as someone who hunts public and private, ladders, climbers, hang ons, and now this season also a saddle...my thoughts. If I owned my own property and wasn't worried about theft, I'd hunt primarily out of ladder sticks with a Millenium-type hang on (using the EZ hang bracket.) They're quieter and just as safe as any ladder stand. Also semi-portable if you have time and space to move around pre- or even early season. Then, depending on tree choices; I'd keep a either a saddle + climbing sticks or a climber on hand in my truck or back at camp for switching it up on the fly if needed as deer activity and sign warrants. I really liked hunting out of a saddle this season, and I wasn't even what I would call "saddle shape". People's main concern regarding saddle hunting is usually having "the tree in front of me." I personally find that to be my favorite part. It's awesome to keep the tree between you and the deer. I think you can get away with a lot more movement. Another really nice thing about saddle and sticks is if you are hunting on the fly, you find a spot where it might be better to be on the ground (or it's your only real option) and it's really easy to tether up at ground level and the tree provides a lot of cover. DIY Hunter does this quite a bit in swamps and there's a river bottom crossing I found this year that looks like a prime spot for that tactic. My biggest issues with using a saddle were 1) I totally suck at climbing sticks; altho I got better as the season went on. I have to resign myself to the mantra that slow is smooth, smooth is fast( -ish.) and 2) when resting/putting weight on the sides of my knees on the tree, after a bit the nerve gets pressured and makes my lower leg fall asleep for a long time. Knee pads don't cover that area. I need to figure something out for that.