Best Tripod Deer Stand Reviews of 2017 – 2018
A tripod stand for deer hunting is ideal if there’s no trees around for you to setup a stand, and are in need of a free-standing option. You get all the benefits of a tree stand but you can set the tripod up anywhere you like. As the name suggests, these are essentially tripods with a seat at the top of them. Sometimes there will just be a seat attached to the top of the stand, other models will have a platform which the seat will sit on top of.
Ultimately you want to ensure that the deer tripod stand you purchase is stable, has a comfortable seat, easy to setup, lightweight and have a quality design. With that in mind, let’s have a look at our reviews of the best tripod deer stand available in 2017 – 2018.
Top 5 Rated Models Comparison Table
Millenium Treestands t100
Guide Gear 12” Tripod
Gear Guide 13”
Reviews of The Best Tripod Deer Stand of 2017 - 2018
#1. Millenium Treestands t100
Our Top Choice for a Tree Stand is the Millenium Treestands T100. It measures in at 10 feet tall, and is built of an all-aluminum construction, with a powder-coated finish. Each of the three legs features a non-sink, no-slip foot to keep it firmly planted on the ground. While all three legs fold up and telescope for easy moving, one leg is adjustable, letting you find the perfect height and configuration on uneven ground. The patented ComfortMax Seat spins 360 degrees for an unobstructed view in any direction, and comes with a footrest for keeping yourself secure. Lastly, the whole thing weighs only 36 pounds – which is the lightest on our list, making it a manageable weight for carrying around and hunting.
The Treestands T100 is easily one of the sturdiest, most durable tree stands you will find, with a capacity of 300 pounds. It can be easily folded up and carried over one shoulder, with your gun or bow on the other. While it is not the cheapest option available, it is a high-quality, sturdy and easy-to-transport tree stand.
- Quality aluminum construction
- Lightweight – 36 pounds
- 360-degree swivel chair
- More expensive - for good reason
#2. Guide Gear 12” Tripod
If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, the Guide Gear 12’ Tripod is much more affordable than the Millenium T100. It’s built from a sturdy steel construction, stands 12 feet high, and has a capacity of 300 lbs. The 360-degree swivel chair features a cushioned backrest, padded armrests (who said the outdoors can’t be comfortable?), as well as a stationary shooting rail, which keeps your rifle steady and helps ensure you don’t miss that shot. The 3 foldable legs fold up for easy transport.
The Guide Gear, however, is not light. Thanks to its steel build and height, it weighs a hefty 66 lbs, and can be difficult to carry around frequently. Unlike the Treestands T100, for example, it requires a good deal of effort to carry and setup, and is probably best used as a more permanent chair, set up and moved every once in a while. For a cheaper chair that can still handle a good bit of weight, the Guide Gear 12’ is a good choice.
- 12 feet high
- Extremely heavy-duty, steel construction
- Foldable legs for carrying around
- Heavier -66 lbs
This 15-foot tall tripod from Ameristep is one of the tallest hunting tripods you’ll find. With a large, octagonal platform at the top on which to stand, it’s more comfortable than other chairs, affords more room for maneuvering, and gives a full 360-degree view of your surroundings; a shooting rail all the way around gives you some security as well as a stable surface on which to steady your rifle. The seatback and armrests are padded (again, who said hunting can’t be comfortable?) with camo fabric. If you’d like even more cover and concealment, you can drape the railing and platform with a camouflage hunting blind.
While the considerable height of this tripod allows for great range and visibility, it also makes it difficult to transport and set up. The whole setup comes in at about 160 pounds – too much for carrying around the woods with you. But that’s not really what it is meant for - It’s much better as a semi-permanent setup, moved periodically, but not every day. And despite the hefty build, it doesn’t hold quite as much of a load as other tripods; some hunters have found it a bit shaky, even at lighter loads, due to its height. It is, otherwise, easy to assemble and has excellent height for hunting.
- 15’ tall for expansive 360-degree view
- Platform allows you to stand and move around
- 360-degree shooting rail
- Very heavy – 160 pounds. Not good for moving around
- Can be shaky for its weight and height
#4. Gear Guide 13”
This 13’ foot tall hunting stand from Gear Guide is similar to the 15’ by Ameristep, only 2 feet smaller in stature. It’s built from seriously heavy-duty welded steel, and weighs in at about 112 pounds. A powder coating prevents rust and corrosion; unfortunately, there is no coating on the bolts and nuts, which seem to rust very quickly. Like the Ameristep, it has a platform on which to stand, or rest your feet while sitting in the comfy, padded seat, that swivels 360 degrees around. A rail surrounds the platform for a level of safety and for resting your rifle. Each of the 3 steel legs features 6-adjustable positions, ensuring stability on uneven ground.
Again, like the Ameristep, the Gear Guide 13’ isn’t meant to be carried around the woods with you; it’s far too heavy and too cumbersome. It can take some time to put together properly, but when ready, it’s a solid platform with a capacity of 300-lbs. A good, mid-price option for a hunting platform.
- 13’ tall; 300-lb capacity
- Welded steel build, powder-coating
- 360-degree swivel chair
- Each leg adjusts to 6 positions
- Very heavy – 122 lbs
- Not portable
#5. Sniper Sentinel
Coming in at 13” feet tall, the Sniper Sentinel is another sturdy tripod, built from rugged, coated steel and with a weight capacity of 300 pounds. Unlike some of the other taller tripods, like the Ameristep 15’ and Gear Guide 13’, it only weighs 66 lbs, which makes carrying and repositioning it doable, if not a little cumbersome. It features a 360-degre swivel chair, with padded back and armrests. There is a circular footrest, but the Sentinel does not have a platform for standing on, nor is it surrounded by a shooting rail; instead, a flip-up shooting rail swings up and down from the chair.
So while the Sniper Sentinel doesn’t quite have the platform and spaciousness of other tripods, it makes up for it by being far lighter and portable. Assembly and takedown is relatively easy, and you can set it up almost anywhere. The 3 folding legs are not individually adjustable, but lock into place for firm stability. In fact, it strikes a good balance between smaller and lightweight chairs, such as the Millenium Treestands T100, and the taller, heftier options, such as the Ameristep 15’. It’s is available for a relative bargain compared to the other tree stands on our list, as well.
- 13’ tall
- Lighter – 66 lbs
- Flip-up shooting rail
- Weight Capacity – 300 LBS
- Legs are not individually adjustable
Final Word on The Reviews of the Best Deer Stand Tripod
You should now gravitate towards a tripod stand for your deer hunting now hopefully. As mentioned above, our pick for the best tripod deer stand is the Millennium model. If you’re serious about your deer hunting then this should be your selection, however, if you’re looking for something a bit cheaper and more budget friendly, then there’s plenty of options on the list for you. Just remember to take into consideration the points we have mentioned above about what to look for in a great model.
Go out there now and give yourself the advantage over the deer with whatever stand you do choose!