Product Reviews

Summit Viper SD


Very few hunting products have withstood the test of time. The Summit Viper SD is one of these rarities and with few changes to this legendary climber, it continues to be the gold standard for crossbow hunters.

The original Viper was constructed of steel but demand for a lighter unit inspired Summit to develop the Viper SD. While identical in dimension and toughness the SD now weighs only 20 pounds which makes it one of lightest climbing treestands in its class. The design is ideal for crossbow hunters as it’s a excellent balance of spaciousness, versatility, and weight. It also offers crossbow users the stability of a shooting rail for those that may prefer the additional steadiness.

These are features that have made it a staple for serious hunters but now we focus on the key features and innovations that continue to set this climber apart.

Quick Setup

Summit’s QuickDraw Cable system is the the fastest and quietest cable attachment system in the hunting world today.  Once the cable is sized for the tree diameter, all you have to do is insert the cable into the QuickDraw bracket of the suspension arm, pull the “trigger” and the cable securely locks into place.

Climber Cable

Sound Deadening

Noise reduction is vital while crossbow hunting all game and Summit has taken notice. Their Dead Metal sound deadening technology works by filling in critical parts of the platform with a custom engineered expanding foam to reduce unintentional noises caused by movement on the platform.

Viper SD Stirrups

Climb Faster

No more fiddling with foot straps that can easily come off or can be risky to put on. The Summit Viper SD uses there classic climbing stirrups to make navigating your ascent and decent that much easier. They are ergonomically shaped and adjustable to fit any boot.

Safety First

Summit uses high-quality extruded aluminum and their patented SummitLokt  technology that features precision welds for absolute rigidity and maximum strength.  Every joint is “locked” into place before welding and each joint is designed so the stress on the weld is minimized.  The result is a noise-free stand that is strong, safe and secure. Summit also includes a 4-point safety harness and 5 Year Warranty which shows you that they stand behind your product.

What’s included?
  • Aluminum 5 Channel Platform Frame with new Dead Metal – Sound Deadening Technology
  • Comfortable Foam Seat with Backrest
  • 2 x Coated Steel Climbing Cables
  • RapidClimb Stirrups
  • 3 – 16 inch Zippered Arm Pads
  • Camo Backpack Straps
  • Green Utility Strap & Stand Umbilical Rope
  • Mossy Oak Treestand Camo
  • Safety / Instructional DVD / 4 Point FAS (harness)
  • 5 Year Warranty
Specs: Summit Viper SD
  • Weight: 20 pounds
  • Construction: Aluminum
  • Climbing Tree Diameter: 8 to 20 inches in diameter
  • Seat Base Dimensions: 18 by 12 inches (WxL)
  • Backrest Dimensions: 12 by 20 inches (WxL)
  • Platform Area: 20 by 28.75 inches (WxL)
  • Seat Frame Size: 19.75 by 26.5 inches (WxL)
  • Maximum Weight Capacity: 300 pounds

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