In field testing the Ghilli Blind we found many positive aspects of the blind that we really liked. First off, weighing in just under 10 lbs and having a backpack strap this is the ideal blind for walking into a field set up (especially a corn field set up). You could barely tell it was on your back. In addition to the lightweight aspect of the blind, the simplicity of the set up was also excellent. The backboard of the blind is made out of corregated plastic and there is a liner that runs the length of your body and legs so you are not lying on the cold wet ground along with a cushion butt pad. So set up literally takes 30 seconds. Then a Ghilli style camo blanket is used to cover up with. There is also room under the backboard for the dogs to hide and you can purchase an extra Ghilli blanket from Sillosocks.com as needed. And finally it is the easiest blind to see and shoot out of as you are already in a half way sitting up position with your gun ready to grab and fire as needed. The two downsides we saw to the functionality of the blind were: under windy and wet conditions the blind offers little protection from the elements and since the blanket and backboard are a golden yellow color to match corn or dead grass any other color background would be hard to hide in. Other than that we loved the blind and the concept and rated it 4 / 5!
The durability of the blind was pretty much bullet proof. The bottom liner is made out of a canvas style waterproof material and the Ghilli blanket itself it virtually unrippable. The only piece of the blind that could possibly be damaged would be the corregated plastic backboard but it would have to be intentional as that area of the blind is never really in harms way. Bottom line there really isn’t an area of the blind that could be broken or ripped. With a little bit of care this blind set up should last for years and years. We gave it a 5 / 5!
The overall effectiveness of the blind was excellent. It was easy to shoot out of, easy to set up and in the right conditions (corn or dead grass backgrounds) it was basically invisible. To ensure that the incoming birds do not pick you out, a matching head net and jacket (matching the Ghilli blanket) would absolutely conceal the hunter. Especially in windy conditions or if multiple hunters were using the blind set up. We gave the blind a 5 / 5 when used in the right conditions.
This was the only area that we truly felt the blind lacked an above average score. Due to the fact that hunters need to be versatile, if hunting outside of a cornfield situation or a grassy area the blind would stand out being one dimensional in color. However multiple Ghilli blankets can be purchased at Sillosocks.com for around $60.00 and can be painted or camoed to meet specific situations. Thus we scored the original blind a 3 / 5 in this category.
The blind itself is priced at $124.95 + shipping online at Sillosocks.com. For that price and the overall functionality of the blind we felt that is an unbelievable deal. Again they also sell extra Ghilli blankets for $60.00 a piece which could be used as a replacement or to camo a dog or whatever. The only other add ons we recommend would be a matching head net and jacket to ensure the incoming birds are unable to pick out anything out of the ordinary. We scored the price of the blind a perfect 5 / 5!
|Overall Product Satisfaction
||5 / 5
Overall we felt the blind is a perfect add on to the waterfowl hunter’s field arseno. It may not be the perfect solution to every set up but if used effectively it can be the ideal blind in many situations. It also packs up so small and light that it takes up virtually no space in a car or truck and is very easy to pack into a walk in set up. We gave the blind another 5 / 5 for its overall effectiveness! We feel confident and excited to feature Sillosocks Ghilli blind as our Official and exclusively endorsed layout blind of HuntTheNorth.com!