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Offline DanielB89

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Millennium M100U stand review
« on: November 03, 2016, 10:39:00 AM »
I searched through here and didn't turn up a whole lot and thought I would do a brief review of MY thoughts on the stand.  I have recently went to about 90% lock on and my other stands (Leverage and something else) left A LOT to be desired.  I had heard great things about how comfortable the M100U was, so I purchased one on our annual 'tax free' weekend.  

First off,
I want to start with the stand specs.
Capacity: 300 lbs
Weight: 11.5 lbs
Platform: W 20” D 38”
Seat Size: W 20” D 17”
Seat Height: 17”

The stand came with the chain receiver.  I asked about that before and also purchased a ratchet strap receiver.  To test both to see what I liked or didn't.  

I took it out of the box and was pleased to see that it was hunt ready.  Absolutely no assembly required.  After reading all the hype about comfort, I strapped the chain link receiver to the first tree I could and put my rump in the seat.  Initial impression: WOW!!! I am not a guy who can sit all day, but I definitely could in this stand.  

The next time my rump found itself in this stand, it was in a hunting scenario.  Set up was as easy as anything ever.  I love the receiver system where I don't have to fight the stand the hang it.  I simply wrap the chain around the tree and hook it back in.  slide the receiver down a little to create tension, then set your stand in.  some guys take the time to use a ratchet strap around the bottom, but I have not taken the time yet.  I simply set the stand in and start climbing in.  **i have read where the stand would shift if you stepped on the side as compared to the middle if the bottom wasn't strapped in, so I was sure to step as middle as possible**.  

Once in I never felt like it was unsafe or un-secure in the least bit.  the stand never shifted, never slid, etc.  Have I mentioned how comfortable this stand is?  

A few more added features that I really liked.  I love how the platform is so far from the tree. With the seat being wider, that is essential.  I could take a shot on an animal that is on either side of the tree right behind me.  When the seat is in the UP position, there is a piece of shock chord that keeps it in place.  With it in up position, the seat was the perfect height for me to take a little weight off by resting on it.

I much prefer the ratchet strap system to the chain, but I do believe both of them have their purpose.  I left the chain receiver hanging in AR and its nice to know that it for sure will never be a liability.  I wouldn't have the same confidence with the ratchet strap after a year of it hanging there.

Now for the bad(not bad though).
I didn't like how the main beam of the stand was hollow.  It helped magnify noise should you hit it walking in or hanging the stand. This is really one of the only complaints I have.  It's a minimal complaint imo and I plan to combat it by putting some spray foam in it to see if that helps.


Overall, I am VERY pleased with the stand and have already looked into getting another. I am interested in seeing how the lighter versions like the M7 are in the comfort category.  I really like the full Chair that the one I currently have has.  


I hope this was helpful.

Daniel
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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2016, 11:25:00 AM »
I agree with your review!!
Awesome stand!
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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2016, 11:55:00 AM »
I bought 2 this year and they are nice stands

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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2016, 12:47:00 PM »
Great stand very comfortable

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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2016, 01:26:00 PM »
Great review. They are my favorite stands and easy to hang.
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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2016, 02:30:00 PM »
Hello from south La...

Thanks for posting such a thorough review. Big help for prospective owners.

I've had two of them...have sold them both now. I'm 6ft 190#.
The issues I had:

Never could contact the tree to rest my head/neck. Unless I put a jacket or something back there. That made for wobblehead often, since the rest of the stand is so comfy as to encourage sleep.

The 12.5# listed weight was way off. Without the receiver, right out the box, was over 16 on my hanging digital scale. Called Mil mgmt, big discussion, answer was initial computer design & specs called for 12.5, before it was sent to China for builds. No telling what happened there, they use what they got.

I did like the seat flip up tiny bungie holders, no flop down in heat of battle.

Really it's a nice stand, just didn't fit my particular needs and preferences.

I didn't see you mention using their cam-over technique for the block/chain. Were you able to try that? Sure gets it tight.

Thanks again, in no way dissing your review. Please keep em coming.
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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2016, 02:46:00 PM »
I am a big proponent of the Milliniums. I also have the collapsible stool (blind chair) . It's like sitting in a lay-z-boy.  Just amazing
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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2016, 03:03:00 PM »
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Originally posted by Mark Normand:
Hello from south La...

Thanks for posting such a thorough review. Big help for prospective owners.

I've had two of them...have sold them both now. I'm 6ft 190#.
The issues I had:

Never could contact the tree to rest my head/neck. Unless I put a jacket or something back there. That made for wobblehead often, since the rest of the stand is so comfy as to encourage sleep.

The 12.5# listed weight was way off. Without the receiver, right out the box, was over 16 on my hanging digital scale. Called Mil mgmt, big discussion, answer was initial computer design & specs called for 12.5, before it was sent to China for builds. No telling what happened there, they use what they got.

I did like the seat flip up tiny bungie holders, no flop down in heat of battle.

Really it's a nice stand, just didn't fit my particular needs and preferences.

I didn't see you mention using their cam-over technique for the block/chain. Were you able to try that? Sure gets it tight.

Thanks again, in no way dissing your review. Please keep em coming.
I have not used the cam-over technique.  I will look into that.  It would have helped if I read the directions before hand huh?!  

