The hang-on tree stand or lock-on tree stand is one of the most popular because of its versatility. It comprises a seat and a footrest that are attached to the tree; however, they also require a method to climb the tree such as climbing steps or a climbing stick.
The steps can be screw in types or strap types.
This type of stand is versatile because it is relatively light [10-20 pounds] and can be used in most trees. The weight variation is due to the size of the seat and footrests.
The cheaper, lighter models have small unpadded seats and footrests, which can be very uncomfortable if you are spending many hours sitting in your stand. The larger padded seat models are much more comfortable for the extra weight that is added.
The advantages of this tree stand are:
- Weight – light to medium weight
- Can be used in most trees
- It is also very quiet once it is hung
- Easy to carry to/from the hunting area
The disadvantage is that you need to carry steps or a climbing stick [or several] as well in order to hang the stand and then access it.
Climbing sticks are portable and can be quickly secured to the tree, but can be bulky to carry.
Tree stand steps can be light and compact, however take time to screw in or attach with straps.