Good and Cheap: Comfort Zone Hunter Hang-On Treestand

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There is no better deal I know of in hang-on treestands than the Comfort Zone Hunter Hang-On, available at Dick's Sporting Goods stores or online at dickssportinggoods.com for a paltry $39.99. You can often find it on sale for $34.99. Let's be clear: There are better--much better--hang-ons. The Hunter requires complete assembly; it does not have backpacking straps; the platform is not huge at 20x24 inches; the seat is thin; and it does not attach to the tree as solidly as some.

But, this steel stand is reasonably light at 16.7 pounds (by my scale, ready to hunt); it is surprisingly quiet, with solid construction and plastic washers at virtually every contact point; it attaches plenty securely if you just fiddle with it a little; and unlike most cheapies, it features the same sort of quick-cinching strap (although more cheaply made) you find on spendier models, which makes for fast, easy hanging.

And did I mention it cost under $40! You can buy two, even three of them for the price of many other hang-ons. I've read complaints about a strong odor out of the box--but I've not had that problem. I own three of them--one the company sent me for testing and two others I bought at my local Dick's. I bowhunt from all of them without hesitation. Look, I'm cheap by nature, which means I've sat in a lot of bargain-basement hang-ons--but nothing this good at this price.

-Dave Hurteau