As a satisfied Lone Wolf user for several decades, I was eager to put this company’s hang-on to the test.
Lone Wolf has always been known for its high-quality, premium-priced models, and the Alpha Tech F1 is the company’s attempt to offer a feature-packed model at an affordable price.
At $199.99 this is hardly a bargain-basement model, but the smartly designed Alpha Tech shares many of the features of Lone Wolf’s proven Assault II (11 pounds) and Alpha Hang-On II (14 pounds), the most glaring difference being the Alpha Tech forgoes the spendy one-piece cast aluminum platform for an aluminum tube-style platform (30×19.5 inches) with welded grate-style overlay, and weighs in just under 14 pounds.
Overall quality is impressive; I found it deadly quiet and easy to set, maybe because it borrows the same familiar (and rock solid) two-straps-and-Versa-button connection system used by the aforementioned models (another option is the company’s E-Z Hang Hook System that allows you to hang your stand faster and rig multiple trees for more options using just one stand). More good news is the Alpha Tech also uses
Lone Wolf’s proven no-tools self-leveling system for both seat and platform; an ingenious slot system in the seat post lets you quickly and easily adjust platform angle to compensate for leaning trees.
Who should buy an Alpha Tech? While this compact design wouldn’t be my first choice for an all-day rut seat, much like its two siblings it’s ideal for packing long distances, and setting up quickly and silently. The Alpha Tech comes mostly assembled save for attaching the Offset Bracket (one screw) and thickly padded, Velcro Seat Cushion. Backpack straps are included.
- Roomy 30 inches x 19-½-inch self-leveling mesh platform
- Weighs less than 14 lbs. for easy transport
- Offset bracket for right to left adjustment
- Extra-thick contoured foam seat pad
- Accepts E-Z hang hook accessory
- Fits trees 4 inches to 22 inches in diameter
Editor’s Note: Mark Melotik is a veteran bowhunter who has worked in the bowhunting industry for many years.Purchase Field Test: Lone Wolf Alpha Tech F1 At Sportsman's Guide