. I’m waiting for someone to develop a stand up/sit down climber out of carbon fiber that would weigh about 6lbs for the whole kit and that you could carry all day and never feel it!
It's not how far you shoot, but how close you get.
I mostly use a climber, but like a hang-on for gnarly trees, and use a ladder for my son (and when I need to get on a tree over 2 feet in diameter.
Where I hunt I have to set up and take down almost every day, so a climber is convenient – but I am thinking about a new hang-on to make it easier when I take my son with me (he’ll use my climber rather than the Heavy ladder stand).
I voted hang on but I have and use, on a regular basis, all 3 types.
the hang ons are my preferred stand. It’s so much more convienant to walk into the woods and climb into a stand.[/color:t3o6w6yx]
That being said, there is more homework involved with placing one.[/quote:t3o6w6yx]
i use climber only. wish i could leave a hang-on, on public land. does wonders for stealth mode. this year i’m going to camp and bow hunt, so i can at least leave my stand at the base of the tree in the dark, and get there in the dark before someone steals it.