Thank you for your input.  You reminded me of a great point.  

This stand was heavier than advertised by quite a good bit.  But I find its far more important to have a stand that packs good than is super light.  IMO, this stand packs phenominal.  Even with the standard straps that come on it with 4 sticks and my pack that usually has a change of clothes, a camera, and anything else I may need.
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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2016, 04:26:00 PM »
sorry I was mistaken. mine is the 60U. very close just without the back rest seat

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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2016, 07:30:00 PM »
I have one. Only problem is it so comfortable it is hard to stay awake in it. Because of that I would not suggest using it without a safety harness.

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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2016, 09:55:00 PM »
They advertise 11 1/2 pounds but on a good scale it weighs 14 1/2 plus the bracket and chain add another 2 1/2 pounds.  That's 5 1/2 pounds over what they advertise.  I sent them a email but only hear crickets.  They know what they are doing false advertising.  I still like the stand and have made a few changes.  I installed a lone wolf bracket to the top behind the seat.  That has locked the stand to the tree rock solid.  Plus I used a lone wolf strap instead of the racket strap.

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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2016, 10:03:00 PM »
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Originally posted by T Sunstone:
They advertise 11 1/2 pounds but on a good scale it weighs 14 1/2 plus the bracket and chain add another 2 1/2 pounds.  That's 5 1/2 pounds over what they advertise.  I sent them a email but only hear crickets.  They know what they are doing false advertising.  I still like the stand and have made a few changes.  I installed a lone wolf bracket to the top behind the seat.  That has locked the stand to the tree rock solid.  Plus I used a lone wolf strap instead of the racket strap.
Do share your modifications...
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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2016, 11:38:00 PM »
Lowrider stated "I have one. Only problem is it so comfortable it is hard to stay awake in it. Because of that I would not suggest using it without a safety harness."

I wouldn't use any stand without a harness
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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2016, 12:28:00 PM »
Daniel,how much does the 4 sticks weight?
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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2016, 05:08:00 AM »
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Originally posted by T Sunstone:
They advertise 11 1/2 pounds but on a good scale it weighs 14 1/2 plus the bracket and chain add another 2 1/2 pounds.  That's 5 1/2 pounds over what they advertise.  I sent them a email but only hear crickets.  They know what they are doing false advertising.  I still like the stand and have made a few changes.  I installed a lone wolf bracket to the top behind the seat.  That has locked the stand to the tree rock solid.  Plus I used a lone wolf strap instead of the racket strap.
Do share your modifications... [/b]
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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2016, 05:10:00 AM »
Are you talking about the batwing bracket?  How did you install it?

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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2016, 09:54:00 AM »
East Coast Archer. I use a harness with all of my stands as well as tying into a tether rope at ground level before going up. Only way to be safe.

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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2016, 10:39:00 AM »
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Originally posted by DanielB89:
 I am interested in seeing how the lighter versions like the M7 are in the comfort category.  I really like the full Chair that the one I currently have has.  

Daniel
In my reply I forgot to mention the M7... got one last year and its my go-to mobile lock-on with 4 LW sticks with rope instead of straps/buckles, and extender steps. About 18# grand total, sticks stacked and strapped on sideways gives a flat profile easy to slip thru woods.

The M7 is perfect after I dropped the receiver system, added a LW V-bracket, and just use one good strap. I install the strap on tree, slip stand tongue in, and tighten up...Goes up fast and quiet. Its great for a 3-4 hour hunt.

Compared to the M7, it's been MY experience that if a deer is close to you before you see it while in the M100u, can be tough to go thru all the movements to stand and shoot without detection. Certainly can be offset if hidden in tree canopy, or spot deer out further. Just something to plan for and think about ahead of time.
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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2016, 03:03:00 PM »
Great review bud, I am looking at buying a few more Millennium stands between now and next season. You mentioned the M7 so I thought I would just add on to your review for the M7.

I bought one a few weeks ago an M7. I am working on putting together a ultra light fixed stand and climbing system for the 2017 season. I have hunted the M7 a few times now and I am very pleased with it so far. Here are the quick pros and cons.

Pros:
Light. The stand weighs in at a mere 8.5 pounds
Uses the receiver system and comes with a strap style receiver
Also includes a "Safe Link" security rope so you can stay hooked up from the time you leave the ground till you touch terra-firma again.
Very comfortable. The seat makes it easy to sit all day even in this small stand. Yes you will have to stretch your legs every now and then but overall very comfortable
If you need to shoot at an angle in the stand and require the additional room the seat folds up easily and silently against the tree giving you a much larger open area than the small footprint of the stand would suggest.

Cons:
Not many. In fact the only con I have so far is the small platform would make it nearly impossible to shoot 360 degrees if you are a longbow guy like me at least. Perhaps with a shorter longbow or recurve it would be possible. I simply choose my location and my tree so that the odds of this being a factor are at a minimum.

Overall a great stand and I look forward to using it a lot more next season. For now I am still trying to make a final decision on the climbing sticks I will purchase for use with this stand.

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Re: Millennium M100U stand review
« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2016, 06:01:00 PM »
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Daniel,how much does the 4 sticks weight?
I have 2 different sets.  The heavier ones are around #12 for 4-32" sticks and the lighter ones are around #10 for 4.
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