Tethrd Mantis Tree Saddle

Been getting tons of questions lately about new mobile tree stands, climbing sticks, and tree saddles.  I’ll discuss the saddles we’ve used on today’s blog. We’ll talk climbing sticks and tree stands soon as well.

Tethrd Mantis Saddle

We started using a tree saddle last fall. This was our first year using a saddle and going into it we had tons of reservations. Could we shoot out of one? Was it comfortable? Is it safe? All questions we’d asked ourselves prior to trying one. I decided to try several different brands to see which one fit best and began to experiment throughout the fall. We tested each one and weighed the pros and cons. Click here if you’d like to see Zach’s hunt from Alabama using the saddle.

Our favorite was the Tethrd Mantis. It’s the lightest way to hunt from a tree that I’m aware of AND it’s comfortable. Coupled with the platform, it’s the ticket for mobile hunting. The saddle itself weighs around 1 pound. Add the platform, straps, and a few accessories and your at roughly 5 pounds for the setup (not including your climbing system).

Shooting out of one was not a big deal but I’d recommend practicing in the yard before heading to the woods. One common concern we’ve been getting from viewers is “What do you do with all the ropes? Do they get in the way?” We did have issues with ropes on some of the older saddles but not this one. You can add small pouches to the sides for any type of accessories (including your lineman’s rope). It helps keep everything out of the way until you need it. There is also a ton of adjustment built into the saddle so you can tweak to fit.

The Platform

The saddle is awesome but the platform is the real game changer in my opinion. It folds up into a small profile that’s easy to fit into a backpack and is very easy to install on the tree compared to a stand. Since the saddle is supporting most of your weight, you can push off on either side of the platform to shoot around the tree. No safety concerns either. We’ve installed them on trees of all sizes and they are rock solid.

Predator Platform

Don’t get me wrong, I love hunting from tree stands but after using one of these last fall, don’t be surprised if you see us in saddles more this year. They are great for trees with thick branches. Also much easier to pack in long distances and hang quickly vs. a tree stand.

Keep in mind I was extremely skeptical out of the gate but after giving them a try it’s easy to see why more folks are using saddles.  – Aaron

1 Comment

  • Nick Sliat,

    I hunted exclusively out of a saddle for around 10 years, and there were certainly situations where no equal could be found. I found that on the deer I was hunting in public ground there was a big hole in the saddle strategy.
    If the deer came from where it was supposed to, no issue. If deer came in from behind me where I could not see, movement and identification would become problematic. The ability to position the tree between you and the animal is second to none, but when you need to see behind you there is no cover for movement like in a stand. I also wondered how many deer I might have spooked that I didn’t see/hear/smell because I moved a little/stretched and was picked off.
    I now use a hybrid system. I carry my treestand and lightweight steps and have modified my saddle to be a pack system. When I get to the tree, I have a very secure lineman’s harness and tie off at hunting height to ensure shooting opportunities. I do this to see if I need to get higher/lower, what side of the tree to sit in and secure adequate cover.
    Love your video series. Keep up the good(hard) work. Hope this helps anyone who reads.

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