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Old 07-12-2018, 01:40 PM   #1
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Love the rapid rails. Especially if you can leave them in the tree for the season. so effortless to climb. But to use them on public land for sneak in hunts....forget it! They are so loud!

Has anyone had any luck quieting them down? I am thinking about spraying expanding foam down through them.
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Old 07-12-2018, 01:47 PM   #2
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Love the rapid rails. Especially if you can leave them in the tree for the season. so effortless to climb. But to use them on public land for sneak in hunts....forget it! They are so loud!

Has anyone had any luck quieting them down? I am thinking about spraying expanding foam down through them.
Are you talking about the sound they make sliding up and down on the tree as you walk? Or the sound they make when you bang something against them?
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I've got no problem with them. Been using them for a number of years on public. I've got the aluminum model.

The fish are biting. And there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
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Climb them bare foot.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:01 PM   #5
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Are you talking about the sound they make sliding up and down on the tree as you walk? Or the sound they make when you bang something against them?
When they bang together, or against the tree, or a buckle hits them....all of the above.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:03 PM   #6
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I've got no problem with them. Been using them for a number of years on public. I've got the aluminum model.

The fish are biting. And there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
So that would be a NO
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:04 PM   #7
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Climb them bare foot.
So that would be a NO
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I would advise against it. Foam makes them heavier and also the foam retains moisture. Once moisture gets in the phone itís almost impossible for it to dry out


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Old 07-12-2018, 02:11 PM   #9
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I would advise against it. Foam makes them heavier and also the foam retains moisture. Once moisture gets in the phone itís almost impossible for it to dry out


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That sounds like legit advice. Never thought about the moisture.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:12 PM   #10
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That sounds like legit advice. Never thought about the moisture.


I believe summit makes a rubberized spray you can use. I think itís designed to use on their platforms for their tree climbers. You could also try plastic dip


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Filling them with foam will make a difference. Maybe wrap them in pipe insulation and duct tape.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:15 PM   #13
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I don't find them noisy at all when traveling in. I do make sure they are cinched down tight when traveling. And find them quite to climb. If I make noise with them, it's usually very minor unless I loose control of what I'm holding. But your gonna make noise with anything if ya loose control of it. I just don't let it bother me any more if I make minimal noise.

The fish are biting. And there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:24 PM   #14
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Put rubber crutch tips on the legs that touch the tree. This will keep them from making any noise when climbing. As far as set up. I just try to be careful and quiet.
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Yea i'd go with pipe insulation zip tied on the uprights and some kind of rubberized spray like flex seal on the rungs.

I do absolutely hate the noise it makes when you are trying to setup quietly and they bang together or a buckle hits them.
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:51 PM   #16
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I agree with Arrowsmith, used cane tips on my Rapid Rails.

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Old 07-12-2018, 04:07 PM   #17
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I agree with Arrowsmith, used cane tips on my Rapid Rails.

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I think that would make them quieter on the tree. But that has never been the issue. And honestly, I think leaving the metal exposed where it connects to the tree is a safety issue. It bites into the tree and bark better. That has never been an issue. The issue is when pulling them up into the tree, they spin and clank into the tree/other steps/small twigs/buckles hit metal etc. It like hitting two alum bats together in the darkness prior to a hunt.

I was thinking about the foam on the interior until the issue about trapped moisture. The last thing I want is the system to fail from the inside out while my 300# are depending on it.
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:42 PM   #18
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I put one on, climb down, get another and climb up and put it on. Repeat for however many sections you have. Yes, they can make noise, but if you're mindful of the straps and buckle, it's usually not a problem. Honestly, I hunt public land with them and have never seemed to affect the deer or hogs coming in. I try and always get there in plenty of time before daylight for things to settle down after I get settled. But even when I go for just an evening hunt, I've had deer walk right by me within 10-15 minutes of getting settled.
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