Rated 4 out of 5 by DuckHunter23 Good Blind but Set-up Could be Improved
This blind is just great. However, as others have pointed out, the poles have shiny paint and you need to paint the poles some dull color.
I would also beg to differ with the claim that the blind is easy to set-up. I struggled to understand the instructions on the bag and to correctly interpret the included diagrams and spent considerable time getting it right and setting it all up the first time. Figuring out the direction the frame needs to configured at with respect to front and back can be difficult. If you get it right, that is, get it all facing in the right direction front to back and with respect to the corners, it goes pretty easily from there. However try to do this in the dark and it all becomes a real challenge. It can also be difficult if you haven't set it up for several weeks. There is however a relatively easy solution to this problem and I encourage L.L. Bean to consider making this modification to the blind.
HERE IS WHAT I DID TO SIMPLIFY SETTING UP THE BLIND. I color coded each of the corners of the blind with a different color (I used electrical tape, but paint, or numbering each comer could also work). I also then color-coded each of the matching pole ends. To assure that you have it all lined up properly and make setting up fool-proof in the dark, simply make sure that the correct color pole inserts into the same colored corner of the blind. Once that is done, the rest of the set-up proceeds easily and you can't go wrong.
It may cost a bit more to manufacture the blind with this suggestion implemented, but the frustration of users will be decreased and you'll have a quick and fool-proof set-up each time when the corners and pole ends are color-coded or numbered.
October 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by oldhunterguy Holds up to snow and wind
Bought this blind so grandkids could hunt deer and turkey from it and I could use on ducks. Set up for deer season and had a 4 inch snow and 35 mph winds. Blind stayed put and held the snow on top. A little difficult to get assembled the first time, but only takes 5 minutes after.
Thoughtful design, roomy and well constructed. Like the light weight and small bundle you take to the field. Can not find a better all around blind anywhere.
November 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MTR01 Great Blind!
I've hunted this blind twice now. Great overall portable blind. Very sturdy and easy to setup. As others have said in the past the poles are super shiny....they are VERY shiny. Paint them day one before you go out in the field. After painting poles it doesn't appear to spook the birds. The blind has plenty of stubble strap attachments to enhance your camo. So far though I've had it without any outside changes and didn't have a issue with the birds.
One suggestion for development. Add a pull away no-see-um net over the front opening. This will allow you to move around inside without birds seeing you. Adds to your stealth.
Nice work LL Bean.
October 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SoutheastHunter Best Blind so Far
I just finished the third year with these blinds. They are fantastic. Be sure to set it up in your yard before using, it'll be easier in the field. It will only take minutes. The lightness, compactness and portability is excellent. I've attached grass mats around them, attaching to the loops. The blind seems to have no problem holding up with the extra weight. There's not a lot of movement of the fabric when the wind blows. The stakes are needed if the winds are real strong. If the tides are high enough that we will be standing in water we don't use the stakes, allowing us to move the blind back as the tide comes in. I've left the blinds set up overnight with the stakes, if we plan to hunt the same area another day. They stay put even in the tidal action. Overall, the best pre-made blind I've ever perchased.
October 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DLSRC Duck House Blind
This seems like the usual Bean quality product. Easy to set up, though an instruction sheet would have made the first 10 minutes out of the box less frustrating. I agree that the frame would benefit from more of a mat finish and the dog door should be in the front. Maybe those will be corrected on the next version.
Won't be able to use the blind for several months, so have no idea about how fabric and seams will hold up, but I already know where the first hunt in it will be.
January 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by ncduckbuck Duck House Bind works
The elastic cord connected pole sections are helpful in keeping the required sections together, however when following the instructions to connect all sections before using, they are awkward when setting up blind in area with lots of vegetation, reeds, trees, etc. Definitely need to allow some additional time in morning to set up or if possible set up and brush out day before.
Blind functions well in blocking wind and rain. Brush out loops are generous. Quick release of blind top not too quick. A little concerned that the fabric may be a little reflective. Will try mudding as is recommended for layout blinds to see if that will help.
Over all a comfortable and functional portable blind.
January 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by duckslaughter Pole replacement...DO IT!!!!!
Do yourself a favor...call LLBean and get all 3 poles (front, top and hub assembly). My front pole broke last year (fyi MY FAULT!! )...thought I would have to quit using the blind...called Bean...talked to a VERY informed gent. They have a pole kit that has all 3 in it but was not in stock when I called, however they did have all 3 poles seperate...I thought HOLY COW THIS IS GOING TO BE EXPENSIVE!!!.......$10 each!!!!!...for $30 you can have backup poles in hand...got them in 2 days..work like a champ...as I said, if you have one of these blinds get extra poles...for $30 you cant go wrong....by the way I love this thing!!!
August 27, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Outdoorsguy Good idea, needs more work
First I got the box from LL Bean and the price tag on the box was $329 but they charged me $379. Someone failed to remove the price tag but it didnt make me feel any better as a loyal customer. Second, I too repainted the poles to take the shine off them.Third, the blind did not withstand the high winds of North Dakota. Snatching the blind from our hands before we could get it into place, the winds took the blind across the farm field with us chasing behind. A sure winner for America's funniest videos if anyone had us on video. With two of the poles broken, we were forced to rethink our hunting tactic for the rest of the hunt.
October 31, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by forestrangerjas Great Hunting Retreat
My husband and I have not officially used the blind yet, but we did set it up to see how it went up. It seems to be a great hideout for three people and a dog. The bottom is cutout so we'll have to bring a tarp on the marsh, but better then getting the blind gross. May have an issue in wind, but will have to wait and see. So many cool pockets and one rope to pull back top. Dog door works well for our lab.
September 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 Good Innovation
This is an excellent product, especially for anyone who hunts small ponds with brushy/grassy shorelines. Two notes:
1) Set-up is easy and straightforward, but PRACTICE on your lawn before you try it at 4 AM on the marsh. Learn what the various pieces feel like in the dark, so you don't fumble.
2) The other reviews about dulling down the shine with spray paint are spot-on - both the hardware and the fabric are too shiny out of the box, especially the mesh windows. If you hunt salt marshes, use tan, as the Mossy Oak pattern is a little dark. Use grassing loops too!
December 4, 2011