API Outdoors Ultra-Steel 16' Deluxe Tripod Stand Review:
The API Outdoors 16' Deluxe Tripod is an excellent choice for an area that lacks trees to use a ladder or hanging stand. The tripod provides a comfortable seat and 360 degrees of viewing and shooting.
Assembly is OK. The manual isn't the best manual I have seen, but you can decipher enough from the pictures to get it assembled. Play close attention to bolt sizes. Some of the final steps require specific size / length bolts so make sure you use the correct ones early on! Also, the bolt head sizes varied on the same bolts. This may have been a production run issue, but it was annoying and cost us some time.
Once assembled, the tripod was relatively easy for 2 people to walk up and secure. I used my own netting for camouflage around the top of the stand. That worked OK.
I sat in this tripod through 20 - 30 mph winds in the middle of a CRP field in a 5 year old tree planting. I was basically out in the open, above the new trees. The stand shook a little on the big gusts, but was relatively stable.
For the most part, I was very comfortable in the chair and slowly swiveled around 360 degrees multiple times -- that came in real handy. The tripod is plenty high and gives you an excellent vantage point. It is also very quiet with no squeaking parts.
I have greatly enjoyed hunting out of the API Outdoors Deluxe Tripod. At a low cost, it gets you into a versatile stand that can be used where a ladderstand or hanging stand can't.