It's been a little over 2 months since my last post, so it's time for an update. I ordered the Sniper Outlaw tripod stand from Sportsmanguide.com. It was $179 plus I think about $30 for shipping. They have a special for members where there's the option to pay $45/month for 4 months. I went ahead and did that. https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/sniper-outlaw-16039-tripod-swivel-deer-stand?a=1952611
Shipping was pretty quick for an item of this size and weight. Got here in just under 1 week.
It came in 2 boxes. 1 weighed around 50lbs and the other around 60lbs. The top of the tall box looks like it may have been dropped, but all the parts inside them were just fine.
Assembly for the top part and the 3 legs took a couple of hours. But some of that time was spent setting everything up, getting the tools needed, opening the boxes, separating all the parts, etc.
Once I got going, it was pretty easy to do.
Here's the top part completed. The seat swivels 360* and doesn't make much sound when turning. The very small amount of sound it does make should be muffled by my hunting apparel and by the natural sounds of the great outdoors. The 37" base is fine for me. I'm hoping it'll be big enough to stand comfortably for a bow shot. On the floor to the left are the braces/supports for the legs.
Here are the legs. The climbing one will be in the front center. The other two go in the back. They went together using inserts and 4 bolts per insert. They feel very solid.
The rest of the assembly will be done at the spot this stand will go in. It will just be bolting the 3 legs to the platform, standing it up, then attaching the cross braces. Then I'll secure it with the provided steaks and I'll most likely add something else to make it even more secure, like ratchet straps.
One thing I am not too impressed with is how the shooting rail comes together. The shooting rail comes in 2 halves, which are connected by brackets. In the above pic, you can see how the two halves dip down where the bracket is. Everything is bolted down tight. There's just too much wiggle-room. The brackets should have been made to go inside the rail, not on the outside. Maybe some shims or a few beads of weld will keep it from moving. It's not a big deal, just don't want a nice buck scared off because my shooting rail moved!
Another complaint, more like annoyance, is that there are over 100 bolts and 100 nuts that come with this and come in several different sizes. They were all in one bag. It would have been great if they were packaged separately, by size.
Also, the seat padding is pretty thin. I'll be looking for a thicker fart-catcher to sit on so I don't get too uncomfortable.
So far I'm happy with this stand. I'll be sure to post more pics and thoughts on it after it's fully assembled.