If it is ur first go around with a climbing stand I would recommend a sit n climb (something with a fixed front rail) style. The open fronts on hand climbers are awesome for bow hunters but are ten to one more difficult to climb with in my opinion. Couple that with inexperience and you could be setting urself up for failure. I tried out all my buddies stands before buying and ended up with an aluminum API that has a closed rail. I bow hunt from it without issue as well as in the couple of hand climbers I have had and gotten rid of also.