Published: 25 July 2017 
Last revised: 28 October 2017

The Big Dog BDL-1050 17.5′ Stadium Serie is a ladder stand which can fit two people and provide excellent support which is best for hunters who wish to keep their hunting stand in one place. Since it is a heavy design, this model is not recommended for hunters who need to walk long distances to set up a tree stand in the middle of the forest. The ladder stand is equipped with two separate safety harnesses, a footrest, shooting bars, and a sturdy steel ladder for you to climb up and down with ease.

As the name implies, this is also a great way to turn bad seats into excellent ones at a sports event, whether for tailgating or watching the game itself. The only bad side to doing this, of course, would be carrying the ladder stand there and back.

Safety features

If safety is your top priority, this ladder stand should be one of your top picks, as long as you and your shooting partner weigh under 500 lbs. With a platform elevating 20’ up in the air, this ladder stand also comes equipped with several ropes and harnesses to make sure that it securely stays in one place, either permanently or for long periods of time.

The stand can comfortably seat two people as long as they weigh under 500 lbs. together. If worse comes to worst, the stand is equipped with two 300-lb. capacity fall safety harnesses in case the stand ever broke. This shouldn’t be too much of a problem as the stand’s steel construction is sturdy enough to comfortably seat most people for long periods of time. If needed, you can always reference the included TMA safety video for further information on staying safe while you are using this ladder stand.

Limitations

As stated briefly, this model is not suitable for hunters who will be walking long distances to find a suitable place for setting up their tree stand. There are many lighter models that will be much more cost-effective and easy to carry if this is your style of hunting. However, if you have two people going on your hunting trip you could potentially split the weight of this ladder stand into two parts to allow you to carry the ladder without bearing too much weight.

In any case, this ladder stand is very effective when it serves in either a permanent or long-term position. Of course, you can always use this stand for short-term projects and placements, but as long as you are okay with the extra weight to carry around, this ladder stand might perfectly suit your needs.

Specifications

Having a ladder stand that can support weights up to 500 lbs and two people comes at a cost. If you are okay with having a design that is heavier than most other models, you might decide that this is the best ladder stand for your personal needs.

  • Patented model (Serial #29/268.658)
  • Foot platform dimensions (W x L): 13” x 53”
  • Curved seating dimensions (W x L): 37” x 16”
  • Seating height: 18’
  • Weight capacity: 500 lbs.
  • Shipping weight: 92 lbs.
  • Padded seating cushion with backrest
  • Padded arm rests
  • Padded shooting rail
  • Held in place by 4 ratchet straps
  • Ladder separated by pinned sections
  • Adjustable ladder support bar
  • 2 fall-safety harnesses Included
  • Meets TMA Safety Standards

Special features

The fact that this ladder stand can support two people who weigh up to 500 lbs. is what makes this design stick out from other models. With its curved seating design, two people can comfortably sit for hours to watch a game or for hunting on the padded seats and backrest. There are also padded foot rests and shooting rails to help hunters who want to comfortably shoot accurately and precisely.

Since this is a ladder stand and not a tree stand, the ladder stays in place permanently which can be unfortunate for hunters who wish to stay out of the game’s sight. The nice part about this sort of design is that it remains more stable and quiet if you need to move around for aiming. In the event of an accident, you should remain safe thanks to the included safety harnesses which collectively can support up to 600 lbs., or 300 lbs. per person.

What customers have said

Most customers who have purchased this ladder stand are satisfied with the quality of the product. The safety features, sturdy build, and space for two people tend to stick out as popular features. However, some have remarked that the shooting rail is a bit too low, that the parts can easily rust and decay, and that the cushions of the model could be a tad bit softer.

If you are careful with how you treat your ladder stand and make sure to eliminate any moisture from sitting on it for long periods of time you can get rid of the potential decay problem. Also, if you are creative and able to experiment with the parts there are many different ways to counter the potential problem that the shooting rail is too low. Short shooters will not have this problem.

Pros

  • Supports two people that weigh up to 500 lbs.
  • Sturdy and stays stable while in use thanks to the steel design.
  • The affordable price makes it competitive to similar models.

Cons

  • Heavy and hard to carry around.
  • Ladder stays in place, which can be easily noticed by perceptive animals.

Report card

  • Safety—10/10
  • Durability—8.5/10
  • Material Quality—9/10
  • Overall Rating—9/10

Summary

The Big Dog BDL-1050 17.5’ Stadium Series sticks out in its class as one of the best ladder stands simply because two people can fit in the model, and it can support people weighing up to 500 lbs. If you are okay with carrying around nearly 100 pounds in weight, this model will be an excellent addition to your hunting supplies. People wanting to upgrade their seats at a stadium event will love the ability that this stand provides to quickly elevate yourself 18’ in the air. All-in-all this is easily one of the best ladder stands on the market, and you would be hard-pressed to find a comparable design and features for the money you are paying.

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