Cranky Hunt'n Gear Model CS5000 Tree Steps and Holster Review:
This is a pretty neat concept that works great - on soft wood trees. These steps come in a holster that holds them in place and on your hip and keeps them from rattling around like conventional steps can do. When used on the right tree, these steps can be put in very fast and they really hold their position. What I ran into was an issue with a big old cottonwood tree and a big oak tree. It was difficult to get these steps to stick in far enough to grip in when you put the ratchet on the screw. These were used on aspen and pine trees on a Colorado elk hunt and they worked great. The ratchet wrench works well, until you drop it. I would love these steps if I lived where there were more softwood trees. I would use these all the time.