Montie Gear Tree Hook Review

Posted by admin On November - 14 - 2011

I’ve gotta confess: I never thought I’d be ‘raving’ about a tree hook. In fact, I wasn’t quite sure that I’d ever really know what a ‘tree hook’ was or did, and when my good friend Dave asked me to try one out and write a review for NortheastHunting.com, the biggest question I had was whether or not I could also use it during my brother’s bachelor party/camping trip/ManFest at the end of the summer. “I guess so,” he said, with a quizzical look, clearly (and correctly) skeptical of my understanding of tree hooks and their purpose(s).

This thing has a Spartan, functional aesthetic that seems common to most of the Montie Gear product line. I personally like the look and strength of the steel-cable-tethered tree bite, which allows the tree hook to sit flush against almost any tree with an OD greater than your forearm.

The EPDM (synthetic rubber) bumper material is very robust, and is attached super securely; the anodized aluminum metal tree hook frame felt and proved to be extremely strong yet lightweight as well. My only criticism of the product at face value is the nylon strap and plastic CSR buckle, which look a bit cheap and after-the-fact compared to the rugged and intelligent design of the rest of the hook itself. These, too, however proved to work just fine and never once came unclasped or frayed after an aggregate of two weeks’ solid use now.

What did I/we use the Montie Gear Tree Hook for on our camping trip, exactly? Well, let’s just say we never actually got around to hanging a proper compound bow from its well-supported arm. We did, however, use it as a foothold to tie one corner of a tarp to a tree for a campsite canopy shade.

We used it to facilitate “tree chin ups,” reps of which were doled out as punishment for misbehaving at the campsite. We hung water storage bags from it for washing pots and pans, we hung wet gear and wet clothing from it after a rainstorm… In fact, we probably put that poor tree hook through more wear and tear than it would ever otherwise see, or was probably designed for.

And you know what? It didn’t even flinch. Not only was the hook still intact, still structurally uncompromised, but also I was so impressed that I brought it with me into the woods for a couple stands during the early weeks of the Maine hunting season as a rifle support.

Never got to fire a shot off of the bumper arm, but it was still a comfort knowing that I could set my .30-06 comfortably there without having to worry about it falling off. It packed up neatly and quickly, and was easy to set up and secure quietly in the wee hours of the November mornings as well.

Quality ()

Save for the aesthetic ‘mismatch’ of the nylon strap and plastic buckle vs. the cast aluminum/steel cable/EPDM rubber of the tree hook itself, this product brags of and delivers top quality construction. It performed exceptionally against all load-bearing exercises quoted above (both in- and outside of its initial use designs), and is still very much alive and kicking, ready to be put to use again. The additional ‘underhook’ hanger at the bottom of the tree hook is a very smart forethought, and allowed us to use it to its fullest potential.

Reliability ()

After putting all of my 200lb self onto the hook whilst setting up our campsite, and being pleased NOT to hear the shearing of nylon, the snapping of plastic, or the wrenching of aluminum in product failure, I’d have to call this product perfectly reliable. As mentioned before it’s a perfect example of some Montie Gear that does EXACTLY what it claims and is designed to do—no more, no less.

Price/Value ()

Probably my only strong criticism in this review is the price: at about $35 this thing is nothing to scoff at… and though it’s a bit painful to spend the equivalent of two 30-racks of Natty Light on a piece of metal that is designed simply to hang stuff up in a tree, its quality is superb, and I’m sure the responsible user will see a LONG product lifetime.

Referability ()

Not knowing many other ‘tree hooks’ per se, I’d certainly refer this product. I would, however, caution the prospective buyer on the steep price… if this thing could be sold for like $15-20 it would be an absolute no-brainer!

One Response to “Montie Gear Tree Hook Review”

  1. Alex says:

    What a great idea. Not having to screw anything into the tree saves time and does not harm the tree. I agree with the Author, if this was available for $20 bucks, I think their sales would take off.