Haven’t purchased one yet. Does the jaw system help keep it fairly stable while climbing?Have you already purchased a stand? There are several companies that now have the jaw system to locks to the tree prior to you ever climbing. We use Xstand but there are others.
Do you know how tall it is?Walmart carries a stand now that uses locking Jaws, literally based off Lockjawz stands.
You erect the ladder stand and from the ground you can tighten the Jaws around the tree at the top of the stand.
I think realtree makes it sells for $98.
I'd pay it.
I do it the same way..i will prop the stand up against the tree and attach a ratchet strap to the ladder around the tree about 3 rungs up. then i will attach the support pole. then i attach another ratchet strap about two or three rungs above the support pole. by then it is as sturdy as its going to get. I will go ahead and get on the platform and attach it. as i come back down i will undo the last ratchet strap and incorporate the one that came with the stand at the support pole. get the last strap after i hit the ground. or if you like and you have ratchet straps coming out of your wazoo, you can just leave them attached. its a couple extra steps but its quicker than a trip to the ER.