I have 2 summits, a 180 and a max version...Normal seat on the 180 and surround on the max. Both are VERY comfortable to me and Ive sat extended periods of time in both. Personally, I like the normal seat better. Its easier to maneuver when climbing and doesn't make as much noise as the surround seat. If moneys the issue, just get the normal seat unless u absolutely need the pockets (I have a pack within reach for that) and like to nap in the woods lol. Either way you'll be satisfied.
I HAD a 180 max with surround seat until someone stole the stand out of the back of my truck. Luckily my surround seat was in the cab of the truck. That seat is very comfortable and it will be on my new summit next year. The pockets are great to put warmers in too
Doesn't seem any more or less comfortable to me than the normal seat. It is a little more bulky for climbing but I love being able to just set things like my phone, rangefinder, call, water, etc right beside me and not have to worry about it falling. The pockets are nice but extremely loud with the velcro to use while in the tree. I wish they'd have used some sort of magnet or zipper instead.
you might give this a look ...supposed to be a replacement for the summit surround ...I can tell you that they make very high quality seats, not sure if they are cheaper or not but they don't skimp on the cushion material and the material is very quiet and they have fast shipping https://www.slumperseats.com/product/supreme/