Ridge Runner Big Game Hunter's Blind is rated
Rated 5 out of
Strong and sturdy blind
I wished that I had my camera with me. A heavy wet half foot of snow had fallen in Central Idaho during the night and I wasn't able to get back up the hill until the next afternoon. Hundreds of pounds of snow and ice had fallen off the 200 foot grand fir next to the blind and had crushed and buried all but a little bit of one side that was still sticking up. My heart sank. I thought that side would have broken poles sticking through the fabric but it seemed to be intact. I spent the next half hour digging the blind out as much as possible. I was able to pop one of the sides out, then another, then finally the top that still had a large block of ice that I couldn't cut away that was frozen to the the grab loop. Then popped the last two sides. No torn fabric. No bent or broken poles. I've owned mountaineering tents that wouldn't have survived that. I was really impressed.
There are quite a few blinds on the market of this size and shape (probably all come from the same Chinese factory) but the L.L.Bean was the only one where any of the windows (three double narrower corner windows and a single corner window in the fourth next to the entrance zip door) came almost all the way to the ground. This allows you to shoot from any height. The lowest the other brands would come down to was 34" above the ground. I needed windows that came down lower to shoot off the different setups that I use... tripod, little table, etc. Larger windows in the center of each wall that are higher up. Cost is higher than some of the other brands, but I had to have some windows that came down lower. Some guys complain that the door isn't big enough. So get a bigger tent or lose some weight. Door is fine.
I like the nylon camo window coverings with loop and hook. Easy to use and you can find them and hook them in the dark after you've spent a little time in there. I don't like the Velcro on the screens, wish they'd used the same hook and loop system that they used on the window coverings. But there's no problem shooting through the screen if you don't want to open them. Screens are completely removable if you want to patch or replace for some reason. Pop out system is pretty much the same on all these type of tents. Only takes a few minutes to pop the thing up. I have to pin a couple corners with a leg, arm, tree while I pop a side or top out. And finally, I stay dry in rain and snow.
I recommend this blind.
Date published: 2020-12-05
Rated 4 out of
Good quality, but hard to pop open if you have a
love the low windows, can use a low lounge chair.
Date published: 2020-04-16