I had about decided to buy 1. Then my brother in law did. Glad I waited and found out the platform does not touch the tree but that little loop of metal does. I think the platform not touching and not able to put a strap around the tree at the platform leaves the stand just a little more shaky than when the platform touches the tree. For $120-$150 I think there is absolutely better stands out there. Many like it though and I hope you do also.