I have a bunch of hang ons that I leave in all year. I just unscrew when I get down and screw back in to climb up. I use the cheap tree steps and I was looking for better options. The steps I use I bought from dicks and although they get me up the tree I figured if looked maybe I'd find better steps. I might eventually get the LW sticks but for now I'll be useing my steps. I found the ezy steps web site and they said they were self tapping and they looked ok so I bought one of each. They have a original step, deluxe step, folding step, a step with a rubber coating, removable steps and a t step. If your not familiar with these steps do a search and youll see what im talking about. If I was going to go the removable step route I'd get bear claws so I ordered the other 4 steps to try out. The folding step is nice but it's heavier and I'd rather not have 2 hingeson a step. The original was the lightest and the foldable screw was firm but easily pulled out into place to screw in. The deluxe screw hinge was loose and it flopped in and out and was a pita. And the coated step was....well a coated step. Although the rubber coated step made less noise it was heavier than my old cheap steps. As far as self tapping goes they were just a little better than my cheap steps. The t step was easy to "punch" into the tree and easy to screw in. However it only has a small surface area to climb on and your weight must be vertical. A standad step will push foward if you Space them too far apart. It's not a problem but if you do this with the t steps they will rotate and you will loose your footing. To be honest I might just stick to my original steps. I only tried the ezy steps in my yard so I'll give them another shot in the woods but it seems like there not a huge improvement. I found a stand in the woods and the guy had the removable bear claws attached to the tree. They were light and Folded nicely. I'm curious how many guys use these? What do you think of them ? I'd hate to have to use a wratchet to screw in screws before I can put steps on them. If I was going to use the same tree then they would be great otherwise I'd need a ton of screws. I will be useing a hang on and moving from property to property so all needs To go up and come down the same day. I know the sticks will do that but for the time being I'm useing spikes. I have my LW hand climber and a few sets up already this set up will be so that I can go anywhere and get into any tree at and time. So guys what spikes/steps do you use? If you use the bear claws how many trees do you have screws in? What do you like or dislike about them. There are plenty threads on climbing sticks but not so many on steps. It would be nice to see what you guys use and why. I know I'm horrible at exspaining things so if you have and questions about the ezy steps I'll be happy to answer them.