Once you have decided on the type of tree stand you need, the next consideration is the level of comfort you need.
- Hang on tree stand. As these stands are only a seat and a footrest, they offer limited comfort. The most important part is the seat and the level of padding it has. The cheaper models have minimum padding, so the price may be initially attractive, but that will soon wear off after a few hours sitting on them. The seat should be able to fold up or down, so you can alternate between the sitting and standing position
- Climbing tree stand. These types of stands offer a high level of comfort, from a basic chair to a soft, comfortable lounge type of seat. Check the size of the seat to ensure it will accommodate the size of your body. They can come with a variety of features such as shooting rails, foot rests, camo padding, detachable gear bags, multiple seating positions and heights, sit down and stand up climbing, and extra wide seats
- Ladder tree stand. The ladder stand is basically a seat attached to a ladder. The level of comfort is determined by the seat size and padding on the base and armrests. They can come as 1 or 2 person stands.
To further increase the comfort with all stands, you can get protection from the weather above you and around you. The protection above you is like an awning or umbrella. It can either attach to your stand, or to the tree to keep most of the rain, snow and sleet off your body.
The protection around you is like a skirt encircling the stand. It may also provide protection from the wind below blowing up through the stand.
They obviously also provide concealment.