Greetings Tethrd Nation. It’s time for another update.
We shipped a WHOLE BUNCH of Predator platforms this week and the feedback has been great! We’re so happy to finally get this stuff in your hands! Each platform came with paper instructions for attaching it to the tree, but we’ll go over some of the most important things here for those of you that are still waiting on your Predator.
1. First, strap it to the tree with the platform in “up” or “transport position. Pull the strap as tight as humanly possible and keep the strap level.
2. Once the strap is tight, push down with one hand on the top of the i-beam post. Push down hard. You’re trying to remove all the slack in the strap. The post and bracket should move downward a few inches depending on the type of tree.
3. Continue to push down as hard as you can and then rotate/cam the platform down letting the teeth bite into the tree. It should take some effort to push the platform all the way down. You may have to repeat this process depending on the tree.
For most people, the platform is now ready to hunt. Depending on the tree, you may have to use the “toe hook” method to really get it tight. First, stand on top of the post with one foot, and use your toes from your other foot to hook the platform and rotate it back into the “up” or “transport” position. The Predator should move down a couple inches on the tree. Next, step back down on the platform to lock it in super tight. This is the same method used with some hang-on tree stands. The “toe hook” method should only be a last resort if the platform doesn’t get tight enough with the “push down” method.
Don’t jump up and down on the Predator! It’s strong, but it’s not designed to be a trampoline! Also, keep in mind it’s designed to be used WITH a saddle! The Predator is a positioning aid, not a tree stand.
Finally, look for a video tomorrow on the Tethrd Nation YouTube Channelshowing this process in detail.
Regarding the Mantis and the other sewn goods. I just now got off the phone with the manufacturer in Minnesota. Unfortunately, they’re not going to make the anticipated delivery date of next week. We’re looking at a new delivery date of the first week in September and being caught up by the middle of the month. I know this really effects some of you guys whose season opens up really early. I sincerely apologize for the delay.
I know, I know, I know – this is not what anyone wanted to hear, least of all me. I’m having chest pains from typing this out. However, bad news is not a fine wine…it doesn’t get better with time. I have the responsibility to keep all of you informed even though it’s painful.
The good news is I know every single one of you is going to love the Mantis once you get your hands on it. It’s that awesome. It’s comfortable, it’s user friendly, it’s light weight, and it’s tough as nails. I hung in the final prototype this morning when I finally got a chance to mess with the production Predator platform. Believe me when I say this combo is going to be a GAME CHANGER and it will revolutionize how you hunt.
We appreciate the support and the understanding. Hang in there guys!
Greg & Ernie