The Tallest Ladder Stands in 2021

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The tallest ladder stands tend to range from 18’ – 22’.

The hunting community is quite divided on the subject, with many hunters claiming that wind, not the height of your stand, is ultimately the only factor you need to consider. That, and they say after 20’, the higher you get the more you have to worry about angles and shot placement. 

However, there are certainly situations where a really tall ladder stand comes in mighty handy. If there’s a high canopy, for example, you may need to go higher to find any cover. And if you’re hunting a hillside or in a hollow, then that extra height is definitely going to help you out. And some people like being higher up because they feel they can get away with more movement.

Whatever you reason though, I’ve gone out and researched the tallest ladder stands for you. I haven’t used all of them. But I spent hours and hours looking at specs and product availability so you don’t have to.

And it wasn’t as easy as I thought. Many of the tallest ladder stands seem to have been discontinued. Products like the Guide Gear Deluxe (25’), Ameristep Skyscraper (22’), Primal Mac Daddy Deluxe (22’), River’s Edge Upper Cut (21’), Ameristep Skyscraper (22’), and Summit Hex Tube (20.5’) all appear to have been discontinued

In fact, the tallest ladder stand I could find that was actually available to buy was the River’s Edge Lockdown 21′ (best price I could find was at Scheels, although it was also available at Sportsman’s Warehouse).

I’ve broken down a list of the next tallest ladder stands below. I’ve assumed that because standard ladder stands are in the 14’ – 18’ tange, a tall ladder stand is one that’s over 18’. You’ll see there’s quite a lot of choice at the 20’ mark. With only about 3 in the 18’ – 20’ range.

Hawk Big Denali 1.5 or the Hawk HigHorn (both at 20’) are probably the most comfortable of the tallest ladder stands.

At 18’ 6”, Big Game also have a couple of excellent options with the Riflemaster 1.5 and the Hunter HD 1.5.

The Tallest Ladder Stand – Rivers Edge Lockdown

This double ladder stand from River’s Edge is 21’ high and rated for 600lbs. It has a flip-up mesh seat, a tuck-away footrest and an adjustable shooting rail (length and height).

Weight & Set Up

As the tallest ladder stand on this list as well as being a 2 man stand, it might come as no surprise to discover that it is also the heaviest, weighing in at 129lbs. Setting it up will require 2-3 people. But once it’s in situ you’ll have yourself a rock solid platform.

Comfort

It’s got a really big platform, 42” wide by 32.5” deep. It’s not the absolute biggest platform out there (that accolade probably goes to the Bolderton 360) but you’ll be hard pushed to find many ladder stands that offer as much space.

At 42” x 16”, the seat size is fairly standard (although the back is 17” tall which is a bit low compared to other seats). It flips up to give you extra room for taking a shot. The front bar may restrict your blood flow a little but the mesh panels are comfortable and the overall reports from users suggest you can easily spend 6-7 hours in this stand.

Noise

Unfortunately a few folk report that River’s Edge ladder stands can be a bit squeaky. Most of the reports I read suggest that there are a lot of happy hunters out there who use and recommend River’s Edge ladder stands. But it’s worth being aware that some folk believe there are quieter tall ladder stands out there.

Or, it could simply be that the reports are a result of not setting the stands up properly. Using a ratchet strap to hold it tight to the tree would help. As would swapping the bolts and washers out for nylon ones to prevent as much metal-on-metal contact as possible. And, of course, oiling everything!

Where to buy…

You should be able to pick up a River’s Edge Lockdown from the following online stores:

20-Foot Ladder Stands

While the River’s Edge Lockdown is certainly the tallest ladder stand on this list, I’m not certain it’s necessarily the best. When it comes to comfort and noise, you may find yourself better off sacrificing a foot of height and going with one of these other ladder stands.

X- Stand The Duke 20

If I had to choose just one stand from this list, it would be The Duke 20. It’s possibly not as comfortable as the Hawk Big Denali 1.5 (I prefer mesh seating over a padded seat). But the features that make it sturdy, safe and probably make it the best tall ladder stand on the market.

It’s the attachment system that makes it really stand out from the competition. It’s one of the easiest ladder stands to assemble. The “jaw safety system” really helps fix it to the tree, ensures there’s no wobble when ascending or sitting and generally provides a sense of safety and security.

And all of that also means that it’s super, super quiet.

It’s 20’, weighs 79lbs and has capacity for 300lbs. 

Where to buy…

You should be able to pick up a Duke 20 from the following online stores:

Hawk Big Denali 1.5

This is an extremely popular tall ladder stand! Hawk have a really passionate following in the hunting community. It’s probably because they produce extremely high quality products that are comfortable, quiet and really good value.

The Big Denali 1.5 is 20’, roomy and really lightweight at just 65lbs. The wide, high-backed (24”) mesh seat means you can comfortably sit up there for a full day (and loads of people talk about how it’s the most comfortable ladder stand they’ve used). It’s a proper “all-day” tree stand.

Assembly is relatively straight forward, partially due to the lightweight nature of the stand. As with all ladder stands, set aside some time and get a buddy or two involved.

The only major issue I could find was stands occasionally being shipped without promised parts or arriving with parts that were damaged. It doesn’t sound like Hawk have the best reputation for customer service. My guess is that when they are pricing their stands at the bottom end of the market, you can’t have everything. And so perhaps, if customer service is important to you, you might want to spend a few more dollars.

Where to buy…

You should be able to pick up a Big Denali 1.5 from the following online stores:

Muddy Odyssey XTL

It’s 20’ tall and pretty lightweight at just 75lbs. The platform is 26” front-to-back and 18” width, so nice and deep. Padded armrests and padded (adjustable) shooting rail. Comes with nylon fixtures which are helpful for noise reduction. And all the safety gear is included.

Muddy have a great reputation for their tree stands and there are plenty of people who are very happy with this one man ladder stand. But it does have some mixed reviews, with the poorer reviews seeming to question the comfort, noise and customer service. 

So there might be quieter ladder stands out there, but if you get all the parts and have no quality control issues, there’s no reason why you couldn’t enjoy many successful seasons hunting out of this.

Where to buy…

You should be able to pick up a Muddy Odyssey XTL from the following online stores:

Others to Consider

Without wanting to overload the reader, there are a few other options that you may wish to consider:

  • Hawk Bighorn (20’) available at OpticsPlanet >>
  • Muddy Archer Nexus XTL (20’) available at Sportsman’s Guide and Optics Planet (as well as eBay)
  • X-Stand The Jayhawk (20’) available at Amazon, Sportsman’s Guide, Optics Planet and Walmart

18’-19’ Ladder Stands

These still count as tall ladder stands in my book, but are obviously not the tallest ladder stands. Still, they are worth looking at if the ones mentioned above aren’t suitable for any reason:

  • Bolderton Outlander 360
  • Big Game Riflemaster 1.5
  • Big Game Hunter HD 1.6