My 2 cents:
Ideally the best ladder stands have two features:
1. Foot platform that extends back to the tree.
2. Seat flips up so you can easily stand and remain close to the tree.
Unfortunately those ladder stands are not easy to find.
Leverage made a Speed Ladder and Outcast which had a telescoping ladder with what looks to be a Lone Wolf stand on top, These are ideal ladders but were pricey and are no longer available. I'm still using a Speed Ladder in thick cedar trees. Otherwise we just make do with what we can find locally.
With a recurve I like standing and being close to the tree. I have resorted to standing on the seat of some ladders that don't have a flip up seat.
Got away from Climbers decades ago, had a close call. I know two people that were paralyzed, after falling out, one wasn't found for days, he succumbed to the elements within hours of being found, they said.
You can't beat ladder stands, I leave them up year round, just remember to add a new ratchet strap each year. Presently running 6 stands, sometimes they squeak when new, which is fixed by adding another strap or two to preload the platform.
I prefer the ones with arm rails, when standing I can lean my thigh against it for stability. Had a couple without rails and gave them away.
In addition to what LostArra said, I exclusively use double-wide ladder stands and those with the larger foot platforms available. Deer don’t notice any difference in the stand size and the extra room adds a ton of comfort and legroom.
I hunted a buddy’s ladder that was made by XStand. Damn that thing was comfortable, so much so he nicknamed it “The Hilton.” Might be worth a look. Before the season throw some corn syrup on the joints. It doesn’t smell like WD40 and helps with squeaks.