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Layout blinds #7382475 12/20/18 05:32 PM
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Whatís a good layout blind? I need something that somewhat easy to backpack with and durable as Iíll be walking through mesquites, cactus, and yuccas.

Kind of like the ones with the sling chairs in them vs just the pads. Thinking this will be the best way to get me close to the cranes I want to kill as they come off roost.

$250 or less would be great.


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Avery Power Hunter, wear as backpack, light, I think just over 10lbs, and low profile, which is key. Set-up is a snap, one bar snaps into place and you are done.

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I am on my second season using the delta waterfowl zero gravity layout blind. It has a ďchairĒ that keeps you off the cold ground. I love it. When grassed in you can hardly tell it there. Very comfy. I got the brown one itís cheaper. It folds and has backpack type straps.

The main draw back itís kinda big. And it takes a while to grass in. Usually I leave most the grass or brush and add to it and fluff it out a bit.

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Rogers low profile layout boind. No frame to break, light, and has backpack straps. Also comes in XL. Bought mine in an after Christmas sale last year for $100, maybe $120 ea. Good value and quality.

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Originally Posted by kman2017
Rogers low profile layout boind. No frame to break, light, and has backpack straps. Also comes in XL. Bought mine in an after Christmas sale last year for $100, maybe $120 ea. Good value and quality.


I hunted in a Rogers yesterday. Good quality, but my hips only made it about 2 hours before I had to get out and stretch. Also didnít have room to move around due to the bad across my legs.

For my intended use, I prob wonít be in it more than 2 hours at a time, but things change and I want it to be comfortable.


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Macks sells one that is basically just a backrest, pad and blanket with stubble straps. Highly recommend it. Super light, low profile (backrest is adjustable), and has backpack straps.

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Originally Posted by Guy
Avery Power Hunter, wear as backpack, light, I think just over 10lbs, and low profile, which is key. Set-up is a snap, one bar snaps into place and you are done.



Buddy has one. He hates it. We swapped one morning, I couldnít stand it either. It made it halfway through his first season with it, and became his backup.

OP, between the three that I have, I find myself using my Avery finisher the most. Itís not as durable as the hardcore, but itís a lot lighter and easier to setup. Also have a gander mt layout chair thatís by far the lightest, canít be but 5 lbs but it comes at a price of comfort. Iíve put the finisher through mesquites and cactus out west and itís held up good.

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Originally Posted by 68A
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Avery Power Hunter, wear as backpack, light, I think just over 10lbs, and low profile, which is key. Set-up is a snap, one bar snaps into place and you are done.



Buddy has one. He hates it. We swapped one morning, I couldnít stand it either. It made it halfway through his first season with it, and became his backup.

OP, between the three that I have, I find myself using my Avery finisher the most. Itís not as durable as the hardcore, but itís a lot lighter and easier to setup. Also have a gander mt layout chair thatís by far the lightest, canít be but 5 lbs but it comes at a price of comfort. Iíve put the finisher through mesquites and cactus out west and itís held up good.

What is it you hate? Comfort? Yeah finisher is more cozy, but if you are looking for light weight, carry as back pack, easy of setup, low profile...the power hunted beats finisher in all those aspects.

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I have a FA eliminator express. Itís like 7 years old and going strong. Folds up and fits in the bottom of a decoy back and itís pretty comfy

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Can't have comfort with the requirements you stated. Pick one or the other.


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Avery Power Hunter, wear as backpack, light, I think just over 10lbs, and low profile, which is key. Set-up is a snap, one bar snaps into place and you are done.



Buddy has one. He hates it. We swapped one morning, I couldnít stand it either. It made it halfway through his first season with it, and became his backup.

OP, between the three that I have, I find myself using my Avery finisher the most. Itís not as durable as the hardcore, but itís a lot lighter and easier to setup. Also have a gander mt layout chair thatís by far the lightest, canít be but 5 lbs but it comes at a price of comfort. Iíve put the finisher through mesquites and cactus out west and itís held up good.

What is it you hate? Comfort? Yeah finisher is more cozy, but if you are looking for light weight, carry as back pack, easy of setup, low profile...the power hunted beats finisher in all those aspects.


Comfort but most of all that ridiculous top. And then thereís the price tag. Itís pricey for what it is. He picked his up used for $75, no way Iíd pay full price. Point is, Barney is correct and Iím not a fan of the powerhunter. YMMV

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Originally Posted by 68A

Comfort but most of all that ridiculous top.

Well that is your opinion, you probably don't understand its advantages and how to operate the dome top. I also have the avery ground force, like the finisher, it has the blind doors as opposed to the dome top. Yeah you can't poke your head out the top of the power hunter, but I can come out and shoulder my gun much faster with the dome top vs blind doors. You can hold the gun just about anyway you want as opposed to a coffin layout blind limits you there. Pic below is my buddy who also as a power hunter. You hold the dome with your left hand, gun in right hand, you can crack the dome as he is doing, great viability to see birds coming, and when birds are working overhead, you can move your head all around watching the birds work and you want get busted, Pop the top open real easy and shoulder gun. Her has gun laying sideways over his lap, I like holding gun on my side, I can flip top and get my gun up at same time.

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Iíve been hunting exclusively out of layouts for the last 4 years. Where I hunt thereís not a tree or shrub higher than your knee for a mile, and even that is sparse. Flooded wheat, coastal fields and tanks in and around the area. I have experience with many brands of blinds and the two I did not like the most were the powerhunter and a bass pro layout. Is the powerhunter light and low profile, sure is. Are there others out there with the same advantages and a better design, sure is. Iím glad you like the powerhunter, if it works for you then keep on keeping on. Iím just merely stating my opinion and experience. Then again, I guess I donít have an understanding of how to properly use the top of a layout blind. Carry on.

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Well don't get your panties in a wad there 68. You said you and your buddy hate the PH blind, you didn't say why. That opinion is not very helpful. When I ask why, you say the top is ridiculousness, again you don't say why, it is just ridiculous, you still haven't explained that one, I'm left to assume you just don't know how to use it. roflmao

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Didnít realize I had to give you a detailed report on why I donít like a product that you do. Oh wait, I donít. Donít get butthurt because I donít agree with you. Iím sure we wouldnít agree on a lot of things. Iíve used a powerhunter and I donít like it. Take it for what it is. Donít let my opinion bother you that much. Oh yeah, let me throw in the obligatory roflmao

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I have the Avery GHG Ground force, but if I get another one, I'd get the Hard Core Run-N-Gunner.

Easy set up, you can put the deeks and blind bag in it and backpack everything in.

I know two folks that have them and they've been pretty pleased with them.


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Originally Posted by 68A
Didnít realize I had to give you a detailed report on why I donít like a product that you do. Oh wait, I donít. Donít get butthurt because I donít agree with you. Iím sure we wouldnít agree on a lot of things. Iíve used a powerhunter and I donít like it. Take it for what it is. Donít let my opinion bother you that much. Oh yeah, let me throw in the obligatory roflmao


Do you suppose information supporting your opinion would be helpful feedback?

My solution isnít apparently for most. If I hunt layout, I layout in my plastic sled that I drag my gear out in. The front makes a good backrest, it keeps you separated from mud and slop, and itís easy to brush in. You guys probably wouldnít find it ďcomfortableĒ based on the other reviews. I donít have the ability to drag in a blind that is bigger and more comfortable, it just isnít practical for walk in hunting.

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