There are some significant differences in setup and execution between this chair and your minimalist saddles. But you can leave the knee pads, fancy platforms, and anything else you might do to try and get comfortable at home. Two ameristeps under each foot and one on backside of the tree and you're in business.
I'll give a more thorough initial evaluation, but I put four miles or so through really rough terrain with the hybrid and gear with a total weight of 28lbs, and it was plenty comfortable. I had a saddle newbie with me, so we set up in the tree together so I could help him out. I've been in possession of the rig for less than 24 hours, and it was my first time in the woods with it. Setup was just like the web, but it would be very easy for a first timer to dial it in. I scooted right up the tree, set platform, and coached him perched up in my producer's chair haha.
Ok guys, quick up and down a tree with the Hybrid. I chose this tree to hopefully show the versatility of the stand. I would never hunt one with this much of a lean in saddle, unless it was necessary. But because of the stable, seated nature of the hybrid, you could hunt any side of this tree if you really wanted to with no issues.
- Kyle Roger
Unfortunately, all I saw were a couple does, so I did not take a shot. Looking forward to many more hunts. I have been using the original Guidos web for several years, and I believe the Hybrid is a little more maneuverable in the tree. It seems to not be quite as restrictive. I have a trophy line tree saddle also, but never enjoyed the hip pinch and the need for knee pads. The Hybrid or the original Guidos Web are like a Cadillac compared to that style.
Good luck and happy hanging!
- Craig W
I received mine today, did a little test sitting in it at ground level today. I'll try to do my own full review of it in the next week or so when I get some free time and get a little more sit time in it, but wanted to give my first impressions.
Looks to be very well made, great attention to detail. The shoulder straps are very comfortable. I can definitely see how you could use it as a sudo pack frame... I put 24 pounds of gear between the back rest and the seat and it actually carried very comfortably, I only walked around with it for about 5 minutes however.
Strapped to a tree.. this thing is comfy! I have used the original Web fairly extensively over the years, in my opinion this stand is just as comfortable. It is easy to adjust your height and seat angle to get the perfect level of comfort as well as adjust the back rest to your liking (you can change this very easily throughout your hunt as well), sit straight up or get a little ghetto lean going on if you want. The adjustable whale tail is a nice touch that lets you get perfect comfort based on your liking or the tree your using... notice how I keep using the word "comfort"? The mesh seating and resulting air flow make this much cooler than the original as well.
I have a feeling this bad boy is going to fit into my arsenal very well.